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Let me share a little something about me, I LOVE Halloween! I think my love affair with Halloween began 33 years ago when I hosted my first Halloween party and I was hooked! Along with making costumes, party planning, without a doubt I love decorating for Halloween! I’m always looking for new ideas for decorating for Halloween that are cheap and easy. 

Mid-September you will start to find Halloween decor throughout my home. From the kitchen to the bathroom, no room is left out. I just keep thinking of more ideas for decorating for Halloween. 

Last year my theme for Halloween decorating was witches. However, this year, I wanted something new…after a little thought I decided on bats. You will find bats sprinkled throughout my home this year. In addition to this, Steve and I will have “bat” costumes this year. You want to watch for that on Instagram. Certainly it will put a smile on your face.

Not only will I share unique ideas for decorating for Halloween, but also I will share how I did it on a budget. Yes these ideas are cheap and easy!

Ideas for Decorating the Front Porch for Halloween

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Halloween Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Let’s begin with the front porch. First, I gathered dead branches (free) from my yard and secured them in a pot with rocks.

Ideas for Decorating for Halloween - Bats
Pumpkins for Halloween Decor

Then I clipped to the branches  glittery bats from Dollar Tree. These bats are a bargain at 4 for $1. There were a few branches that were too thick for the clips, so I drilled a small hole in them and hung them with fishing line.

Second, I draped some creepy fabric and added a few pumpkins.

Halloween Bat Wreath

Once I had my bat theme, I began to look online for ideas for a wreath. I found one I loved at Pottery Barn, however I didn’t love the $59 price tag. 

There will be an upcoming post September 24th with the details on this wreath. Would you believe mine was less than $15?

This year I did purchase a new Halloween doormat from At Home.

Ideas for Decorating the Entryway for Halloween

Halloween Pillow

If you only add Halloween decor to one area of your home, it should be the entryway. It’s the perfect spot to greet your visitors with some fun and festive decor.

A soft and cozy throw is layered on a refinished chair, topped with a fun black and white pumpkin pillow I picked up on Amazon a few weeks ago. I went to link it for you, but it appears it’s no longer available.☹️

Above the chair we added a vintage window that is painted with a crackle finish and we added a vinyl saying.

Ideas for Decorating for Halloween

To help the Halloween decor stand out, we flipped all of the books backward, except for the Halloween spell and potion books.

Branches and bats were added to the black and white vase. The summer wreath on the vintage window was replaced with a colorful bittersweet wreath. 

Halloween wreath

A couple of black and white pumpkins balance out the large vases.

Finally we added the Sleepy Hollow Sign. I made this sign a few years ago after we moved into our current home.

Our home is in the Sleepy Hollow subdivision and on Halloween the headless horseman roams our streets. It’s really quite a sight to see.

We get several hundred trick or treaters each year who come to celebrate Halloween in the hollow. It’s just one big party!

Easy Ideas for Decorating for Halloween

Halloween Potion Bottles
Halloween Potion Bottles

We’ve incorporated our 3 steps guide to decorating shelves with our Halloween Decor as well. The books are placed and balanced, then we filled in the shelves with photographs, potion bottles, both homemade and bought along with spell books.

Halloween Decorating Ideas
Halloween Potion Bottles

Clearly each year I need to find a great place to display some of the photographs of the grandkids in their Halloween costumes. They are just too cute!

Several years back we made spell and potion books from thrift store books. We simply covered the old books with scrapbook paper and added titles with letter stickers. Easy and cheap!

More Halloween Potion Bottles
Halloween decorating Ideas

Indeed, you can never have too many pumpkins, right? 

More vintage potion bottles. The two on the left are actually  vintage prescription bottles that I picked up at one of my favorite vintage stores, Urban Renewal.

Ideas for Decorating the Living Room for Halloween

Coffee table styling

The living room is right of the entryway and deserves a little halloween decor too.

The coffee table is draped with a spider web lace shawl. This shall has been part of my witch costume in the past.

We created a vignette on an old tray with black and white candlesticks, a pair of ravens and a finger knit pumpkin that’s been embellished with fall berries and a bat.

Halloween styling

More creepy cloth, a pumpkin, a spooky candy dish and an old padlock complete this vignette. 

Halloween vignette
Halloween decorations

More pumpkins (including another finger knit pumpkin) are layered on the piano with more creepy cloth and an old candelabra that I spray painted black.

Ideas for Decorating the Mantel for Halloween

Bat Garland for Halloween Decorating

I’m always looking for new ideas for decorating my mantle for Halloween. While at Dollar Tree I spotted the skeleton bats and knew they would be fun as garland on my mantle.

A coat of black spray paint transformed the bats. As luck would have it, the bat feet fit perfectly over the small beads on my garland.

The bat garland cost me $5. I already had the bead garland and black spray paint.

Bat Garland
Ideas for Decorating a Halloween Mantle

Doesn’t it look cute and spooky!

Halloween Decorating with Bats
Halloween Decorating with Bats

To add to the fall decor already in place on the mantle, we tucked in branches that we painted black. Finally to complete the look, we clipped on the glittered Dollar Tree bats. 

Ideas for Decorating the Family Room for Halloween

Ideas for Halloween Decorating

My idea for decorating the family room for Halloween was more and more bats. The 3-D bats are inexpensive and come with an adhesive that will not harm walls. Not only do they attach quick and easy but they also look to realistic on the walls.  

Halloween Coffee Table Styling

A tray corrals the coffee table Halloween display. Do you love the bat hourglass and candy dish. 

Halloween Pillow for Decorating

One of the best ideas for decorating for halloween is changing pillow covers. It’s an inexpensive way to add a little holiday pizzazz.

For example these no-sew halloween pillow covers were made from bar towels for only $3.

Ideas for Decorating for Halloween | Pillow Covers

All of the pillow on the sectional were an Easy DIY. As well as the reversible rug pillow that we made for only $3. 

Thanks for joining me on my batty Halloween Home Tour! 

We hope you’ve been inspired with new ideas for decorating your home for Halloween! 

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What Ideas for Decorating for Halloween Inspired you?

What Halloween decorating ideas will you incorporate into your home?  Will you be running to Dollar Tree for some Halloween decor?

We’d love to see what clever decor ideas you come up with!  Share your ideas and creations with us.

Be sure to check out Steph’s Halloween Decorating Ideas on Thursday. She’s got some spooktacular ideas you’ll want to see.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Shirley

    All I can say is that I love it all! Especially the black and white candleholders!

    1. Michelle Dickson

      Thank you so much Shirley. We are so happy you love it. Happy Halloween

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