Four spooky and cheap DIY Halloween hacks when you’re on a budget

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Halloween is all about dressing up and eating tons of candy, but can we also admit it’s about over-the-top decorations?

Each year, the seasonal exhibits get spookier and spookier, with the house outfitted with the spookiest Halloween decor possible.

To make the best haunted display possible it can be quite easy to go over budget, with us Brits set to spend around £300m on Halloween 2021 – making it the second most expensive holiday after Christmas.

Before you think building your own haunted house must be terribly expensive, how would you feel if we told you there’s a way to bring spooky vibes to them for less?

Well, according to budgeting experts at think about the money, there are certainly several ways to get creative with your own household items without scaring your bank account.

The budgeting experts have given an overview of the top five money-saving hacks that are equally creative and perfect for your own Halloween display, which we’ve shared just below for you.

How to create a creative Halloween with decor for nothing

We all know staging your Halloween scene seems expensive, but some of the best decorations can be made from items in your household.

Just rummage through your loft, your closet, just about anywhere you can think of, and we’re sure you’ll find household items you can get creative with and turn into incredibly spooky things.

Here are some tips on how you can turn your household items into spooky decorations for the price of nothing.

1. Toilet Paper Lanterns

Save those empty toilet paper rolls! A simple coat of paint and a bit of rope will be enough to transform standard bog lamps into scarily cheap wall decorations.

If you happen to have string lights lying around, you can also string them together to create really effective scary lanterns that you can hang around your window or door frame. But even without the lights, this simple trick can really scare your house.

2. Bat Cave



Get creative with your household items this year, so you don’t go over budget.

It’s a classic for the kids in the house, and that includes us, the big kids, too. Take an old bed sheet and pin it to anything you have at hand (from the chair/sofa to the wall!).

Any household lamps will help set the scene in the interior, and you can always get some plastic bats from your local pound to complete this incredibly inexpensive bat cave!

3. Woolly webs

It may seem obvious, but there’s no end to the fun you can have with a little cheap cotton. If you don’t have one, go to your local store and buy some for around £1, then take care of stretching it all out to hang inside. Creating woolly webs is an easy and affordable way to add the finishing touch to your spooky scene.

4. Prepare a scare

Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween without getting weird in the kitchen. You really don’t have to spend a lot to create amazing treats that will be so tasty they’ll disappear before you can say “boo”.

If you have sugar in the cupboard, you can melt it in a saucepan and create some really cool honeycomb candies in the shape of ghosts and ghouls. Simply pour the liquid onto parchment paper and shape them however you like. Perfect!

And then, of course, there’s Witches Brew, which can be mixed with ginger ale, pineapple juice, and a squeeze of lemon. That said, you can make it with any juice you have in the fridge, as long as it’s a scary color and tastes good. If you want to add an extra touch, you can buy cheap eyeball candies from your local supermarket and add them to float on top. You are being watched!

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