Beetlejuice Themed Halloween Party
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Anyone else a fan of the movie Beetlejuice? 🙂 Totally me! I loved this movie growing up and still enjoy watching it. So last Halloween (back in October of 2014), I hosted a Beetlejuice Themed Halloween Party! It did require a bit of work to get everything decorated, but it was totally worth it in the end and the kiddos had a blast helping with everything too. If you’re planning to host a Halloween Party this year and are lookin’ for some money-saving tips, you’ll definitely want to check out this post.
First, to get in the decorating spirit, we had the Beetlejuice movie playing in the background AND had it playing during the Halloween party! We then got our creative juices flowing to come up with inexpensive and FREE ways to decorate…
Beetlejuice Themed Photos: I literally just took the photo canvases and paintings (that were already hung on my walls) and carefully wrapped them with white and black wrapping paper to go with the Beetlejuice colors. I also had my kiddos create Beetlejuice themed artwork!
Beetlejuice Dollhouse – I borrowed an antique Dollhouse from a friend and used a strip of putting green purchased from Home Depot to make the “grass”.
Spooky Branches – I just took branches that had fallen off trees (didn’t cost me a dime!) and then sprayed them with black spray paint to give a spooky look.
Beetlejuice Snake: All you need is a pool noodle, duct tape, a sharpie, and some newspaper! Basically you make stripes from black and white Duct tape, then crunch newspaper into a ball and wrap with white duct tape for the head. Take a red sharpie to make the eyes. Oh and that black chair – totally scored that baby at a thrift store for $14.99!
Beetlejuice Themed Decor: Lots of the fun decorations were purchased at the Dollar Tree for just a buck! This includes the hanging skeleton, the wall decorations, and various other party supplies like plates, napkins etc.
Fun Light-Up Sign: Totally love browsing the aisles at TJMaxx HomeGoods. Last year when I was looking for inexpensive decor items, I came across this light-up EAT sign on clearance for less than $10! Totally thought that was a steal and it’s a great sign because you can use it throughout the year and not just during Halloween.
Halloween Treats: One tip, make it REALLY easy and purchase pre-packaged items. For example, I purchased Hostess Cupcakes and just took them out of the packaging, then displayed them on a plate. I added Ghost Peeps to some of the plates to give them a festive look. Easy and cheap!
I also made these 3-ingredient Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs. This was such a simple recipe (the kiddos helped with these)… BUT be warned, oh so addicting.
Halloween Themed Sodas – Just take 2-liter sodas that you’ve purchased cheap with sales and/or coupons and remove the label. The just purchase Halloween-themed sticker labels and put them on the sodas. These are usually inexpensive. I found mine at the Dollar Tree. You can even purchase on Amazon.
Beetlejuice Themed Cake – If someone offers to bring something to the party, be sure to give them a suggestion! 🙂 This will definitely help save YOU time and money. A friend asked me what she could help with and because I knew that she liked to bake, I suggested a cake. Ummm… she totally surpassed my expectations! She not only made a cake that tasted great, but she also created such an awesome themed cake for the Beetlejuice party. I was so impressed!
Decorating Stairs: I used the same wrapping paper that I had used to wrap the pictures to create Beetlejuice themed stair treads. I also purchased plastic pumpkins from Dollar Tree to decorate the steps.
Shrunken Head Safari Guy – My favorite decoration of all! 🙂 This guy rocks! I took full advantage of the thrift stores in my area to create him. The safari outfit is all thrift store clothing and I just used sheets that I had on hand to stuff the clothing. I even found that little head at a thrift store – I couldn’t believe that a thrift store actually had the perfect shrunken head. I then glued hair to the top that I had cut off from an old doll.
And of course, we couldn’t host the party without dressing up too! My hubby became Beetlejuice – so handsome! 😉 And I became Mrs. Argentina (the dead receptionist).