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Don’t Miss These 17 Simple Ideas for Spooky Halloween Decor

Look no further for some simple ideas for spooky Halloween decor for your home that won’t break the bank using items easily found in most dollar stores!

Halloween tiered tray sitting on kitchen table with crows, skulls, rats, tombstones, and spanish moss

It’s simple to decorate your home for Halloween with these easy ideas! All you need are a few items you can find in many dollar stores, a little scrapbook paper, some cheesecloth, twine, and a bag of Spanish moss.

Spooky Halloween Decor

Fireplace Mantel

Traditional fireplace with mirror above and simple but spooky Halloween decor on the mantel

For this fireplace mantel, the crows, gargoyle and small tombstone were all scored at my local dollar store. I swapped out the filler in my hurricane for some Spanish moss and added some little plastic spiders.

I love shopping Halloween clearance at our local party store, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. You can get items for 50-80% off on November 1st! That’s where I got the furry rats and the large headstone.

If you like to get crafty, Halloween-themed scrapbook paper offers lots of inexpensive options! To make the banner, just cut the paper into triangles, punch 4 holes across the top edge, and thread twine through the holes. I also used a piece of Halloween scrapbook paper inside an album frame. It adds a little pop of color to the upper part of the mantel.

Kitchen Windowsill

window above kitchen sink with tombstone, bottle of poison and tray filled with white pumpkins

In the kitchen, I added some more spooky items I found on clearance to my windowsill. You can see how my windowsill looked before Halloween here. That reminds me: World Market has some great Halloween decor! I got that poison bottle that’s made of stacked measuring cups there.

One of my favorite tricks to decorate your home for Halloween is with cheesecloth. You can purchase “creepy cloth” from most party stores or Halloween decor stores.

What’s “creepy cloth,” you ask? It’s just colored cheesecloth with some holes cut into it! And it’s not cheap! Save yourself the money and get a package of cheesecloth from the grocery store. Run it through the wash to get it stretched out. Cut it into strips and voila: “creepy cloth” at a fraction of the cost.

Miss Havisham’s Chandelier

wrought iron chandelier with burlap lamp shades covered with strips of cheesecloth and black crows for Halloween

I drape strips of this cheesecloth all around the chandelier in my kitchen eating area. Attach a few crows from the dollar store for an eerie Halloween decorating statement. I always get so many compliments on this!

wrought iron chandelier with burlap lampshade with spooky Halloween decor. Strips of cheesecloth and black crows give a creepy look

Here’s a different angle of the chandelier. It’s fun to add a few little plastic spiders too.

Tiered Tray Centerpiece

My kitchen table centerpiece features more Spanish moss and dollar store finds.

Halloween tiered tray sitting on kitchen table with crows, skulls, rats, tombstones, and spanish moss

Simply layer Spanish moss to the bottom of the trays on a tiered tray. It instantly adds both texture and some natural spookiness. Next, add some neutral colored figures such as skulls, cement gargoyles, stuffed rats, and white pumpkins.

A Spooky Vignette

The buffet or hutch is another great spot to add a little Halloween decor.

buffet with spooky Halloween decor. An antique bird cage holding a skull and crows with spanish moss, a pedestal with white orbs, wall decor with tombstone and rat, and Halloween wall art on top

The birdcage hanging on the wall is where we hang greeting cards that we receive. But in October it holds my BOO sign made from scrapbook paper. The little shelf has another dollar store rat and headstone.

I found the large white birdcage at an antique shop years ago for $10! Score! A little Spanish moss on the bottom, plus a skull and crows from the dollar store makes a spooky vignette.

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Do you decorate your home for Halloween? What are your favorite ways to add a little spooky? Let me know in comments! And don’t forget to tag us in your spooky Halloween decor photos on social media (@simply2moms).

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