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Frugal Halloween Decorating Ideas

Updated on October 4, 2013

Spooky Time Is Coming

Four weeks away and counting! Are you ready? Have you gone over your checklist of things that need to be done? Buy candy for the kiddies? Check! Get your costumes ready? Check! Decorate your house? Oops….well, no check yet, because let’s face it, decorating has been expensive in the past and money is a little tight this year.

Well no worries! Read on and find some great frugal ideas for decorating your home, ideas guaranteed to scare the bejeebers out of the bravest ghost hunter.

Most of these decorating ideas can be done using items you already have around the home, so the cost is basically measured in the time it takes to make them. If you enlist the help of your kids, and why wouldn’t you, then even the cost of time is lessened, and the kids will have a blast helping you.

Are you ready? Are you in the mood? Well then let’s begin!


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Make Your Own Ghosts

This one is so easy even this author can do it. Roll up some old aluminum foil into a ball shape. Drape an old piece of white cotton or other white material (old t-shirts cut into square shapes), and tie it off with string to make the head of the ghost. Have your kids paint faces on the head and then hang your ghosts from tree limbs or from anything in your house.

You can substitute balloons for the ghost heads if you like, or any other round object i.e. old tennis balls.

Also, instead of painting a face on the head, you can cut out eyes from black felt or construction paper and clue the face on.

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Spider Webs

Do you have any black, gray, or white yarn? If so, you have your spider web. Stretch it between limbs of trees, or on the porch, or hanging from lamps in the house.

SPIDERS

Back to the tennis balls, or Styrofoam balls if you have them. Whatever you have, paint them black, and then glue on legs using black pipe cleaners. You can also use black construction paper for the legs. When you are done, hang the spiders in the webs that you made. Very spooky, especially in the dark when you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and run into one of them.

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SCARECROW

Here is an oldie but a goodie! This has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. Take an old pair of blue jeans and stuff them with balled-up newspaper. Find an old plaid shirt, or any shirt, and stuff that as well. Use a pumpkin for a head; set your scarecrow up in a chair by the front porch. If you have some straw, have it sticking out of the sleeves and cuffs. Add a straw hat and you have a scarecrow. Your kids will love making one of these, and the neighborhood kids will shriek with delight.

For $7 you can get a bale of hay for him to sit on!

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Make a Graveyard

Again, so easy it is FRIGHTENING! Do you have any old cardboard boxes laying around? If so, cut out tombstones, then paint them black or gray. You can keep them erect by attaching a straightened metal clothes hanger, and then paint some names on them with dates of birth and death. Five or six of them in the front yard should do the trick.

Scary Lighting

Do you have any strings of Christmas lights of the bulb variety? If so, wrap each light in dark colored paper and hang the lights outside. We always used black paper as a covering; the subdued coloring is quite spooky.

Cardboard Monsters

How artistic are you? Using cardboard, cut out ghosts, ghouls, vampires, whatever. Paint them and then attach them to a wooden stake and put them in the yard. Don’t forget the red paint for some blood dripping off of your creation.

LUMINARIES

If you have a supply of paper sacks and some votive candles, you are ready to go with this clever way of lighting your sidewalk on Halloween.

Take the sacks and draw a spooky design i.e. pumpkin, witch, ghost. You could even use pictures from a coloring book and glue them on the sacks. Next, using a hole punch, punch holes around the design.

Now take your votive candle and put it in a candle holder. Put a couple inches of sand or kitty litter in the bottom of the sack, stick the candle holder in the bottom of the sack on the sand, and light the candle. At night the shape of the scary drawing will shine for all to see. Put them alongside your sidewalk to light up the path for the trick-or-treaters.

Fake Pumpkins

Use trash bags, fill them with leaves, and paint them orange. Glue on a face and you have a perfect pumpkin for the porch or in the house.

Hey, if you are really living simple then you will have grown pumpkins during the summer and you will have the real thing waiting to be carved!

Dead Limb Ornament Tree

Go outside and find a dead limb that has lots of branches. Spray paint it black and then hang homemade Halloween ornament or orange lights from it.

BOTTLES OF BLOOD

If you have any old bottles around the house, now is the time to put them to use. If you don’t have any, head to the local Goodwill store and pick up a few. Take the labels off of them, and then fill them with red water made of food coloring, or some other color. Put handmade labels on the bottles that say “Frankenstein’s Blood” or some such name. You can also paint Styrofoam balls the color of eyeballs and float them in the bottle and label it “Peasant Eyeballs” or “Eyes of the Newt.”

I hope you found this helpful
I hope you found this helpful

Can You Think of Any?

None of these ideas cost more than $7 tops, and most can be made from items around the average home. Get creative and involve your kids in a brainstorming session. It is great fun preparing for Halloween, and if it is a family project then you will have started a tradition that will last for years.

Living Simple! It’s all about cutting expenses, using what you have, and spending quality time with friends and family.

What ideas do you have?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, howdy! It sounds like you are in the mood, so good luck with that yarn and thank you for the visit.

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      miss1magination 4 years ago

      Happy Halloween! To you Billy. From Becky...Boo Boo. You have some great idea's for scary spooky spider webs- Yikes, I have some yarn too at home:) Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sg, so glad these helped. Bev is just like a kid, so we do this stuff for every holiday....she loves it, and her enthusiasm is infectious. :)

      Thank you!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You have so many great ideas here! Home made ghosts, I haven't thought about making those in years. I used to love to make them when I was a kid! I know what I am going to be doing tomorrow! Voting this up and useful! :0 Boo!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shai, welcome to my site and thank you! I love your last statement....they are already up for Christmas....how great is that? :)

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      Chen 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas! Especially in the current economic situations, it's so important to keep our spirits up and celebrate fun things, but also to do it frugally! Using Christmas lights at Halloween is a great way to get more use out of them, and they'll be ready for December.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dreamhowl, that makes me happy! Glad you liked them and thank you for taking the time to visit.

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      Jessica Marello 5 years ago from United States

      I love these ideas! It makes decorating the house sound more fun than just setting up decorations from the store (and cheaper, too, of course). I had forgotten about homemade ghosts until you reminded me! Voted up! I certainly plan on using these ideas one day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Sharkye; nice to see you again. Funny, but the simplest ideas are often the most durable and the ones we remember fondly. Thanks for adding your suggestion; great idea!

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub! This is how we did Halloween when I was growing up. We made as much as we could, and most of it lasted through years of use. We would take containers (you could still get metal coffee cans then) and spray paint them, then draw on faces such as Frankenstein or make them look like candy corn. Line them with tissue paper and use them for candy buckets around the house.

      I still look for normal household stuff at thrift stores and yard sales them repaint it to be a Halloween version of itself. Collect enough over the year and you can set up large displays that are durable, resuable, and only cost a few dollars rather than the enormous cost of buying huge props in Halloween stores.

      Love the idea of throwing the yarn in the trees. Had never thought of that!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, that's great that you are having a Halloween night....what a small world we live in, and I love HubPages because it gives me a chance to learn so much about other cultures, and meet new friends like you. I'm glad you found this helpful; have a great weekend.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you Bill! This is awesome. We don't really celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving over here, but we're hijacking these holidays from this year and I'm so excited! We'll be doing a horror movie night for Halloween and I was trying to think of ways to decorate the living room - without much expense. Your hub is full of great ideas that I am definitely going to use - thanks! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I'm glad your computer is back from the doctors. I was getting ready to email you and see what's up. Glad you liked these suggestions; I've still got a few tricks up my sleeve. :)

      Have a great weekend my dear friend.

      bill

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Well aren't you just the man with a thousand unique abilities! These suggestions are fantastic. My computer was sick and at the doctors for 6 days and I went crazy (more than normal) not having it!

      Glad I didn't miss this.

      I used to be HUGE with holiday decorating and Halloween was up there among my favorites.

      Thanks for the wonderful memories!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, I haven't figured out how to make candy less expensive. If I do I'll get back to you. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Glad I found this before Halloween. But alas, the most expensive item on the Halloween shopping list doesn't seem to have any money-saving tips: candy. I bought my Halloween decorations a long time ago, and in a sense, save money because I've been reusing them for at least a decade. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie....LOL...I'm still not sure I have a crafting side, but thank you for the vote and share. I do believe I owe you a visit.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      TONS of great ideas here, Bill! Glad to see you are getting in touch with your crafting side... I knew it was in there somewhere :) Halloween is my favorite holiday.. I just love all the spooky stuff!! UP and AWESOME! Sharing :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, thank you so much for the visit. I haven't seen you in awhile and I greatly appreciate it.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! You shared many amazing and economical Halloween craft ideas with us! This is an ideal hub for many Halloween enthusiasts as Halloween is just around the corner! I enjoyed reading this smartly-written hub of yours! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & socially shared

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, they really are; I hope these ideas work out for you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great hub, I love working on Halloween things, they are so much fun!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Today! Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.

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      todaylearning 5 years ago from Texas, United States

      Thank you for sharing, it is very interesting. Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I had forgotten the pure joy of embarrassing our teens....God I miss those days. LOL Thank you again and yes, I am quite certain you miss him greatly! :)

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Billy-you said a mouthful. Not only is scaring kids one of the adult pleasures but EMBARRASSING one's teenagers was also mandatory, hee hee. Glad you got a chuckle from my husbands behavior...he was quite the character and I have a lot of stories of the 'predicaments' he got us into. It was like Laurel and Hardy-he being Hardy. Boy, do I miss him and his laughter!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      L.L.....I love that idea and had not heard of it....that would be a bit spooky. Thanks for the great suggestion and for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      WhiteOak, you are so right. We just harvested our pumpkins and have great fun ahead of us. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzie; it is for sure a very fun holiday! I wish it was carefree like it was when we were kids, but still gobs of fun can be had.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I am laughing out loud.....your poor husband! Thank you my friend; scaring the kids is one of the joys that comes with adulthood.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Inexpensive and lots of things kids of all ages can do or assist in doing; two goodies wrapped in one hub.

      I had read somewhere a use for toilet paper and/or paper towel rolls. Cut out eye shapes of different sizes and shapes, then insert a glow stick. Place the rolls in bushes or trees for a spooky effect.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared. Boo!

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      Eva Thomas 5 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas! I use to cut as much of the pumpkin as I could to cook before the kids decorated them. It took a little time but it was worth it. Nothing like fresh cooked pumpkin.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Sorry late to the party on this! Terrific hub with such an array of options that won't break the bank!! Loved the idea of the scarecrow, blood bottles and the rest. Very inventive suggestions Bill - I do love Halloween and used to go mad for decorating. I always love my brother and sister-in-laws as they go all out on the decorations for the kids . . .and themselves!! Great job again Bill, voted everything and shared :-)

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved the hub. After Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I used to LOVE decorating our house when my kids were young, and my husband really got into it big time! He would dress up and sit on our porch like a 'dummy' (on the really cold nights I would think he was...but, that's another story, haha). Then, he would jump up and scare the kids as they approached the door! It was great fun...LOL

      Sharing this one...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Krsharp, I'm a big fan of dead limbs and decorating....we use them during Christmas too. I hope it works out well for you, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tranquillite, I think many of us are on the same budget. Best of luck to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I hope it works out well for you. Thanks for the visit; much-appreciated.

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      Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      I can't resist Halloween decoration ideas. Terrific hub billybuc! I love your idea for dead limb ornaments. We have a miniature coffin that would look even spookier with dead limbs and webs. Thank you for sharing. -K

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      tranquillite 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Perfect! I am on such a budget and this'll really keep my in the spirit of the Holidays. Thank you :) voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the good ideas, Bill. My Halloween decorating has always been limited to the front hallway for the visiting children to see when they come for treats, but this year I might just use some of your ideas to decorate the outside of the house too!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie....LOL....I think many of us went overboard and used our kids as the excuse. I was a much bigger kid than my son, and proud of it.

      Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ricky! Life is too short not to have some fun, don't you think?

      Much-appreciated my friend; have a great week at work, whatever it is that you do!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jlava, I don't have any little kids to decorate with anymore, but I have some wonderful memories. :) Thank you so much for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frugal, I'm happy that I could help and thank you so much for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ablissfulskin, pumpkin carving is my favorite as well, and this year we grew our own pumpkins, so that's a bonus savings.

      Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These are great ideas and I have done a few, but really don't go all out since my kids are grown, but it was fun while it lasted. It was always my excuse to go wild with the make-up! I loved collecting candy too! Great ideas. Thanks for the memories!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, perfect timing on this one. Hard to believe that it is just around the corner. Where has the year gone? Great ideas and you always make reading "fun." Your a talent my friend!! I know if I am having a bad day, I can always find a smile on your side of town Bill. Awesome as always. Up and all across but beautiful. Shared also. HAPPY HALLOWEEN:):):)

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Now this was a fun read Billy!! Did the scarecrow with the kids many times - what a blast we had. He always got propped up against a tree but I love the bale of hay idea. Holidays and decorating are one of the simple pleasures of life. Thanks for these great tips.

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      FrugalFatCouple 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for this hub. Not only have you taken the SCARY out of the cost of Halloween, but you've really put us in the mood.

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      Anna 5 years ago from West Coast

      I really like your ideas!!!!

      Halloween can be expensive, thanks to you, I will find a way to save money and make our yard spooky!!!

      Pumpkin carving is my favorite activity, thanks again for posting!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Grandmapeart, if you are inspired then I am one satisfied writer. :) Thank you and good luck with those craft decorations. I appreciate the visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I see it dying in all neighborhoods....safety you know! That saddens me!

      Thank you Sir!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I Love all your ideas, Billy. In fact, you have inspired me to decorate this Halloween by using what I have on hand and not buying anything at all! I certainly have plenty of leaves, lots of craft stuff to use up--and I'm loving the ghosts that I can hang from the trees. Once again a very useful and inspiring article. I appreciate anything or anybody that gets my creative side in gear! Voted Up across the board and Pinned.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Sadly , though my wife decorates and buys candy to pass out, Halloween has died in my neighborhood.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Nora! I hope you do and I hope you enjoy these ideas. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great Halloween Tips!! I usually just get a pumpkin for my daughter to paint and put in front of the door of our apartment, but these ideas seem not only cost efficient, but fun for her too! The bottles of blood with the "eyeballs" sound cool, I may have to try that out!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love that you have the same decorations each year. There is a lot to be said about tradition. Enjoy your Sunday and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alissa, this seems to be a holiday that everyone enjoys! Have fun tomorrow and thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love all of your ideas, esp. the bottles of blood. Halloween is one of my favorite times to decorate. I use the same decorations every year and i adore them. Thank you for a funtastic hub...

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Great ideas for Halloween! I was thinking about pulling my decorations out tomorrow so the boys could help me spook up the house. We just happen to have a couple of styrofoam balls and black pipe cleaners so we will be adding your spider idea to our décor!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, honestly, this is my one serious attempt to win a HOTD....so many of these things we did when we were kids. I just borrow from my childhood whenever I need inspiration. :) Thank you!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Well who knew you were the crafty type there Billy. I know you are simple mr. fix it, but I don't know- I just had this visual of you doing crafts and cracked up. I'm in a silly mood tonight I guess. But nonetheless, you had some great ideas!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I'm going to do my best to scare as many as possible. No reason they should miss out on the fright. :) Thank you dear lady! I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I agree, there are fewer and fewer kids each year, and I do find that sad. What a fun holiday this once was when we were kids. We would have two or three pillow cases filled with candy, and the neighbors loved it as much as the kids. Sigh!

      Thank you my dear; rest up for the next work week.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I do enjoy seeing the kids. When I lived in Vermont we lived in the country, so we all came into town and had a celebration like the one you describe. Great fun! Now we are in a neighborhood with quite a few kids, so we'll see what happens this year. Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I have no trouble seeing you having a blast on Halloween! You are so creative and fun-loving; this holiday was made for you.

      Thank you Linda!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, I think we grew up in the same neighborhood. We have so much fun on Halloween as kids....sadly, those days are gone, except possibly in some of the gated communities where it is safe to let kids roam a bit.

      Thank you my friend; I'm glad you loved it and I appreciate the visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      K9, thank you for the hugs; I'll always gladly accept them, and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I know, this is kind of an odd hub for me to write. Oh well, expanding my horizons. LOL I'll be back to normal on Monday! Thank you my dear; have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, this is my best shot at HOTD.....if I don't get it for this one I never will. LOL Thanks lil' Sis; have a great Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you have made my day with your visit. No, we don't want to scare the granddaughters.....wait, you can't possibly be old enough for grandchildren....say it ain't so! :)

      Thank you my dear; I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

      peace and love always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS my friend, wonderful to see you on this Saturday! Bev and I have been playing and relaxing, so I'm a bit late responding. I love that you love Halloween; such a fun time and yes, scaring the little ones is a huge part of the fun. Thank you my friend; have a great Sunday!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I think you could single-handedly make Halloween much more scary! You do have some great ideas for a party or to scare the kids. I like the luminaries. Voted up!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great tips, Bill! I must admit, since my son is no longer a child, our decorating has been minimized. However, I still have ghosts he and his dad made when my my son was a little boy. They are made of tissue paper stuffed into white cloth napkins with faces painted on the faces by sharpie markers.

      I love your spider webs idea. I'd always bought the stretchy stuff that really isn't realistic.

      Unfortunately, we get fewer trick or treaters as time goes by (except those who are too old to trick or treat!) because of icky people who choose this time to be ugly and do ugly things. Parents are now keeping their children home. It's a sad world when kids can't pretend and for one night dream!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      We do a little......and mosyly with the free pumpkins we get from our neighbor the vegetable farmer.....and I put an orange light in each window and one sad looking ghost near the front shrubs.....But, you know what? We get no little rug rats in costume, begging for treats.....The parents and children walk in the village and attend the parade and the cider party at the Community center.

      We're on a major route......the only kids we get are the grandkids and they get home made cookies from Gram..not candy!......It's a pretty damned cheap Holiday for us!..........UP+++

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Halloween is my favorite holiday. Candy and being able to scare kids, it's perfection! I have a battery operated cackling witch that works by sound, as the kids walk up towards my porch and just as they start to say "Tric.... the witch cackles and the kids jump! I love it!! I'm going to try the headstone idea this year. Cool idea!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I love this!!! I think you and I have similar ideas about what Halloween should be like, Billy! We always did our home in hand-carved pumpkins, and our costumes were scrounged from our parents' closets (the favorite get-ups were bums and gypsies, as I recall).

      Remember the great Halloween scene in Meet Me in St. Louis? That literally is what it was like when I was a kid. Everyone in the neighborhood knew us, the adults looked forward to seeing how big we all got over the past year, and we ran free and created innocent mischief. What a shame those days are gone now.

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Love this! Truly a priceless look at creating frugal Halloween decorations!

      HubHugs~

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You are soooo full of surprises! Halloween is one of my favorites, I always have a blast....I have to go get those old Christmas lights out of the garbage to use for Halloween so I'll end this right here.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I love decorating with luminaries (luminarias in Spanish, lol) at Christmastime. I actually learned some frugal ways to decorate for Halloween! Awesome hub, BB!! Voting, sharing, tweeting and pinning. :)

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      You crafty one you!!! These are really great ideas here you have presented. When my children were young, of course I went all out with the spooky, but now that they are grown, and I want to just reflect the season of fall, and in doing so, I can leave it all out through Thanksgiving, i.e, just varying sizes of pumpkins on top of of hay bales, etc., maybe a beautiful fall wreath on the door or mailbox, which one can obtain all the crafts at the dollar store for sure! When my children were teenagers, they did want to kick up the level of spooky, so I would dress up too and play a spooky tape for added effects with lighting too. For some reason, my husband seemed to really enjoy it too when I would "dress up." LOL I do like to use things already given in nature such as pine cones, leaves - as you have stated. However, my granddaughters are still so young, I wouldn't want to scare them, just yet, maybe never. LOL God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi BB...I must confess this is one of my favorite holidays and I have already begun collecting ideas to use for décor. I am so glad you have done so much work for me...I do want to scare the the little ones---that is half of the fun...hearing the squeals of laughter and fright??!! We are all about saving as much cash as possible so these are suggestions we will use for sure.

      Have a lovely almost-the-last-day of September, my Friend. ps

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mpropp, believe me, if I can do these then anyone can. I promise, they are that easy! And you are so right...I am a big believer in craft projects that include the kids and establish rituals that will give you a lifetime of memories.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great ideas! I think the best thing about making your own decorations (I am NOT a crafty person, but most of these seem simple enough for even me) is that it is a wonderful way to spend time with your kids. Instead of going to the store and buying a bunch of junk that costs too much, you can share the time with your children. They get to use their imagination and little hands to create something and at the same time you all are creating a very precious memory. This is just another reminder that you don't have to spend money to have a good time! Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, when I woke up this morning I thought of you and crazy Saturday! I hope you find time to breathe and enjoy some solitude. Thank you for sharing; I hope these ideas will come in handy!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Crazy Saturday is finally calming down and got to check out your latest and love all your frugal decorating ideas for Halloween. I happen to love Halloween and decorating too so this is really up my alley. I have pinned to try to use some of your tips and have also voted and shared all over!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I love scarecrows and pumpkins; they are classic decorations for sure. Thank you for sharing and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sasha! The jury is still out regarding me being crafty....I just remember things from the past that still make sense today! Thank God I still have a memory. I appreciate you, and if you do a food hub I'll link to it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you; a rather odd hub for me, but the only way for me to improve on evergreen hubs is to practice them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, you are so right! Random spending adds up to large spending, and most of the time we are not even aware of it. Thank you for the share my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Great ideas, Bill.

      I am thrifty when it comes to decorating 'cause spend a fortune on treats for the kids who come knocking on my door.

      I just have a scare-crow at my entrance and a pumpkin with a candle in it...lol

      voted up as useful. Sharing it across

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Love these!! I didn't know you could be crafty... are you going to write a recipe hub next? ^_^ hehe... I'm not sure I'll decorate this year since my oldest is 3 and very much a scaredy-cat... so I might have to wait until next year. I will most certainly use these ideas when I do! On halloween I usually focus on making creepy food, ^_^ So fun! I am most certainly voting this a bunch and sharing... plus if I find the time to make a halloween food hub I will link to this for sure!!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Being a craft writer for another site I took note of your ideas. Very clever and it just proves we don't have to spend the big bucks to create a holiday atmosphere. Some Halloweens we get hords and last year none. It was really strange. As always Bill, fun to read and learn something new.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderfully creative ideas...I can see you've put a lot of effort in thinking them up! We celebrate the Chinese version of Halloween here..just over and now its moon cakes for an entire month. It's always good to save on what we can during these times because you will find, after a while, that every little you spend ends up being a lot. Quite scary!! Thanks for the write, which I share, of course!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! I gladly accept the Hubluv and Hubhugs! Bev gets more than a little credit for the ideas in this hub; the rest came from days gone by when I was a little one....the old ideas are still good ideas. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wow bill - Wonderful and very creative ideas! I love the "Luminaries". How on earth did you come up with all these neat and fun ideas? Leave it to you :) Well, this hub is getting a big "share" and while I'm at it - "Trick or Treat!" Hubluv and Hubhugs - Audrey

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, if I can think of things like this, anyone can, because I am not too terribly crafty. Money just isn't necessary, as you well know.

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy......LMAO! Who would have thought it, huh? This is my one and only attempt to win a HOTD....of course, there is no shot, but I was curious what would happen if I actually tried to win one. LOL I'm glad you liked it; I actually was thinking of you when I wrote this, so your comment is priceless.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Awesome Ideas my friend. Dollar stores can help us for a couple of bucks. Gathering leaves from the backyard can change the aspect of your front porch. I guess we can be imaginative enough when we know money is tight! Great frugal Halloween ideas Bill!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I am so proud.. look at you! I knew there was a sleeping craft bug in there somewhere. These are fabulous ideas that prove we don't need to spend tons of money to create a scary Halloween. :) Love it!