Go to places like Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration. Check out the dollar stores, and thrift stores for deals. Remember that as we get closer to Halloween, places like Party City, Michael's and Hobby Lobby usually have pretty good sales and online coupons.
More inspiration can be found at this online Halloween Forum. or at Thrifty Fun's website. I know it may sound cheesy, but last year we made a giant spider out of black plastic trash bags, coat hangers and red duct tape. Neighborhood kids loved it. Scarecrows are equally affordable, since you can make them from old clothes and a plastic 59. cent plastic pumpkins scored from ARC thrift store.
If you find you don't have the dough for fresh pumpkins, consider using a little creativity, empty jars and paint to make up your own pumpkin luminaries. Crafts by Amanda gives you easy step-by-step instructions.
Spirit photos put some punch in any Halloween party decor, what with their creepy black and white images of spooks hovering around the living. A result of double exposures and superimposition of images, these early photos were cooked up during the spiritualist movement which swept the U.S. and Europe in the mid-19th and early 20th century. The photos are great stuck on walls, windows or hung from the ceiling with invisible thread, or used as party invites.
Check out the following sites for ideas that work with a Halloween theme.
- The National Media Museum flickr group. The Museum holds one of the finest photography collections in the world, among which the spirit photographs of William Hope. No copyright restrictions apply.
- Vintage Spirit Photography group on flickr.
- AudioMicro, is great site for FREE downloadable Halloween sound effects.
- FREE witch clip art from Vintage Holiday Crafts here. Check out the creepy FREE skull and bones clipart from the Graphics Fairy. Also, peruse m