Under $10 Halloween decor

October 24, 2014

I think Halloween decor is fun but for the past few years we’ve just had it out for a week or so – any more than that and I start to feel overwhelmed by all the extra stuff. Last night we grabbed all the bins and I just let the Bub have at it. 

I let him put stuff wherever he wanted and we decided on a few things together. He had a blast decorating the main floor!

Since we don’t have the decor out long I always go cheap for Halloween – and I like doing things in numbers. The dollar store crows are now perched in the bathroom:

easy halloween decor

And the big dollar store googly eyes watch from the toilet:

googly eyes Halloween

We giggled like little kids when we finished putting those up. 

Well, he is a little kid, but I giggled like him.

I made these letters years ago – they’re just mdf craft letters and I covered them in Halloween paper:

BOO letters

So easy, so simple, so cheap!!

These little spooky eyeball votives are still one of my favorite Halloween projects:

Halloween votive craft

You can see how I did them here. Again, less than $10 for all of them easy.

We have a bunch of creepy sparkly spiders (sparkly spiders are the scariest, of course) so I stuck them on the wall in the foyer:

spiders Halloween decor

Gotta admit, they freak me out. I added them to the leaves of our new fiddle leaf and I think I’m going to have to take them off. I can only handle so much.

We have a lot of skeletons. I think they look pretty funny resting up against everyday stuff:

sparkly skeletons

Like, oh hello…just a skeleton hanging out. Chillin. This one finds something really funny...or he’s terrified. I’m going with funny.

His friend outside is a funny guy too:

sparkly skeleton

I can’t remember where I got him but I know it was another clearance sale – I think maybe at Joann’s?

I especially love paper Halloween decor at this time of year. It’s inexpensive and hardly takes up any storage space – bonus! I picked up these creepy paper hands on clearance last year:

black interior door

They look smashing on the new black door. ;)

We use paper bats everywhere and I usually like to put them in one spot for more impact:

paper bats on wall

But the kiddo wanted to put them up all over so that’s what he did. I must admit it’s pretty cute to see them randomly flying around the house. 

There’s a few of them on the stairway, along with the infamous black stair mice:

mice on stairs Halloween

After Mousegate I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to put them up again, for real. But time heals all memories of mice in your house, right? They are pretty cute and they’ve become a tradition for us. :)

I’ve seen the idea of attaching googly eyes to photos and started it on the pictures on the stairs but our son HATED it. Like, hated. I stopped at two pictures – he’s right, it is pretty creepy looking. But pretty hilarious too.

Do you decorate your home for Halloween? How long do you have your decor up? I just love that my boy is still into it and wants to do it – it will be a sad day for me when he doesn’t.

You can see all of my easy and inexpensive Halloween decor through the years here

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  1. OMG! I laughed and laughed about the toilet!! What a cute and funny idea!!
    Thanks for sharing with us :D

  2. Any tips on where to buy a boxwood wreath?

    1. She talked about that awhile ago- I believe she gets hers from decor steals. They have them frequently throughout the year. That and their sister site antique farmhouse.

  3. It all looks great! My boys aren't so into having the inside of the house decorated for Halloween - they really like my fall decor. So, they have a blast covering the front yard with fake spiders, webs, pumpkins, scarecrows, and other spooky stuff. They usually invite all of the neighbor kids over to help stretch the webs and reach high places. I'm pretty positive the gardener LOVES coming to our house for those two weeks!

  4. Oh my gosh! The eyes on the toilet are hilarious!!! I am ashamed to say I didn't giggle, but I cracked up instead. Your son is so precious!

  5. I love your decorations, especially the bony hands :)

  6. So very cute! WE're in the middle of moving so I can't really decorate and it sucks cause Halloween's my thing!

  7. I used to decorate for Halloween when the kid was young but no kids around anymore, and grandchildren live in another state. So I decorate for fall only. I absolutely love all the crows lined up together. Wouldn't matter which room it's just so lifelike.

  8. I have always loved your mice stairs! I have read about them on your blog for the past couple of years. This year, we finally got around to redoing our stairs and I found (rats) at the dollar store. Def not as cute as your mice, but still cool. Can't wait to see how they come out!

  9. Oo those crows are creepy! And the spiders--EW!! I can see why you only leave Halloween things up for a short "spell".
    I did an out loud laugh at the googly eyes in the loo. (Jessica commented above that the eyes made her "crack" up, which made me giggle again.) I guess it helps a little that the lid will cover those peering eyes...
    And googly eyes on the photos! haha Sorry, it made me chuckle a bit that they freak Bub out. It does look very spooky.
    Oh and you kept the puns going with the "smashing" hands on the black door. I've got to hand it to you, looks great.
    I can't believe the mice tradition is still going! haha We caught one in the garage this morning. YUCK.
    I'll bet it's fun to watch Bub have at it.

  10. I think your Bub did a great job on the Halloween decorating. Looks like he has secretly paying attention to how you do things. Two suggestions...could those smashing hands on the black door be painted with glow-in-the-dark paint? That would be pretty spooky if you came downstairs in the middle of the night! My second idea is to leave the googly eyes on the toilet year round...because the "boys" will be reminded to put the lid back down so they can enjoy the fun!! You have some great items and once again, the Bub did a great job with placement.

  11. It is all so cute! I, too, use alot of paper in
    my halloween decor, including mice on the
    stairs. How do u hang your paper decor &
    your spiders? I use poster putty but was
    wondering if u had a better idea

  12. I love all of your decorating ideas, especially these cute Halloween ones! I thought the way you decorated the toilet was hilarious. I recently started a DIY blog and would just like to say that your blog was a great inspiration for me.

  13. LOVE these ideas! The toilet seat cracks me up! I am sure my boys would love that one!

  14. Googly eyes for the win! Also did I see you found chairs for the library ?!?!?

  15. Absolutely love these DIY's
    I always love decorating for different holidays :)

  16. Hi! Cute stuff! I was wondering where your chevron pillow on the bench in the entry is from. It goes perfectly with the other pillow. Thanks!

  17. Hi. Beautiful, as always!! Where did you get the spiders?


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