Homemade Horrors: Halloween on a budget

Childcare News Things To Do | by | 20th Sep 2016

Halloween on a budget

Children are back at school and the summer is already starting to feel like a hazy memory. Blink twice and, before you know it, Halloween will be here. That means now is a good time to start planning how you can celebrate Halloween on a budget.

And we know that almost as frightening as the celebrations themselves can be the thought of coming up with themed decorations, food and costumes for your kids. But don’t fear! We’ve put together a list of DIY ideas to make the whole thing a bit less stressful, much cheaper and a whole load more creative!

Decorations – Inside/Out

Hanging Bats

Items needed: Black card, string, scissors, sellotape

What you do:

  • Cut black card into bat shapes
  • Cut string to required lengths
  • Fix string to bat shapes using sellotape
  • Suspend from ceiling and enjoy your new bat cave!
Red Lightbulbs

Replace the light bulbs in your house for the night with red bulbs for gory mood lighting! You can buy them cheaply at many hardware stores, or online. This one can be a nice surprise for your kids to come home to!

Halloween on a budget

Photo Credit: Dendroica cerulea, Flickr

Ghostly graveyard

Items needed: Several large cereal boxes, grey paint, a black pen, scissors, sellotape

What you do:

  • Cut one cereal box to form a base
  • Sellotape a complete box to the base
  • Paint it grey
  • Write RIP in black pen on the grey painted box!

It’s just not Halloween without a carved pumpkin! You will need a nice steady hand when using a kitchen knife so it might be best to make sure the kids aren’t around, especially if they’re hyper from all the treats! Don’t forget a tea-light to put in the middle – and scroll down for some simple pumpkin recipes so that the flesh doesn’t go to waste!

Want some tips on how to carve a pumpkin? Check out this video:


Banana Ghouls

Items needed: Bananas (works best with small, wide ones!), white chocolate, coconut shavings, lolly sticks and chocolate drops.

What you do:

  • Cut bananas in two
  • Push lolly sticks into the banana halves
  • Melt white chocolate and dip bananas into the melted chocolate
  • Cover in coconut shavings
  • Add chocolate drops for eyes
  • Refrigerate to let the chocolate set!
Bobbing apples

 A classic Halloween game and an easy way to persuade your children to eat some fruit! Simply pop some apples in a basin of water, tie your child’s wrists behind their back and see if they can catch an apple in their mouth. For smaller children, don’t forget to buys smaller apples, and if they have wobbly teeth this could even be a good way to get the tooth fairy to visit!


Halloween on a budget

Photo Credit: Dark Dwarf, Flickr


Most pumpkins are bought for carving lanterns, but the middle is where all the good stuff is! The leftover flesh is delicious, full of vitamins and minerals and can be used for loads of stuff. We’ve found a few of the best pumpkin recipes to help your money go a bit further at Halloween, click through for the links:


While some of you will be covered in fake blood, vampire teeth or dressed head to toe in bedsheet, it can be pretty pricey to fit little monsters out in supermarket or hired costumes. If you’re struggling to find a way to entertain the kids at the end of half term, or could do with saving a few pennies, why not make your costumes?

The Recyclebot

Using a large cardboard box, toilet paper tubes and egg boxes, make your own little recycled robot! Once you have cut a head sized hole on one side of a large cardboard box and two side slots for arms, use PVA glue to add on straws, buttons and robo bits to the front!You can buy silver spray paint at most big pound stores, as well as straws and buttons to decorate the costume if they aren’t lying around. Hopefully, you can reuse things in the house though!

Halloween on a budget

Photo Credit: Patrick Buechner, Flickr

The Mummy

This is another classic costume – you can’t go wrong! You’ll need white trousers or shorts, a white t-shirt, and some toilet paper to wrap around your child’s body. Buying some cheap white face paint to finish off the look can add to the mummified look.

Costume Swap-Shop

Not feeling creative? Why not organise a swap-shop with other parents in which children can trade their costumes from previous years with other children? This then means free costumes and a fun pre-halloween event for children!

Have more spooky ideas to share? Let us know in the comments section below!


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