The pandemic of 2020 gave us some extra time to bake bread, organize our bookshelves and create and purchase elaborate Halloween decorations. Let’s just say this 12-foot skeleton sold out in 2020 before October even arrived. You can see photos of people decorating the skeleton on Home Depot’s reviews.
But if you’re feeling budget-conscious (or a little frightened of the 12-foot skeleton), here are 10 ideas–from DIYs to clever purchases–that can come together to make your house look positively haunted.
You can decorate pumpkins without carving them
Yes, carving pumpkins is a classic Halloween tradition. It has surprising origins. Instead of spending hours carving and gutting a pumpkin, it’s a tedious and time-consuming process. You can make the outside of Jack more fun for your children by using stencils, paints on the hands, googly eyes and other decorations.
Make DIY silhouettes for your windows
With a pair of scissors and some black construction paper, you can accomplish a lot with a steady hand. You don’t have to buy silhouettes that you stick on your windows so they stand out at night. Instead, make your own scary decorations. If you are unsure if your children or you can do it alone, Etsy is a great place to find stencils.
The Christmas season is not the only time holiday lighting is in demand. You can create a moody atmosphere with Halloween lights, such as these spider projectors and “Enter if I dare” archways. They don’t require any DIY energy, just good old electricity. You can make it subtle by using orange lights in the trees or create a light show that will cause neighbors to close their blinds.
Make your own spooky wreath
This one may require a lot of hot glue gun use, but you can still plan to make spooky wreaths with your children for outside. Small skulls, spiders, and dark, lacy fabrics can be pulled together to make something seasonally-appropriate. You don’t find Halloween decorations in your local craft shop. You can make even the most cheerful of roses go ghoulish with black spray paint.
Hangings from spider-stained glass windows
These Venus Glass Art window hangs, designed by Venus Glass Art, are great for Halloween decorators. You can pair the spiders with delicate spiderweb netting if they are too subtle for you.
You can create a graveyard to achieve the haunted house effect. It doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. You can create small areas for ghosts, skeleton hands and tombstones by fencing off your summer plants. Lowe’s offers a guide for beginners to creating personalized tombstones for celebrities and lost pets.
DIY Jack O’ Lanterns from a Recycled Jar
You can reuse your empty jars by using a few art supplies and old spaghetti jars before putting them out for recycling. You can make little pumpkins for your windowsill by cleaning them well and using tissue paper and construction paper. For more information, see this Instructables Living tutorial or the similar one at Fireflies + Mudpies.
Personalized spiderweb name
TRENDCUSTOMIZATION, an Etsy shop, has spiderweb wood cutouts that can either be hung indoors (or outdoors) in a variety colors so the children can identify which family is giving the best treats. These can be removed at the end of the season but some people love Halloween decor beyond October.
Make your own ghost garland
There are many variations of ghost garlands that you can find online. From this simple Jenna Kate at Home idea using tissue paper, to more durable ideas such as this One Mama Loves one that uses yarn, and even this quick Jenna Kate at Home idea using tissue paper. You can make little ghosties with your children and have them displayed in windows throughout the house.
Check on your neighbors for pests and birds.
The best Halloween decorations are subtle. These decorations make you think twice about what you’re seeing and wonder if it is real . You can either buy a few fake ravens for your yard or line a railing with a lot of fake spiders. Your house will look haunted if you do the little things.