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7 Ways to Decorate for Halloween on a Budget

Do you want to create a spooky atmosphere in your house and yard for Halloween without spending a ton of money? Here are seven ways to decorate for Halloween on a budget.

Ghost Lanterns


  • 4 clean plastic milk jugs
  • Black permanent marker
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Rocks
  • White Christmas lights


Draw a spooky Halloween face on each milk jug with the marker.

On the opposite side of the milk jug, cut a three-sided flap that’s two inches wide by two inches tall.

Put a few rocks in the flap you made to weigh your lantern down.

Use the same flap to insert a section of the Christmas light string. You’ll want to lead the lights over to the next jug.

Continue until each jug has rocks and lights.

Hanging Bats


  • 1 egg carton
  • 4 pairs of googly eyes
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black yarn


Cut the egg carton into four pieces that each have three egg holders.

On the outside holder of each piece, use the scissors to create a scallop shape on the front and back for wings.

Paint each bat with the black paint. Remember the inside!

Once your paint has dried, glue on the googly eyes on the middle section of each bat.

Use the tip of your scissors to make two small holes on the top of each middle section. Run yarn through the holes and tie to create a loop for hanging.

Jar Jack O’Lanterns


  • Clean glass jars
  • Orange tissue paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • White glue
  • Ribbon


Cut your tissue paper into 2-inch-wide strips

Brush Mod Podge on your first jar and carefully place your strips over it. Continue adding layers of Mod Podge and tissue paper until the whole jar is covered. Finish with a layer of mod podge to seal.

While your jar dries, cut out your Jack o’Lantern face pieces from the construction paper. Once the jar is dry, glue the face on.

Glue a bit of ribbon around the top of the jar.

Candy Corn Vase


  • Empty, clean glass bottles
  • White spray paint
  • Yellow spray paint
  • Orange spray paint
  • Newspapers


Lay a layer of newspapers over your work area.

Spray each bottle completely with white paint and let dry.

Add orange spray paint to the middle section of each jar. Let dry completely.

Spray the bottom of each jar yellow and let dry.



  • An old shirt and pair of pants
  • Newspapers
  • Broomstick
  • Yarn
  • Large brown paper bag
  • 15 buttons
  • Floppy straw hat


Stuff your old clothes with newspapers.

Push a broomstick into the ground and use yarn to tie the clothes onto it.

Fill the paper bag with newspaper, and glue on a button face. Tie the bag onto the body and top with the hat.

Glowing Eyes


  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Glow sticks


Draw eyes on the paper and cut out. Use as a template to trace the eyes on a toilet paper tube.

Cut out the eyes on the tube.

Start a glow stick glowing and place in the tube. Cover each end with duct tape. Repeat with each tube.

Place the glowing eyes in bushes or trees around your house.

Spider Web


  • Black yarn
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s tape


Cut 4 long pieces of yarn and attach them on the wall with tape so they all intersect in the middle. Tie together in the middle with a short piece of yarn.

For the webbing, tie a long piece of yarn to one of your taped strands. Bring it around to the next long strand and tie. Continue until you’ve made a loop around all four strands.

Repeat for three more rings of webbing. Use tape to secure where necessary.

How do you decorate for Halloween?

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