Transform your home into a scary haunted house this year with easy and cute Halloween Home Decor Ideas! I’m also sharing a look at my Halloween Home Tour with the best cheap, fun, and easy DIY Halloween decorations.
Halloween Home Decor Ideas – Halloween Home Tour
Hey everyone! If you know me at all then you know Halloween and October is my FAVORITE!
Beyond, creating fun Halloween makeup looks, obsessing over cute DIY Halloween Costumes, watching this list of the best Halloween movies, and of course making spooky treats like this Easy Graveyard Cake, one of my favorite things to do for Halloween is decorate my home.
With our recent move to Kentucky, I knew I wanted to go all out this year and finally decorate both the inside and outside of my home for Halloween.
So today I’m so excited to be sharing a full post with Halloween Home Decor Ideas with both easy and affordable Halloween decorations and lots of tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween on a budget.
I’m also sharing an exclusive first look at all of my Halloween home decor this year with a fun Halloween Home Tour.
Halloween Home Decor Ideas
Before getting into my Halloween Home Tour, I thought I’d first answer a few of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to Halloween.
When should I start decorating my house for Halloween?
Whether it’s September 1, October 1, two weeks prior, or even the night before, there really isn’t any set rule on when you should decorate your house for Halloween.
After all, it’s YOUR house and YOUR life, so you do you boo!
That said, I personally always put up my Halloween decorations the last weekend in September so that I can enjoy seeing all the spooky and fun Halloween decor in and around my home for the full-month leading up to Halloween.
I also love spookifying and decorating our front porch for Halloween around the same time and I love how beautiful our porch looks all lit up with jack-o-lanterns.
How can I decorate my house for Halloween cheap?
If you’re wondering how to save money on Halloween decorations and how you can decorate your house for Halloween on a budget, then you’re in luck!
Below I’ve included all my best tips for decorating both the inside of your home and outside of your home for Halloween, plus my top three Halloween decorating tips on a budget.
Top 3 Tips for Decorating Your Home for Halloween Cheap:
Use What You Already Have
Before even setting foot in any store to shop for Halloween decorations, you should always take inventory of what you already have.
It’s easy to forget what Halloween decorations you purchased a year or two ago, so always look through your current stash first.
It’s also important to look for non-seasonal things around the home that can easily work as part of your Halloween decor.
Depending on your Halloween theme, everyday baskets, bins, toys, and other accessories around the home can easily be used to decorate your home for Halloween.
Remember, “shopping” your current stash is completely free and will result in you spending less $$$ on Halloween decorations.
Pick a Theme/Set a Budget
It can be super easy to overbuy Halloween decorations, but if you’re looking to save money on Halloween decorations and want to learn how to decorate your home for Halloween cheap, then it comes down to two key things:
1. Pick a Theme
2. Set a Budget
Instead of mindlessly throwing every Halloween decoration you see in a store into your cart, it’s super important to pick a Halloween decorating theme.
Not only does this help you to avoid overspending, but it also helps give your Halloween decor a more cohesive look.
For this year’s Halloween theme, I went with a simple black and white theme and added in pops of orange and purple for some color.
Because it’s a simple and classic Halloween decorating theme, I can easily (and affordably) add to it each year so that it’s timeless.
It’s also equally important to set a budget and make lists when Halloween shopping.
Doing this will really keep you in check whenever you’re over enamored by all the amazing Halloween decor in the stores.
Shop Here, Not There
In case no one has ever told you, I’m gonna share my biggest tip for saving money when shopping for Halloween decorations…
1. Don’t shop at party stores for Halloween decorations.
While they might be great for costumes, Party Central, Spirit Halloween, and other party supply and costume stores are almost always more expensive.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, I wouldn’t recommend shopping party stores for Halloween decorations.
Instead, I recommend shopping at stores like Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Walmart, and Target bullseye section, for the best deals and lowest prices on Halloween decorations.
You can also snag some awesome deals when shopping sales at stores like Big Lots, Michaels, and drugstores like Walgreens and CVS who often run BOGO deals, or even online on Amazon.
2. Another way to save money on Halloween decorations is to shop second-hand. Facebook Marketplace, yard sales, and consignment stores are great for getting Halloween decorations for cheap.
Because many people like to switch up their Halloween themes every year, they will often sell all their Halloween decorations for extremely cheap.
Using these methods, I’ve been able to snatch up brand new or like new Halloween decor for 50% off or more.
Halloween Home Decor Ideas – Indoor and Outdoor Halloween Decoration Ideas
How can I make my house look scary for Halloween?
In case you’re wondering how you can make your house look scary (and cute) for Halloween, the good news is it’s super easy to decorate your house for Halloween.
The even better news is you don’t have to spend a ton of money using these items.
Below, I’ve included a list of simple and inexpensive Halloween home decor ideas and Halloween decorations that you can easily incorporate to your interior rooms and decor around the home, as well as cute outdoor Halloween decoration ideas.
Even better – these indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations can be used/re-used for years to come!
Shop The Photo: This is Our Happy Place Sign | Creepy Cloth | Faux Spiders | Vintage Bookshelf | Edison Lamp | Capri Blue Candle | Jack o’ Lantern Candle | Ghost Candle | Flameless Tealights | Orange String Lights
8 Easy Halloween Home Decor Ideas + Halloween Home Tour
Spider webs is truly one of the BEST and easiest ways to instantly make your house look scary for Halloween.
Simply grab a bag or two of stretchy spider webs and then have fun stretching it and adding it pretty much anywhere in your home that you want to decorate for Halloween.
Use spider webs to decorate a spooky Halloween mantle or bookshelf, add it around doorways, windows, and stair cases/railings, use it on your front porch or on bushes to decorate your front yard, or add it anywhere you like!
Decorating Tip: A little bit goes a long way and it looks more realistic the further stretched out it is. That said, you really can’t mess it up, so have fun stretching it out in various ways and directions around the home.
Where to Get It
Spider webs are one of the most affordable and easily attainable Halloween decorations, and pretty much every single store sells them during the months leading up to Halloween.
I personally always grab them at Dollar Tree for $1 but you can find them at grocery stores, Target, Walmart, party supply stores, or over here on Amazon.
Smart Shopping Tip: Most stores clearance this item down after Halloween, so grab a couple bags for decorating your home next year after it goes on sale!
Creepy Cloth (AKA: Black Fabric)
My favorite Halloween decoration to use both in and outside of the home for Halloween is hands-down Creepy Cloth!
Creepy cloth usually comes in two color choices – black or white, and it looks like very worn out fabric.
This stuff is just SO fun to use and I love how adding a little bit of black fabric can take your home from looking non-scary to looking super spooky in an instant.
It can very easily be draped on windows, doors, bookshelves, fireplace mantles, around photo frames, or used outside on your front porch.
I used it both on my windowsill and added it to a cute banner I picked up from Walmart.
I love how it turned out and it definitely made everything look less cookie-cutter and more spooky.
Where to Get It
This is another item you can find just about anywhere during Halloween, and you can snatch it up for only $1 at Dollar Tree!
Another must-have and one of the most important elements in decorating your home for Halloween is lighting!
From lighted jack-o-lanterns, candles, lanterns, and string lights, to glow in the dark decor (like these skeleton hands I put out front), there are so many ways you can decorate your home and front porch for Halloween using lighting.
And while you can certainly use all Halloween themed lighting, you can also incorporate everyday lighting as well.
I used my favorite flameless flickering tealight candles (which are so inexpensive), black lanterns (which I keep up year-round), and this adorable vintage style touch lamp to add the perfect ambiance to my Halloween decor.
Where to Get It
For lighted pumpkins and string lights, I recommend shopping at Walmart, Lowes, or Big Lots, and you can find plenty of glow in the dark items at Dollar Tree and Dollar General.
This is HANDS-DOWN my favorite way to decorate the home for Halloween for cheap and I’m SO excited to share this easy Halloween home decor idea with you.
Instead of letting all of your adorable, spooky, and fun Halloween costume and trick-or-treating photos collect digital dust in your Facebook albums, print them out, put them in some picture frames, and display them!
Halloween is one of our family’s favorite holidays because it’s just FUN with no pressure, and I love how seeing all our Halloween photos around the home reminds me of all the amazing memories we’ve made over the years together.
Where to Get It
It’s so easy, quick, and cheap to print out some photos at your local Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart.
I actually get alerts from Walgreens constantly with photo print deals up to 70% off, and you can typically pick them up within just a couple hours locally or ship them to your home for free.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what you do with the photos after Halloween is over, simply place them behind the photo you had in the frame before and save them for next year.
Or don’t and be reminded of how awesome Halloween is all year long! 🙂
What good are spider webs without some faux spiders?
Another simple Halloween decor idea is adding spiders in various spots around the home.
Black spiders added to a bookshelf, mantle, or table can instantly make the home look more spooky.
You can also add them to window sills, around doors, in faux floral arrangements (like below), or in various spots on your front porch.
Decorating Tip: Want to add some color in your Halloween decoration? You don’t have to just stick with traditional black spiders and can easily use purple, orange, green, and other colored spiders in your Halloween decor.
Where to Get It
This one is also extremely inexpensive and you can find a bag of small spiders or larger spiders for cheap at stores like Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and retail stores like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Lowes.
This next Halloween decor idea is also inexpensive and super easy to do!
Simply grab a couple of hanging ghosts or a cute standing ghost (mine is from Big Lots), and add them to your decor.
You can very easily hang a couple of ghosts from the ceiling on your front porch or hang ghosts on branches on trees in your yard.
It will instantly add an amazing spook factor to your home for Halloween, and can be used for many years to come!
Where to Get It
You can either DIY some ghosts using a Styrofoam ball, white sheet, black marker, and some fishing line, or you can just grab a couple pre-made for cheap at Dollar Tree, Walmart, or online at Amazon here.
Smart Shopping Tip – Shop early in the Halloween season for pre-made ghosts as they are super popular and tend to fly off the shelves quickly!
If you really want to up the spook factor in your Halloween decor, why not grab a Skeleton or two?
Skeletons pretty much scream Halloween, and they’re so fun to position and place around the home.
Our boys actually named our new Skeleton family member Gerald, and they had a blast setting him up on the couch to surprise my husband one night.
I also LOVE these cute little wooden hanging skeletons that I scored at Dollar Tree.
I painted them with my favorite crafting white chalk paint and hung them up with some window clings. So easy and cute!
Where to Get It
I found our Skeleton for the lowest price in-store at Dollar General, but would also recommend checking Dollar Tree for smaller ones, skulls, and other Skeleton decor. For larger ones Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and Big Lots are great options.
Last but certainly not least on this list of Halloween home decor ideas is tree branches!
This is another favorite of mine because you can get it completely free in your backyard.
Use smaller branches for decorating a fireplace mantle, bookshelf, floral arrangement, or for a fun Halloween party tablescape, and use larger branches for adding an extra spook factor to your front porch.
I made the beautiful Halloween faux floral bouquet pictured below using black and orange flowers I picked up at Michaels, my favorite farmhouse greenery from Amazon, and then added in the spider and Trick or Treat Halloween floral picks.
The galvanized vase is also from Amazon.
It turned out so cute!
You can also use it to make an awesome DIY Halloween Tree (tutorial coming soon!) that can be displayed on your front porch or in your home.
Oh and did I mention that tree branches look super spooky combined with some spider webs and faux spiders?
Where to Get It
Your backyard…or if you don’t have a yard with trees, ask a family member, friend, or neighbor if you can have some of their fallen tree branches to use for decorating.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post on Halloween Home Decor Ideas and loved seeing my Halloween Home Tour.
Have you decorated your home for Halloween yet? What’s your theme this year?
Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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