Throw a Halloween Party With These Low-Cost DIY Ideas
September 7, 2018 | By Daniel Dewitt
For those of us who like to throw a crazy party, there’s really no better holiday than Halloween to celebrate. It’s one of the few opportunities in life where it’s not only socially acceptable to force your friends to dress up in goofy costumes, but encouraged!
Keeping Halloween on a Budget
Halloween also has all kinds of great decorations you can make for yourself without spending an arm and a leg or taking out a car title pawn near you. Here are just a few of the DIY creations that can make your Halloween party both inexpensive and a hit with your guests.
Halloween is synonymous with costumes, but the spectrum in quality and cost can vary from the dollar store to historical reenactment grade. Luckily there are some clever, lower end costumes that you can put together yourself without spending a huge amount of time crafting them from scratch.
- Jelly Bean Packet: cut out arm and leg holes from a clear trash bag, then inflate multi-colored balloons and stuff them inside.
- Mummy: if you’re not trying to attract someone of the opposite gender, then this is a simple costume to make out of rolls of toilet paper.
- Rosie the Riveter: for the ladies, all you need is a pair of jeans, a denim shirt, and a red scarf for your hair.
- Vampire: a pair of fake fangs, a little fake blood around your neck, and you’re set. If you’re feeling fancy, add a cape with a high collar.
Handmade decorations can give your party a cozy, fun vibe that even the most expensive prop mummy or werewolf can’t. Some simple ideas include:
- Pumpkin Garlands: pick up a few sheets of orange construction papers, cut it in strips, and then glue them into spheres. Make a little cube from green construction paper to form the “stem”, glue them on a line, and you’ll have an orange pumpkin garland ready to string up.
- Batcave: print out a simple outline of a bat, cut out a few dozen, then use double sided tape to stick them to your wall. Once they’re all in place it’ll look like a flight of bats leaving their cave. Simple, but effective.
Great food is the secret ingredient that elevates an ok party to an unforgettable one. And when it comes to Halloween, presentation is key.
- Witch’s Brew: for you punch bowl just pick up a cheap plastic cauldron from your local dollar store, stir in some multi-colored drinks and a few scoops of ice cream, and you’ll have your very own authentic witch’s brew.
- Grave Dirt Cups: this is a simple one that you’ll need see-through plastic cups for. Crush up Oreos for dirt, then mix up with gummy worms and pour into each cup so it looks like the worms are crawling through the dirt.
- Monster Dentures: for this recipe, you’ll need cookies, mini marshmallows, and red frosting. Snap the cookie in half into a half circle, spread the red frosting onto one side of each half, then place the marshmallows vertically along the rounded edge. Sandwich the two halves of the cookie over the marshmallows, and you’ll have yourself some tasty monster chompers.