Halloween may be looking a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't get into the spirit by turning your humble abode into a well-decorated haunted house. (All the more reason to if you're just staying in and watching scary movies!) There are plenty of simple ways to add some ghostly presence to your home decor game, all the way from your doorstep to your dining table. And you don't need a lot of cash to do it, either.
If you're looking for ideas on how to decorate this Halloween, these 10 affordable options (all less than $50!) are sure to inspire your spooky self. Plus, you can use the money you save to buy even more Halloween candy and pumpkin spice lattes.
Orange pumpkins are a classic, but it's always good to switch things up once in a while. This stylish black and white striped pumpkin from Longaberger gives off serious Beetlejuice vibes. It'll make great decor for an entryway or as a statement piece for your dining table.
Normalize Halloween trees! Who says Christmas is the only time you can decorate a tree? Put your tree-trimming skills to test a little earlier this year with a Halloween-themed tree. If a full-sized tree is too much to consider, start with a tabletop version, like this one by Primitives by Kathy that comes in a set of three. You can cover them with bat ornaments, too!
Nothing says Halloween like some spooky lighting. Make your living room glow with these string lights from World Market that feature vintage-style jack-o'-lanterns.
If October means knocking back a couple of pumpkin ales while you watch all of your favorite John Carpenter movies, making the occasion even more fun with this skeleton hand bottle opener from Design Toscano.
Whether or not you'll have trick-or-treaters knocking on your door this year, a Halloween-themed doormat is an easy way to get into the mood. Not only is this Pottery Barn doormat covered in a spine-chilling ghost pattern, it glows with built-in LED lights, and is also made from natural materials, like coir, a coconut-derived fiber that is resistant to mold. Sustainable and spooky!
As with Christmas trees, it's time to embrace the Halloween wreath. There are plenty of orange and black ones to choose from, but this National Tree Company design is especially unique with its glittery leaves and sparkly spider waiting for you at the center.
Serve up some spooky snacks (char-BOO-terie, anyone?) with this ouija board-inspired serving tray from Target's Hyde & EEK! Boutique.
Want your Halloween decor to have an '80s feel? Look no further than a purple neon bat light from Target! It has two lighting options (blinking or still) and can be used both inside and outdoors.
Halloween means you'll have to switch out your normal, everyday mug for something a little more seasonal, i.e., these vintage-inspired pumpkin cups from artist Johanna Parker. Break out that pumpkin spice coffee, STAT!
If you love Halloween so much that you find yourself wanting to decorate for it all the time, have no fear. A subtle piece, like this tarot card bowl from World Market will satisfy your spooky cravings year-round.
Marie Lodi is an LA-based writer and editor who has bylines in PAPER, The Cut, ELLE, Bustle, Fashionista, and more. She also co-hosts Fishnet Flix, a podcast about costume design and fashion in film, and runs a food blog called The Bloodfeast, which is inspired by period cravings.