Halloween has come a long way from its Celtic roots. Last year, the National Retail Federation reported that Americans spent almost $7 billion on the spooky holiday; $2 billion went to decorations. It isn’t just for little kids, either. Nearly 70 percent of adults plan to celebrate Halloween. If you’re hosting a party or just scaring the bejeebers out trick and treaters, I dug up some decorating ideas that won’t blow your budget but might blow some minds.
Give a frightful welcome with a homemade front door wreath. Rustic Crafts and Chic Décor has eight ideas that range from creepy to cute. The one made out of rubber snakes is truly hideous.
Creep on the cheap with easy, DIY Halloween decorations like these milk jug ghost lanterns from Money Crashers. The directions call for black construction paper, but a Sharpie marker would make this project even easier.
Create an eerie entry in ghostly white and boo-tiful black using fabric scraps you probably already have. Get detailed photos and instruction at The 36th Avenue.
Find a crypt full of Halloween sophisticated decorating ideas like this one at Houzz.com.
DIY Network has 100 Halloween projects for your yard and home ranging from how to make faux granite tombstone to batty centerpieces, pumpkin topiaries and specimen jars for a mad scientist’s lab.
You can’t beat Grandin Road’s Halloween Haven for totally over-the-top decorating ideas, including entertainment tips, costumes and life-size animated figures. This is one of my favorite fright sites year after year.
Depend on Martha Stewart to conjure up the most bewitching Halloween crafts. Her site has thousands of chilling decorating ideas like these glow-in-the-dark pumpkins.