Easy to Make Halloween Decorations for a Great Inexpensive Party

Costumes

Typical Costumes
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Halloween is a fun time of year to decorate

It is that time of year again, time to be thinking of ghosts, goblins, witches, and of course vampires. In a couple of months all creatures from our imagination will take to the streets Trick or Treating neighbors. The Big Day-Halloween!

Even if you wait till the last minute; it is never too late to grab a costume from the stores, at very discounted prices and a some great Halloween decorations too. And if you are the type already who has already planned and prepared for Halloween in advance, planning for the following Halloween can be so economical as the prices go lower and lower as the holiday grows near. Imagine, having it all done and stored away for next year.

Ghouls, pumpkins, spiders, bats, vampires, and witches are just some of the images brought to mind when we think about Halloween. If it is spooky and frightening, then we want it to be a part of our Halloween experience every year. No matter what your budget, there are both expensive and inexpensive Halloween ideas for a party to make your party a scary, spooky, and memorable one.

Halloween is a very popular holiday and there are so many great decorating idea items on sale in stores during the month of October up to the big day. If you wait until the last week, often these stores put Halloween decorations at a discount price.

Purchasing blow-up Halloween decorations can make your yard a great entrance area for your party. Available almost everywhere are pumpkins, scary cats, hanging spiders, and bats. They come in large or small size. After the holiday is over, they can be easily stored without taking up much room, and reused year after year.

The dollar stores have many cardboard or stick-on items for your walls or lampshades. Simple cutouts of one of these scary creatures can hung from ceiling lights. Hanging them on a lampshade can create a wonderful frightening outline of a creature. Also glow-in-the-dark skeletons can add to your atmosphere.

Cobwebs are a must at your party. Hanging them everywhere and placing them on tabletops adds fun to your party.

Available also are temporary borders you can purchase with a "dripping blood" theme. And skeleton heads in 3D, guaranteed to scare anyone.

All of these ideas can turn your home from a comfortable, pleasant place to be into a spooky Haunted House for your guests.

Wonderful Party Table

One example of a great looking Halloween Party table
One example of a great looking Halloween Party table | Source

Inexpensive Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a very popular holiday and there are so many great decorating idea items on sale in stores during the month of October up to the big day. If you wait until the last week, often these stores put Halloween decorations at a discount price.

Purchasing blow-up Halloween decorations can make your yard a great entrance area for your party. Available almost everywhere are pumpkins, scary cats, hanging spiders, and bats. They come in large or small size. After the holiday is over, they can be easily stored without taking up much room, and reused year after year.

The dollar stores have many cardboard or stick-on items for your walls or lampshades. Simple cutouts of one of these scary creatures can hung from ceiling lights. Hanging them on a lampshade can create a wonderful frightening outline of a creature. Also glow-in-the-dark skeletons can add to your atmosphere.

Cobwebs are a must at your party. Hanging them everywhere and placing them on tabletops adds fun to your party.

Available also are temporary borders you can purchase with a "dripping blood" theme. And skeleton heads in 3D, guaranteed to scare anyone.

All of these ideas can turn your home from a comfortable, pleasant place to be into a spooky Haunted House for your guests.

Great Table Idea

I love this Halloween Party Table setting
I love this Halloween Party Table setting | Source

Great Outside Lighting Idea

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Halloween Lighting Homemade

Lighting

Lighting is so important for to set the mood of your party. Colored lights can add to the spooky or eery atmosphere, giving a strange and frightening feeling. Big home improvement stores stock all colors and types. Lighting can be expensive though but here are some suggestions.

For your flood lights, use green, red, blue or orange for that spooky effect which intensifies if you can rent a fog machine. If you have solar lighting outside, their lighting alone adds to the atmosphere.

Use different colors on your Indoor lights to create different moods. To achieve a spooky "ghostie" feeling, use blue light bulbs; place them near a display of cemetery stones, ghouls, and ghosts. try using red light bulbs near a display of witches, vampires, and devils. Go for green light bulbs for a supernatural or alien effect.

Black lights of course have a purplish color especially combined with neon chalk or paint applied to your decorations.

For a limited budget just replacing a few of your regular light bulbs can add so much to your party, simply leave all lights except off, except for the colored ones.

Food and Drink

Delicious looking food and drink is an important part of any party, but for a Halloween party you will want to serve food that looks disgusting and frightening.

Serving a selection of finger foods works best for any age, especially if the food resembles actual fingers, eyeballs, or strange liquids. To make a plate of "eyeballs" take marshmallows and form each one into a dome shape, or you can use pre-packaged marshmallow treats. Using cake icing gel, paint a small round circle (the iris) on top of each one and place an M&M for the pupil of the eye. Using red gel you can paint jagged red lines on each eye.

Punch is a popular Halloween party drink with the guests being able to help themselves. There are many Halloween ideas for a party punch online. One fun and easy decoration to add is a "severed hand" to a red colored punch. Simply fill a latex glove full of water, rubberband the opening and with a little babysitting, the glove will freeze. Right before the party, cut the glove off the frozen hand and place your "severed hand" in the punch. Using a witches cauldron or inflatable pumpkin, both designed for serving beverages, adds to the experience. Non alcoholic ideas can include using a powdered drink mix and gingerale. For adult parties using colored liquors for cocktails along with a mixer can be fun.

Table Decorations

You can purchase a tablecloth or make your own scary spooky one. Using an old white bedsheet, make "bloody" fingerprints, handprints or blood spatters on the sheet. Use any type of poster paint or even fluorescent paint, both found in craftstores, for more fun with a blacklight shining down on it.

Those cardboard cutouts you made or purchased can be hung above the table or placed around the serving dishes. Small plastic spiders and bats hung using sewing thread are fun too.

Inexpensive plastic Halloween decorations placed on the table. The fluorescent ones especially make your scary theme come to life. You could even hide some, in between each napkins for a surprised guest to find.

Small pumpkins can be hollowed out and have lit tealights placed inside.

A Great Homemade Idea

Homemade decorations

Preparing for a party and creating the atmosphere you want can get to be expensive. One way to keep the costs down is to create a few of your own decorations. When added to your purchased props, your house is transformed into a Halloween party house.

Lights can be created using empty plastic milk/juice jugs. I found this idea on a blog at decor4you.blogspot.com.

Ghosts can be made and hung everywhere. Using a box of tissues and small rubberbands they are easy to make. Lay a tissue flat, take another tissue and make it into a ball, place on your flat tissue. Gather the flat tissue around the balled one and secure with a rubber band, creating a head with trailing tissue below. For more fun, using a marker, put a face on your little ghostie. Using a fluorescent marker adds more. Hang these using sewing thread to give a suspended in air feeling.

Cobwebs are easily made using a fusible material from the sewing store or buying cotton in a rolled sheet, such as that used in a first-aid application. Just pull the material gently apart, creating hole and a "web" design.

Blankets or sheets can be strewn over your furniture or hung carelessly on your windows giving off a feeling of being a place where ghosts might dwell. If you live in a warm area, leave a window open a bit so the breeze will make the sheets move.

Rubber Gloves stuffed with tissues or newspaper and painted with "bloody" marks can be placed around, some on chairs where an unsuspecting guest might sit.

Lengths of String can be cut to head height and hung in doorways to give your guests a shiver as the string brushes their head. Wetting the ends of the string just before your party starts adds an extra surprise.

Dead tree branches sprayed with fluorescent paint and placed in vases give off an eery feeling.

Cardboard can be cut into spiders, bats, and many scary designs, painted and hung around.

Rubbery Window Clings placed on light switches in the bathroom is fun or wrapped around a utensil the guest might use.

With your room dark, many ordinary objects can be transformed into frightening Halloween Party ideas.

Costume Ideas

For the young and old costumes are an important Halloween prop. There are many traditional ideas such as witches, ghosts, vampires, zombies and many people now rent costumes to resemble a favorite movie idol or historical figure. Its a perfect excuse to dress-up in something weird, to not be your usual self. Answering the door to your guests dressed up can be alot of fun and set the mood for a successful party.

Rentals are an option but get there early as the best costumes go quickly. For those on a budget, making your own is a choice. Add some accessories from a dollar store and shopping at a second hand or thrift store can get you the look you want, or you will be able to transform an item into your costume. For instance, a gold prom gown, costume jewelry, and a black wig can transform you into Cleopatra.  A Greek goddess is born using a white sheet knotted at the shoulder, a gold belt, and sandals.

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