Need a last minute costume? DIY Halloween tips

Oct. 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM ET

Video: Famed set designer and author Stacy Nelson brings the magic of Hollywood horror to your very own home with suggestions like creepy crawly spiders made from trash bags, and table decorations that will make your kids scream!

Looking for a last-minute costume? Here's how to make these items:


You will need:
  • 14 Large black trash bags
  • Black tape or dark colored pipe cleaners
  • Thin wire (optional)
  • Plastic cups or red paper for eyes and mouth
  • Stuffing material (newspapers, bubble wrap, packing foam, leaves from your yard) 
  • Scissors  


  • Stuff 1 black trash bag ¾ full of crumpled newspaper (or any type packing material; foam, bubble wrap, leaves from your yard)
  • Gather excess bag at the end and tape closed with black tape
  • Stuff 1 black trash bag ¼ full of crumpled newspaper (or other packing material)
  • Gather excess bag and tape to close
  • Attach the two bags tightly together at ends and tape or wire together


  • Lay 3 bags end-to-end overlapping by about 10 inches.
  • If using wire for bendable legs lay wire on top of bags and cut to the same size.
  • Roll up tight lengthwise and tape at ends and at the area the bags overlap.
  • Make additional synch points along the leg to emulate a spider’s leg joints and to keep the bags rolled snug.
  • Make four long legs.
  • Cut four small slits along one side of the spider body, low and close to the ground.
  • Do the same on the other side matching the approximate slit positions.
  • Thread the legs in one of the slits, weave through the stuffed bags, and pull out the slit on the opposite side.
  • Bend all the legs UP at the body and bend down to replicate a spider legs.


  • Cut 3 red plastic party cups approximately 3” from the bottom. 
  • Glue or tape 2 close together for eyes and 1 underneath for mouth
  • Place him in your house or right in the front yard to greet trick-or-treaters!  


You will need:

  • 2 white trash bags
  • 15 white plastic grocery bags inserted into each other to form a bundle
  • Black sharpie
  • Old wire coat hanger OR a wooden stake
  • String, thread or tape to gather neck
  • Scissor
  • Insert wire coat hanger into bundle of bags
  • Bend if needed to keep bag bundle round
  • Push the hook end through the bottom of the bundle and puncture (pulling wire hook out the top)
  • Tie the exterior bag tight around the hanger
  • Open one white trash bag and feed over the hanger-bag bundle
  • Gather bag approximately 1/3 of the way down from the top, (be sure not to cinch to tightly) and tape or tie
  • Lay second white bag flat on table and cut the bottom open
  • Stretch cut bag up over the gathered part of the first bag
  • Fold the cut end down to form a clean line and tie or tape
  • Hang Bag a Ghost in tree, ledge or awning and watch as he sways in the breeze or, post him on a stake on the front lawn!