There’s candy, costumes, and pranks, but Halloween just wouldn’t be complete without a few great decorations. After all, what would any holiday be without some mood setting décor? Especially holidays like Halloween, which thrive on seeing spooky setups. Would you truly be in the “spirit” (get it? Ha!) without a ghost? A jack-o-lantern? A little splash of orange or black, here and there?
Unfortunately, being too “in the spirit” can cost you a pretty penny if you don’t know what you’re doing. A lot of decorations simply cannot be recycled, and so they end up being a complete waste of your hard earned money. No one wants to feel like they’re burning money on single use anything, really. Ultimately, the goal to decorating, at least when you’re trying to save, is to try to find versatile items.
Lucky for us, Halloween and Thanksgiving, both being holidays in the fall, give us a huge opportunity to save money. The two holidays are close enough together to make buying separate decorations seems like a complete and total waste of cash. The colors remain constant—the main issue is that the feelings behind the holidays are a bit different. You need a creative look on what you have and try to recycle it all in worthwhile ways, in order to save money on not just the holiday—but the season. In short, autumn is basically one big test on how to make your decorations work for you.
The best decorations to do this are:
1) Streamers: Streamers are super easy to put up, come in large rolls, can be reused if you’re careful, etc. They’re the perfect, versatile decoration. For this particular season, you can get a variety in oranges, browns, blacks, whites and reds. Twirl them around each other and put them up, or cut them up into jagged, spooky wall hangings. You can buy different textures, and finishes as well. If you can learn to be great with scissors, this may be all you really need to make it through fall.
2) Pumpkins: Let’s just be honest with ourselves and realize that Halloween would feel incredibly different without a pumpkin. The thing about pumpkins is, they rot. They’re natural, and so they have to follow their natural life cycle—but no one ever said you couldn’t use plastic pumpkins! I know… it takes the fun out of making those beautiful jack-o-lanterns, but in the long run, they will save you a whole lot of money. And if you still want that good old jack-o-lantern tradition, go ahead and pick up a couple! What’s a couple bucks when you’ve already saved so much?!
3) DIY Crafts: Buy a whole lot of construction paper in fall colors, and get to cutting! Cut out some leaves, pumpkins, ghosts—whatever you want to tape up and autumn-ify your home. Make it a group project and embrace the kindergartener side we all know you have. You can even find stencils online to help guide you if you’re not artistically gifted. But, regardless, it’s Halloween—your squiggle blob thing will pass as something gross, creepy or unwanted anyway.
Another way you can save on Halloween is by, of course, using things you already have! You already spent money on it all, so why not put your candy to good use?
Lay out candy in a cute way and it will basically serve as its own, ever changing decoration. Use clear plastic bowls to display heaps of candy, or arrange it into a pattern… whatever your heart desires, really. It’s like a half DIY, because even though you’re making the arrangement, you didn’t make the candy—and that’s probably harder so this entire situation is pretty much one big win. And kids will love that they don’t even have to ask for candy—you’re pretty much the neighborhood hero. It’s for the kids, really…
All in all, Halloween is a relief in comparison to other holidays. I mean the whole point of it is to be in the Halloween… spirit… I crack myself up. No, but really… All you really need to do in order to get ready for Halloween, is put a little effort into it. Grab some scissors, some streamers, maybe even a little glitter? You’ll have heaps of decorations before you know it, all of which, may I add, can be reused year after year if you don’t enjoy having the little arts and crafts session that it will undeniably bring. Remember, most of all, just have fun with it.