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Create creepy Halloween decorations in just minutes!

hand holding side of glass jar with creep halloween face masks in jar

Things are getting really creepy this Halloween! 🎃

Easily create frugal and creepy Halloween decorations with our DIY idea using just water, masks, and a jar! Trick-or-treaters are going to love it or fear it!

Decorating for Halloween can be so much more than just pumpkins and pretty fall wreaths. If you’re looking to make things extra creepy this year, this is the craft for you and your home.

The results of these creepy Halloween decorations are totally unreal! Literally! 

close up of halloween masks in glass jars on wood table

I’ve never been a huge Halloween fan, but my two boys enjoy scary things, so I’ve started to come around to the idea of adding some creepy Halloween decorations to our home.

Oh, the things we do for our kids. 😂

My Hip sidekick, Lina, made this craft years ago so last year I decided to make my own! My boys got such a kick out of it and it also makes for some great decor come trick-or-treating!

creep halloween decorations - face masks in walmart shopping cart

All you’ll need to make these creepy Halloween decorations is a creepy mask (the more realistic, the better!), a glass jar, and water!

You could even consider adding a glow stick and/or gluing fake eyeballs to the masks for an even creepier effect!

halloween masks in walmart shopping cart

The masks I used last Halloween are no longer available, but here are some I spotted online that would be perfect!

Heading in the store? I found a larger selection at my local Walmart and many of the more affordable masks under $10 weren’t available online.

hand holding a thrift store fortnite mask

As another idea, head to your local thrift store for a possible score! While I didn’t luck out at mine, you may be able to find a creepy mask for just a couple of bucks which makes this easy DIY even easier on your wallet!

Even better, you can make this Halloween DIY even more frugal if you already have a mask laying around. 👏🏻

*Note that masks made of hard plastic are not ideal for this craft. 

Dollar tree Halloween masks in a bin

Hip Tip: Dollar Tree also has tons of Halloween masks to choose from if you’re on a really tight budget. I personally didn’t feel their masks last year were that great so I opted for the more realistic options at Walmart for mine despite being more expensive.

halloween clown mask in clear glass jar in walmart store aisle

I found gallon-sized jars work best to fit my Halloween face masks and since I didn’t have any laying around, I grabbed a few at Walmart.

Plus, these glass storage jars are super trendy right now, so even though they weren’t the most frugal idea, they can easily be repurposed. Consider using them as a pretty pantry storage idea or even for regifting as Lina did for this Christmas idea!

halloween face mask in pickle jar on kitchen counter

A gallon-sized pickle jar is a frugal option for this DIY too.

If you have one laying around or plan to purchase a jar of pickles for your upcoming Halloween party, Lina originally shared these creepy Halloween decorations using an old jar she had!

That makes this DIY potentially FREE if you have a jar and a mask already! 👏🏻

This sealed or air-tight glass jar idea is best if you plan to place your creepy Halloween mask jars in places they could potentially be knocked over.

creepy halloween decorations - face masks in clear glass jars on wood table

Halloween Heads in a Jar




Gather your creepy Halloween face masks and gallon-size jars. Again, the creepier and more flexible the mask, the better your outcome will be!


Take off any foam padding from inside and cut off black elastic straps. This step is optional, but encouraged so it doesn’t take away from the realistic look once complete!


Place your Halloween mask in your jar and fill it with water until full. You may have to reposition the mask as it fills.


Hip Tip: One of my masks had hair and it did just fine in the water. However, you can also opt to have some stick out of the lid as I did with the Granny & Zombie masks. This also helps hide the mask’s back and make it look more realistic.Β 


Place your lid on once your jar is full and your mask is positioned the way you want it.


Now you get to enjoy your creepy Halloween decorations!

creepy halloween masks laying out to dry on blue towel

Save your creepy Halloween decorations for next year!

Once Halloween is over, empty your jars and lay your masks out to dry so you can save them for next year’s creepy Halloween decorations! 👏🏻

creepy halloween face masks in jars on wood storage bench

Well, I’m not too sure what our neighbors will think, but the boys sure are getting a kick out of this simple and creepy Halloween decorations DIY! LOL! 🤣

Happy Halloween, Hip2Savers! 🎃👻

Oh, and don’t forget, if you make this fun & creepy DIY, share your Halloween decor with us by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram! We love seeing all your holiday creations and we love hearing from you even more!

WOW! Lina did this Halloween craft with a laundry pod container! 😱🤯😍

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 13

  1. Alma

    Love, love, love this idea!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      So glad you love it, Alma! If you create some at home make sure to tag us in a picture so we can see! πŸ™‚

  2. Lori

    For an even creepier look put a glow stick in the jar!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That does sound creepier! Thanks for the suggestion, Lori!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea, Lori! Thanks for sharing!

  3. HipMomof3

    This is so creepy I don’t think I could do it, but I bet Collin’s husband loves it!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      lol You know him so well, he sure does!! πŸ˜†

  4. nikiserrr22

    Great job! Definate nightmares for sure! 🀣

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      LOL! Glad you enjoyed this creepy post! πŸ˜‰πŸ₯°

  5. Kaylee

    My kids did this with me today! Looks so cool on our porch!!

    • Anne (Hip Sidekick)

      What a fun family project!

  6. Nicole

    My students suggested a creepy show on Netflix, so I’m planning to put this on my desk to get back at them. πŸ˜‚ Halloween is a Monday!

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh what fun, Nicole!!! Please take a picture and tag us so we can see!!!πŸ–€

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