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Summer is drawing to a close and we’re starting to feel a cool crispness in the air here in Chicago. For me, that can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner! Okay, maybe it’s still nearly two months away, but it’s by far my favorite holiday and in my book, there’s no reason you can’t start celebrating in September!
I love that there are so many things you can do to get into a “Cheap and Easy” Halloween spirit. Some of my favorites are going to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect orange gourd, putting festive decorations all around my house, and figuring out the best costume to spook all of the visiting trick or treaters with.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a ton of extra cash that I can devote to my Halloween celebrations. So I’ve been thinking of ways to get festive without going broke. Here’s my list of ideas so far, although I’m sure there are a ton of other ways to do Halloween on the cheap. If you have any other thrifty Halloween ideas, post a comment below so we can all benefit!
1. Use materials that you already have lying around your house and make your own decorations. White garbage bags can be transformed into spooky ghosts. So can regular old coffee filters. To make simple pumpkin decorations, fill a brown paper bag with crumpled up newspaper, tie it off at the top and paint the whole thing orange! Take a look around your home and see what inspires you. The options are endless!
2. Pick a costume that’s not overly complicated and can be made from repurposed clothes or bedding. I love the idea of turning a pillowcase into a simple ghost dress for a little girl. Cardboard boxes also make great building material for kids costumes like trains or robots. Add some black felt circles to a plain red tee and voila, you’re an adorable ladybug! A little creativity goes a long way when it comes to DIY Halloween costumes!
3. Get the kids involved! Halloween is the most perfect holiday for kids because it’s when you get to let your imagination run wild. Making creepy crafts with your little ones will definitely get you in the spooky spirit! One of my absolute favorite Halloween kids’ crafts is making ghosts out of recycled milk containers. It looks really cool and spooky when you make a bunch of milk jug ghosts and line them up on your porch. And the best part about this craft is that it’s virtually free!
I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to celebrating Halloween. Just because you want to decorate and dress up doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money. Halloween is all about spirit and as long as you have that, you’re boo-tiful!
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About The Author:
Rachel Bernstein is an editor for www.AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com, a crafting site that offers the best holiday craft projects, tutorials, and tips from all over the Web. The crafts run the gamut from decorations to clothing and from paper crafts to kids’ crafts. You can find projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, the Fourth of July and more all on one site.