Inexpensive Ideas for Halloween Party Decorations

by Leslie Nierste

Decorating for Halloween can be fun, but doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways you can make your house creepier for the season. Some crafts you can make primarily out of resources from your home. Just use your imagination to create your own Halloween mood.

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Bats and Spiders

Design your own bat and spider shapes on pieces of black construction paper, cut them out, and hang them around the house. Using a pencil to draw the design is best; the pencil marks will show up on black paper. Cut out your designs with scissors, tear off pieces of double sided tape and hang the bats and spiders all over your house. You could alternately tape a piece of string on the back of these shapes and let them hang from the ceiling.

Blood

Make fake blood and spread it around to create a creepy haunted house effect. Mix one cup of corn syrup with 1 tbsp. water and 2 tbsp. red food coloring in a mixing bowl. After you gauge how red the mixture turns out, you can add yellow food coloring to lighten the color or black food coloring to darken it. Spread it outside or in contained places of the house. Be careful since the coloring may stain carpets or fabrics.

Mini Ghosts

To make mini-ghosts, crumple a piece of white tissue paper into a ball and put it on a work surface. Put another piece of tissue paper, centered, on top of the ball. Pick up both tissues by grasping the ball. Carefully twist the loose piece of tissue paper around the ball and secure the twist with a rubber band. Draw a face with a marker, then use tape and string to hang these ghosts throughout the house.

Monster Footprints

Using a large sponge and marker, design a monster footprint and cut the print out of the sponge. Pour washable children's pain into a shallow dish. Dip the sponge into the paint and make footprints on your sidewalk leading toward your house.

Fog

Pick up some dry ice to use with your slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker halfway with warm water. Turn the slow cooker on high a few minutes before you want to turn on the fog. Wearing work gloves, break the ice into small chunks and drop the chunks into the warming water. The fog will build up slowly and flow out of the pot. Add more ice chunks as the fog production begins to dissipate.

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