Thursday, July 14, 2011

Halloween Decorations That Won't Break The Bank

Try these ideas for affordable ways to turn your home into a haunted house at Halloween.

Witches Lair

Simply cut down the sides of wheelie bin size bin liners and open out. The bin liners are just the right size to cover the wall from floor to ceiling. Stick the bin liners all around the walls to black out. Cut the bin liner into strips at door opening. Decorate with pumpkin shapes and fake spiders webs or draw a spiders web with a silver marker or tipex pen. It's amazing how effective it is.

Ghost and Ghouls

Turn your old cereal boxes into ghosts and ghouls. Cut down the length of a cereal box and trim into a rectangle shape. Form a cylinder shape with the plain side on the outside. Draw a ghostly face on the cylinder. Cut the top off a white bin liner or white plastic bag and trim to a rectangular shape. Cut strips into the plastic leaving at least 5cm at the top. Stick around the inside of the ghosts face. Stick some string to the top and hang from the ceiling.


A Witches lair is not complete without a witch. Find the kids black clothes and stuff with towels or modeling balloons to make a body. Add a green balloon to the head and decorate with wool hair and a hat. Stick a green paper nose on and draw a face on the balloon. Fill socks and gloves for hands and feet. Here is our rather deflated witch she had enjoyed too many Halloween parties by the time we took this photo!

Trick or Treaters

Dress up all the kids cuddly toys as trick or treaters holding torches or flashing lights. Dismembered dolls scattered around the witches lair with red lipstick for blood always gives the kids a fright.

Pumpkin Plates

Real pumpkins are fantastic but one doesn't make a big impact and is not always suitable for the very young. So why not paint a paper plate orange and cut out the eyes. Dot the around the witches lair with a torch behind to light up or stick to the decorated walls.

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