I love to decorate for the holidays and Halloween is one of the most fun! Whether you go for being the scariest house on the block or you prefer to keep it simple
and more “kid” friendly, there are so many things you can do. If you’re trying to keep things simple or are trying to stick to a budget, here are some ideas that will make your Halloween decor SPOOKtacular!!
- Insect Confetti: Local craft stores carry craft punches. An ant and spider punch are the perfect additions to your Halloween holiday decorations! Just punch them out of black card-stock and sprinkle them around! You can often find “glitter” paper to punch them out of which would just pick up a bit of light to make the bugs shimmer! You can also glue or tape these little critters to the inside of a lamp shade and when the lamp is turned on… bugs will appear!
- Insect Stickers – Get some bug stickers and stick them on the windows. Window clings are similar but sometimes you just want the little bugs crawling around! You could also use these stickers on a glass or pitcher of drink. Then see who you can trick!
- Buy pumpkin shaped sugar candies. A bag is only a couple of dollars and you can just set these pumpkins around! Or line them up along the fireplace mantel or window sill. You can also get black cats and even candy corn to add to the Halloween theme! Of course, don’t be surprised if your “decorations” start disappearing!
- If you have mason jars, fill them with colored water and put a plastic insect in them to “float” around just like in a mad scientist’s lab!
- Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes these days. A large array of white pumpkins mixed with orange and yellow pumpkins.. use large to tiny in size, add some gourds and decorate with some dried leaves from your tree in the back yard. Throw on a plastic spider or gummy rat and you have a really nice outdoor decoration spread to welcome the tricker or treaters. After Halloween, add pretty ribbons or bows around the pumpkins or on the stems and some dried “indian” corn.
- For a more Fall theme, walk the neighborhood looking for dried leaves that have fallen from trees. Even pinecones, acorns or interestingly shaped branches or twigs. Collect the biggest and nicest and fill a large barrel or basket with them. This makes a great entry way decoration or could even be a nice centerpiece.
- Candles always are great for inexpensive decorating and Halloween is no exception. Candles placed throughout your home can cast shadows and set the mood for an eerie evening at home during October. Use black and orange candles throughout your home or search the internet for inexpensive Halloween candles . Of course, don’t ever leave the candles burning unattended – especially near those beautiful, dried leaves!
- Create a “spooky” scene on your mantle using artificial jack-o-lanterns (with votives), a small wooden fence, twigs and black Halloween cutouts. Place two or three artificial jack-o-lanterns on the mantle with votives to cast an eerie glow. Add a small wooden fence (from a craft store), some twigs from your yard and black & orange Halloween cutouts to complete the scene.
- I love to let children decorate because it really IS their holiday, no matter what we adults may think! Keep the crafts simple like paper chains with orange and black construction paper and cut out Halloween shapes (cats, bats, spiders, witches and witches’ hats, etc) to hang from the ceiling. Cut out paper jack-o-lanterns to decorate to hang on the walls and doors.
I hope this helps give you some inspiration for creating a festive mood in your house! If you have pictures, I’d love to see them over on my Facebook page!