Scare up homemade tricks and treats
If the thought of making your children's costume is scarier than facing down an evil demon, relax. Do-it-yourself Halloween projects can be as involved or as simple as your skill, time and patience will allow.

We've collected no-fuss party and costume ideas to unleash your wicked inner spirit. Look around your home and in your closets for ghoulish inspiration. That way, the build-up to Halloween can be just as spook-tacular as the holiday itself.

Creepy treats: haunted pizza

Yield: 16 to 20 servings

1 (16.5-ounce) roll refrigerated sugar-cookie dough
4 (3.5-ounce) containers vanilla pudding
2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs or 20 chocolate sandwich cookies finely crushed
Assorted whole vanilla wafers and graham crackers
Black decorator gel icing
Assorted candies, such as jelly worms and candy corn

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan. With lightly floured hands, pat the sugar-cookie dough into pizza pan.

2. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

3. Spread vanilla pudding over baked cookie. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Cover and chill.

4. Meanwhile, decorate wafers and graham crackers with decorator gel icing.

5. Press wafers and graham crackers into pudding and arrange candy and jelly worms on top of cookie crumbs.

Note: Adapted from: From Better Homes and Gardens posted on

Spider pops

These creepy treats are so versatile. You could set out a plate of them on your Halloween table or you could place them all over your Halloween table to decorate it. Or you could hand them out to trick-or-treaters.

To make each one you'll need: