Halloween may be right around the corner but there’s still time to complete a few spooky Halloween decorations. This list includes projects for crafting beginners and experts so there’s sure to be something for everyone! Even better, these crafts should cost you $10 or less. Wow!
10 Spooky and Cheap Halloween Decorations
In a pinch, these 8 Halloween makeup costumes only require makeup, which you may already have at home. If not, one quick trip to the drugstore or a makeup store, like Sally Beauty or MAC, will solve all your problems. Dress simply so as not to distract from your gorgeous face makeup – you want your face to stand out, not your body.
Best of all, these costumes only cost $5-$15 to make. Some of them may be FREE if you have a bit of face makeup already.
8 Makeup only Halloween costumes!
Halloween is one of the most cost-friendly holidays out there because it tends to thrive on creativity rather than extensive wish lists and expensive feasts. With the following crafts and activities along with creative foods themed around night critters and spooky things, you can throw a successful Halloween party and have a ball on a budget.
The Set Up
Think your Halloween pumpkin carving skills are impressive? Just wait ’til you see some of the pumpkins on display at The Rise of the Jack o’ Lanterns in Los Angeles. You may think that pumpkin vomiting up seeds on your front step is pretty cool, but how about pumpkins that are carved into six-foot tall skeletons? Or pumpkins arranged to look like trees? Or life-size dinosaurs? Be prepared to have your mind blown.
Not your average carved pumpkins!
There are literally hundreds of free pumpkin stencils and pumpkin carving patterns to choose from online. All great alternatives to carving or painting a pumpkin. Here are a list of some of my favorite stencils….the best part? They’re all FREE!
Here are step by step directions for how to use a pumpkin stencil. The quick version is print your stencil on regular paper (so it can bend around your pumpkin), lightly clean the surface of your pumpkin, then have a friend hold the stencil in place while you trace the outlines. Easy!
Get these 250 FREE pumpkin carving patterns
Don’t forget to enter the Halloween costume contest! YOU get to tell me what I should dress up as for Halloween. The contest rules are simple. Tell me what my Halloween costume should be by leaving a comment and the most frugal and unique costume wins!
I’ll create the Halloween costume you suggest AND post pictures. It can be scary, sexy, sweet, silly, punny, political, timely, whatever – I’m game!
So, what should I be for Halloween?
Right now, my hand-carved pumpkins are looking a bit pedestrian. Which is a nice way of saying pathetic. That’s because last night, I took my family to see The Rise of the Jack o’ Lanterns, an amazing outdoor exhibit featuring 500 hand-carved pumpkins. Professional artists and sculptors, such as Jon Neill, star of Halloween Wars on The Food Network, have taken pumpkin-carving to a whole other level.
How is it done? Some pumpkins are carved deeply, some just barely etched on the surface. And others are carved all the way through with a light shining out from inside. Different techniques for different pumpkins, all spectacular.
You won’t believe these pumpkin carvings! (more…)
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…partially because I feel like it’s “my” holiday since I was born in October! For this reason, I’m a little obsessed with Halloween decorations and crafts so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! Many of these projects look impressive (a.k.a. hard) but actually require few steps and only a few materials, many of which you probably already have around the house.
Here are 10 fun and frugal Halloween decorations
I was so impressed with Julie’s list of 11 celebrity Halloween costumes, that I had to expand upon these awesome ideas! If you’re still looking for a Halloween costume, or not satisfied with your witch get up, get a load of these ideas.
11 in the moment Halloween costumes
Carving pumpkins is well, kind of a mess. Cutting them up takes effort and elbow grease, you’ve got to scoop out the insides and then, after all that work, they start rotting.
We’ve got a better alternative: paint your pumpkins! It’s a fun and safe activity for kids and a great creative outlet for adults. So if you can’t get enough of everything pumpkin right now, gather up your paints and brushes, throw on an old t-shirt or smock and join us for a Pumpkin Painting Party!
How to paint your pumpkin – tips and pics