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Check out these creepy and cute Halloween decoration ideas:


1. Turn a handprint into a Frankenstein.

Paint the palm of your kiddo’s hand green and the fingers black, excluding the thumb. Moving quickly so the paint doesn’t dry, help your child press their hand to a piece of cardstock with their fingers close together.

Allow the paint to fully dry, then use a small paintbrush to draw on bolts and a stitched mouth, and finish it off with googly eyes.

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2. Fill a soap dispenser with creepy crawlies.

Soap dispensers make for some cheap Halloween decorations since you’ve probably already got them in your house anyway. Grab a bag of spiders or bugs at Dollar Tree to complete the look.


3. Glue magnets to the backs of plastic spiders.

You can use either hot glue or super glue for these simple Halloween decoration ideas — whichever you have on hand. You can also buy some magnets with foam adhesive from Michaels for under $4.


4. Decorate a pumpkin with melted crayons.

Lay some paper down before starting these DIY Halloween decorations — they get really messy!

Remove the paper labels around several crayons and cut the crayons in half. Attach each crayon with a dab of clear tacky glue, then allow the glue to fully dry. Point a blow dryer set to the highest heat at the crayons, and watch the colors run. For more vibrant colors, repeat this process multiple times.

Note: As you apply the heat and the wax begins to melt, your crayons will fall off the top of your pumpkin. Simply tack them back onto the top with the now melted crayon.

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5. Make monster bread tags with Sharpies and googly eyes.

Use them to bind together pesky computer cords, or even attach some of those magnets to the back! Cheap Halloween decorations are the best.


6. Turn doughnuts into vampires with dollar store fangs and Reese’s Pieces.

Fold over the fangs and insert them into the center hole of the doughnut. Add Reese’s Pieces or M&M’s with a dot of decorating gel to make spooky eyes.

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7. Transform sheets of black cardstock into a colony of bats.

Find a bat shape you like online or draw one by hand. Make these Halloween house decorations by folding black cardstock in half and using your stencil to cut out your bats.

Unfold your bats and attach them to your wall using a piece of double-sided tape.

Bats are kind of obvious Halloween decoration ideas, but adding the DIY spin makes them fun for everyone in the family!


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8. Make Halloween puffy slime with shaving cream and glue.

What You’ll Need:

  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • White Elmer’s School Glue
  • Baking Soda
  • Saline Solution
  • Creepy Halloween Spiders
  1. Add 3-4 heaping cups of shaving cream to your bowl.
  2. Mix in food coloring! We used a combination of green and yellow.
  3. Next, pour in 1/2 cup of Elmer’s School Glue and mix.
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and mix.
  5. Add 1 Tablespoon saline solution to the mixture and mix again!
  6. Once the ingredients are thoroughly combined, you can pull it out with your hands!
  7. Add in creepy spiders or plastic eyeballs.

Before removing the slime from the bowl, squirt a few drops of saline solution into your hands. This will help prevent the slime from sticking to you, as you knead it. The slime will become less sticky as you knead it. (Caution! Too much saline = a rubbery texture)

You can also choose to use Borax to make slime. Check out these new (and impressive) ways to use Borax around the house.



9. Make peanut butter and jelly spider sandwiches.

Maybe they aren’t your traditional Halloween house decorations, but they make a sweet addition to a party table!

Use a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass to cut bread into circles. Smear on peanut butter and jelly. Then, insert 8 pretzel sticks for creepy legs, and use a dab of peanut butter to attach two red M&M’s for the eyes.

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10. Transform toilet paper tubes into a monster mobile.

Save your toilet paper tubes for these fun DIY Halloween decorations!

Use tape to attach colored paper to the outside of your toilet paper tube. Poke a hole on either side and thread through a pipe cleaner, twisting it to create arms. Cut a monster mouth out of a foam sheet or colored paper, and attach it along with googly eyes. Tie a string to the inside of each monster and hang.

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11. Draw jack-o-lantern faces onto oranges.

Let me tell you, these look super cute piled in a bowl during the Halloween season. And since you probably already keep them around this time of year, they make cheap Halloween decorations.


12. Make pumpkin stamps with a sliced apple.

Cut an apple in half and use orange paint to stamp your “pumpkin” onto plain paper. Once the paint dries, you can make it a jack-o-lantern with a black marker.

Hang your cute (or scary!) DIY Halloween decorations all over once they’re completely dry.


13. Transform pudding cups into bat treats.

These double as a sweet treat as well as cheap Halloween decorations. Trace and cut out construction paper bats, then tape them to the backs of pudding cups. Use googly eyes and paper “fangs” to finish off the look.

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14. Turn outdoor steps into a creepy glow-in-the-dark scene.

This is a Halloween house decoration best kept for outdoors. Just open glow-sticks and pour over the edge of concrete steps.

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15. Repurpose milk jugs into ghost lanterns.

Save the milk jugs you already use and you’ll have some seriously cheap Halloween decorations. Rinse them out, then cut a hole in the back big enough for a battery-powered tea light. Draw a cute or scary face on the front and you’re set


16. Use plastic toys and dish soap to make DIY specimen jars.

Repurpose old jars for this DIY Halloween decoration. Just pop your specimens inside, then fill with hand soap.


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17. Make a “bleeding” candle with red crayon wax.

Grab some pillar candles from Dollar Tree then melt a red crayon around the edges. Just make sure to remove the paper first! These make for some cheap Halloween decorations that’ll catch everyone’s eye!


18. Create a creepy lantern with mason jars, cotton balls, plastic spiders and glow sticks.

You can use mason jars or just repurpose food jars that you have lying around. Stuff them with cotton balls, push some plastic spiders along the sides then stick a glow stick right in the middle. A fun and easy DIY Halloween decoration!



19. Chill your punch with a disembodied hand.

Simply fill a plastic glove with water, then freeze. Make sure you don’t overfill, or it’ll pop.


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