Inexpensive ways to decorate your house for Halloween

Halloween is one of the most popular times of the year to go all out on decorations, costumes and celebrations. More than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year according to the National Retail Federation. The average person is expected to spend about $75 for their decorations, costumes and treats.

Decorating your home for the holiday is as big a part of the tradition as is dressing up in costume and sharing candy and other sweets. Between costumes and treats, Halloween expenses can add up but with some creativity, making great decorations doesn’t have to break your bank. Here are some tips on how you can dress up your home without overspending.

Jack-o-lanterns
Pumpkins and gourds are part of many fall decorations. On Halloween, carved pumpkins take the spotlight. Going to a pumpkin patch to find the perfect surface to carve your masterpiece is a fun experience for adults and kids alike. However, chances are, you are spending much more than you need to be, according to blogger Hint Mama. She found that pumpkin patches sold pumpkins for more than double the price at the grocery store.

Daily Finance reports that there isn’t actually the perfect time to buy a pumpkin before Halloween. The pumpkin will only start to significantly rot after it’s been carved. So, if you find a good deal on a great pumpkin before Halloween, it might be worth it to make the purchase. However, many shoppers find the cheapest pumpkins will be sold on Halloween. There are two challenges that come along with waiting until the last minute, though. Chances are, the selection will be sparse, as most people have already picked their favorite pumpkins. Carving or decorating the pumpkin will also have to be done right away. If you choose this option, be sure to make time to prepare the pumpkin for your celebrations.

Pumpkins are usually more expensive at pumpkin patches than grocery stores.Pumpkins are usually more expensive at pumpkin patches than grocery stores.

The most common way to decorate a pumpkin is to carve it out and place a candle or glow stick inside to light it up. Using kitchen utensils is the most frugal way to achieve this, but a small carving kit is fairly inexpensive and can be used year after year. Carving kits are generally easier to use than kitchen knives, lowering the chances of messing up and having to buy a new pumpkin.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins
Of course, jack-o-lanterns aren’t the only way to decorate your home. Halloween night should be full of all kinds of creepy creatures, and it isn’t hard to fill your home with them before the trick-or-treaters come around.

“Halloween night should be full of all kinds of creepy creatures.”

Creating creepy silhouettes in your windows is a great way to spook your neighbors. It’s not hard to do, either. All you need is some cardboard to cut up. Draw out the shape you want – ghosts, zombies, skeletons and bats are all good ideas – and cut out the cardboard. Paint it black and stand it in front of the window.

If the silhouettes of monsters or ghosts aren’t enough, make your doorway even creepier with some bloody hand prints. It only takes two everyday items to make these gruesome decorations: white glue and red food coloring. Coat your palm with the glue and red food coloring and wait for it to dry. Carefully peel it off and stick it to your windows or any other glass surface.

Decorating for Halloween can be just as fun as celebrating the holiday. Make sure your house is ready to greet friends and trick-or-treaters alike with some great Halloween decorations.