HALLOWEEN DECORATING IDEAS

There's no denying that Halloween is right around the corner now that the leaves are falling,so why not do some Halloween decorating to get in the spirit of the season?  By doing some Halloween decorating you can help get your children excited about this candy-filled holiday while getting yourself in a candy-giving mood. 

A little bit of Halloween decorating can go a long way!

Not all Halloween decorations have to be store bought. In fact, some of the best Halloween decorations are the ones that you and your children make at home together.  

There are some classic elements that no Halloween decorating spree should be without, like the jack-o-lantern, but here's another Halloween decorating idea that's a little outside of the box: a cheese cloth spider web.  All you need to make this cool halloween decoration is white or ivory cheese cloth, scissors, pushpins, plastic spiders, craft glue and maybe a few Halloween decorating helpers. 

  1. Measure where you will hang the cheesecloth, and cut fabric to the width of that space. Pin or hook cheesecloth in place. Cut vertical strips in cloth, varying the length of the cuts and the spacing between.
  1. Snip, tear, and make holes in each strip; rub cheesecloth between hands to fray the edges. Attach plastic spiders to the tattered webbing with glue.

This is just one of the many creative things you can incorporate into your Halloween decorating scheme that will definitely give your house a spooky vibe.  Here are some more Halloween decorating ideas from JoyHolidays.com that are not only cool but can also save you money.

Happy Halloween!

When our children were little, Halloween was their favorite holiday because we decorated our Victorian home like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. My husband went all out with dry ice in our fountain and moving "ghosts" tied to a rope in the tall trees. Because we believe that you can have fun decorating your home without going into debt, here are some Halloween decorating tips that don't cost too much.

Low-Cost Halloween Decorating Ideas

by Jeanette Joy Fisher

Halloween is a uniquely special time of year, regardless of whether you're a kid or just a kid at heart. It's a holiday time that offers lots of wonderful opportunities to decorate your home creatively, since the subject matter is different from any other holiday. If you're thinking about decorating your porch and yard for the spookiest night of the year, you can do it without having to spend a lot of money. Here are a few low-cost ideas for showing your Halloween spirit to the world:

You can get rolls of yellow Caution tape (the type you see at crime or disaster scenes to keep people out of certain areas) fairly inexpensively at most hardware stores, and if you put it up around the perimeter of your yard, accompanied by a sign that says something like "Fright Scene: Enter at Your Own Risk," it can give an eerily spooky ambience while also offering guests a wary smile.

You can enhance that spookiness either more by replacing your regular porch light with a black light bulb. Adding a few Halloween-oriented items like skulls and ghost figures that glow in the dark will be even more effective.

If you want your pumpkins to last longer (and even to be reusable when you scrap your Halloween decorations and begin decorating for Thanksgiving), don't carve them. Paint them with acrylic paint. You can create an infinite variety of faces or scenes, and your pumpkins will last much longer. There's also none of the mess involved with carving them. Place your pumpkins in groups of three to five of varying sizes and shapes. It makes for a much more effective display.

A little paint can go a long way in creating great-looking tombstones, too. You can paint simple boards grey and then use black paint to add silly or scary epitaphs that will delight visitors. Things like: "See? I Told You I Was Sick" can bring smiles, but you can also create scarier epitaphs to bring out the more ghoulish side of your nature.

You can create some wonderfully spooky scenes in your windows by cutting out silhouettes of the various Halloween icons, such as black cats, witches, and skeletons, out of construction paper. When it gets dark, your windows will take on a lovely macabre look when the light is blocked out by those eerie objects.

Simple scarecrow-type figures, topped with rubber Halloween masks, can also be effective in adding some scare factor to your front porch and lawn. Just stuff a shirt and pair of pants with straw or leaves, add the mask, and you've got an instant horror figure for just a little time, imagination, and very little money.

Halloween is a time when anyone can be a kid at heart. You can celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all to your heart's content without having to break the bank in the process. With a little thought, you can create great-looking Halloween decorations. You're limited only by your imagination.

Enjoy!

The key to low-cost Halloween decorating is to make the decorations yourself with things you have at home or things you can pick up at a craft store.  Another great part of making your own Halloween decorations is that you can see all the hard work you put into the homemade decor. If you enlist your children to help with the Halloween decorations, you will be able too see their unique crafts throughout the house. What a treat!

Good luck embarking on your Halloween decorating journey, and keep in mind that imperfect Halloween decorations are sometimes the best Halloween decorations!