There’s still a good two weeks before Halloween, so if you haven’t decorated yet,
YOU STILL HAVE TIME!
It seems like I’m always strapped for cash (who isn’t?!) and I really hate spending loads of money on holiday decor that you use for only 3-4 weeks. So I did what I do best; I headed to the dollar store (Dollar Tree) and loaded up. I spent about $10 and ended up with an entire yard and mantle full of Halloween decor.
I purchased the products above plus some spider webbing and a bag of moss. If you want to decorate for Halloween on the cheap real quick, head over to the dollar store and get creative. The more creative the better!
Okay, so here’s how I used these cheap ass products to decorate this year.
Headstone Yard Decorations
You’d think foam headstones would be cheap, but the aren’t! I found them for ten bucks each at Target. Gasp! Yikes. Of course, Dollar Tree has them for a buck o’ piece, so I loaded up.
The only problem? There’s no way to stick them in the ground. I’m not gonna let that stop me! I headed to Home Depot and bought a 12-pack of wooden stakes. They were about $4 for the package.
We just hammered them into the ground…
Then I used my staple gun to attach the headstones to the stakes.
You can also just nail them in, or glue them on, or heck, tie them on with some twine.
After all that, the kids went to town covering them all with the spider webbing. We even added a dollar store bird to the top of one of the signs. Que the creepy vibes here.
Instant Yard Art!
* These should hold up fine outside. Foam should be waterproof. And if not? Who cares. They were only a buck.
Creepy Door Wreath
To create the Creepy Door Wreath I took a dollar store wreath, spray painted it black, hot glued the sign on, hot glued the ribbon on, and hung it to the door. The kids added the creepy-crawly spider web.
The cheapest and easiest wreath I’ve ever made, and probably one of my favorites!
Boney Window Decor
I bought three glow-in-the-dark Skeletons…
…and used some box tape to hang them on the three windows on our porch.
They are a little bit harder to spot during the day, but the creepiness factor is on ultra-high at night when they come alive (they glow)!
Our horrible lawn with no landscaping is really adding to the scariness of it all. The kids had a blast adding the final spider web touches to everything.
And of course you can’t go wrong by adding dollar store spider rings to all the web you just hung.
Now let’s take this cheap Halloween decor-athon inside, shall we?
Mini Skeletons in an Apothecary Jar
I fell head-over-heels with these mini skeletons:
They come strung up, but I quickly snipped the jute off their necks and had a pile of skeletons. By adding some moss in a large apothecary jar, then piling in the mini skeletons, I’ve created the perfect touch of creepy for my mantle.
Oh, and the white skeleton on the left? He’s from the dollar store too. I just spray painted him white.
Mini Skulls in an Apothecary Jar
Another quick creepy idea is to take mini skulls and stuff them into a mini apothecary jar with some more moss. Que “Thriller”.
And last but not least, Kinsey had a great time doing this project mostly by herself. This is a great kids craft!
We found these mini foam pumpkins (in a 12 pack I think) from, you guessed it! The dollar store. I bought two packages.
We used a hole-punch to punch holes in either side of each pumpkin, then tied them all together to form garland.
Kinsey and I did this super-easy project in about 20 minutes TOPS.
So cute! And the kids love it!! This would be cah-ute strung across a mantle, or up a staircase, or even across the front of your house. Get creative!
I hope I’ve given you some last-minute cheap decorating ideas for Halloween!
Always remember: Holiday decorating does not need to break the bank! There are lots of viable options, especially at dollar stores. Just get creative with how you use the cheap crap over there and you can come up with some pretty cool decorating ideas!
Happy Halloween my friends.