Its October and you know what that means–it means it’s time to start thinking about Halloween!
This Halloween Walmart gave me the opportunity to try out a few of their costumes for the kiddos. They also asked me to check out their in store Halloween Home Decor and try my hand at decorating.
I really love dressing up my house for all the different holidays. To do it frugally, I usually choose an idea, a color scheme or a theme and then keep it for many, many years–slowly adding good quality items as I find them (especially on sale!). Down in the basement I have several big plastic bins where I store all the items for each holiday. I’ve got 3 for Halloween. . .Poor Thanksgiving only has one. You don’t want to know how many I’ve got for Christmas 🙂
So in keeping with that philosophy, last year I showed you in my Happy Halloween on the Cheap how I had purchased and crafted some items over time to add to my classy but creepy porch decorations:
I really didn’t need anything more out there! So I decided for this Halloween to add to my dining room decor. I again wanted to keep it “creepy but classy”–and if possible I wanted to make items multi-purpose or multi-seasonal. Here is what I got:
I purchased 3 more packages of “Freaky Fabric”, a Better Homes and Garden Pumpkin candle centerpiece, spiderweb wall art, spiders, black votive candles, a harvest plaid tablecloth and an orange table cover.
All the items are reusuable if treated carefully–I saved the backing paper and plastic box from the wall art so the re-positionable pieces can be saved, the table cover can be folded up and kept, and everything else is pretty sturdy. I especially like that the harvest plaid table cloth and the pumpkin centerpiece can be used for Thanksging as well! Frugal Bonus!
The kids and I went to town decorating. We used the table cloth, table cover, 1 piece of freaky fabric, black votives and the wire pumpkin centerpiece to dress the table. The spiderweb wall art went on windows, walls, lamps and even my china cabinet. We hung the other two pieces of freaky fabric over the windows and added the glitter spiders to the pumpkin centerpiece, the chandelier, and even the chains of the cuckoo clock! Some fuzzy “fashion yarn” in black from my stash (do NOT ask how big my yarn stash is. Please.) created “cobwebs” on the chandelier for an additional effect.
Here’s the room’s before and after:
I think I achieved my goal~creepy and yet classy!!
As for the kids costumes–Princess looked adorable in her monster getup, and Buddy looked suitably scary in his Grim Reaper:
We are all ready for Halloween! Except for the candy–and it’s not a good idea to have that in the house too early. It tends to disappear 🙂 I”ll have Yankee Bill swing by Walmart and get enough bags for our 300 or so trick o treaters the last week in October.
Remember, Walmart is your one stop store for all things Halloween, be it costumes, decorations, decor, classroom treat bags, baking or candy needs. They have a huge selection both in store and online at Walmart.com. A lot of the items have “Home Free” shipping–or you can save time like I frequently do by using the “pick up in store feature” and “Pick up today” where you order and pay for the items online and then pick them up in store either when they arrive or later that day (depending on the option). That’s how I can shop from home and have Yankee Bill pick things up without having to worry about him choosing the wrong thing 😉
Fantastic! You really did a great job keeping it classy while adding some Halloween fun. Thank you Princess and Buddy for showing us your costumes; you two look great!
I remember as a kid I wanted to get the Legolas costume from Wal-mart for $30 and my parents would let me. Although I cried at time time, thinking back my parents did the right (frugal) thing.