Who doesn’t love Halloween? I guess that’s why even the tiniest pre-schoolers attend Halloween celebrations! If you plan to have a Halloween party this year, chances are you’d like to save a few dollars — as long as your guests’ experience doesn’t suffer as a result. So here are some tips to make the job of planning a Halloween party simpler and less expensive:
Don’t do it alone
If you’re on a tight budget, consider throwing a group party with someone else. If you don’t want to do that, try making the occasion a pot luck so both the cost and the work will be shared.
Make your own Halloween party invitations
Accessing Halloween invitations downloads you can download from the web can make short work out of generating the party invites. They’re a great way to save money and they’re also fun to make.
Print the party decorations
You’d be surprised at the things you can create if you use Halloween pumpkins scrapbook paper or free Halloween pumpkin clip art that are freely available on the Internet. Clip art images, such as witches, skeletons or pumpkins can be used to create hanging garlands with spooky messages, and the scrapbook papers can be used to make table place cards and wrapping paper for party favors. If you’re really crafty, you could even make origami decorations using the scrapbook papers. Spiders and bats would be great — and easy to make! To create a fun way to hang the origami creatures, just use cheesecloth (it’s usually found in the cooking section of discount stores) and hang it from light fixtures, paintings and walls. Then, just hook the bats and spiders from it. You can also hang decorations you buy from the dollar store. Try washing the cheesecloth and crunching into a ball to dry a few days before the party, so any folds are removed and it looks more like a spider web.
I’m sure you can also think of other ways to economize without actually scrimping on the quality. A little bit of creativity can go a long way!
If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with your kids making complicated Halloween crafts but would like to do something for the holiday, you’re in luck. The Internet is a great source of free Halloween images that can be used to create quick and easy craft projects. As an example, crafts made from vintage Halloween greeting cards found online are simple to make, due to the fact that vintage images are both versatile and very effective at conveying a Halloween feel. You can find a little something for everyone, because vintage Halloween images range from sweet to gory to scary. Vintage images can also be downloaded and used without fear of copyright infringement. That’s a terrific bonus, because you don’t have to worry about using other people’s art illegally.
Just a quick Web search with the search term “vintage Halloween” will net you a large number of no-cost images from which many fun crafts projects can be made. And, of course, if you don’t like vintage, contemporary Halloween clip art can also produce great craft projects.
Here are some examples of simple Halloween projects virtually anyone can make by using free electronic images:
Handmade Halloween Greeting Cards
When you’ve downloaded the Halloween image you’d like to use, paste it into a Word, PowerPoint or OneNote document. You can size the card by adjusting the software’s settings. Place the image on one half of the card, so it can be folded in half after it’s printed. Print the card on card stock as heavy as your printer will allow, fold it and use a little glitter glue to make it sparkle. You might also want to make your own envelopes or just buy two-for-a-dollar card and envelope sets at the dollar store and then recycle the cards.
Halloween Wreath DecorationHalloween Door Wreath Decoration
Making a fun Halloween door wreath is easy. Here are the supplies you’ll need to have on-hand:
Download images you like to your computer. Then, print enough clipart images so they can be spread around the entire wreath and cut them out with scissors or a craft knife. You can also cut leaf or bat shapes out of Halloween scrapbook paper, if you’d like to mix those in and vary the look. Once you’ve cut all the components, stick them to the Styrofoam wreath with the straight pins. Be prepared to adjust the positioning of the pieces a bit to get everything to look balanced. The straight pins should make it easy to reposition the elements. (Just make sure small children don’t get their hands on the pins!) When you’re done, use a door hanger or a ribbon to display it.
I hope you enjoy making these simple and fun Halloween crafts and that you have a fun holiday!