DIY Halloween Display & Recipe

DIY Department 56 ghost display with Peanuts Trick or Treat Lane set

Celebrate a spooktacular time with our DIY Halloween display and recipe. Indeed, it’s time for tricks and treats with Department 56! Soon the Great Pumpkin will appear, and the Peanuts gang is ready for an evening of fall fun. Accordingly, Charlie Brown’s house, decorated for the season, is featured in our Halloween display. In fact, it sits atop a friendly ghost, built using a solid wood plant stand, twinkling white LED lights and a round white tablecloth.

Our Boo-tiful Halloween display, pictured right, features the following treats: orange and black lollipop (1219069) $19.99; Department 56 Halloween Village Peanuts Trick or Treat Lane; glittered weave pumpkin (1220475) $24.99. Available in-store at Bronner’s or by contacting customer service at 989.652.9931 or

Building Your DIY Halloween Display



  1. Beginning at the top of the neck of your plant stand, wrap your warm white LED 50 rectified conical light set on white cord around the neck of the stand and down to its base. If placement of your display allows for it, plug the light set directly into an outlet. If necessary, plug the set into an extension cord and that into an outlet.
  2. Secondly, drape the white fabric tablecloth over the plant stand.
  3. Next, cut an oval from the paper template. Then place it on the black felt and cut around its edge to make a ghost eye. Repeat.
    sheet of oval templates, scissors, piece of black felt and oval eyes cut out from black felt
  4. Now use double stick tape to place the black oval eyes on the cloth.
  5. Finally, add the Department 56 Trick or Treat Lane Charlie Brown house and pieces to complete the display.
  6. Last of all, accent the display with silk fall leaves.
Department 56 Halloween Village Peanuts Trick or Treat Lane display
Featured: D56 Halloween Village Peanuts Trick or Treat Lane (1250500) $225 – Available in-store at Bronner’s or by contacting customer service at 989.652.9931 or

DIY Halloween Recipe

Black Magic Halloween Cake

Of course, nothing completes a Halloween celebration like a sweet and spooky treat! This Black Magic Cake recipe from “Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites, Book 2” staff cookbook is a new favorite of mine. All in all, it’s a dense, moist texture, laced with cocoa and coffee and is utterly delectable. For certain, our DIY Halloween display and recipe combination is a winner!

Black Magic Cake


  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. black coffee
  • 1 c. sour milk (Sour regular milk by adding 1 tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice to 1 c. milk. Stir and let stand 5 minutes before adding to recipe.)
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Combine all ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. The batter will be thin.
  • Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13-inch pan. (Or bake a 9-inch round like I did for our monster cake and freeze the rest of the batter.)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. (Baking time will be a little shorter for a 9-inch round.)
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Decorate & Display Your Black Magic Cake

As can be seen, we dusted our 9-inch round cake with powdered sugar and added a toothy grin of black, plastic spider rings. To conclude, we gave our friendly monster battery-operated, color-changing eyes we found at the dollar store.

(music used: Spook 3 by PeriTune,…, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0,…)

To be sure, you can also turn this cake into a simple, stunning fall dessert. Begin by cutting the cooled cake into rounds with a biscuit cutter. Next, sprinkle with white or colored decorating/coarse sugar. Finally, top each round with a fresh fall flower. (Just be sure guests do not eat the flowers you use unless you have researched and confirmed that they are indeed safe to eat.)

Black Magic cake rounds topped with flowers and individually plated atop a wood charcuterie board

More Great Halloween Decorating Ideas

By all means, we have more great Halloween decorating ideas for you at our blog. For example, you’ll find directions for making two great Halloween wreaths, a spook-tacular spider Halloween craft for kids and decorating tips galore!

D56 Halloween Village Accessories also make great accents in smaller vignettes! (Tricky Treats accessory, retired in 2018.)

One thought on “DIY Halloween Display & Recipe

  • September 23, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    great display thanks for the idea


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