Halloween is all about dressing up and eating enormous amounts of candy. Still, we can all agree that Halloween would be nothing without its over-the-top decorations, which seem to be getting more innovative each year. And thanks to the Internet, these ideas have never been more accessible to us. That being said, we’ve gathered a couple of easy and cheap Halloween decoration ideas for you to try.
The best part of Halloween decorations is that you can get as creative as you want. Aside from the standard pumpkin carving, there are plenty of other things you can do to “spookify” your home or office.
8 Easy and Cheap Halloween Decoration Ideas
1. Pumpkins… Pumpkins Everywhere
Obviously, Halloween wouldn’t be complete without pumpkins. There are so many ways you can decorate with pumpkins, it’s almost impossible to list them all.
If you don’t have a lot of time, you can simply put a bunch of pumpkins in your front yard, and create a small pumpkin patch. Pick pumpkins of various sizes and colours, as that will make the scenery a bit more dynamic.
But if you want to take things to the next level, you can carve the pumpkins and light them from the inside. That is one of the most common outdoor Halloween decoration ideas, but it’s effective nonetheless. The pumpkins will look amazing in the evening when all the other lights go out.
Although these are go-to ideas for many of us, there are plenty of other ways to use pumpkins as decorations. For example, you can dye them black to play up the spooky factor, or paint Halloween motifs on them. Another thing you can do is add a touch of glamour and elegance to the pumpkins with some lace and glitter. When you decorate the pumpkins, you can place them anywhere you like, as they make great indoor and outdoor decorations. What’s more, you can also use them as table centrepieces and candy bowls.
2. Paper Bats
For this DIY Halloween decoration, you’ll need card stock paper, preferably black, as well as some invisible thread. To get started, find a picture of a bat silhouette on the Internet, and then trace it on the black card paper. You can make the bats any size you want, but we suggest you make them in various sizes.
Next, cut out the shapes with scissors, and make small holes at the heads/tails of the bats so you can tie them together with the invisible thread. Once you do that, pin the thread to your chandelier, ceiling beams, or stair railings.
If you want, you can also stick the bats to your windows. They will look cool from the inside, but they will look even better from the outside, especially at night. That being said, you can cut out other shapes as well, such as cats, mice, and rats. Place them around your home to give your family members a friendly Halloween scare.
3. Cheesecloth Ghosts
Cheesecloth ghosts are one of the coolest Halloween party decoration ideas, not to mention one of the cheapest. To make these spooky ghosts, you will need cheesecloth and liquid starch. You’ll also need some bottles, balloons, and wire, which you most likely already have lying around the house.
Use the bottles as the ghosts’ bodies, and tie some wire around them to pose as hands. Alternatively, you can inflate a couple of balloons and use those as bodies. Next, drench the cheesecloth in liquid starch and use it to cover the ‘skeletons’ you’ve already made. Feel free to create as many layers as you want, but make sure they stay somewhat transparent.
Once the cheesecloth has dried completely, remove the structure underneath and trim the cloth with scissors to make it look worn-down. Also, punch a small hole at the top so you can hang your newly made cheesecloth ghost. If you want to go a step further, you can cut out some circles out of black felt, and glue them on your cheesecloth ghost’s “face.” These spooky eyes will bring a new dimension to your ghosts.
4. Spider Webs
When it comes to cheap Halloween decoration ideas, DIY spider webs definitely take the cake. The only thing you need to make them is some kind of rope or string. Of course, some precision and a bit of patience will go a long way, too.
Look up some images of spiderwebs and try to recreate them with rope. You can either choose to glue the rope together or tie it in small knots. Although both methods will work, the knot method is definitely more strenuous and time-consuming. Make a couple of webs in different sizes, and hang them in a few house corners. You can also dye them white if you feel like putting in the extra work.
If you want to go for a more realistic look, then use a finer string and make smaller webs. As they’re quite subtle, these small spider webs will make for some of the best office cubicle Halloween decorating ideas.
5. Halloween Pillows
If you don’t pride yourself on your creativity, yet still want to glam up your house for Halloween, a set of Halloween pillows will do just fine. And if you already have couch pillows, you can simply buy suitable pillowcases, which are usually pretty cheap. Besides, web retailers such as Amazon, Etsy, and eBay carry a wide variety of Halloween-themed pillowcases.
So, all you have to do is pick and order the pillowcases, and put them on your couch cushions. That’s it! Best of all, once Halloween is over, you can remove them, pack them in a box, and save them for next year. As it takes almost no time and effort, it’s by far one of the most practical Halloween house decoration ideas.
6. Gothic Candelabras
Nothing gives out a spooky vibe like an old gothic candelabra chock full of dripping candles. The shimmery, dim candlelight creates a yesteryear atmosphere that’s absolutely perfect for Halloween season. However, remember that safety always comes first. Make sure you place your candles far away from flammable objects such as curtains or tablecloths.
You can easily make candelabras the centrepiece of your Halloween decoration display. Basically, you can buy them in every home centre or thrift store, and they come in various shapes and sizes. Maybe you even have one somewhere in your grandma’s attic, and you don’t even know it. While you’re at it, you can also look for some antique photographs or paintings, as those would look great paired with the candelabras!
7. Spooky Terrariums
If you enjoy getting crafty and making your Halloween party decoration ideas come to life, you should really consider making some spooky terrariums. For this project, you’ll need some stuff you probably already have at home, a couple of dollar store items, and a whole lot of imagination.
For starters, you’ll need a couple of jars of various sizes. You’re going to use those as makeshift terrariums. Next, you’ll need some kind of a base, as well as spooky plastic figurines such as skeletons, skulls, gravestones, etc. You’ll also need to go outside and pick up as much moss as you can. Alternatively, you can just buy the plastic one. Finally, you’ll need some glue to bring it all together.
Once you have everything you need, you can basically do whatever you like! Arrange the moss and the figurines on a cardboard base, and place the jars on top of them, facing upside-down. Make sure to glue everything to the base, so it stays put.
By using your creative skills, you can turn what is essentially a pile of trash into a hauntingly beautiful table display that’s guaranteed to turn some heads at your next Halloween party.
8. Halloween-Themed Canvas Prints
Lastly, you can glam up any room or office without much effort by using canvas prints. Canvas prints can make all of your Halloween decoration ideas come to life. Pick an image that reflects your spooky Halloween mood, and send it over to us. After that, you only need to hang the picture, and your job is done. No need to cut, trace, or glue anything!
These custom canvas prints are one of the most amazing last-minute Halloween decoration ideas. For instance, if you make an order before 12 pm and we will deliver your canvas the very next day.
Because they’re made from high-quality materials and covered with an additional protective layer, these canvases will last you a long time without ever fading. So, once Halloween passes, you can simply put the prints away, and have them ready for next year.
All in all, there’s something for everybody among these Halloween decoration ideas. For instance, if you don’t have much time on your hand, Halloween canvas prints and pillowcases are your best option. However, while they take minimal effort, they do require some additional funding. On the other hand, if you like doing crafts and getting your hands dirty, you’ll appreciate cheesecloth ghosts, paper bats, and terrariums. Not only do they look cool, but they are also fun to make. You can be as silly as you want, and nobody can stop you!