Halloween isn’t just for kids. Many adults want to make Halloween spook-tacular by going all out when it comes to decorating this year.
At dollar stores, “there are so many inexpensive items to decorate a home for the holidays,” says Karen Michela Parziale, an interior designer in Hoboken, New Jersey. “People can be a little crafty and clever.”
Consumer spending on Halloween decorations has increased steadily, especially for decorations and candy, to more than $30 on each category, according to data from the National Retail Federation.
Whether you want to create a haunted house or just add Halloween colors to your decor, you’ll find plenty of budget-friendly home trimmings at dollar stores like 99 Cents Only Stores, Dollar General and Dollar Tree.
“For the bargains you’re getting, you can’t go wrong,” says lifestyle specialist and event planner Michelle Madison of Miami. She suggests using dollar store items as a starting point to create your own Halloween style. “The more out of the box, the better.”
Keep in mind that some items cost more than $1 at dollar stores, especially on their websites, where you may have to buy in bulk to get a lower price. And items at Dollar Tree now typically cost $1.25 or more.
Here are 11 ideas to create Halloween fun using products found at dollar stores:
1. Creepy entrance
Welcome guests with a spooky Halloween wreath or spider web spread across the front door. It can make your entrance stand out if you live in an apartment or residential building, says Madison, who in the past has decorated her front door with candy bags strung across a plastic background of gray bricks.
2. Day of the Dead theme
Decorations for the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, are extremely popular, says Jane Rolfe, vice president of party and seasonal goods for 99 Cents Only Stores. You’ll find sugar skulls, tall candles, serving plates and even socks in black or white with colorful calavera, or decorated skull, designs.