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Spooky Cheap Halloween Decorations

Posted on 10/19/2012 8:16 EST

Halloween is less than two weeks away. If you're trying to figure out how to make the outside of your home extra scary (and inviting) for trick-or-treaters, here are several cauldron-boiling but penny-pinching ideas for homemade Halloween decorations.

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Front Door Halloween Decorations.

These Halloween decorations are sure to get a rise out of anyone looking for a fright.

  • Door Monster:

    If your front door is a dark color grab some white electrical tape; if the door is a light color, find some black electrical tape. Whichever tape you use for this homemade Halloween decoration, start by creating a mouth (one horizontal strip across and several placed vertically will do nicely for the teeth) and eyebrows. Next, take two plain white paper plates and glue a large black circle on each for eyes. If Frankenstein is your model, use black construction paper for the hair or choose a couple of bright colors for a wacky monster look; cut oddly shaped strips and attach above the eyes. Construction paper can also be turned into spiders, stitches, and whatever else you dream up to adorn your door-monster Halloween decoration.
  • Door Mummy:

    This Pinterest-inspired Halloween decoration idea for a door mummy calls for white streamers, paper plates, and construction paper. Follow the directions above for making two eyes and then affix them to the door. Starting at the top, add strips of streamers across the door and work downward as you go. Use double-sided tape to attach the strips and be sure to overlap them.

Front Porch Ideas for Halloween Decorations.

If spooking up the door isn't scary enough, these simple front-porch Halloween decorations are sure to do the trick.

  • 2x4 Monsters:

    Another Halloween decoration idea from Pinterest requires five 2x4s. Paint one black -- this will be the base. Paint another orange for a pumpkin, another white for a ghost, and a third green for a monster. Use black paint to add hair and facial details (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, eyebrows, etc.). Wrap the remaining 2x4 in burlap for a mummy and paint on eyes. Once the paint is dry, nail each 2x4 monster onto the base and set the finished sculpture on the porch.
  • Ghost Lights:

    This homemade Halloween decoration idea from Money Crashers uses several washed and dried milk jugs, each with a small hole cut into the bottom. Craft facial features from black construction paper and paste them on the jugs (make sure the handle is turned toward the back). Grab a strand of Christmas lights and push a handful through the bottom of each carton, then line them up on your porch or along the walkway and flip the switch.

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  • Foam Spiders and Bats:

    Foam is a versatile craft supply worth keeping around, and it's especially cheap at the dollar store. Make foam spiders for a Halloween decoration with two foam circles (one for the body and one for the head), pipe cleaners for legs, and wiggle eyes for, well, you guessed it. Glue these homemade Halloween decorations to the door and windows, hang them from the porch ceiling, or throw them in the bushes -- anywhere they're likely to be noticed. You can also make bats from foam by cutting out a bat shape and attaching wiggle eyes. Again, string them from the porch ceiling, the lintel over the doorway, or outside window frames.

Yard Halloween Decorations.

There are boundless homemade Halloween decoration opportunities for your yard. These creations become even spookier with the proper placement of spotlights.

  • Ghost:

    A garden stake and a white sheet are the raw materials for this Halloween decoration. Stuff the center of the sheet with hay or another sheet and tie up the sheet at the base of the stuffed area with twine. Spray paint black eyes, nose, and mouth or tape construction paper cutouts on the surface. Attach the ghost to the stake and you have a classic Halloween decoration. Make several in different sizes, array around the yard, and use a spotlight to highlight your ghost family.
  • Headstones:

    For this easy and cheap Halloween decoration, Money Crashers suggests using cardboard shipping boxes cut in the shape of tombstones. Paint each a shade of grey, write RIP in black paint, and attach to short yard stakes. Place hay around the bottom or glue fake moss for a more dramatic effect. Add a wooden cross or two made of branches and twine and you've got a mini cemetery in your yard. Spotlights will show off your handiwork.

Add to the fun by making your own original and cheap Halloween costumes. Anything goes for this holiday, but keep it fun. No sense in doling out any trick-or-treat nightmares.

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