Many of you are aware that Mr. Cottage and I were very fortunate to retire at an earlier age than some of our colleagues. We wintered in Florida for the first 7-8 years and we were able to do a little extra traveling during that time. A few years ago, we downsized and I got rid of most Halloween decorations we had. Believe me, we went all out on decorating when our kids were still home, so there were plenty of Halloween items that either got tossed or went into the estate sale. Here at our condo, we don’t get any trick or treaters; but I still have to have a few reminders of Halloween. So how exactly do you decorate for Halloween when you’re on a limited budget?
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” ~William Shakespeare
Use what you have…
For starters, I used what we already had, like these spiders I bought years ago and just couldn’t part with. There’s always somewhere I find to put them. Usually they go in our entry, so you see them when you enter or when your leaving.
Again, something else we already had which didn’t cost an arm and a leg, but was still too cute to part with.
This was one of the other items I saved and moved it with us to the condo. When the kids were home, they took old clothes and stuffed them, putting a mask on it and hanging it from a tree in our yard.
Sales and bargains…
Raise your hand if you love bargains! Pottery Barn sold this pillow for a few years and I was able to buy it with one of their special sales and free shipping. If you wait long enough, many will offer what you want either on sale and/or free shipping. Most flea markets, garage sales and estate sales all have holiday decor at great prices. Don’t forget second-hand stores either.
Michael’s always have great items for Halloween, and they’re having sales all the time. We found these crows/ravens a few years ago at Michael’s. I love how they look on our mercury glass candlesticks that I bought on clearance from Pottery Barn.
I found this owl in the gift shop of Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. It was so out of season and there were only a handful at 75-90% off.
And if you missed it, I made a new DIY scary ravens wreath this year for Halloween, and everything I used was on sale. If you pack away your items carefully, you’ll be able to use them again and again, just like our stacking pumpkins.
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