Halloween is a holiday where you are either all in, or you relax curled up on the sofa with a bowl of Halloween candy treats all for yourself while watching a spooky Halloween film. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re reading this article, then we can guess that you are a Halloween fan and take Halloween decorations to the next level.

Why Use Halloween Decorations?

Haloween is fantastic as it’s an excuse to eat all the sweet sugary treats you want, if you have children then you may want to decorate your home for them, or local children within your neighbourhood. The intention is not to scare the living daylights out of them, but to get them into the Halloween spirit and provide joy.

So although Halloween decorating is all fun and games, it can get expensive so when buying decorations you should always ensure that you’ve put together a budget that allows you to keep track on your spending without going crazy. However, if the budget is a bit tighter for your Halloween celebration this year then no worries! We’ve devised a list of the top DIY Halloween decorations that you can make with products that you probably already have in your home! So if you want to read up on easy cost effective Halloween decorations – then keep reading!

Hanging Bats And Ghosts

It’s most likely that you have the majority of the supplies needed for this simple decoration already in your house. These hanging bats can be hung from light fixtures, door handles, ceilings and bushes or trees.

Bats

For the bats, you should begin by cutting out 3 compartments of your egg carton, then paint it black or colour it in black with a marker pen. The compartments each side of the middle part of the egg carton mimick bats wings, so it’s essential you include them. Then all you need to do is pierce a small hole on the top of the bat head so that you can thread through ribbon to hang them up, and stick on a pair of googly eyes.

Ghosts

It can be hard to find a leaf that is worthy of doing this with at this time of year because they’re all dead and falling off trees for autumn, so if this is the case, then you may want to purchase fake leafs or pick live ones still left on the trees. The steps for these spooky floating ghouls is simple! Paint your leaves white and once they have dried draw faces on with a black market pen, make a hole for the ribbon and hang them up!

Vampire Napkins

vampire showing teeth

If you’re hosting a Halloween themed feast, then this could be the perfect table decor item to get you and your guests in the spooky mood. The best thing about this easy decoration is that it not only takes minutes to do but it is also affordable, start off with plain white or cream coloured napkins.

Splatter your napkins with fake blood and then twist tie the centre of your napkins and finish off with a set of false glow in the dark vampire teeth!

If you can’t find any fake blood in stores near you then here are a few ways that you can make your own fake blood;

Powdered Sugar Fake Blood:

2 tablespoons of red food colouring
3 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup water
Tablespoons of cocoa powder

Flour Fake Blood:

1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of red food colouring
1 tablespoon of flour

Shrunken Apple Heads

A cost-effective creepy decoration that is sure to get you into the Halloween spirit! Shrunken apple heads have been a Halloween tradition for years and years, so it’s only fair that we carry on the tradition with this easy activity.

Your children will love seeing their apple person transforming by the day until they are not even recognisable anymore! Begin by purchasing some granny smith cooking apples, then using a pen outline your faces and using a knife carefully carve out funny or creepy faces into your apple. After this soak your apple heads in lemon and salt juice for 30 seconds before patting them dry.

Then all you have to do is put them on a stick and leave them to dry out and shrivel up! It’s important that when doing this that you leave the apples in a warm, dry place so that they shrivel up and do not darken too much or grow mold. Although people who have used this same recipe have claimed that the mold makes the shrunken heads look even more spooky.

Toilet Paper Monsters

This one is almost entirely free and works wonders at scaring people! This is more of an outdoor decoration so if you’re hosting a Halloween party then this could be the perfect decoration to spook your guests in the garden!

All you need is a tissue paper tube, mark eyes onto them with a pen or pencil and then cut out the holes with a pair of scissors. The purchase some of the stick glow sticks and put them inside your toilet paper tube in a bush, hedge or even a birdhouse.

This gives the impression of monsters lurking, this DIY item of decor has been named one of the most effective decorations used at Halloween parties and get-togethers. If you’re having building works done this halloween then why not try and incorporate it into your homes theme! Ask your builders Towcester to put some monster lanterns up where they can for you!

cat hiding in bush

Ghostly Lanterns

Find any large jug shaped bottles that you can, something along the lines of a large milk container. If you cant, find a plastic container suitable for this one then you can make boo bottles instead! Draw a ghost face on your container using black marker, then fill it with fairy lights and you have the perfect ghost lantern!

Boo Bottles

If you cant, find a suitable plastic container then you can make boo bottles! Start with milk bottles and spray paint or paint them white, once they have dried then draw on ghost faces with a black marker and you are good to go! You can use these to drink from or just as a table decoration! If desired you could do the same process with mason jars and use them for Halloween milkshakes or cocktails!

halloween milkshakes in bottles

Summary

So there you have some of the best DIY Halloween decorations for your home! These are perfect for Halloween parties or to decorate your home inside and out for Halloween! We hope that this article was helpful, if it was then why not share on social media?