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13 Ways To Use Halloween Clearance for Your Christmas Decor, Baking & Gifting

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For many, the Halloween clearance shelves are a place to stock up for the next year, but we have tips on how you can take advantage of all the Halloween sales and clearance items for that huge holiday coming up — Christmas! You may have a hard time wrapping your mind around what things you could use for two completely different themed holidays. We’ve found several that’ll hopefully inspire and save you some money by repurposing stuff.

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1. Paint pumpkins along with some floral pieces for quick and easy Christmas decor.

A person spray painting some pumpkin and floral decorations gold.

You’ll find pumpkins at their lowest price right after Halloween, so pick up a few along with some gold spray paint. As long as you don’t carve pumpkins, they should last several weeks. Better yet, buy those plastic pumpkins that always go on sale after Halloween.


2. Or paint your pumpkins white and make a snowman.

A person in a red sweater holding a snowman made from painted pumpkins.

Feeling a bit more creative? DIY a snowman out of uncarved pumpkins (or plastic pumpkins). Coat the pumpkins with white spray paint and let dry completely. Apply hot glue around the stem of the bottom gourd and set the smaller pumpkin on top. Press down on the top pumpkin for a few seconds to ensure a good seal. Add a face and ribbon or scrap piece of fabric for a scarf to complete your Christmas snowman.


3. Gift clearance Halloween costumes for dress-up.

Two kids playing dress up with fairy princess costume pieces.

This makes an awesome gift. Collect Halloween costumes on clearance, everything from a fairy princess to a pirate, and let the kids play dress-up year-round. Here are some costume ideas to pick up along the way:

  • For the head: hats, wigs, tiaras, and headbands
  • For the feet: cowboy boots, rain boots, firefighter boots, and shoes with small heels
  • Clothing items: short dresses, robes, short slips (for bridesmaid dress), suit vests, and camouflage vests
  • Props & accessories: badges, purses, wallets, magnifying glass, stethoscope, cane, and microphones


4. Put a makeup kit together as a holiday gift.

A father and daughter doing makeup together using costume makeup

Look for costume makeup on sale and clearance and put together a kit for young kids to play with, or if the colors aren’t too funky, even adults will appreciate makeup under the tree.


5. Fill stockings with Halloween candy.

Shelves of Halloween candy on clearance at Target

Looking for cheap stocking stuffers? Check out the Halloween candy clearance section at Target, Walmart. Even CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid discount their Halloween candy up to 70% off.

Related: Got leftover candy from trick-or-treating? Check out all the ways you can reuse Halloween candy.



6. Make Halloween tea lights into holiday snowmen tea light ornaments.

A person making little snowmen out of no flame tea light candles and hanging them on a Christmas tree.

It’s as easy as drawing a face with a black permanent marker, gluing down twisted wrap ties or string, and wrapping the tea lights with a piece of ribbon or scrap fabric, and you have lighted snowman ornaments for your tree. You can also paint the bulb itself orange if desired.


7. Give decorative Halloween pillar candles as gifts.

Decorative Halloween pillar candles on a table

If someone on your Christmas list loves everything Halloween, gift them some clearance Halloween candles. Remove anything attached that might be too related to Halloween, like skulls hanging off a candle — unless skulls are somebody’s thing.


8. Stock up on black leggings.

A person putting clearance black leggings into a Kohl's shopping cart.

Why not? You can wear black leggings whenever you want. Since they are often used as an accessory for Halloween, you can find them on clearance for as low as 50% to 80% off.


9. Create a candy door wreath.

A Christmas door wreath decorated in Halloween candy.

Craig Baerwaldt | flickr

Getting Halloween candy on clearance is a great way to save money on a wreath like this. The kids will love helping you, too.


10. Pick up supplies for holiday baking.

hand holding a pack of halloween sprinkles

Halloween baking clearance items like colorful sprinkles, cake pans, kitchen accessories, and more work great for holiday baking — just exclude the orange and black if needed. Baking products can drop as low as 50% to 90% off right after Halloween.



11. Make holiday fudge using clearance Halloween candy.

Some homemade chocolate fudge cut into squares next to another fudge with candies on top.

Here’s a Million Dollar Fudge Recipe that uses Hershey’s bars that go on sale right after (and sometimes before) Halloween.


12. Build a gingerbread house with Halloween clearance candy.

A young boy working on decorating a gingerbread house with bowls of different candies on the table.

Stretch your Halloween clearance candy or leftover treats by using them to decorate your Christmas gingerbread houses.


13. Decorate your Christmas tree with Halloween lights.

A Christmas tree decorated with purple string lights next to a mantle decorated for Christmas.

No reason you can’t use your favorite Halloween-colored lights on your Christmas tree.

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