Easy to Make Halloween Decorations on the Cheap

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Start saving up those jars and cans. Don’t even think of tossing those old sheets or leftover craft supplies. Get ready to repurpose and recycle these items and more into easy to-create Halloween decorations that are both spooky and cheap!

Milk Jug Lanterns

The carved pumpkins are the must-have glow, but you can add a few ghosts to your yard too by using milk jugs painted with a spooky ghost face. Line these up in a row above white Christmas lights and you have a spooky recycling project.

Kleenex ghosts

AAAaaaahhh Boo! Start with a lollipop (blow pops and tootsie pops work great), then cover with a kleenex and cinch just under the lollipop top with some string. Use a sharpie to draw your ghost’s face and check out what a spooky treat you have created. These can be given out as is, or try using atop cupcakes, arranging in flower pots, or sticking into pumpkins.

Tin Can Candles & Craft

Before you toss another soup can into the trash, consider adding a coat of black or orange paint and transforming that tin can into a candle, vase, planter, etc. There are so many possibilities! Fill a few with dirt and Kleenex ghosts, for example. Use an ice pick and hammer to punch holes in the shape of words like “Boo,” “Trick or Treat” or “Eek!” and then place a lit candle inside to watch your letters light up.

Spooky Hand Ice Cube

Create the punch that will have everyone at the party talking when you freeze water in plastic gloves. Add a little green food coloring and now your ice cube hand is that much creepier!

Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Roll your toilet paper rolls in orange tissue paper. Add a little green or brown tissue paper to stick out of the top of the roll and then decorate your pumpkin toilet paper roll’s face. Cheap, easy, and after the holiday you can replenish your toilet paper stash.

Footprint Ghosts

This is the perfect way to get your little goblins involved in Halloween decorating! Dip your kid’s feet in white finger paints and apply the footprints to black paper. Once dry, add the ghost’s eyes and mouth to the heel of the footprint.

DIY Graveyard

Before you spend money on those tombstone decorations at the store, consider purchasing a few lawn stakes instead and attaching them to the back of your own cardboard tombstone cutouts. Cover your cutouts in grey paint and add some marker text like RIP then stake your tombstones into the yard. Using real wood for this graveyard project will make for sturdier tombstones that you may even be able to use next year, but just keep in mind that it adds to the cost, too.

Haunted Trees

Drap those old sheets among the branches of your front yard tree to spook your trick-or-treaters. A pillow or another sheet can be stuffed in the center of your ghost sheet and cinched closed underneath to give the ghost a head and will help to give these haunts some added shape as they float among the treetops.

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Halloween Treats that Are Not Candy

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Trick or Treat does not have to mean Trick or Sweet! If you are among the many parents who are hoping their children’s Halloween goodie bags actually contain some good, then we have a list of treats we know you can appreciate. From the plastic toys to the healthy substitutes to candy, this Halloween can be filled with variety. Sweets are traditional and tasty fun, but scooping out something a bit different can be a welcomed alternative to the norm.

Toy Treats: Reach for those stocking stuffer toy treats this year; think small, inexpensive and not likely to melt in your mouth or your hand. For example – a toy car, a tube of chapstick, a small morsel of homemade play-doh, a few crayons, stickers, a bouncy ball, a spinning top. Make this Halloween about tricks and treasures! Offer up temporary tattoos, seashells, soap, bubbles, a whistle, a spider ring or vampire teeth.

Yummy – Yet Healthy – Eats: Just because something tastes so good doesn’t mean it must fall in the not-so-good-for-you category. There are plenty of options ranging from lesser evil sweets to healthy alternatives to the typically candy craze. Try honey sticks, or small bags of popcorn, crackers, fruit (fresh or dried varieties) and pumpkin seeds! Pretzels, apple slices, juice box drinks and so much more! Rather than bolting straight for the Halloween candy aisle, keep your eyes and options open as your do your regular grocery shopping. Always include multiple options. Someone may have an allergy to those peanut butter crackers, or even one of the dried fruit mixes you had planned on featuring. Sprinkling in a few toy treats guarantees you can deliver smiles to just about any trick-or-treater who knocks on your door this year.

Cavity Combat: So you think everything in that Halloween bucket must contribute to cavities? Challenge that with a travel sized toothbrush! It may be just what trick-or-treaters need to frighten away any lingering sugar after delving into all of their loot. And while you are at it, don’t forget those travel sized toothpaste tubes, mini floss and breath mints for extra measure. Certain chewing gums offer teeth whitening and other oral health benefits, but remember this is also something that younger kids can get in their hair and make a mess chewing.

Howl-o-ween: Dog-friendly treats!

Believe it or not, there are plenty of four-legged, furry trick-or-treaters out there. They will be looking cuddlier and cuter than ever in their Halloween costumes; and all the while those chocolate bars are enticing but they are also a big no-no! So when you are thinking of “treats,” remember that having a few dog-friendly items on hand is a good idea. Go with a small sized treat, or if you select a larger sized dog treat make sure it is one that can easily be broken down to size for smaller pups.

And now that your bowl of Halloween treats is full of delicious alternatives to candy, plenty of variety – even a special Halloween treat for Fido – you are now ready to practice your “boo” and prepare for those trick-or-treaters!

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