13 Halloween Dollar Store Hacks That Give You More Boo For Your Buck

Expensive decor is hocus pocus. Check out these budget-friendly DIYs.

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Boo-dacious (and Affordable!) Decor

Already blown your Halloween budget on candy? We get it. But you can still get into the spooky spirit on the cheap. Just head to your local dollar store. You’ll be surprised what can be upcycled into haunting decor or dollar items that look totally expensive with just a little paint. Read on to see our favorite Halloween dollar-store hacks.

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Trash Bag Spider Webs

Cover your porch in creepy spider webs. All you need is a black trash bag. Yes, really! We used the same technique you learned in kindergarten to make a snowflake.

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Pool Toy Tombstone

Grab some foam kickboards and grey spray paint to turn your yard into a spooky cemetery with realistic tombstones. Watch the how-to below.

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Candy Decor

Candy corn is already a colorful mascot of the season so use it in your home for decorating. Buy a bag or two from the dollar store and display around votives, in apothecary jars or let your kids make fun, frameable art by spelling out Halloween words with candy corn.

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Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Carvings

Once you try this hack, you’ll never use those plastic carving tools again. All you need is a cookie cutter and a hammer for a uniform design without the carving mess.

Learn How: Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Curb Appeal

Turn those plastic, orange trick-or-treat pails into seriously chic planters, address markers and sconces for your front porch.

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White T-Shirt Costumes

Grab a white tee, dish gloves and a permanent marker and you’ve got all the essentials for a mad scientist costume that you can literally throw together in the parking lot of the dollar store.

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Front Door Monster

Turn your door into a not-so-scary monster with fun colorful eyes, hair and teeth. All you need is construction paper and tape.

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Mini Bat Pumpkins

Turn tiny, plastic pumpkins into adorable bats with a little craft paint and card stock.

Get the How-To: Mini Bat Pumpkins

Tin Can Mummies

Upcycle tin cans into adorable mummy jars with medical gauze from a dollar store first aid kit.

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Monster Eyes Wreath

All you need for this not-so-scary wreath is a couple packets of googly eyes, ping-pong balls and a hot glue gun.

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Halloween Ghost Town

If you love a good Christmas village on the mantel, you can create one with a spooky Halloween twist using birdhouses or toy houses from the dollar store. Give everything a coat of matte black paint for an eerie look.

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Mummified Front Door

Using party streamers or even toilet paper, turn your front door into a giant mummy for trick-or-treaters.

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Vampire Placecards

Use plastic vampire teeth to hold place cards for a Halloween party. Use metallic spray paint for a chic look or the glow-in-the-dark kind for a spooky dinner party.

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