Teachers coping with tight classroom budgets may worry that decorating the classroom in a Halloween theme might cost more than they can afford. There’s good news for the thrifty, however, as long as you have a dollar store down the street and supply of orange, black, and white craft paper, it is very doable to decorate a classroom in a Halloween theme on the cheap.
Dollar store Halloween classroom decor is relatively cheap, and when combined with handmade paper crafts can turn any classroom into a spooky fun place to be. For added classroom fun, have your students help with the decorations.
Room garlands. Hit the dollar stores for cheap Halloween garlands priced at $1 each. These garlands are thinner than what you’d see for Christmas but are interspersed with tiny skulls, witches, and pumpkins. For my sister’s classroom, we bought four of these 18-ft black garlands and 4 orange crepe paper rolls for a total cost of $6. The garlands with be attached to a suspended honeycomb pumpkin placed in the center of the room and then draped to the corners to create a colorful ceiling.
Honeycomb decor. Honeycomb paper decorations are dimensional paper centerpieces that fold out. Dollar stores have 10″ honeycomb pumpkins, bats, and spiders which make really cute table top decor for the desk. Priced at $1 each, honeycomb paper decorations are also quite affordable and best of all, can be reused again and again.
Make spooky lanterns. Remember making paper Chinese lanterns as a kid? (Here’s the instructions in case you’ve forgotten how.) One cute and cheap idea for a Halloween classroom craft is to use colored construction paper to create a spooky lantern. Your lanterns should be made in Halloween colors (purple, black, orange, white) and then can be decorated on the border with Halloween stickers. Cheap Halloween stickers are also available at the dollar store.
Make super sized pumpkins to hang from the ceiling. One super cheap classroom craft is to make ginormous Halloween pumpkins from the school stock of orange craft paper that comes in the 3 foot roll. Have your students cut out two equal sized pumpkins from the craft paper, decorate, and staple together leaving a small 6″ hole in the side of the pumpkin. The pumpkin can then be stuffed with crushed newspaper to bulk it out a bit, then hung from the ceiling using fishing line.
Life-size “Mummies”. For this popular but very silly Halloween craft, set up a light in your classroom to do shadow tracing of the student’s bodies on a long sheet of white crafting paper. Be sure to have each student pose differently! Next, the kids can cut out the bodies and then wrap with toilet paper to create a “mummy.” A couple of button eyes is all you need to bring these spooky Halloween creatures to life.