Halloween; Save money with DIY projects!

Well it is the season of scaring; and even if everyone thinks it's time to splurge; I know a few tricks to save some money by doing DIY techniques that will bring those dollars back into your pocket without looking like a cheapskate!

First Rule:
Buy your Halloween things directly after the season for the next year. Everything immediately becomes 50-90% off. This works for all holidays, and is great if you know you won't be moving and have the room to store things for the time being. The money saved is astronomical and really opens up your holiday budget.

Second Rule:
Shop around for products. Always check places that carry discarded items from other stores (I.E. Building #19, Ocean State Job Lot, Price Rite) because chances are they'll carry at least decent products at an extremely cheap price.

Third Rule:
Remember how much you need. Plan, plan, plan. This will SAVE YOU MONEY in the long-run. Measure things; make sure you are aware of how big everything is and how much you'll need.


These are the cheapest item to buy, and the thing is; the more you stretch them out, the more realistic they look! This is great because you can buy two bags (maybe $2 total) and do your entire house/apartment and have them look better than the guy that has it hanging like snow off his roof.

Old Gray Sheets:
First, check if you have any old white sheets. If not, go to the Salvation Army (or something similar to it) and buy the rattiest sheets you can find. Take some dark gray dye and throw them in the was with a couple drops. This gives them the old and dusty look; throw em' down on your furniture and walah! Old house. It's great to keep crumbs off your furniture too.

Fire up the dimmer and fire up a little savings. Run your lights low, this alone gives the feeling of dark and dreary without even having done anything yet. A simple little way to save a little money.

The same design for the sheets works for the curtains; cut them up and clip them in front of the windows. If it's not too cold where you live, open the windows to make the curtains flutter like in the movies. Just remember not to leave the heat on!

Want to make your kitchen/dining room table look scary? Repeat the sheet process. Also, a couple days before, pick some flowers and spray the buds with black spray paint lightly. When they dry, the outer shell will be black and the inner will be the original color with some black. With the dried out look and the dimmed lights, this will be a hit. Make a bouquet of these for a really eerie effect. Place a few matchstick candles on the table, or if you can, get some of the candles that burn black. Creepy.

This should be an article all its own, but I feel I should just discuss here. Every place around this time of the year offers food at the supermarket with ghouls and ghosts all about, but these are expensive and not really unique. Here's some ideas to really get a rise out of your friends. I like the Crazy Scientist food menu. It is:

Eyeballs (peeled grapes)
Intestines (cooked spaghetti)
Liver (jello)
Fingers (carrots)
Toenails (peanuts that have beencracked in half and the insides filed out a little)
Brain (cooked cauliflower)
Nose (cooked hot dog--and yes, I get veggie dogs)
Teeth (pieces of chalk candy)

And for snacks:

Ghouly Carrot Cupcakes With White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
2 ounces white chocolate
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/8 cups white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups.
  2. In small saucepan, melt white chocolate over low heat. Stir until smooth, and allow to cool to slightly above room temperature.
  3. In a bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in white chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and orange extract. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Mix in heavy cream.
  4. Beat together eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar in a separate bowl, and mix in the oil and vanilla. Fold in carrots and pineapple. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix flour mixture into the carrot mixture until evenly moist. Fold in 1/2 cup walnuts. Transfer to the prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before topping with the icing and sprinkling with remaining walnuts.

Mummy time:

I haven't tried this, but I've seen some good stuff for building a $30 mummy here. I think maybe next year I'll give it a go.

Next year, I think I'll be a little more dense about what I'd like to do and there will be much more fodder for you to read from here; but, for now, somehow this will have to do. Hopefully this gets you in the Halloween spirit and you'll be able to save some money using these DIY techniques!

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