How to Decorate for Halloween on a Budget

Halloween decorations can add up very quickly when buying everything pre-made at the store. There are some easy things you can do to get your home looking spooky without paying a fortune. Combine some of these easy home-made Halloween decoration ideas with what you can buy at the store and you will still find yourself saving money this Halloween season.

Party supply stores are a great place to get cheap Halloween decorations. At the very least, you can pick up little extras to help what you have already decorated at home, such as fake eyeballs, glowing skulls, etc. for under $10.

Turn Your Home into a Haunted House

Turning your home into a haunted house can be as easy as throwing old sheets over your furniture. Remove a couple pieces of furniture to really make it look as if you’ve moved out and there are no occupants in the house. Then, sprinkle cornstarch, baking soda, or talcum powder on your shelves, mantle, and other flat surfaces to make it seem as if nobody has entered your house in years.

To go the extra mile, you can buy the fake spider web at the store for a few dollars to add throughout your house to make it seem even less lived in.

Cheap Floating Ghosts

No matter what, making your own ghosts is going to be one of the best cheap Halloween decorations you can make. A real affordable way is to blow up a balloon and drape a sheet over it. With the tied end of the balloon facing up, use a safety pin through the sheet and using a clear wire, suspend the balloon from the ceiling.

Spooky Silhouettes

If you want to make your home look spooky from the outside, make spooky silhouettes using black cardboard. Use chalk to trace the outline you want, perhaps a witch, bat, werewolf, or monster. After you have cut the shape out, wipe off the chalk residue and tape the silhouette to your window or nail behind a tree.

Shop for Next Year

Halloween stores will greatly reduce their prices the last few days they are open. Visit them during those days and see what you can find for next year. You can save a lot of money on Halloween decorations that would normally be over your budget.

Consider visiting these stores before Halloween to let you brainstorm on what you can easily make on your own and save a lot of money. The hardest part is not buying anything during this visit. Remember, the money you’re saving doing it on your own will allow you to buy other things, perhaps games or appetizers for your Halloween party.



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