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Frugal Halloween Decorating Ideas
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!
Make A Floating Ghost
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Decorate for your Halloween party, or just entertain passing Halloween trick-or-treaters by making this fun floating ghost for your home.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
How To Make Luminaries
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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.
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!
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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.”
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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