Monday, October 8, 2012

Get Your Halloween On, Even if You're Broke

If times are tight there are still plenty of affordable ways to get  your BOO! on this Halloween season. This is one of the best holidays of the year, and even if you are crafting-impaired, there are easy ways to decorate and celebrate Oct. 31.

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.

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