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Haunted Portraits

My absolute favorite Halloween project that I have made are Haunted Portraits that I spied from Tracy at CrowsFeetChic.

I re-post them every year at this time because I love them.

Haunted Portraits
The Eyes Have It
I've made two versions of these.

The first version was inside the house for a mystery dinner party, the other was in the back shed for a large throw-down-the-grog party.

For both projects I intermingled photos of our friends with photos from the internet, printed in black and white or sepia.

Cracks. Me. Up.

Hang out at the ranch and you too could have your eyeballs poked out and replaced by orange Halloween lights.

For the dresser display I had plenty of frames.  I took out the glass and the lights stuck right in without tape through the back.  I think the secret was foam board as the mat.

Don't my friends look cute eyes all a glowing in a demon sort of way?

Godparents to my youngest son?  Well that gets you an invite to the mystery dinner and four bulbs as pupils - on the far right.

Play cards with us most every Saturday?  Next time let me win and you can retain your retinas.  Left side.

Haunted Portraits

These pictures give a great haunted house vibe and darnnit, they just look really cool.

For our shed they were hung on some old barn doors as decoration for a Halloween party.

The wood is from old barn doors at Albert's farm.  I also made a coffee table out of one barn door.

Gallery Wall for Halloween

Wondering what that stump of wood is for?  Hammerschlagen.  It gives the men something to do while they drink beer.

In the days of Halloween parties, there were to 5 couples that host this party, so I used pictures mostly from past parties to turn into the haunted ones.

Yup, once again if you're friends of ours we will impale your eye sockets in the name of decorating.

The larger ones were made 24x18 at Staples - engineer prints, all three for under $6.00.

Haunted Portraits

I collected frames from garages sales, and my spending limit was .50¢, but the nicest one is the big one bottom center - it was free and also came with a hand painted portrait of a little boy from 1958.

So I switched his frame and used some paints on him and turned him into a little vampire. 

Haunted Portraits

 The one above is so creepy it's not funny - it's another of the hostesses, but she doesn't look like that anymore.

Haunted Portraits

Need a tutorial?

Take all the glass out, poke holes in the eyes with a screw driver - all the way out the back of the cardboard or whatever backing came with the frame - push the lights through from the back and hang up.

DIY creepy Halloween Portraits,

If you are lucky like I was, your Phillips screwdriver is the perfect size and the lights punch right in and stay in place.

Strategically place some black crows and cover with spider webs.

Halloween Gallery Wall,

A few black lights in adjacent areas for ambiance and it's just about ready for a round or two of Hammerschlagen.


  1. Those crack me up too, Bliss. Brilliant!

  2. Love it Bliss! Of course I would because this is one of my favorite times of year. I hardly decorating though. UGH! I'm sad now.

  3. I still love these, but I also love the scarecrow...don't make me choose!

  4. I always loved this one, too, really do need to write a Halloween book...

  5. Love this idea! I remember seeing these from last year. I would've loved to have created one of these when I was a teenager. I used to wish I could set up a haunted house for my friends.

  6. Super idea Bliss, but I must admit a tad too creepy for me. Yes, I'm a big baby with scary stuff.


  7. I love seeing this again!! I might get to try it this year. Actually having a little party!

  8. I'm so glad that you shared these again because I absolutely love them! That clown IS creepy, isn't she? They're all spooky and such a cool idea! Love them mounted on the old wood! So awesome! Hugs, Leena

  9. Those are scary!! Love them!!


  10. Whoa, those haunted portraits are just about the coolest Halloween idea I've seen yet! Wish I had found this post sooner. But at least I already know what I'm going to do for next year :) Thanks for posting this.


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