Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating holidays with beautiful DIY decorations and gifts.
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
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
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
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
- Put the skeleton in the tub in a seated position. Make it look like it's relaxing in a warm bath!
- Fill the tub with cotton batting, covering the skeleton's legs. (You can leave its toes poking out for a humorous touch!)
- Place a few clear Christmas ornaments on top of the batting to act as bubbles.
- Wait for your guests to laugh when they see this cute decoration in your bathroom.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
- Turn Back
- Trick or Treat
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
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
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
- Hot-glue one of the skulls on top of an upside-down flowerpot tray.
- 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!
- Glue the other flowerpot tray on top of the third skull. It should be right-side-up this time.
- When all the glue is fully dry, spray-paint the candle holder silver, black, white, orange, gold, or another color of your choice.
- 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
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.
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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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.