These easy and budget-friendly DYI Halloween decorating ideas will put your house in a frightening state!
1. Milk jug ghosts. Re-purpose milk jugs into frightening ghosts to line your walkway, stairs or porch. They can also be a pumpkin alternative. Start by cleaning milk jugs. Use a black permanent marker to draw ghastly ghost eyes and a gaping ghost mouth on the milk jug. Cut a hole in the back of the milk jug (tip: trace the milk jug cap for just-the-right-size hole). Through the hole, feed in rope or string lights to illuminate your milk jug ghost.
2. Not your usual jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins are the traditional go-to for jack-o-lanterns in North America because of their abundance however there are some other possibilities to jazz up your jack. In Ireland and Scotland turnips are traditionally used. Hubbard Squash has a tear dropped shape and whitish skin making it a ghostly choice. The dark green skin of Buttercup squash makes for a darker and most unique look.
3. Spooky silhouettes. Halloween themed wall clings are readily available at art stores however you can make your own by simply using black construction paper and a bit of creativity with tracing. For low to the ground silhouettes think: mice, mouse hole, spiders, snakes, cats, footprints. For silhouettes to take the eye upwards think: owls, crescent moon, crows, vines, masks, spider webs, handprints.
4. Creepy containers. Re-purpose tin cans by turning them into creepy containers to use as centre pieces. Clean cans using soap and water. Place cans in a cardboard box and give them several coats of black spray paint (allowing them to dry between coats). Use your home computer and printer to create creepy labels like: “Eye of Newt”, “Dragon’s Blood”, “Vampire Venom” and so on. Fonts that would be eerily perfect for Halloween labels and invitations include: FF Brokenscript, Ginga, Bleeding Cowboys, Broken Ghost.
5. Sleepy Hollow glass lanterns. Something about a glass lantern cries Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman. To illuminate without fire hazard, put a flameless candle in your glass lantern. Give your lantern a stained glass effect by putting orange and yellow tissue paper on the sides of the glass. Add impact to the stained glass effect by adding black cut outs of a full moon and crow sitting atop a decrepit tree. You could also go untraditional with a glass lantern and fill it with small gourds or Halloween candy.
6. Creepy crawly critter wreath. Greet your visitors at your door with a creepy hanging wreath. Use either a grapevine wreath or a foam wreath covered with black yarn. Use floral wire to attach vinyl snakes, spiders, bugs, bats, monster eyes and other wicked whatnot (available at art stores and party stores).
7. Dia de los meurtos mantle. Take inspiration from Mexico’s Day of the Dead (Nov. 1st) and turn your fireplace mantle (or dining room table) into an “altar” of the dearly departed. Dia de los meurtos is a celebration so don’t be afraid to add humour in your decorating. Think: skeleton figurines of varying sizes, tombstones and flowers.
8. Glow-in-the-dark footprints. Break out your child’s glow-in-the-dark chalk and trace creepy footsteps up your walkway (tip: a shoe or boot from your closet will do the trick!). A little too spine-chilling? Glow-in-the-dark hand drawings of jack-o-laterns, witches’ hats and writing “BOO” is fun and easy without being permanent.