Part of the fun of preparing for Halloween is making the house spooky. Some kids may be planning a Halloween party, others may simply want to create the right kind of atmosphere before they go trick or treating with their friends. This doesn’t have to cost their parents a lot of money. The Internet is full of free and cheap ideas for all kinds of Halloween crafts, decorations and activities.
Where to Find Free Halloween Crafts
A little surfing time could reward parents with some fun and free Halloween crafts ideas and decorations. Some sites will offer a range of free printables, downloads and ideas or parents may simply scout round online craft stores to get some ideas of their own that they can then make at home at no cost. Popular ideas here include:
- Printable Halloween colouring sheets
- Pumpkin carving templates
- Printable decorations, banners and streamers
- Project ideas and instructions
- Printable masks
- Halloween cards and invites
So, for example, kids could print off party invites to tell their friends about their Halloween party. They could then run off some streamer and banner decorations to hang around the house, use templates to cut faces into their pumpkins and colour in some printable pages to stick on the walls. They could even choose some special gruesome recipes to cook with their parents by looking at online recipe sites. The only cost to parents here to get this stuff is in paper and printing.
Shopping Online for Halloween Crafts, Accessories and Costumes
Some families may also prefer to shop for ready made Halloween products or may find that there are one or two things that they need to buy rather than make. This can be a lot cheaper to do online than in shops and there will generally be a lot more to choose from.
Most shops don’t have the space to run full ranges at this time of year. Parents often find that they sell out of what they need before they get there or don’t stock it in the first place. This obviously isn’t a problem for online stores as long as orders get in nice and early so they arrive in time.
Again, spending a little time looking at Halloween online stores could help keep costs low. Shopping online is no different to shopping on the High Street where looking around can save money and this is a competitive time for Halloween stores. There are, therefore, a lot of bargains around for those that look for them. Those looking for Halloween costume ideas may also find online stores useful, even if they ultimately decide to just use them to find some ideas and then make them at home.