Trick-or-treaters and party guests may have to endure these naughty tricks in order to be rewarded with tasty sweets this Halloween. Even if your party guests don't have a sweet tooth, they'll be drawn to this bubbling candy display.
pumpkin candy faces
2. Pumpkin Candy Faces
3. Walking Phantoms
A solitary specter
walks across a courtyard, disappearing into thin air as she moves. Witness to her ghostly stroll might rub their eyes in disbelief. Was she really there at all? The proof is in the photo.
4. Bat Jar
black bat has taken over this jar of white beans.
keeping his head
5. Keeping His Head
soul gazes at the shell of his former self. He'll search for his lost noggin
later and keep the jack-o'-lantern for appearance's sake. This photo consists of two shots, one made partially transparent and then layered onto the other. The pumpkin is the foam kind, easy to carve and long lasting.
6. Mirror, Mirror
A partygoer admires his reflection -- just the sort of turn of events one expects on Halloween. To create the fun-house illusion, we mounted mirrored film to a sheet of curved posterboard and then slipped it into a frame.
7. Disembodied Limb
Moths flutter around a lantern that illuminates
the way for masquerading revelers on a dark night. Panic strikes when they realize the hand carrying the lantern is lacking a body. We wired vellum moths to a paper lantern, then hung it from a craggy
branch, which was held by a hand reaching through a curtain.
punch bowl prop
8. Punch Bowl Prop
Fill this vessel with dry ice for a smoldering display, or skip the mysterious mist and use it to serve punch.
9. Spidery Porches
Hungry treat-seekers will have to face this swarm
of spiders before they reach the doorbell for sweets.
10. Coffin Table
Party guests, beware
. What looks like a coffee table may actually be the coffin of a sinister
11. Ribbon Snakes
Candy seekers will think twice before they reach into a bowl guarded by this creepy ribbon serpent.
creepy candy containers
12. Creepy Candy Containers
It's Halloween, and patches are full of pumpkins just waiting to provide spine-tingling
thrills on the big fright night. Carving them into jack-o'-lanterns is always fun, but transform a few into candy holders with looks that could chill, and they can play a crucial role as keepers of the goodies.
pumpkin treat bags
13. Pumpkin Treat Bags
Your guests won't know which one to pick -- every pumpkin in this patch hides delicious contents.
14. Creepcake Cupcakes
These desserts have a dark side, which we've coaxed out with common candies. Licorice
, marshmallows, gumdrops, and more can mutate
into sharp fangs, bulbous
eyes, and other freaky features.
15. Spider Toothpicks
These obliging arachnids
help guests get a handle on snacks. With scissors, cut the bugs off plastic spider rings, then puncture their centers with a needle tool. Insert the toothpick into the hole; color tip with a black marker. Set out with nibbles, such as mini mozzarella balls.
As day turns to night, call on candles to cast an eerie glow throughout your home. When fierce silhouettes are propped above them, spectacular shadows dance across the walls.
medusa ice face and hands punch
17. Medusa Ice Face and Hands Punch
Although this festive punch won't produce quite the same effect as the real Medusa, it's sure to leave your Halloween guests frozen in their tracks as they gaze into the bowl to find the serpent creature staring back at them.
glittered Halloween tree
18. Glittered Halloween Tree
Halloween tree bears sweet treats, as well as a few spooky surprises.