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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought that it would be fun to ask all of you to share your creative (and frugal) ideas for Halloween recipes, costumes, decorations and more. Personally, I love when you can create something fun (but fairly simple) with items that you already have at home…just like the adorable Garbage Bag Ghosts created by reader, Nicole. Check out Nicole’s email below…

My mom made garbage bag ghosts and used them as Halloween decorations when I was a kid. I was always so impressed by the simplicity of such a great decoration. I made a couple tonight with my husband. They would be great to make with kids! My favorite part is almost everyone will have everything they need already in their house!!

What you’ll need:
White garbage bag
White tissue paper (optional)
White twisty ties
Black Permanent Marker

How to:
Cut color pull ties off of garbage bag
Wad newspaper up in a ball
Cover newspaper ball with white tissue paper (So the newspaper doesn’t show through the trash bag)
Put paper ball inside of garbage bag in a corner.
Tie off with twisty tie
Draw eyes & mouth with black mark
Hang as decoration for Halloween!

Not in the mood to decorate for Halloween? Then, check out the beautiful wreath (pictured above) created by reader, Nina, and her email below…

Before I found your website, I used to only be able to buy the necessities for our family, and always seemed to have to go without the “extras”. Thanks to you, my way of thinking has changed. I have learned to be so much more frugal and hip in the way I spend my money. I am able to make my dollar stretch so much farther and still get all the extra things I want now. Just last week I wanted to decorate our porch for the holidays, but knew it would cost too much to go out and buy a pre-made wreath. So I used two of the coupons you had posted about (a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby and another 40% off coupon from Michaels). I was able to make this beautiful Holiday wreath for around $22, including the door hanger. I love all your deals, thanks for making my life so much more fun!

On a side note, you may enjoy these posts from year’s past….

* Making Use of All That Candy Corn
* What are Your Halloween Tips & Tricks?

Click here if you are looking for creative ideas to make your own Halloween Costume. Click here for some creative Halloween Craft ideas.

So now it’s your turn! Feel free to share your ideas below…

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Comments 35

  1. aesha

    nice ideas mentioned the wreath looks like a big eyeball looking spooky πŸ™‚

  2. Hayley

    Something I do for fun for the trick-or-treaters is take a tissue…put it over a dum-dum sucker and tie it. Then I draw a face on it and it’s a ghost sucker! The kids love them every year. I think it makes them happy to see something different. And I’m a college student….so it’s affordable πŸ™‚

    • Brianna

      Ive done that before in goody bags! Simple and cute!

  3. Anonymous

    got our orange rutt wipe toilet paper so will be decorating it with orange pumpkin lol!

  4. Anne

    I have a friend that makes ghosts out of Elmer’s Glue. She puts waxed paper down on a cookie sheet and draws a ghost design out of the glue, then she waits for them to dry. They take a while to dry but cookie sheet makes them easy to move around so you can keep them out of the way while you wait. Once they are dry you can stick them to windows and mirrors and what not.

    She also makes ghosts out of cotton balls and tissues then hangs them from the ceiling with fishing line.

  5. Gayle

    I take an old sheet and cut a big enough sqaure out of it to drap over my hanging baskets and use glow in the dark paint and put eyes on it and hang it back up on my porch and when the wind blows it looks like a floating ghost!

  6. Tina

    None of the links below are mine, nor are they my ideas, but I just think they’re so clever and plan on making all of them at some point!

    tissue paper decorations for your windows-LOVE THIS!

    spider pops using pipe cleaners-too cute

    card/invitations using free paint sample cards!

    this is my favorite-recycle any size/shape/type of jar-and use leftover tissue paper to make these adorable lanterns

    This is a GREAT blog if you’re interested in cheap and fun decorating and/or gifts or crafts. Here is a great craft for recycled milk jug lanterns-great to do with the kids!

    Have leftover yarn around your house? make a yarn wreath! can customize for any holiday or occasion!

    That’s all I’ve got for now-happy crafting!!

    • Nel

      loving the yarn wreath you posted about last!

    • Sarah

      WOW! When I read the words “yarn wreath” I admit I expected it to look like a spidery gob of yarn, but it looks incredibly cute! I’ll definitely have to give that a try!

    • Erin

      Thanks for posting the House O’Lantern. Too cute, simple, inexpensive, and very forgiving! I got the orange tissue at Target for $1.99 (large package!) and the boxes for free from Target. Whipped one up yesterday and another today. I may just make them for every window in the front of my house (a Colonial–there’s nine windows in front!). You really should try it!

  7. Erin

    My six year old son and I made a skeleton out of dog biscuits and white paint. We painted the dog biscuits then hot glued them to a coat hanger in the shape of a skeleton. Then he drew a skull on a piece white foam and we attached it. It was cute!

    • Mandy

      I love your wreath!

  8. Megan

    We did the Ghost idea this year and made a bunch of small/med sized ones. We used yarn to tie around the “head” portion and left it a little long so we could tie it to a long piece of yarn and make a garland out of them! Hanging from our porch.. looks pretty good for something made with what we’ve got lying around! (plus it’s waterproof..a must for us washingtonians!)

    • Beth

      We did something similar using orange acrylic paint and tape to make the face designs.

  9. Deb

    I’ve gone nuts this yr at the office for Halloween.
    We have a vintage theme:I went online and found tons of vintage Halloween photos and postcards from days gone by-like 1920’s-1950’s!
    Made color copies of the postcards(and they are adorable) and I trung them in banners across the lobby.
    Took the vintage photos and brought in my frames-all sizes-and put them in them to display. Soooo cool! Some of those vintage costumes are really cool!
    I also hung black and orange streamers all over the office. I bought orange nad black paper lanterns and fans to dangle from the ceilings-the more the creepier fun! People LOVE this stuff hanging above their heads and they gently sway with the air cond.
    I found fabulous old looking decorations/figures at various TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores. I began buying back in Aug!
    We got some Martha stewart assorted black sticky sillouettes-cats, witches, spiders, etc & put them on our 4 glass doors to our suite. Found vintage black cats and pumpkins online-copied them in color on good card stock and they are placed all over the offie-including the kitchen on all the cabinets and fridge.
    We embellished all the decor with generous helpings of FRESH Spanish moss I got on a trip over Labor Day in Hilton Head and my friend topped it all off with spider webs!
    Creepy, spooky sounds play thru-out the lobby, thanks to Martha Stewarts fun CD, hidden out of sight.
    A pumpkin face smiles an eery greeting every morning in the dark as folks enter the office.
    We cut out all sizes black paper bats to hang on most all our walls in the office. Each of the largest bats contain an old-time spooky movie trivia question-every morning I call out over the PA-‘Bat Trivia is on!” and folks have to figure out the clue of the day and the winner gets a small prize out of a creepy box they have to reach into.
    Every Fri. we have a Halloween Bingo session-very quick and the winner gets a cool giftbag-thanks to my couponing skills πŸ™‚
    we also have set out on a table a Booopoly Game-Monopoly with a spooky fun twist! You can play it in one hour too!
    We also have Clarabell making his wasy thru the office in secret!
    He delivers spooktacular treats to someone at their cube, then that perosn draws a name and they get to “boo” someone, and so it goes! All done under the cloak of darkness-some folks ger really creative with this one

    All is topped off by a Chili Cook Off at the end of the month!

    • traveldaniella

      Those are cute!

      I have done something similar but very simple. Took cheesecloth and soaked in tea for awhile. Then with a few wire hangers (stretched in whatever shape you like) draped some of the cloth around each and hung outside around the house. The effect is awesome!

      My daughter has a Halloween party ever year, so I’ll be getting the decorations out soon and will try and post at pic!

  10. Jennifer

    I try to do ‘crafty things’ each year. We have made a Halloween advent calendar which the kids love–out of felt, we are doing milk jug ghosts, I have done the baby jar candles someone else mentioned (these are great) and the original post–the garbage bag ghost—-every year I cut up the garbage bag into 8 and do the same thing than the kids hang them from the tree!
    This year too we decorated the front yard with spider webs!!!!

  11. Bev

    Nina….the autumn wreath is gorgeous! Great job! πŸ™‚

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  13. Lindsay Smith

    We all know about the kids’ version of ‘BOO-ing’ your neighbors but this year I decided that the adults deserve some fun, too! This fun adult ‘Boo’ has been going around our neighborhood and it’s been SO much fun! We might even do a Holiday version as a unique and massive gift-exchange πŸ™‚

  14. Teri

    Mine is a bit silly, but pet owners might appreciate this approach to Halloween. When people expect me to dress up my dog, or ask me to dress up my dog for Halloween…I tell them that my dog is a Black Lab made up to look like a Dalmatian. I have a 13 yr old Dal, that hates hates, scarves, wraps or anything that is not “her” fur on her being. So, this is a fun way around making my sweetie dress up for the Holidays…Now my chihuahua is a different story…she has lots and lots of dress-up options. This year she is going as a Lady Bug…and she seems to love it!

    • Amber R.

      How cute! My mother has two pugs and this year she is dressing them up as lil hot dogs!

  15. Mark

    Growing up, we didn’t have much money, for costumes, but what we did was to go to the neighborhood thrift shop, and got something old, back then it was the thought of a new item, for us, and back then no one reallycared what the neighborhood kids wore that mattered, but the few extra dollars the local charity thrift shop made, as back then many families did the same as my family did,

  16. Dee

    Try I also saw mummy Hershey bars, wrap the Hershey bar in white crepe paper and the. Put moving eyes from a craft store on them. Haven’t seen a great deal for Hershey bars though

  17. Beth

    I’ve done a few inexpensive Halloween crafts this year including a bird cage light fixture, a mercury glass pumpkin, a ‘Boo!’ doormat and a black crow lampshade.

    Here are the links:

    Bird Cage Lamp for $4:

    Mercury Glass Pumpkin for $10:

    Black Crow Lampshade for $1:

    Boo! doormat for $8:

    Happy Halloween!

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