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Pocket-friendly Halloween Decor

October 26th, 2012

Halloween is one of the most-awaited events for children not just because of the treats, but also because of the costumes they get to wear. On top of that, they get to explore spooky scenes around the neighborhood.

Let the household join the fun by turning your home into an amusingly haunted sight without spending too much. Here are some ideas for pocket-friendly Halloween decorations.

Front Yard Cemetery

Photo from lovemaegan via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Photo from lovemaegan via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Spook your neighbors with tombstones all around your front yard. You can cut various shapes out of used cardboard and paint them a shade of grey. To make them look like aging tombs, you can add some details like cracks and stains using a darker paint. You can write common epitaphs like “R.I.P.” or something fictional like “In Memory of Chuckie” or “Here Lies the Corpse’s Bride.”

When you have created a few cardboard tombstones, place them on your front lawn unevenly to create a creepy atmosphere.

Haunted Trees

If you have trees in your yard, make them come alive by pasting glow-in-the-dark eyes on them. To make the tree even scarier, you can use oven-baked clay to mold a creepy face onto the tree. Make the clay look like a natural part of the tree by painting it to match the texture and color of the bark. Playing spooky sound effects on hidden speakers is also a great way to make your yard even creepier.

Specimen Jars

Unleash the inner mad scientist in you and decorate your living room with specimen jars of creepy severed body parts.

Take out some sausages and shape them like fingers. You can add joints by holding a creased sausage in place with a cleverly hidden toothpick, and nails with pieces of nuts, apple or cheese. For a gory effect, add some blood by painting the severed end red and adding drips of ketchup around the edges.

Quail eggs and olives make great mock eyeballs. Carve a hole in the egg to fit a slice of olive, which serves as the iris. Adding some veins is also a good idea to make it more realistic.

For a more interesting showcase, display a brain – literally! A cauliflower can pass for a brain. Slice it in half so that one half serves as the left brain and the other as the right.

Giving your specimen jars a lighting effect can add a spooky feel to your home. Surround your jars with candles or clear Christmas lights to highlight the preserved fake body parts.

Table Centerpiece

For a classic centerpiece, decorate your home with candles of different sizes, shapes and colors. The thick candle wax drippings that the candles form create an unsettling aura in your home, much like the haunted houses seen in old movies.

These are just some Halloween décor ideas that you can try without having to worry about how much you need to spend. With some creativity and an innovative mind, you can turn your home into an interestingly spooky place to fascinate children and adults alike.

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