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50+ DIY Dollar Store Halloween Decorations to Creep Your Guests Out

Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating holidays with beautiful DIY decorations and gifts.

Learn how to create a skull with a rose crown and other gorgeous DIY Halloween decorations, all using supplies from the dollar store!

Learn how to create a skull with a rose crown and other gorgeous DIY Halloween decorations, all using supplies from the dollar store!

Get Spooky for Less With Budget Halloween Décor

Decorating for Halloween can be more budget-friendly than you think. For example, you can reuse purple Christmas baubles and place them on wreaths or in jars to make centerpieces. You can also stock up on items from your local dollar store! If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, then you can easily customize items with spray paint and hot glue.

Take a quick trip to the dollar store, then decorate your home on a budget by trying some of the Halloween decoration ideas shown below!

Skull Decoration With Rose Crown

Skull Decoration With Rose Crown

Skull Decoration With Rose Crown

For a gothic look, this Halloween decoration can be assembled from fake roses, a skull, and a candle holder—all found at the dollar store. You can choose any color of roses that you like; black roses look really good in this piece. You could also spray paint the skull gold for a more glamorous look!

Giant Spider With Web

Giant Spider With Web

Giant Spider With Web

This giant spider will look great in your front yard. Here's a rundown of how to build it:

  • Legs: The legs are made out of PVC and spray foam, then spray-painted black.
  • Body: The body is made from balloons covered in paper-mache, then spray-painted black.
  • Webbing: You can buy fake webbing from the dollar store or purchase a roll of beef tubing. Cut a few holes in it for an added touch. Attach one end to the spider's belly, and stake the other end to the ground.

Add some battery-operated lights from the dollar store to illuminate it at night!

Skeleton Taking a Bath

Skeleton Taking a Bath

Skeleton Taking a Bath

This is the perfect bathroom decoration for Halloween. It's super simple to make!

Dollar Store Supplies

  • Small plastic skeleton
  • Metal tub or bucket
  • Cotton batting
  • Clear plastic Christmas ornaments

Instructions

  1. Put the skeleton in the tub in a seated position. Make it look like it's relaxing in a warm bath!
  2. Fill the tub with cotton batting, covering the skeleton's legs. (You can leave its toes poking out for a humorous touch!)
  3. Place a few clear Christmas ornaments on top of the batting to act as bubbles.
  4. Wait for your guests to laugh when they see this cute decoration in your bathroom.
Skeleton Stairway With Lighted Bannister

Skeleton Stairway With Lighted Bannister

Skeleton Stairway With Lighted Bannister

This stairway decoration is perfect if you are hosting a gathering. You can wind a black feather boa (from the dollar store, of course) all around the stair rail and add string lights or battery-operated tea lights in orange.

Place a plastic skull on the post; you can use some double-sided tape or poster putty to temporarily secure it in place. Give the skull a top hat and a cravat made from Halloween-themed ribbons to make it look even more fanciful.

Spooky Centerpieces

Spooky Centerpieces

Spooky Centerpieces

You can find glass candle holders like these at the Dollar Tree. The best part is that they can be used year-round for every holiday! In the fall, you can fill them with plastic skulls, mini pumpkins, plastic spiders, Halloween candy, faux autumn leaves, festive grains, and other items to quickly decorate your place for the season. Pair them with a gingham table runner in an autumnal shade, like orange or rust.

Pumpkin Topiary

Pumpkin Topiary

Pumpkin Topiary

Make a pumpkin topiary for your porch by hot-gluing plastic or foam pumpkins together to form a stack, with the smallest on top. You can decorate them with paint, ribbons, or stickers. (It's easiest to decorate them before you glue them together, FYI!) Finish the topiary with garlands of faux autumn leaves and a string of battery-operated fairy lights.

Pumpkin Door Decorations

Pumpkin Door Decorations

Pumpkin Door Decorations

Make a fun fall and Halloween decoration for your door by cutting foam pumpkins in half. Then comes the fun part: customizing them! You could spray-paint them, hot-glue items to them, add sequins and ribbons, carve faces into the foam, and/or add battery-operated lights. Remember to include a little loop of ribbon or wire that you can use to hang them on your door!

Stacked Pumpkin Pails

Stacked Pumpkin Pails

Stacked Pumpkin Pails

Hot-glue dollar store pumpkin pails together to make this fun decoration for your porch. Pick pails that have different faces, if possible! Finish by sticking a witch's hat on the top for a really cute look, and don't forget to add some faux autumn leaves.

Check out the photos below for some other ways to stack your pumpkin pails, like adding lights and stacking them up really high!

More Pumpkin Pail Stacking Crafts

Black Jack o' Lantern Stack

Black Jack o' Lantern Stack

Pumpkin Pails With Curlicue Ribbons

Pumpkin Pails With Curlicue Ribbons

Light-Up Five-Stack of Pumpkins

Light-Up Five-Stack of Pumpkins

Halloween Picture Frame Wreath

Halloween Picture Frame Wreath

Halloween Picture Frame Wreath

Make a different kind of "wreath" for Halloween by using an old picture frame and some dollar store decorations, like webbing, plastic skulls, fake spiders, and faux leaves. This is a great way to reuse old frames that you may have lying around the house!

Cauldron of Bats (Fun Fact: "Cauldron" is one of the collective nouns used for a group of bats! You can also call them a colony, flock, cloud, or camp of bats.)

Cauldron of Bats (Fun Fact: "Cauldron" is one of the collective nouns used for a group of bats! You can also call them a colony, flock, cloud, or camp of bats.)

Cauldron of Bats

How creepy and amazing does this look?! You can make a cauldron of bats by purchasing a bat-shaped template, then using it to cut out tons of bats from black construction paper. These look very effective when taped to the ceiling, as you can see in the photo. You can make as many bats as you want; enlist the kids to turn it into a fun family project!

"Nightmare Before Christmas" Porch Décor

"Nightmare Before Christmas" Porch Décor

"Nightmare Before Christmas" Porch Décor

If you live in an apartment, you can still decorate your outdoor area for the season. Stock up on items like witch's hats, fairy lights, fake bats, foam tombstones, and pumpkins to really make your place stand out. This balcony has a Nightmare Before Christmas theme with handmade or store-bought figures, but you could do any kind of spooky theme you like!

Plastic Spiderweb Tray

Plastic Spiderweb Tray

Plastic Spiderweb Tray

The dollar store sells these cute plastic spiderweb-shaped bowls, and you can turn them into a tiered snack tray with a little hot glue! In the tray shown above, the crafter used plastic skeleton arms to create the four posts on the sides.

However, you can assemble these in a bunch of different ways, like gluing them to wine glasses or gluing them back-to-back. You can also make more decorations than just trays! Browse the photos below for tons of other ideas for these spiderweb bowls.

More Spiderweb Bowl Crafts

Spiderweb Bowl Treat Platters for the Porch

Spiderweb Bowl Treat Platters for the Porch

Spider Platter With Skeletal Hand Base

Spider Platter With Skeletal Hand Base

Two-Tier Spiderweb Tray

Two-Tier Spiderweb Tray

Purple, Black, and Orange Spiderweb Tray With Wine Glasses

Purple, Black, and Orange Spiderweb Tray With Wine Glasses

Arched Spiderweb Tray

Arched Spiderweb Tray

Triple Spider Tray With Bat Topper

Triple Spider Tray With Bat Topper

Silver-Painted Spiderweb Tray

Silver-Painted Spiderweb Tray

Light-Up Spiderweb Trays

Light-Up Spiderweb Trays

Spider-Filled Web Bowls

Spider-Filled Web Bowls

Spiderweb Tray With Black Plates

Spiderweb Tray With Black Plates

Stacked Skull Spider Trays

Stacked Skull Spider Trays

Foam Dice Scarecrow

Foam Dice Scarecrow

Foam Dice Scarecrow

Those chunky foam dice you always see at the dollar store can be turned into so many cute decorations! There's an easy hack you can do to change the color of these dice: Instead of painting them, just stretch a balloon over the die! Watch this video tutorial to learn how to cover foam dice with balloons.

To create this cute little scarecrow, you'll need some tan balloons, paint or Sharpie markers, straw, ribbon, a pumpkin decal, and a mini jute hat.

Spooky Signs

Spooky Signs

Spooky Signs

You can use a wide variety of craft supplies to create these colorful Halloween signs! The photo above shows a "BOO" sign made from foam dice (using the balloon trick!), but that's just one option. Here are a few other fun messages you might use on your sign:

  • Happy Halloween!
  • Beware
  • Turn Back
  • Trick or Treat
  • Spooky
  • Eek!

The materials for these signs can include wooden letters, cardboard cut-outs, and painted wall plaques. Check out a bunch of sign ideas in the photos below!

More Eerie Halloween Signs

"Beware" Haunted House Sign

"Beware" Haunted House Sign

"Boo" and "Spooky" Haunted House Sign

"Boo" and "Spooky" Haunted House Sign

Double "Boo" Banners

Double "Boo" Banners

"Boo!" and "Eek!" Signs With Ribbons

"Boo!" and "Eek!" Signs With Ribbons

Orange and Black "Boo!" Sign

Orange and Black "Boo!" Sign

"Trick or Treat" Sign With Ribbons and Pumpkins

"Trick or Treat" Sign With Ribbons and Pumpkins

Mummy-Themed "Beware" Sign

Mummy-Themed "Beware" Sign

Skull and Crossbones "Beware" Sign

Skull and Crossbones "Beware" Sign

"Beware" Sign With Skulls and Faux Flowers

"Beware" Sign With Skulls and Faux Flowers

Gothic Skull and Flowers "Beware" Sign

Gothic Skull and Flowers "Beware" Sign

Halloween Trophies

Halloween Trophies

Halloween Trophies

If you're hosting a Halloween party, make some wonderfully creepy trophies to hand out to your guests! You can award things like "Most Creative Costume," "Scariest Costume," "Best Scream," etc.

These trophies look incredible, and they're actually easy to make. Buy various plastic body parts from the dollar store's selection of Halloween accessories, like skulls, severed hands and feet, skeletal arms, etc. Also buy some wooden plaques or vases to repurpose as trophy bases. Hot-glue each trophy together and spray-paint it gold! You can glue on additional decorations, like fake spiders. See several more trophy ideas below!

More Creepy Trophies for Halloween Parties

Trophies for a Halloween Costume Party

Trophies for a Halloween Costume Party

Skull Candle Holder

Skull Candle Holder

Skull Candle Holder

This candle holder looks amazing, and the supplies are so simple. The spray paint really makes it work!

Dollar Store Supplies

  • 3 plastic skulls
  • 2 plastic or ceramic flowerpot trays
  • Hot glue
  • Spray paint
  • Candle

Instructions

  1. Hot-glue one of the skulls on top of an upside-down flowerpot tray.
  2. Glue another skull on top of the first skull, then a third skull on top of the second. Position them so they're looking in different directions!
  3. Glue the other flowerpot tray on top of the third skull. It should be right-side-up this time.
  4. When all the glue is fully dry, spray-paint the candle holder silver, black, white, orange, gold, or another color of your choice.
  5. When the paint dries, place a candle on top. Tada!

There are a few more ideas for skull candle holders in the photos below.

More Candle Holders Made With Dollar Store Skulls

Black and Bronze Skull Candle Holders (Dry-brush gold paint over black paint to get this effect.)

Black and Bronze Skull Candle Holders (Dry-brush gold paint over black paint to get this effect.)

Black LED Candles With Skull Base

Black LED Candles With Skull Base

Miscellaneous DIY Halloween Decorations

Scroll through the photos below for several more Halloween décor projects! From turning a pizza pan into a cute witch to creating some amazing light-up outdoor displays, you'll find lots of ideas for turning your home into a spooky wonderland.

Pizza Pan Witch

Pizza Pan Witch

UFO-Themed Outdoor Display

UFO-Themed Outdoor Display

Skeleton Vomiting Toxic Waste Display

Skeleton Vomiting Toxic Waste Display

Gothic Skull Wreath

Gothic Skull Wreath

Spooky Grandfather Clock Made From Boxes and Repurposed Decorations

Spooky Grandfather Clock Made From Boxes and Repurposed Decorations

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Skeletons

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Skeletons

Craft Some Scary-Good Decorations With Help From the Dollar Store

Have fun heading to your local dollar store to stock up on seasonal craft supplies! You can create some awesome decorations with a few simple items—who knew there were so many things you could do with plastic skulls? I hope you've found some fun projects to try in this article. Your house will really wow your neighbors, party guests, and trick-or-treaters this year! Happy Halloween!

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Comments

Elaine Byers (author) on May 09, 2021:

Thanks Sp Greaney, Halloween is so much fun - especially dressing up!

Sp Greaney from Ireland on May 07, 2021:

I like the pumpkin pail and the bats on the ceiling idea. I haven't seen any of these ideas before. These are fun decoration ideas for Halloween.