Hosting a crew of ghosts, witches, and goblins this October? Get ready for a spooky good time with these easy, affordable Halloween decorations. Many can be made with things you already have around the house, like glass jars and construction paper, and a few of the options are perfect for crafty kids ready to help deck your soon-to-be haunted halls. Happy haunting!

Halloween Terrarium

It's super easy to make an eerie centerpiece with twigs and rocks, glass jars and a few Halloween goodies from your fave craft store. You can use skulls and crows, or put a few mini pumpkins under the jars to turn down the scare factor. Using scrubbed-out jelly jars makes this decoration affordable, and you can put it together in less time than it takes to say hocus-pocus. Head on over to Today's Creative Life for the step-by-step instructions to make your Halloween terrarium.

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Pine Cone Spiders

If you live near evergreen trees, this one is for you. First, send your kids outdoors to gather up the key supply: pine cones. Add brown pipe cleaners and googly eyes, and you'll be hanging up your own web spinners in no time. Plus, check out Fireflies + Mudpies blogger Melissa's affordable tip for making webs to go along with the eight-legged creations. Click here to learn how to make these pine cone spiders.

Crow Door

A flock of ominous birds will descend on your door with no more than a pack of black paper and a pair of scissors. This Halloween decoration costs less than a pumpkin spice latte and, as a bonus, it's easy to put up and take down. Peek at the detailed instructions on Idlewife to make your own nest of crows.

Spirit Jugs

Create a ghostly trail leading party guests to your front door with spooky spirit jugs. This easy project makes use of milk jugs (starting saving now or ask friends!), meaning it can be made on the cheap. Crafty kids can help make these eerie, party-perfect outdoor Halloween decorations. Find out how at Eighteen 25

Candy Corn Wreath

Pick up a bag of candy corn to make a wreath that's all treats, and no tricks. It's a simple DIY project that, when hanging from your front door, will announce that the party's inside. Jellybean Junkyard can show you how.

Melted Crayon Pumpkins

Wondering what to do with broken crayon bits? Gather them up to create bright, festive pumpkins perfect for any Halloween party. Use craft pumpkins if you'd like Halloween decorations that won't decay before it's time to trick-or-treat. Follow Katie Friedman's how-to here.

Halloween Window Monster Decorations

Save your Amazon boxes and use them to make creatures of all shapes and sizes to watch over your house from every window. Artsy kids can imagine and design monsters, and you can safely cut out the scary shape with an X-Acto knife. Creep over to The Ledford Life to learn how to create these affordable Halloween monsters. 

Masking Tape Mummy

Deck your walls with a crowd of mummies for extra Halloween fun. This simple tape-and-construction paper project doubles as a fun kid craft and an affordable Halloween decoration. Eighteen 25 has the easy-peasy how-to.

Ghoulish Lanterns

Gather up a few mason jars to create an eerie glow with spooky lanterns. You can make a handful of different creepy creatures, from Frankenstein's monster to a purple-and-black ghost. These glowing ghouls can be pulled out for Halloween parties year after year. Life's a Batch shows you how to make your own.

Twine Pumpkin Luminary

A glowing pumpkin luminary will add a lovely, warm touch to your Halloween party decorations. Bonus: add a few gourds and keep this harvest decoration around all the way to Thanksgiving. Round up twine, glue and a strand of Christmas lights, then skip on over to Flourish to make your own.

Door Monster

Create a boo-tiful door monster, either inside or outside of your house. This is one Halloween decoration that you can put together with goodies from craft supplies you probably have on hand already. Amber's post tells you how to make your own fiendishly fun monster.

Halloween Bunting Flags

If your monster tastes run more cute and cuddly than bloodthirsty and bump-in-the-night, this wall hanging will be perfect. Make your own Halloween bunting with supplies you probably have at home (think construction paper and string). Find out how over at We're Going To Make It

DIY Light Up Haunted House

Shock your party guests with this awesome DIY haunted house party decoration. You'll need heavy black cardstock, battery-operated tea lights and cardboard or wood for the base. Note that this project is best for folks with Cricut machines, but it can also be created with a good pair of scissors, a craft knife and a little more time. For the step-by-step instructions to create a spooky manor of your own, visit The Crafty Gentleman.

—Oz Spies

 

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