Halloween decorations in the dining room

Normally, I don’t do much Halloween decorating. It is part of my thrifty nature. I explain exactly why in podcast Episode #003: Seasonal Decorating for Less.

But this year, Tiny really wanted to spookify a room in our house with some Halloween decorations. And I wanted to give her a chance to exercise her creativity. So we headed to the Dollar Tree with a $15 total budget, scored some great new finds, and then added some stuff I already had to the mix. This is what we came up with.


I was pretty impressed with some of the decorating items at the Dollar Tree right now. This faux cobweb comes complete with critters.

Chandelier-with-cobwebs Photos-framed-in-cobwebsA little bit goes a long, long way. With just one bag, we were able to add cobwebs to the entire room and still have some left over.

I also picked up this Halloween blackbird. These birds are a bit more expensive when you buy them at craft stores.


In addition, we got large spiders, a few skulls, a netted table runner and some glittery, light-up jack-o-lanterns. The candles and holders were from Walmart from a few years back.


The black and white, geometric fabric on the table is from the Online Fabric Store. I got a free sample of it at Haven this year. These folks honestly have the coolest fabric. (I used another sample to make my fall, burlap birdie art.)

I created a ghost-like napkin arrangement using my white napkins and yard sale napkin rings.


To create this look, simply fold a napkin in quarters, pull one of the corners through a napkin ring, then fan out the bottom corners.

Tiny was excited to help decorate this room. And I’m trying hard to let her do things her way and not interfere with my “suggestions.” Sometimes, I have to resist the urge to try to make everything look blog-worthy. 🙂

We added a few pumpkins to the buffet table to complete the look.

Spooky-buffet-table Spooky-buffet-table-2

What do you think of our spooky – and thrifty – dining room?


In what ways do you allow your children to help decorate?

I’m linking this up to Home Stories A to Z.

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3 Responses

  1. Pam P says:

    Nicely done. Just spooky enough. I love the Dollar Tree. I always find something unexpected. Holidays are always more fun with the little ones at home. Boo- Blessings to you and yours!

  2. Laura says:

    It took me a few years, but I finally let the children decorate the Christmas tree..it was delightfully decorated from 3 feet down! A few items were moved upward later but on the whole does it really matter? After all Christmas is for children, right?
    Halloween was a free for all! I loved it!

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