6 Scary-Cheap Halloween Decor Ideas

Event Planning, Living & Spending
on October 21, 2014
6 Scary-Cheap Halloween Decor Ideas


The last thing you need right before the holiday season jumps into full swing is a Halloween decor haul that will burn a hole through your wallet. Luckily, there are more than a few fabulous ways to deck the halls this Halloween, without busting your decor budget before the air even begins to chill.

Shadowy Votives

Cheap DIY Halloween Decor

Uncommon Designs

This project seems subtle, but it casts quite a shadow—literally. Add a silhouette to the outside of candle glass cups or vases with stickers or vinyl in fun Halloween shapes. Then, watch as as flames cast eerie shadows around your home, creating a ghostly atmosphere.

Mummy Lanterns

Cheap DIY Halloween Decor

The Everyday Home

Wrap mason jars (or any glass containers you have on hand) or hollow plastic pumpkins in cheesecloth to create mummy lanterns for your porch or eerie luminaries for a spooky addition to your next dinner party.

Paper Mache Pumpkins

Cheap DIY Halloween Decor

June Olsen

This tutorial for paper mache pumpkins costs only $5. Add your own creative touch with the paper mache pattern of your choice and stencils that suite your spooky decor preferences. You can go for elegant, creepy, or just plain festive fun.

Paper Bat Barrage

Cheap DIY Halloween Decor

It All Started with Paint

Turn your front door into an uninviting scene to playfully ward off visitors, with a cloud of paper bats. They’re easy and inexpensive to make, and you can arrange them any way you like. We love ours swarming across the front stoop.

Thumb Tack Pumpkins

Cheap DIY Halloween Decor


Not only is this pumpkin decoration no-carve and mess-free, it’s inexpensive and oh, so versatile. Arrange thumb tacks in whatever Halloween design appeals to you most, like this ghost or a spooked black cat.

Cheesecloth Covered Mantel

Cheap DIY Halloween Decor

Michael W

For a truly budget-friendly Halloween decoration you can use anywhere in your house, pick up a 6-yard roll of cheesecloth for a few dollars from the nearest craft store to artfully drape over your mantel, tabletop or any piece of furniture you want to spookify.

For more great ways to save money this Halloween, check out the Halloween Decorations page on Hometalk.

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