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27 Clever Halloween Decorations To Make With Dollar Store Stuff

Hocus pocus on the cheap.

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1. Hot glue pingpong balls to a plain wreath, then top them with some googly eyes.

Cute? Spooky? You decide. Here's the tutorial.
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Cute? Spooky? You decide. Here's the tutorial.

2. Tape tissue paper to white balloons to make fun floating ghosties.

Decorate with Sharpies — and you can draw scary faces on them, too, if you want that vibe! Here's how to make them.
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Decorate with Sharpies — and you can draw scary faces on them, too, if you want that vibe! Here's how to make them.

3. Construct this cartoony bunting with clothespins, string, construction paper, and a simple glue stick.

Look festive without looking frightening. Here's the tutorial.
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Look festive without looking frightening. Here's the tutorial.

4. Or, cut out eye, nose, and mouth shapes from black contact paper, then stick them onto balloons for no-rot, no-carve jack-o-lanterns.

It actually is that easy, and that cute. Here's the tutorial.
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It actually is that easy, and that cute. Here's the tutorial.

5. Save your milk jugs for a few weeks, then draw faces on them with a Sharpie to turn them into ghosts.

They'll make your porch look cute and Halloweeny. Here's the tutorial. This would also work with glowsticks and balloons — here's a similar tutorial.
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They'll make your porch look cute and Halloweeny. Here's the tutorial. This would also work with glowsticks and balloons — here's a similar tutorial.

6. Hot glue card stock cut-outs to colorful buckets to make these monstrous candy catchers.

(Adorably monstrous). Here's the tutorial.

7. Cut (clean) trash bags into oversized spider webs just like you'd cut a holiday snowflake.

Turns out this holiday technique isn't just for Christmas anymore. Here's the tutorial.
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Turns out this holiday technique isn't just for Christmas anymore. Here's the tutorial.

8. Haunt your porch with these adorable ping-pong ball and cheesecloth ghosties.

They light up! You could also make them without the lights, and just hang them from string. Here's the tutorial, and here's an alternative tutorial that might make them easier to hang up individually.
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They light up! You could also make them without the lights, and just hang them from string. Here's the tutorial, and here's an alternative tutorial that might make them easier to hang up individually.

9. Cut some zombie arms out of black poster or foam core board, and tape them to your stair bannisters.

Creepy AF, but also easy AF. Here's the how-to.
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Creepy AF, but also easy AF. Here's the how-to.

10. Print out black and white images from simple computer paper and Mod Podge them onto candles.

Pick up the candles at the dollar store, then print the skull images at home. Here's the tutorial.
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Pick up the candles at the dollar store, then print the skull images at home. Here's the tutorial.

11. Use a similar technique to make your own dessert plates.

However, if you want to be able to eat off of them, you should buy clear glass plates instead, and Mod Podge the designs to the back of them so that the designs show through the glass, because Mod Podge isn't food-safe. Here's the tutorial.
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However, if you want to be able to eat off of them, you should buy clear glass plates instead, and Mod Podge the designs to the back of them so that the designs show through the glass, because Mod Podge isn't food-safe. Here's the tutorial.

12. Pick up a couple of green or purple plastic Jack 'o' Lanterns, and help your kids make spooky eyes for your trees or bushes.

Basically, you paint them. Here's the tutorial.
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Basically, you paint them. Here's the tutorial.

13. Add a few coordinating cheap toys or confetti to hand soap that you already have.

Haunted hygiene! Here's how.

14. Tie together off-brand candy with wire, attach black ribbon at the ends, and hang it as a garland.

If you can find some, pick a couple packages that have ~autumn colors~ in them. Here's how to make it.
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If you can find some, pick a couple packages that have ~autumn colors~ in them. Here's how to make it.

15. Coat a couple of cheap plastic pumpkins in chalkboard paint, then either draw on them with chalk markers, or let your kiddos do the decorating.

Read more about how to do it here.
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Read more about how to do it here.

16. Buy a bunch of white candles and one red candle, then use the red candle wax to make your white candles ~bloody~.

Be careful not to burn yourself with the wax, though! Here's how to pull it off.
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Be careful not to burn yourself with the wax, though! Here's how to pull it off.

17. Spray paint a bunch of toy snakes black, then use them as vase filler or as part of your ~tablescape~.

You could also do this with all sorts of other toys you find during your decorating trip to the dollar store. Here's how to do it.
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You could also do this with all sorts of other toys you find during your decorating trip to the dollar store. Here's how to do it.

18. Cut an inexpensive half-circle doormat into the shape of a spider web, and paint in the details.

In this tutorial, they do find the mat itself at Ikea, but you can probably find something similar at your local dollar store.
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In this tutorial, they do find the mat itself at Ikea, but you can probably find something similar at your local dollar store.

19. Tape paper bags over string and decorate 'em to make your own cute bunting.

You could cut them into (or just paint them as) pumpkins, ghosts, zombies, or cute stripes. Here's the tutorial.
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You could cut them into (or just paint them as) pumpkins, ghosts, zombies, or cute stripes. Here's the tutorial.

20. Grab a package of mini candy holders, spray paint them gold, and stick a succulent in them for classy place cards.

Get the full tutorial here.
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Get the full tutorial here.

21. Hot glue yarn and plastic spiders (or googly eyes!) to simple glass votives, and drop a candle in there for a spooky glow.

And cool shadows on the walls. This tutorial uses small holders, but you could also make this a centerpiece by doing it with a larger vase.
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And cool shadows on the walls. This tutorial uses small holders, but you could also make this a centerpiece by doing it with a larger vase.

22. Cut eye-shapes in toilet paper rolls, insert a glow stick or two, and let them haunt everyone who walks by your yard.

You've probably seen this idea elsewhere on the internet, but this tutorial helpfully suggests taping the two open sides of the roll, so that the glowstick stays in place.
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You've probably seen this idea elsewhere on the internet, but this tutorial helpfully suggests taping the two open sides of the roll, so that the glowstick stays in place.

23. Press white glue and food coloring between sheets of wax paper to create your own bloody window clings.

Make sure to read the full tutorial before you attempt this! Handprints are super easy, but you could also experiment with other shapes.
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Make sure to read the full tutorial before you attempt this! Handprints are super easy, but you could also experiment with other shapes.

24. Paint bigger toys — like insects — gold, and turn them into faux taxidermy worthy of the creepiest haunted house.

Easy. Creepy. Gold metallic acrylic paint would work in place of the gold leaf, although it might be slightly less ~authentic~-looking. Here's the tutorial.
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Easy. Creepy. Gold metallic acrylic paint would work in place of the gold leaf, although it might be slightly less ~authentic~-looking. Here's the tutorial.

25. Cut a bunch of bats out of card stock, then tape 'em up on your walls.

Here's the tutorial and the template, which makes this much easier.
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Here's the tutorial and the template, which makes this much easier.

26. Or as part of a cool, Pottery-Barn-knockoff chandelier.

This tutorial takes a few more hours of work and a few more dollars of supplies, but looks really effing cool.
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This tutorial takes a few more hours of work and a few more dollars of supplies, but looks really effing cool.

27. Paint glass jars to look like ghosts and goblins and put them over the solar lights you already have.

This tutorial shows you how to do it using glass stain, but you could also go cheaper and use this technique to make your own stains in different colors.
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This tutorial shows you how to do it using glass stain, but you could also go cheaper and use this technique to make your own stains in different colors.

Now bring on the trick or treaters!!! You'll be the most intensely decorated house in the neighborhood.