social
A pumpkin wearing a mask with a jack-'o'-lantern face.

Having a Socially Distant HalloweenHalloween is usually a festive time, filled with parties and hordes of costumed children going door to door. This year is a little different with many kids in online schooling and avoiding visiting friends and relatives due to COVID-19. The CDC is recommending extra caution and many states and counties are discouraging trick-or-treating altogether.

 

Halloween Sign - finished sign hanging on an over the door hook

Halloween SignThis year we won't be physically handing out candy to trick or treaters. I bought some small bags of candies (in case there will be trick or treaters). We will leave a bucket outside and I will have this sign hung over our camera (Ring) doorbell.

 

Pumpkin Wall Decoration - pumpkins glued to cabinet doors

Pumpkin Wall DecorationHere is another inexpensive/free way of decorating your home for Halloween by cutting out square shaped pumpkins and then adding cut out the faces. They can be taped on the wall, a sliding door, or kitchen cabinets!

 

Witch and Warlock Apothecary  -Potion Bottles - witches' brew bottle

Witch and Warlock Apothecary Potion BottlesI use empty glass bottles that we use every day such as olive oil, salad dressing, liquor bottles, etc. I ask friends and family to save theirs as well. I use left over scraps of fabric, ribbon, yarn, acrylic paint, dollar store Halloween decor, and even things found in the yard.

 

Paper Monster Rings - child's hand with a black cat, Jack 'o Lantern, vampire, and Frankenstein ring their fingers

Paper Monster RingsCreate this cute little rings as an addition to your kid's costume. You can draw or print out patterns found on the internet. Let your kids join in while doing this fun craft.

 

Big Garbage Bag Hanging Haunted House - finished house complete with picket fence and spider hanging down

Garbage Bag Hanging Haunted HouseHere is a fun and simple way to make a hanging haunted house, using a garbage bag, scissors, and masking tape. This one is about 4x5 ft.!

 

More Featured

Videos

Glue being applied to the end of a Halloween Yo Yo Tree.

Halloween Yo Yo TreeSmall fabric "yo yos" can be made from any scrap fabric and used for a variety of projects. Here they are combined to create a cute decorative Halloween tree. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

An orange cup of Jello with a Jack-o'-Lantern face.

Jello Jack-O'-Lantern CupsTake clear plastic cups and fill them with orange Jello to create these adorable Jack-O'-Lanterns. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A black cat made with paper plates.

Paper Plate Black CatHere's a cute kids' craft that uses paper plates and paint to make these spooky cats. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

Advertisement

A chocolate pudding cup with bat wings and eyes.

Batty Pudding CupsThese cute Halloween themed bat pudding cups are a great way to make your child's school lunch fun. Learn how we made these in this short video.

 

A toddler in a fluffy chicken costume for Halloween.

ThriftyFun Halloween Costume IdeasThriftyFun has been publishing homemade Halloween costumes for years. Here are some of our favorite creations for your viewing pleasure. Some have instructions on the site, some are just examples.

 

A mantle pennant made in Halloween patterned fabric.

Halloween Mantel PennantsDress up a boring fireplace mantle with this decorative pennant made from Halloween themed fabric triangles. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

More Videos

Recent

A child dressed as spaghetti and meatballs.

Spaghetti and Meatballs Halloween CostumeTo make this simple costume, cut a platter from a large circle of cardboard with a hole in the middle for child's legs to fit through. Tie on some off-white yarn strings like suspenders.

 

A mini pumpkin on a flashlight.

Mini Pumpkin Flashlight LanternPerfect for Tricker or Treating in the dark with young ones and a fantastic craft for the family to make. A illuminated that glows with its grinning face.

 

A collection recycled cans decorated to resemble jack-'o-lanterns.

Pumpkin Can Tea LightsThis is a recycled craft made from empty food cans. The faces are made with an acetylene cutting torch. Finish the project by painting the can orange, adding a wire handle, and a tea light or votive candle inside. A good project for the kids once the cans are prepared.

 

ghosts painted on glass bottles

Making Halloween "Boo" BottlesThese are just old bottles I picked up on the side of the street. They can be used just for decoration or you can put a candle in them. They are especially cute if you let the candle drip down the sides.

 

Logo for a ThriftyFun Guide

Forest Nymph Illusion CostumesWe dressed as Forest Nymphs that had the illusion that their legs were sitting on tree stumps. These were fun magical costumes involving tons of leaves, flowers, and had a big focus on nature.

 

A plate of crispy bat wings with dipping sauce.

Crispy Bat WingsWe call this appetizer Crispy Bat Wings with Blood Dipping Sauce and serve it for Halloween. Don't worry, it's just chicken wings and a lovely chili blackberry dipping sauce made to mimic the gory title. These are actually really easy to make, so kids might enjoy helping you with this in the kitchen.

 

More Recent

Questions

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Decorations for a College Halloween Party?I need ideas for Halloween decorations, I need to decorate the upcoming college Halloween party. Our decor area consists of several trees and a large yard. What ideas do you have that I can fill them up? Please help me by creating a discussion below, thanks for your interest.

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Making a Milk Jug Wind Sock?How do I make a ghost wind sock from a milk jug?

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Costume Ideas for Photographers?My photographer husband is going to a Halloween costume party and wants to dress up in some way to include his camera, so he can take pictures there. Does anyone have any ideas?

 

Advertisement

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Halloween Party Ideas?My class is organizing a Spring Break, and we are trying to earn some money for the trip. So, the problem is that, this year, other classes had the idea of planning the traditional Halloween party at the school

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Adult Halloween Costume Ideas?I just turned 30, am single, no kids, and need a catchy Halloween costume idea. I am good with DIY too, I just need ideas!

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Halloween Party Gold Mine Theme?The theme for this year's Halloween party is "The Old West" and we plan to decorate the hallway like an old gold mine. Any ideas on how to create the look of gold on the walls using light? We will have the walls draped in black fabric.

 

More Questions

Browse

674 Total Articles
Poke-A-Pumpkin Game

Making a Poke-A-Pumpkin GameThis is a page about making a poke-a-pumpkin game. Make this Halloween or fall festival game for a school or home party.

 

Mini Felt Witch Hat

Making a Mini Felt Witch HatThis is a page about making a mini felt witch hat. This cute little witch hat can be used as part of a variety of Halloween decorations.

 

A creepy old abandoned house.

Classic Horror Movie Trivia GameThis is a page about classic horror movie trivia game. Plan a Halloween party that will keep everyone entertained with fun games.

 

Nightmare Before Christmas Yarn Wreath

Making a Nightmare Before Christmas Yarn...This is a page about making a Nightmare Before Christmas yarn wreath. For the fans of this popular movie, you can make a Halloween wreath using decorative elements from the film.

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Making a Peg Leg for a Pirate Costume?I'm making a pirate movie and I need a realistic non-cheezy peg leg. Can someone help me out?

 

Spider Web Game

Halloween Spider Web Toss GameSpiders and spiderwebs are a classic Halloween theme. These easy to set up kids' party games add fun to any celebration and can have the rules tailored for different age groups.

 

Little Boy Dressed as Detective

Making a Detective CostumeThis is a page about making a detective costume. Searching for a clue as to what to dress up as this Halloween? Try being a detective and sleuth out where all the candy has gone to.

 

Man in Pharaoh Costume

Making a Pharaoh CostumeThis is a page about making a Pharaoh costume. Who wouldn't want to be Pharaoh for a day? This costume is sure to be a hit whether you are just trick-or-treating or headed out to a costume party.

 

Crafts Using Maple Tree Seed Pods

Making Maple Tree Seed Pod BatsThis is a page about making maple tree seed pods bats. Collect maple tree seed pods to make these cute bats.

 

Illustration of two kids in costumes.  A witch and a pirate.

Making a Barney and Betty Rubble Couples CostumeThis is a page about making a Barney and Betty Rubble couples costume. Some costume ideas work best in pairs. Barney and Betty Rubble are a great example of this and the simplicity of the costume makes it a quick and easy option.

 

Decorations sitting on patio wall.

Making a Milk Jug SkeletonThis is a page about making a milk jug skeleton. Recycled milk jugs are the start to making a Halloween skeleton decoration.

 

Halloween candle centerpiece made from jar painted like a jack-o-lantern.

Indoor Halloween DecorationsThis is a page about indoor Halloween decorations. In addition to all of the spooky and fun Halloween decorations for outdoors, don't forget to add some fun, seasonal decorations inside.

 

Advertisement

Three kids wearing cute costumes.

Game Ideas for a Church Halloween Party?Have some spooky fun at your church this Halloween. These game ideas for a church Halloween party are sure to be a hit.

 

Making Felt Mouse Ears

Making Felt Mouse EarsThis is a page about making felt mouse ears. If you need mouse ears for a costume, making them from felt is a quick and easy way to do it.

 

Mini Pumpkin Candy Bouquet

Making a Mini Pumpkin Candy BouquetThis is a page about making a mini pumpkin candy bouquet. Make this cute candy bouquet to give as a gift or use as a holiday centerpiece.

 

Pill Bottle Pumpkins

Making Pill Bottle PumpkinsThis is a page about making pill bottle pumpkins. Recycle your empty prescription bottles into these cute treat holders.

 

Making a Witch Broom

Making a Witch BroomThis is a page about making a witch broom. A witch costume is just not complete without a broom.

 

Young boy in a pirate costume.

Making a Pirate CostumeThis is a page about making a pirate costume. If your child wants to be a pirate this Halloween, you don't need to spend a lot of money buying one at the store. Use items that you already have at home or that can be found cheaply at the thrifty store.

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

"Bingo Dauber" Halloween Costume?How do I make a Halloween costume for a bingo dauber?

 

Lollipop Guild Munchkin Costume

Making a Lollipop Guild Munchkin CostumeThis is a page about making a Lollipop Guild Munchkin costume. If you are looking for a cute Wizard of Oz inspired costume, try a Munchkin outfit.

 

Native American War Bonnet

Native American War Bonnet (Headdress)...This is a page about a Native American war bonnet pattern. Whether for a Halloween costume or a historical reenactment, you may need to find a pattern for a Native American headdress.

 

Making a Robot Costume

Making a Robot CostumeThis page is about making a robot costume. When making this costume, it's important to make sure the masquerader can see well.

 

Boy Dressed as Christmas Elf

Making a Christmas Elf CostumeThis is a page to making a Christmas elf costume. Dressing up as an elf for Christmas or Halloween is a super fun costume for kids and adults alike. Whether you are bringing Christmas cheer to your trick-or-treating or passing out presents Christmas morning, this costume is sure to be a hit.

 

Painted Halloween Jars - scarecrow and pumpkin lights

How to Make Painted Halloween JarsMake your own custom Jack-O-Lantern jars. Here is information about how to make painted Halloween jars.

 

Jedi's Walking Outside

Making a Jedi CostumeThis is a page about making a Jedi costume. The Jedi costume is popular for Halloween, cosplay, and theme parties. The costume is very flexible and allows for a lot of personalization.

 

mummy pringles can 2

Making a Mummy Pringles CanThis page is about making a mummy Pringles can. A simple craft to add some fun decoration to your Halloween snack containers.

 

Illustration of two kids in costumes.  A witch and a pirate.

Making a Pied Piper CostumeThis is a page about making a Pied Piper costume. The Pied Piper of Hamlin is a classic tale that makes a wonderful costume for an individual or a group. You are sure to draw a crowd of followers as you march along playing your tune.

 

Cartoon M&Ms

Making an M&M CostumeThis is a page about making an M&M costume. Dressing for Halloween as this favorite candy would be fun. The hardest part of making this costume will be deciding which color to be.

 

Illustration of two kids in costumes.  A witch and a pirate.

Making a Centaur CostumeThis is a page about making a centaur costume. A centaur is a difficult costume to do right but is very impressive if done well. The easiest thing to do is set it up as a two person costume but it can be done with one person.

 

Jack O' Lantern Basket

Making a Paper Jack O' Lantern BasketYou can make a cute Halloween basket for treats and other things with card stock. This is a page about making a paper jack o' lantern basket.

 

Finished Halloween Q-Tip Skeleton

Making a Q-Tip SkeletonThis is a simple, fun kids craft to make with your children. This is a page about making a Q-tip skeleton.

 

Cute Little Girl in Chicken Costume

Making a Chicken CostumeThis is a page about making a chicken costume. The chicken costume is one that will always be popular with both adults and children. There are lots of chicken suits for sale at costume shops, but a homemade chicken costume can be even better.

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Child Size Lab Coat?I bought a clown costume for my 3 old but she wants nothing to do with it. She wants to be a doctor. I have everything but the lab coat. Where do I get a lab coat that size (3 yrs) or how can I make it? Thank you in advance.

 

Darth Vader Walking with Storm Trooper

Making a Darth Vader CostumeThis is a page about making a Darth Vader costume. Darth Vader is perennial favorite with both children and adults for cosplay or Halloween. There are always options in the stores for buying a costume. However, making your own can be a lot of fun.

 

A decorated witch hat on a door.

Decorating a Dollar Tree Witch HatCrafting does not need to be expensive. This project begins with a witch hat frame from the Dollar Store. You can decorate it with things in your stash or get some friends together to share the expense. Read on for instructions for making a witch hat decoration.

 

mask design on paper plate

Day of the Dead MasksMaking Day of the Dead masks helps kids have fun and learn about Mexico's traditional celebration!

 

Wooden Fall Pumpkins - finished pumpkin with twine bow and flowers

Wooden Fall PumpkinsThis is a cute wooden, take apart pumpkin that can be used to decorate for Halloween or during the autumn months.

 

Five Minute Felt Pumpkin - finished purple pumpkin with teal embroidery floss tied to twig stem

Five Minute Felt PumpkinMade this cute little felt pumpkin in five minutes!

 

Dino Halloween Banner - finished banner

Dino Halloween BannerMake this cute dinosaur banner from cupcake liners, construction paper, and googly eyes. If you have Halloween cupcake liners this would be a cute Halloween themed decoration or you can apply the same concept for a birthday party!

 

A plate of creepy Halloween decorated cupcakes.

Halloween Cupcake FunAt Halloween time, it's fun to serve special cupcakes at a party or to give away to your friends! We decided to create cupcakes with four different Halloween designs.

 

CD Pumpkin Wall Decorations - three finished pumpkins on black background

CD Pumpkin Wall DecorationsDo you have old CDs, blank CDs, any kind of CDs you don't need anymore? You can turn them into pumpkin decorations!

 

Upcycled Halloween Book - peek inside the finished book

Upcycled Halloween BookAltered a book and make a nice box. You can decorate it with broken jewelry or create a Christmas scene in the book. I made a skeleton in it.

 

Halloween Pumpkin Planter - planter decorated and plant placed inside

Halloween Pumpkin PlanterYou can easily decorate your indoor planters with a Halloween theme using felt or construction paper, scissors, and some tape! Afterwards, save the felt pieces in an envelope or Ziploc bag to reuse next year! Such a simple and easy project, but you can see the difference completely from plain planter to this Halloween themed planter!

 

Pumpkinscape - decoupaged pumpkin

PumpkinscapeThis is a fun way to have a cute design on a pumpkin without being an artist.

 

Cardboard Window Monster - closeup of monster

Cardboard Window MonsterWe are gathering up more cardboard boxes now during the pandemic with all the home deliveries. I thought it would be great to make my own thrifty window decorations this year for Halloween using those boxes. These little monsters are sure to make your neighbours smile.

 

Logo for a ThriftyFun Guide

Giant Halloween Chocolate Chip CookiesThis year at Halloween, I won't be seeing my grandchildren due to COVID. They just love Nana's chocolate chip cookies. I made each of the young ones thick chocolate chip cookies (giant 10inches around) and decorated them with candy corn, dark candy corn and candy pumpkins as Jack-o'-Lanterns and carefully mailed them out to them!

 

Ghost Candy & Display Stand - ghost display part of a Halloween decoration including a sign and pumpkin

Ghost Candy & Display StandIf you have lollipop candies this would be even easier to transform into a ghost. We like Lindt chocolates (but with any circular/ball candies you can use this method).

 

Mummy Decorative Pillow - toilet paper mummy wrapping added

Mummy Decorative PillowOn a budget? Here's how you can transform your existing pillows into this mummy pillow as an accent piece. This will work if you have a lighter set of pillows.

 

Trick or Treat Candy Surprise Paper Wraps  - 3 wraps, one monster face, a bat, and perhaps a Frankenstein monster

Trick or Treat Candy Surprise Paper WrapsHere's a good treat for Halloween Trick or Treat! Surprise your kids with this cute monster paper candy wrap designed covers for your candies and other goodies to share.

 

Non-Traditional Foam Pumpkin Halves - the finished pumpkins with ribbon hangers attached, ready to hang

Non-Traditional Foam Pumpkin HalvesI have done some non-traditional colors this year. I was inspired by those on Pinterest and here, so I gave it a shot. Hope you like them!

 

Happy Birthday Cut Letter Banner - finished banner lying on the floor

Happy Birthday Cut Letter BannerI like to purchase decorative paper pad sheets when I find them on sale or on clearance, because they are so versatile. I used different pieces of paper from the paper pad to create this colorful Happy Birthday letter banner.

 

A creepy zombie meatloaf with roasted vegetables around it.

Zombie MeatloafMy friend brought this Zombie Meatloaf to our Halloween party last year. It was delicious despite being frightening. This would be the perfect dinner to make Halloween a little extra festive this year.

 

Mary Poppins Costume - young girl wearing the costume

Mary Poppins CostumeMy daughter needed a quick idea for a costume and so we took a look at what we had on hand and came up with this Mary Poppins costume.

 

"Ghostly" Pumpkin - cute finished pumpkin

"Ghostly" PumpkinA little Dollar Store pumpkin, a little paint, and a mustache is all you need to make this cute pumpkin.

 

A bowl of Halloween Chex party mix.

Halloween Chex Party MixHere is an easy way to make Chex party mix into a fun Halloween themed treat. This recipe is for a double batch. I mostly stuck to the original Chex recipe but instead of bagel chips, I added Bugles, which remind me of cornucopias. I also added Halloween peanut butter M&Ms.

 

Jack o Lantern wearing a mask.

Halloween Ideas in the Time of Covid?Let's brainstorm some ideas on how to celebrate Halloween in a time where we need to practice social distancing. How can we have fun and stay safe?

 

Yo Yo Covered Papier-mâché Pumpkins - pumpkins on antique oak cabinet next to potted orchids

Making Yo Yo Covered Papier-mâché PumpkinsI started this project some time ago when I was completely enamored with making yo yos for all sorts of potential craft projects. I am sharing them now because the yo yos can be a bit time consuming to make, so it is best to begin this project early. These two pumpkins were fun to make and would be a nice additional to your seasonal decor. Even though the fabric is quite Halloween themed, they can be used as a fall decoration and of course, can be made with any fabric choice.

 

Hanging Bats - bat hanging in the window from a curtain rod

How to Make Hanging BatsThese cute little hanging bats are made using paper towel rolls, black construction paper, and googly eyes. Learn how in the craft project found below.

 

Last Minute Spider Face Mask - all legs in place

Making a Last Minute Spider Face MaskFor a quick Halloween mask give this one a try. It is simple to make and uses items you might already have. The instructions follow.

 

Milk Jug Skulls - two skulls, one with red flowers in the eye sockets

Making Milk Jug SkullsLearn how to mold gallon milk or water jugs to make these amazing decorative skulls for Halloween. The instructions, with accompanying photos, are found below.

 

plate with Squishy Eyeballs

Making Squishy EyeballsTry this tasty Halloween treat. The eyeballs are prepared using a steamed glutinous rice flour and sugar batter. They spooned up and flattened into circles and then filled with a homemade custard. They are then rolled into balls and served. The soft eyeball can be squeezed to release the sweet custard inside. What a fun, creepy Halloween treat.

 

Bloody Choker Necklace - necklace in woman's neck

Making a Bloody Choker NecklaceGet out your hot glue gun, parchment paper, and red paint. This gruesome, creepy, Halloween necklace is fun to make and wear. Learn how here.

 

Halloween Hair Accessories - spider bobby pin and google eye clip

DIY Halloween Hair AccessoriesThese Halloween hair accessories are inexpensive and easy to make. They can be worn as part of your costume or as a small nod to the day.

 

Hot Glue Spiderweb Bowl - let dry for a couple of hours before filling

Making a Hot Glue Spiderweb BowlUse hot glue to make this spooky spiderweb bowl. It makes a wonderful display piece for Halloween.

 

Yarn Ball Spider Egg Sacs - closeup of craft

How to Make Yarn Ball Spider Egg SacsWrap foam balls with white yarn to fill a bowl with spider egg sacs. Add a decorative spider and you have a fun Halloween decoration.

 

Plastic Bottle Tiara - closeup of the tiara

How to Make a Plastic Bottle TiaraThis sparkly tiara began as a lowly 2 liter plastic bottle. Learn how to make the transformation from recycle plastic to amazing costume or playtime tiara.

 

Load More
More
📓
Back to School Ideas!
🌻
Gardening
😎
Summer Ideas!
YouTube
Instagram
Enter a Contest
Free Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post

Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2021-08-04 19:02:28 in 5 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2021 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
https://www.myfrugalhalloween.com/