This October 31st, don’t waste money on inflatable Halloween decorations for your front yard in San Antonio. Use these ideas and your crafty skills to make one-of-a-kind decorations. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood—and you’ll save a lot of money.
Halloween is definitely a holiday that people either go all out for or they do very little. Whichever way you tend to lean, it’s a fun excuse for adults to decorate like children and try to spook the pants off their household and/or their neighbors. Maybe you’re interested in creating your very own haunted house this year. Or maybe this is the year ghouls and goblins will tremble at (and inside) your doors. If this is the year you’re hosting the spookiest haunted house party the neighborhood has ever seen, here are some ideas to get you going.
Utilize the great outdoors as a Halloween decoration
First, consider making a big leaf pile…and then, hide a surprise inside. If you have trees in your yard, it’s a great idea to rake those leaves together into a big pile before trick-or-treaters arrive. If nothing else, you can put up a small sign encouraging kids to jump in the leaf pile. After all, there are few things more fun than a running jump into a giant leaf pile.
On the other hand, you can take advantage of the leaf pile to plan a fun surprise for some of the older children (and even the adults). Shortly before trick-or-treaters come out, bury an older child or a grown-up in a leaf pile that’s fairly close to the sidewalk. Give them a little bit of room to watch who is coming. When a big kid or adult is walking by, the person in the leaf pile can jump out and give them a good, old-fashioned fright. Bonus points if the person in the leaf pile is dressed like a zombie or something scary.
Make your own Halloween decorations
Ever wanted to cover the front of your house in spiderweb patterns? Garbage bags are actually perfect for this. You can easily make a giant spiderweb out of a garbage bag or two for just a few pennies. Just cut off the drawstring along the top, then cut one side and the bottom edge, so that you have a giant sheet of plastic garbage bag material. Then, fold it in half over and over again until you have a small “wedge” shape. Tape together the side that isn’t a fold, then cut some large pieces out of the plastic with some sharp scissors, like you would do with a snowflake. When you’re done, unfold it and you’ll have a giant black or white spiderweb.
Another good idea is to hang simple ghosts for your front tree can be made out of anything. Lightly colored bedsheets are perhaps the best option for this. All you need is an old sheet, a soccer ball or basketball, some fishing line and a needle.
Take advantage of the candy bowl
One classic trick is to simply go to a craft store or a party supply store and buy a big plastic spider for a dollar or two. Take that spider and put it in the bottom of a big bowl that you use for candy. Next, pour the treats on top. As children start taking the treats during the trick-or-treat night, they’ll eventually uncover the spider and get a good fright. You can repeat the trick by just adding a few more treats to the bowl. Then, cover the spider up again. This is a great “mild” trick that’s a lot of fun, even for children.
All of these tricks and treats cost just pennies (or a few dollars at most) to make. For such a low cost, they can add a ton of Halloween flavor to your trick-or-treat night in San Antonio.