12 Ideas for Halloween Decorating on a Budget

Budget-friendly Halloween decorating.

There is something magical about the spooky season combined with the fall – with the changing leaves and chill entering the air. No matter how you choose to participate in the festivities, it's no secret that Halloween decorating can become costly all too quickly. Whether you plan to host a Halloween party, participate in trick-or-treating, or simply curl up to watch scary movies on the 31st – here are a few ideas for Halloween decorating on a budget.

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Decking your home out for the spookiest holiday of the year can become an expensive endeavor if you don't plan properly. The cost of even a few decorations can blow your budget if you aren't careful. Luckily it is possible for you to do your Halloween decorating on a budget and save money this season. Here are a few ways to get creative with dressing up your home and keep your Halloween decorating costs down.

Pick a Theme: Going into Halloween decorating with no theme in mind is a surefire way to go over your spending limit. It's tempting to pick out whatever tickles your fancy – especially when there are so many options to choose from. Create a cohesive look and select a motif such as zombies, ghosts, or witches to prevent impulse buys and stick to your Halloween decorating on a budget.

Plan Ahead: Decorating on a budget requires planning. Once you've picked your theme, you can begin looking out for matching Halloween decor. Additionally, you will be able to start shopping early and plan for some DIY Halloween decorations that get the whole family involved.

Set a Budget: The best way to do your Halloween decorating on a budget is to set a budget. Setting a limit will force you to be more mindful of your purchases and encourage a little creative thinking when it comes to picking your decor options. There is so much a little hot glue and fabric can do.

Pick Quality Options: Invest in high quality Halloween decorations to ensure they last longer than their single-use counterparts. This is especially true of more neutral options like bats, pumpkins, ghosts, or cats. Although they may be a little more expensive initially, you will be able to use them for longer – only needing to change or add a few other decorations to match whichever theme you pick.

Below are a few more of our favorite ideas for Halloween decorating on a budget.

Halloween Home Decor Ideas

1. Light Up the Night

Lighting is a fun and budget-friendly way to add a little Halloween ambience to your home. Use novelty string lights or flickering candles to set a spooky mood, or line up ornate lanterns with tealights along your pathway and porch for a dramatic entrance into your home. For Halloween decorating on a budget, choose double-duty lighting options that can be used to keep your home aglow right through the holiday season

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2. Work With Fabric

Fabric offers a great way to DIY Halloween decorations. Pick from a broad range of fabrics to create hanging ghosts, or sew your own costumes if you have the skills. If you are interested in learning more about sewing, now is as good a time as any. Read How to Use a Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide and The Best Sewing Machine for Beginners to get started. Another option is to drape a sheer fabric or even curtains against a wall covered with lights for an ethereal backdrop.

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3. Bottle It Up

Now that your creative juices are flowing, you can begin experimenting with glass bottles and jars. These also function as reusable DIY Halloween decorations, a s you can use them time and again in a variety of ways. Add fake eyeballs to apothecary jars or make magic potions in sealed bottles to place throughout your home. You can even use mason jars to serve chilling cocktails or damned desserts in. Whatever your pick, glassware is a must-have for Halloween decorating on a budget.

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4. Trim a Halloween Tree

For something a little more unusual , try setting up a Halloween tree. Whether you pick a sleek black Christmas tree or something a more simple decked with ghoulish decorations and lights — a dual-use tree will help keep your Halloween decorating on a budget and allow you celebrate two holidays in one go. Once the scream season is over, you can replace your spooky ornaments with merry Christmas options for some festive spirit.

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5. Bake Up a Storm

If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, you could try your hand at creating edible DIY Halloween decorations. Purchase in a few core bakeware items such as molds, cupcake trays, cookie cutters , and pie pans to make horrifying hors d'oeuvres , scary snacks, morbid mains, and devilish desserts. The best part about baking sets is they are a long-lasting investment with no limit to the ways they can be used.

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6. Decorate a Table

If your Halloween decorating on a budget includes entertaining, you can focus your efforts creating a dark centerpiece. Use a table vase filled with dried flowers for a statement, or get crafty with creepy place cards., and use candles for decor ideas that can be tweaked and used throughout the year. If you are looking to go a little more dramatic, you can choose Halloween tableware that can be used again and again over the years. For a quick and cost-effective option, you can also choose disposable Halloween themed tableware to set the mood.

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7. Hang a Wreath or Two

Wreaths are a great option for Halloween decorating on a budget. These fun and quirky accents can bring Halloween to both the interior and exterior of your home. Hang a statement wreath on your front door for a dramatic entrance into your home, or place them along the hallway and throughout your house to create a chilling theme throughout. Take advantage of the dual-purpose option by selecting a wreath in fall colors and themes so you can keep them up all season long.

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8. Adorn Your Door

For cheap outdoor Halloween decorations consider door murals. While these simple and straightforward designs don't cost nearly as much as other outdoor decorations , they still add a fun and cost-effective Halloween feel for all your neighbors to see. Choose from front door or garage door murals for a low-effort decoration that is still visible for everyone, but remains under budget with ease.

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9. Pick Some Figurines

Just because you are on a budget, doesn't mean you have to avoid the Halloween themed figurines. In fact, there is no better place to get them than from our impressive collection. Whether you pick yours based on movie characters or from the wide range of animals, skeletons, witches, and more – these quality figurines are an investment that can last years. To make sure you use them time and again, you can always add your own DIY Halloween decorations and other items to match your theme for the year.

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10. Signs of the Times

Halloween banners and signs are another budget-friendly way to decorate for the season. Create a specific spot where all your banners and signs are hung, or drape them throughout the house to give that Halloween feeling no matter where you are. You can even hang them from your front door for a little spooky charm. No matter what, our myriad of banners and signs are an ideal choice for Halloween decorating on a budget.

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11. Let Your Pillows Talk

Another fun option is holiday pillows. These fun accents work well for Halloween decorating on a budget as they offer a quick and unconventional way to bring that Halloween spirit to your room. Even if you don't plan to host a large celebration on the day, you can buy a few different pillows to adorn your couch and chairs. Add a plush throw in Halloween colors to create a cozy spot to watch horror movies from.

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12. Bring Out the Mats

For a n understated option, a Halloween-themed mat easily hits the mark. Place one at your doorway to greet your guests with a little spine-chilling cheer . Or opt for a pumpkin rug to see you through to winter. Why not purchase one rug for each season? As the seasons change you can simply pack up the rug and replace it with something for suitable for the next.

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Halloween decorating on a budget is not difficult when you have good ideas and plenty of options to choose from.


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