Halloween is tomorrow! Many yards are decked out in their spooky glory. In my daughter’s Sierra Vista neighborhood there seems to be a competition among neighbors. Last year we saw some very creative Halloween decor, from growling monsters lurking in the bushes to ghoulish creatures dangling from tree branches. Awesome displays that I’m sure came with a hefty price tag.
A trip to the Halloween store showed us just how expensive some decorations can be. Fog machines, life size monsters, animated zombies, gobo lights and stencils, and other high tech gadgets can cost well over $200 a piece. It’s great that there are folks out there who take the time and spend money to decorate their yards for everyone to enjoy, to them I am grateful. But what about the rest of us who don’t have the time or a big budget? Are we doomed to a lonely pumpkin sitting on our doorstep? I say “NO”!
Here are some cool idea that are easy to make with dollar store items and stuff you probably already have at home or can get a hold of for little cost. You may not win the best Halloween decor contest, but your yard will look pretty awesome without breaking the bank.
Hide spooky eyes in the bushes. Learn how to make these eyes you using glow sticks and toilet paper rolls from The Connection We Share here.
Have ghostly heads coming “thru” your front door. This is a great idea from Sherri Foxman. Activate your glow stick and put it in the balloon. Inflate and tie a knot. Using a black marker draw the face. Tape to your front door and turn off the lights.
Hang ghost from tree branches. Same steps as ghostly heads but make sure the knot is on top of the head. Cover with cheese cloth, add a string and you’re done. Spooky idea from Simply Creative Insanity.
Glowing hands in your pond, in the bushes, hanging from trees, or anywhere you want. Activate glow stick, insert in a latex glove, inflate and tie knot at end of glove. Place where you want, if you are hanging them on a tree add a string, fishing line works well, to the knot.
Hang spooky balls from trees. Put a glow stick in a balloon, you can use any color glow stick and balloon. Fill with water. Put water balloon in a stocking and hang. Instructions from Fun Holiday Crafts here.
Line the driveway with glowing jack-o-lanterns or ghost. You can use dollar store plastic pumpkins or make your own ghosts using empty plastic milk jugs. Insert glow sticks and you’re done. You can also use strings of lights or tea lights. I prefer glow sticks, it’s easier, no need to worry about plugs or batteries.
Dress up as a witch and stir your bubbling caldron. You can use a witch cut out instead if you prefer. Buy a plastic caldron from Walmart, put dry ice in it (use gloves and tongs when handling dry ice). When you’re ready to “bubble” fill with warm water. You can use this idea to serve punch at a party, but DO NOT put dry ice directly into the punch. To learn how to use dry ice safely with drinks click here. Add a green glow stick for an eerie glow.
Use dry ice to create spooky scenes. To learn how to safely use dry ice and how much you need click here.
To learn how to make your own dry ice here’s a YouTube video. I wouldn’t recommend you make your own, you can buy dry ice from some grocery stores and propane companies. Find out where to buy it in your area soon, you may have to reserve dry ice, it’s in high demand during Halloween.