20 Cheap Halloween Decorations for $10 or Less
Get your house Halloween ready with these affordable—and sometimes frightfully spooky—decorations.
Seize the spirit this Halloween season and deck your house with ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and more. We have plenty of Halloween decorating ideas for you, both store-bought and homemade. Best of all, with these affordable buys—all $10 or less—you don’t have to spend a ton on once-a-year decor. Check out this collection of our favorite cheap Halloween decorations that will help you get your house, inside and out, into the spirit of this spooky season.
Paper garlands certainly don’t stand the test of time, but for a quick, low-cost jolt of Halloween spirit, there may be no better option. This year, add festive flair with minimal effort by draping a spider-web-themed paper garland on a doorway, hallway, or spooky scene. Loops at either end and a generous 72 inch length make this garland versatile and easy to hang.
To add instant spook for Halloween, download this festive printable from RosaLillaPrints on Etsy. One purchase gives you JPG and PDF files of the print in two different versions (black lettering and orange lettering) so you can use either—or both! Print the digital download, then pop the artwork in a frame for a touch of autumnal charm. It’s the perfect accent for any Halloween-themed celebration!
Cobweb Table Runner
If you’re planning a Halloween party, don’t let your kitchen table get covered with melted chocolate, sticky apple cider, or messy crumbs. Instead, create a protective barrier with a webbed black tablecloth from Hyde and EEK! Boutique. The spider-web motif sets an elegantly spooky mood, and the lacy tablecloth can be draped on top of a solid one for extra protection.
No time to carve a ghoulish design or etch a creative message into your hollowed-out pumpkin this Halloween? Decorating your front porch to attract trick-or-treaters can’t get cheaper—or easier—than purchasing a set of gel clings that press to your window in seconds. As a bonus, visitors will get a creepy thrill from the glow of the bat eyes that watch their every move.
DIY Zombie Cutouts
With a little creativity, you can turn your house into something reminiscent of “The Night of the Living Dead.” Take some inspiration from Etsy seller GoldenGateMetalworks, and make your own zombie cutouts using stiff cardboard and flashlights you probably already have around the house.
Draw an outline with a pencil, and then use an X-Acto knife to carve out the shape of the zombie. Find something you can use as a stake, such as a gardening stake or an old broom handle, and attach it to the cutout with duct tape to keep your zombie upright and stable. Finally, angle a flashlight toward the cutout to create a scary tableau for the front of your house. Just be careful not to leave your cardboard zombie out in the rain!
Amp up the fear factor on a swath of decorative cobwebs or sprinkle a little terror on the drinks table at your next kid-friendly party with lifelike plastic spiders. Wherever you need a dose of fright, a few of these plastic critters will do the trick. Because they’re sold in a pack of 144, you’ll have more than enough to stealthily display in the dark corners of your haunted Halloween house or to hide in a candy bowl for a scary-fun surprise.
Worse Than Weeds
As you’re winterizing your garden beds this October, be careful not to trip over any skeleton bones. These plastic skeleton yard stakes are sold as a pair of feet or set of arms (arms and feet sold separately). Fortunately, this skeleton seems to be friendly: He just wants to give you two thumbs up for your Halloween decor.
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While you typically wouldn’t want to see a colony of bats fluttering around inside your house, these whimsical paper bats are an exception. This set includes 10 large, 10 medium, and 5 small bats that can be attached to your wall with tape or hung with string. Get creative and customize them with black glitter or painted details, or spook out your visitors by dangling the bats from chandeliers or having them hover over the fireplace. Frightened guests will think that bats are swooping around your house.
A Bubbling Cauldron
With a few dollars’ worth of felt, you can make cute little witch cauldrons like those created by Etsy merchant QuirkyOwlDesigns. These cheap DIY Halloween decorations are super easy to make. To ensure uniform shapes and sizes, make paper stencils and trace them onto the felt using light chalk. Cut out the shapes and assemble the pieces with your trusty glue gun for a versatile, cheerful decoration. Hang them in the window, write names on them in fabric paint for personalized place settings, or use a bunch of them to create a festive DIY Halloween garland or banner.
Stretchy Spider Web
Give your porch or living room a creepy, haunted-house look with a stretchable spider web that can be spread out to cover up to 800 square feet. Wrap it around tables and chairs or attach it to trees, walls, or posts with tape or thumbtacks for a spectacularly eerie, spidery effect. Along with the web, the package includes eight spiders.
These gnarly severed fingers are the ultimate in unnerving bathroom accents—they’re actually soap! They’re available in sets of five (of course!), and can be purchased in a variety of colors, with or without blood, and clean or dirty.
Rest in Peace
Halloween is said to be the time of year when spirits can rise from the grave and walk the earth. Make sure they show up at your house by turning your front yard into an unsettling cemetery complete with a pair of tombstones, one of which is topped by a snarling black cat. Made from lightweight foam, these 21-inch-tall tombstones are much easier to set up than the real deal.
We’d Like to Have You for Dinner
Whether used on a hall table, dining table, or craft table, a Halloween-themed table runner is sure to make your spooky celebration more festive. At over 6 feet long, this runner is bound to fit most tables, and it’s made from rustic burlap for an autumnal touch. Depicting Halloween favorites like the Grim Reaper, witches, and giant spiders, this runner will make your holiday table more attractive and your decorating faster and easier.
A well-respected witch always keeps the pantry stocked with bat eyes, moldy grapes, brain juice, and other savory ingredients to create the perfect brew. Delight—or gross out—guests with these printable Victorian apothecary labels that will have your visitors wondering what’s really in those bottles and jars.
Paired with tea lights, these little jack-o’-lantern candle holders will brighten a darkened window or table with their happy grins. Measuring 1.5 to 2.75 inches high, they’ll fit just about anywhere to add delightful detail to your Halloween decor. Made from resin, these jack-o’-lantern candle holders won’t melt, but like all sources of flame, keep them away from little fingers.
Enter if You Dare
Here’s a surefire way to lure trick-or-treaters to your door. Welcome guests and little goblins with a seasonal image created by the Philips LED Projector, which can be used inside or outdoors. The projector runs on three AA batteries, so there are no cords to trip over, and it projects a clear image up to 8 feet away. Setting it up is as simple as positioning the light and flipping a switch.
Set the Scene
This two-pack of candles will fit standard taper candle holders to create the perfect gothic centerpiece for your Halloween dinner table. Alternatively, you can use them for mantel or windowsill decor. Each candle measures 7 inches in height and will provide hours of spooky illumination.
Beware the Haunted House
Decorating for an older, bolder audience? Make your home look like a horror movie set with this simple bloody handprint craft. Armed with dollar store towels and either fabric or acrylic paints, you can make a DIY version of this design created by Etsy seller UnicornTrendz.
Coat the palm of your hand with red paint, perhaps mixed with a small amount of black or raw umber for a more realistic color, and go to town on the towel. Don’t forget to paint the drip marks! If you’re using acrylics, after the paint dries, set the design with an iron or throw the towel in the dryer on the highest setting.
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Artistic silhouettes of classic Halloween images, these painted wooden plaques make a lovely addition to your holiday decor. Choose from a winged bat, a black cat, a leafless tree, a wise old owl, a witch in flight, or a spooky graveyard scene. All plaques feature black paint on a yellow-orange background that’s reminiscent of a full moon.
Jack-O’-Lantern Leaf Bags
If the first autumn leaves have already fallen in your neck of the woods, try this: Rake some leaves into heaping piles, then instead of bagging them up like you usually do, pack them into festive, bright orange jack-o’-lantern lawn bags. Hey, if you’re going to be cleaning up outdoors anyway, why not do a little decorating in the process? Not only will you save a little time, but you also stand a chance of getting your kids to help out with the lawn work for once!