After the super-colorful lighting scheme for last year's Halloween shots, I tried a little trick for spicing up the background in the limited (garage) space we had to shoot these - a cookie.
To quote my favorite photo website:
Cookie, in this case, is short for "kookaloris," which is genuine photo jargon. It is generally a piece of black cardboard with a pattern of holes in it that you shoot a light through to get a cool pattern on a background.
In our case the "cookie" was a small wicker basket more commonly used to hold plastic flatware for a picnic - or as it turns out, a Halloween party! (I only got in a little trouble for stealing said basket.) The effect is more obvious in some shots than others, but I like the effect and it is certainly worth trying again.
As always, click on a photo to see it big.