Prices on Halloween decor can get pretty horrifying. If you don't want to be the only house that isn't haunted on your block, here are 13 DIY decorations to help you keep it classy this October 31.
1. Make ghosts out of trash bags
This may sound like the opposite of class — but these little plastic bag phantoms are actually really cute. Buy white trash bags. Create a head by stuffing newspaper inside the bag and tying it off with a twist-tie or some string. Cut off the bottom of the bag (the part with the handle). Draw a face for the ghost — make some happy faces, make some scary faces. Hang them up in your trees outside using some string, and pretty soon you'll have an entire forest full of Casper and his friends.
Find a fun Halloween saying, like this one or this one. Get some wood and paint it all over with one color, such as black, orange or purple. Then use letter stencils to paint the saying onto your sign. You can also use stickers and Mod Podge to write out the saying.
4. Create a floating illusion
Nothing is creepier than an object floating in midair. Buy a few cheap witches' hats and hang them from the ceiling with fishing wire.
11. Stuff a scarecrow to keep watch over your front porch
Buy a pair of jeans and a plaid shirt from the thrift store. Stuff the clothes with newspaper. You can leave it headless or use a doll's head or a mask as a head. You can even give it shoes if you want. We had a particularly fun time with this craft in one apartment complex I lived in during college. Everyone would hide the scarecrow to surprise friends and roommates. One of the most memorable spots: the dryer.