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6 Inexpensive DIY Halloween Decorations

6 Inexpensive DIY Halloween Decorations
Linsay Thomas

Halloween is quickly approaching, and while it is not as popular as Thanksgiving or Christmas, it is still a much-anticipated event for fun-loving people. Even if you are too old to trick or treat, there is still fun to be had with the decorating aspect of the occasion, Walk into virtually any store and you will find loads of decorations: tombstones, inflatable witches, talking ghosts and scary spiders. You could easily spend hundreds of dollars – but the good news is that you do not have to. If you have an artistic bone in your body, you can easily and inexpensively create your own Halloween decorations so you can have the best-decorated house on the block.

Flying Ghosts

Frighten trick or treaters with a trio of flying ghosts. These can be easily created with balloons covered with gauze fabric. Add some scary faces to the balloons and you have instant ghosts! Hang them in a tree or front porch and watch them realistically move in the wind.

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With a dozen milk jugs, a black marker and candles, you can create a spooky walkway filled with lit-up ghosts. With the milk jug handle in the back, draw a spooky face on each jug. Next, cut out the bottoms and insert small candles to light them up. You will soon have a glowing walkway.

Reusable Jack O’ Lanterns

Real pumpkins can be messy to carve. Plus, they do not last long. Artificial ones, however, can be easily carved with an Exacto knife. You can pop a candle inside and place them on a doorstep or walkway to light up a path. The good part? You can use them again next year.


Grab some cardboard, gray paint and a marker and you can create a cemetery in your front yard. Flatten large boxes, draw some tombstone shapes, paint them gray and let dry. Next, write some epitaphs – such as “R.I.P.” – on the tombstones. Attach a stake to the back and plant them in the ground for a quick and easy graveyard.

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For a scary Halloween decoration, your traditional Christmas wreaths will not do. Instead, think outside the box a little to create something scream-worthy. For example, try using a black feather boa and adorning it with scary bloodshot eyeballs. The black boa and white eyes will contrast for a spooky look. Conversely, you can also try a white boa (or a fabric wreath) and add black spiders to scare children once they reach your doorstep.

DIY Welcome Mat

“Welcome” the neighborhood children with a mat decorated with spooky images. Use a large undecorated mat or carpet remnant and use a marker to draw skeletons, scary pumpkins and other popular Halloween images. You can also add spooky sayings.

Whether you try one or all of these fun DIY decorations, you can rest assured knowing that you are having fun while saving money. You will also get to showcase your creativity without having to spend hundreds of dollars. 

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