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DIY: Spooky Halloween Projects on a Budget

October 16, 2014

By Nikki Cecala

For kids, Halloween isn’t just one day of the year; it’s a month-long celebration! And who can blame them when there are so many fun and exciting things to do daily? Sure, you can take them to the pumpkin patches or apple picking, but money can get stretched thin fast, especially if you have a costume to purchase for one or more kids. There are plenty of low-cost or free Halloween crafts that you can do in your own home. It’s also a great opportunity to bond and create holiday traditions!


DIY: Spooky Halloween Projects on a Budget | milk jugs decorated like ghosts

Ghost Jugs
Need: 3-4 clean gallon milk or water jugs, black markers, holiday lights or battery-operated candle

Remove any stickers from the jugs and make sure they’re clean and dry. Using the black marker, draw a face on the opposite side of the handle. Keep the cap on so the jug doesn’t dent while drawing on it. If you have clear holiday lights or a battery-operated candle, cut a hole in the bottom of the jug (about the size of a half dollar) and insert either type of lighting inside to make the jugs glow. Put them around the house or in the windows for ghoulish decor.

DIY: Spooky Halloween Projects on a Budget | paper towel rolls with eye-like cutouts glow from the bushes thanks to glowsticks inside the tubes

Spooky Eyes
Need: 4-5 clean toilet paper rolls, kid-friendly scissors, tape, colored glow sticks

Cut pairs of small holes in the middle of the toilet paper roll. Put a glow stick in the toilet paper roll and tape the ends so it doesn’t fall out. Scatter the rolls around the front or back yard in the bushes. Don’t put them too deep—keep them near the surface of the bushes so they’re seen.

DIY: Spooky Halloween Projects on a Budget | black bat cutouts line an orange wall

Paper Cats, Bats, or Mice
Need: Black construction paper, pencil, kid-friendly scissors, masking tape, traceable template for the animal of choice (we found some good options here)

First, print the templates and cut out each animal you will be using. Using that animal as a guide, trace the shapes onto black construction paper and cut them out. Then mount as desired throughout the house, using the masking tape. If you have a staircase, put them at the bottom of each step to spook people walking up.

Food and Liquid Fun

DIY: Spooky Halloween Projects on a Budget | Orange and black plastic spiders sit inside ice cubes.

Spider Ice Cubes
Need: ice cube trays, water, plastic spiders

Put plastic spiders in the ice cube trays and fill them with water. Freeze overnight. If you have other tiny plastic critters that are clean and safe, you can use those, too. Once frozen, put the ice cubes in your favorite cold beverage. It will look like you are drinking critters!
Caution: only do this activity if your children are old enough to understand they shouldn’t swallow the plastic critters. To be safe, remind them that they should remove the critter once the ice melts.

DIY: Spooky Halloween Projects on a Budget | Halloween cookie and candy white chocolate bark

Halloween Bark (Easy No-Bake Treat)
Need: 1 lb white chocolate (melted in the microwave or on the stove), 1 tbsp Halloween food sprinkles, 1 cup of pretzels, 12 orange and black sandwich cookies, 1.5 cups candy corn, 20 candy eyeballs

Break apart the pretzels and cookies. Mix together the sprinkles, broken pretzels and cookies, candy corn, and candy eyeballs. Spread the mixture onto a cookie tray. Pour the melted white chocolate over the mixture, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Then place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours to harden. Once hardened, take out and break into small pieces. Enjoy!

For more creative Halloween ideas, check out our Pinterest page. Please share some of your Halloween traditions or creativity in the comments below!


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