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31 Halloween Decorating Ideas

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31 Halloween Decorating Ideas
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It’s fun to decorate for Halloween when you’ve got the entire month to prepare. From frightening to funny, our 31 easy and inexpensive Halloween decorating ideas are sure to be a hit in your home this holiday season.

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Day 1: Create a Halloween Color Palette
For a little spooky inspiration and to plan your holiday decor, create your own fall or Halloween color palette. Use paint chips to find your favorite, or play around with one of the online color palette generators.

Day 2: Frame Your Halloween Photos
Dig out your dusty Halloween or fall photos from years past, and create a photo collage from your pictures, or put in various frames to create a display.

Day 3: Brighten Up With Black
Black is no longer a teenage angst wall color, but is finally getting the accolade it deserves. If you don’t want to go black all over, consider adding it as a feature wall or a door color.

Day 4: Paint Your Own Halloween Plates
Forget expensive dinnerware. Pick up some plates at the dollar store and use ceramic or glass paints to dress up your fall table.

Day 5: Decorate a Pumpkin … or Three
One doesn’t need special artistic skills to decorate a beautiful jack-o-lantern. There are a thousand and one ways to decorate a pumpkin, even without carving.

Day 6: Fashion a Halloween Wreath
It is easy and economical to fashion your own Halloween or fall wreath from a few, simple craft items. Dress up your front door with a handmade wreath of your choosing.

Day 7: Create an Outdoor Display
Decorating your front door, porch and/or yard for Halloween is a great way to show your holiday spirit. From frightful to festive, outdoor Halloween decorations can be adapted to last all the way ‘til Thanksgiving.

Day 8: Light Up Your Pumpkin
Remove a small votive-sized plug from a miniature pumpkin to create a festive pumpkin votive. Pumpkins can also be carved to hold tapers, or carve a larger pumpkin to hold a pillar candle.

Day 9: Find Free Halloween Printables
For a huge dose of seasonal decorating inspiration, search online for free Halloween printables. From poison labels to vintage postcards, there is a wealth of decoration inspiration available for free. Just click “print!”

Day 10: Make a Vintage-Style Halloween Hanging
It just takes a few minutes to make this frugal decoration. Use an old print or a free printable to create your own unique Halloween wall hanging.

Day 11: Go googly eyed.
Googly eyes are super cheap and can be used to create a ton of Halloween decor. Googly eyes on most anything can look spooky but aren’t so scary that they make young children cower.

Day 12: Decorate a Halloween Tree
Tree branches are a super-economical way to decorate, because they are free. Spray or glitter paint the branches, then use floral foam to secure them in a pot. Add Spanish moss, a raven or other decorations for a spooktacular display.

Day 13: Paint a Halloween Doormat
Grab acrylic paint and a cheap doormat from your local retail store, and get busy creating a one-of-a-kind front door welcome. Use stencils or hand letter the words “Boo” or “Happy Halloween,” or get creative with your own design.

Day 14: Create a Halloween Shadow Box
Shadow boxes are kind of creepy anyway. After all, they are called what they are called because the boxes create shadows. Use it to your advantage to make a spooky Halloween shadow box display.

Day 15: Make a Halloween Mirror
Use colored adhesive vinyl or faux glass frosting film to create a ghost peering back at you. (What a great way to say “Boo!”) Or come up with your own spooky reflection.

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