How To Halloween On A Budget: Spooky Fun For Less

Halloween on a budget - spooky fun for less

Seasonal occasions like Halloween can always be a lot of fun - even if you're on a budget.

There are plenty of affordable ways to get into the festive autumn spirit and enjoy spooky activities. 

One way to save money if you're holding a Halloween party is to make some of your own decorations. Rather than spend a fortune on plastic decorations at the local supermarket, why not catch the crafting bug and give these DIY projects a go for some party ideas and inspiration?

I've scoured the internet and found the following homemade Halloween decorations that are fun and inexpensive without looking cheap.

First up is painted pumpkins. If you can't be bothered with the effort of carving out a face like the pumpkin above, then why not make great decorations free from mess by painting them. Great for the kids to get involved too. No sharp objects! Once the parties over, you can scoop them out properly to make your own delicious pumpkin soup. 

Painted pumpkin decorations

Now this next one is a good one from Today's Creative Blog. Make your very own Spooky Terrarium. I must say, I've never seen one of these before and I love it! Simply search the backyard for twigs, moss and rocks, scour the house for some small Halloween-themed decorations like skulls and scary birds and then, build your scene on an upside-down lid of a Mason jar. When your miniature landscape looks complete, screw the jar onto the lid and place in the window or next to your front door in lieu of a pumpkin.

DIY Spooky Terrarium
Image courtesy of Today's Creative Blog

Make your house spookier than ever with a floating Cheesecloth Ghost. They look great and you can hang them practically anywhere and they're so cheap to make. All you need to buy is some cheesecloth or even bandages may work and flop them over a teddy bear for example. To make a floating cheesecloth ghost, you'll want to soak the cloth in some corn starch. There's an excellent tutorial to make a proper floating one over at

How about raiding your recycling bin for any glass or plastic bottles and make your very own Boo Bottles! First, remove the labels and caps, then spray them white and draw some spooky faces on with a black market pen for cute centre pieces. Or fill them with milk and pop in a straw for children's party drinks.

Spooky Milk Boo Bottles

Now for some food ideas, this is great! a simple Mozarella cheese, black olives and tomato pizza. You can get some pizza bases and make your own. Spread on the tomato passata, slice on some flat blobs of Mozarella and chop the black olives for what will be the ghosts eyes and mouth on the Mozarella blobs. Use a couple to position as spiders as well, then simply bake in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes at approximately 250 degrees or until the base is crisp and the cheese is bubbling.

Spooky Ghost Halloween Pizza

Gather the string, a few pegs and some black felt or any material, along with some boggley eyes and make your own cute little Halloween garland. Cut out some bat shapes like below, stick on the eyes with some PVA glue and peg to the string. For the spiders, black wool, rolled into a ball with some chopped black pipe cleaner legs. The over ravelled wool can be used as the string for the spiders web.

Halloween Garland

Have you got any ideas or inspiration for DIY Halloween decorations on a budget? Please share by commenting below.