Decorate for Halloween, Cheap!
Probably one of the most fun holidays to decorate for is Halloween; it's that time of year where almost everyone heads into their attic or basement to find those special decorations. Some people decorate their entire home and even transform it into a haunted house, but there are also those who have to decorate on a budget. This article is full of great tips to decorate for Halloween on a small budget but still have it look like you spent tons.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to decorate your home and give it a haunting feel is to cover most surfaces with giant spider webs. Corners and areas between banister railings are the perfect spaces to place cobwebs and place plastic spiders in them. Stretch out the cobweb as much as possible and even let it rip in some places so that it seems old. Find some cheap spider rings at a dollar store and tangle them into the webs so that it appears real. You can also tie fishing wire to some of the rings and hang them at various lengths above a doorway. Then, to add some spooky color take a few White Balloons and before you inflate them crack one to two glow sticks and place them on the inside of the balloon. When the balloon is blown up to the desired height, tie a knot and then draw on a haunting ghost face and attach to a wall with transparent tape. These will definitely be good in a darker corner because they are sure to really scare people then.
For your yard, or to place in a pot of soil with a dying plant (naturally dying because of the season or you could purposefully not water one), place some shrunken heads. These are easy and cheap to make, but will get the job done. Get some inexpensive apples at the local grocery store or farmers market and peel them. After peeling them, carve out eyes, a nose and a mouth. Then dip the apple into one (1) cup of lemon juice and one (1) tablespoon of salt and let it soak for thirty (30) seconds. Take the apple out, pat it dry and let it sit for a few days in a warm and dry place. The apple will shrink and the features will distort so that it looks like a shrunken head. Take a stick and push it into the bottom of the apple and then place the other end of the stick into soil. You could also make a bunch of these shrunken heads and place them onto the ends of branches on a still standing tree.
Haunted Window Curtains
Another at home craft is petrified window curtains. Find white or cream colored cotton fabric at a discount fabric store and get enough to hang to just below the window frame. Sew a two (2) inch curtain rod channel at the top. Twist a section of the fabric, make small cuts and repeat on another section until it looks like moths have attacked it. Then make strong dark tea and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the tea onto the curtain starting at the curtain rod and let it run down the curtain. Hang these curtains on a window that can be seen from your front porch so that everyone who approaches will be able to see them. If you can, dim the lights or only turn a small table light on away from the curtains so that it looks even spookier.
A different way to make creepy window curtains is a little simpler, but just as fun. Take Black Flame Retardant Crepe Streamer and cut it into strips slightly longer than your window. Rip the streamer along the edges so that it has an older feel. Then apply painters tape to right above your window from and double sided tape on top of that. Press the ends of the streamers to the double sided tape and then you will have new creepy drapes.
Creepy Window Sill Decorations
Decorating the window sill is also a lot of fun. Rather than risking a fire and using a real candle, place a Tissue Candle in the window sill and with the glow from the dimmed light in the background it will appear as if it is the candle that is glowing. If you are confident a fire won’t start then you will want to use a really creepy candle holder like the Skull & Candle Tea Light Holder, which is sure to freak out some guests. A really creative touch would be to make some potions jars. Take clear glass jars, with lids and fill them with water and enough food coloring to make a sickly looking greenish yellow. Then place wildflowers, preferably darker ones on the inside of the jars. These will definitely gross out everyone that comes to visit and they will have no idea what they actually are. For other windows, tape Halloween Silhouettes on either the inside or the outside of the windows. People who walk past will actually think they are shadows and they will start to wonder if they actually see those objects.
Now, to really frighten everyone who dares to walk up to your front door, you should most definitely make this giant spider. Easy and inexpensive to make this spider will have the entire neighborhood talking for days after Halloween. You’ll need a black balloon, small black trash bag, old newspapers, black tissue paper (optional), wire and Black Gleam N Fest Festooning. Start off by filling the black trash bag with old newspaper slightly balled and crushed up. If you want the spider to look as real as possible, then take black tissue paper, crinkle it and glue it onto the outside of the trash bag so it looks hairy. Next, blow up the black balloon and attach it to the tied end of the trash bag. Glue on two red dots made from construction paper for the eyes and if you want two fang shaped pieces in white for teeth. Now for the legs, the Black Gleam N Fest Festooning is fifteen (15) feet long, so divide it into eight (8) lengths of a little less than two (2) each. Glue one end to a piece of thin but strong wire and wrap it around the wire twice and glue the other end to the bottom of the wire. Attach each of the legs to the bag with tape and/or glue. The wire makes it so that you can form the legs however you want. You can then hang the spider from the roof of your front porch or have it crawling over a banister.