Halloween usually means costumes, candy, and juvenile pranks. But for those who feel they’ve outgrown the trick-or-treating phase of their life, the holiday often provides several opportunities to host or attend ghoulish parties. Whether you prefer the simple or the outrageous, the cute or the terrifying, there’s nothing more satisfying than decorating your home for a Halloween party without going over budget.
I’ve found that the best place to start when creating a haunted house is the cobwebs. A good fabric to consider is cheesecloth because it’s cheap and easily draped around the room. When you begin ripping the cheesecloth into strips, remember to rub the fabric in your hands in order to fray the edges and. Infesting the area with plastic spiders is also a good idea and almost a necessity for a Halloween. When you’re done, the cheesecloth is easy to tack or tape to any wall. And if you want to add that extra spook to the room, buy a small fan and hide it in a corner so the cobwebs will flutter in the soft breeze.
Another cheap idea for the outside of your home is witch’s curtains. All it takes to make these are black trash bags. First, lay the trash bag flat on the ground and cut along the sides to make one large surface. Next, cut the plastic into strips, leaving about an inch at the top edge of the plastic. Lastly, stretch the plastic strips at different intervals to give the curtains their creepy texture. Witch’s curtains can be made quickly and are surprisingly effective for decorating during the Halloween season.
Something else I like to make for Halloween that costs very little is a decorative tree. A take on Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, all you need for this is a bare branch, some black spray paint, and Halloween themed ornaments. Simply spray paint the miniature tree black and hang your ornaments from its branches.
After you’re done, you can either push the branch’s end into the grass outside your home or place it in a vase for indoor display. And if the ornaments are out of your price range, you can buy some orange and white construction paper to cut out ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. Another helpful hint is to paint some popcorn orange and hang popcorn garland around the tree. The Halloween tree is not only cheap, but it’s easy to make and can be a fun activity for all ages.