A Thrifty Decorating Theme for Halloween
Written by on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

It’s so much fun when a Halloween theme comes together… inexpensively!  Normally, I decorate The Seasonal Home’s fireplace and mantle with a “cute spook” or “fall” theme.  But, check out how I decorated my fireplace this year.  It was mostly inspired by Dollar Tree finds as well as 4 sets of black, glittered and lit branches I found on the www.terrysvillage.com website, at a bargain basement price, which gave The Seasonal Home a slightly haunted look.

  Originally, these branches were meant to line a front walkway, but as always, I saw a different use for them…. in planters, to flank each side of my fireplace hearth.  So, I began the hunt for 2 planters to hold my bargain branches.   My first stop was Wal-Mart where I found 2 beautiful and large, footed, gray stone planters on clearance for $35 each.   Definitely a good price and I could justify the purchase by recycling them as outdoor planters afterwards.  But, I didn’t really “need” planters and I spent so little on the branches that it seemed silly to spend more on the planters, so I kept looking.  I ended up at Big Lots and found these $3 bargains in white and grabbed some gray spray paint also, for $2.    Once they were painted and dry, I filled the planters, half-way with (recycled packing materials) styrofoam.   On top of that, I poured about 5 cups of inexpensive sand (for stability & weight).    Now, they were ready to hold my glittered branches!  To finish the look, I placed moss on top of the sand, which also hid the base of the branches.  A few faux eyeballs and that part of my theme design was complete!

  [Consider using this idea at Christmas, i.e. snowy-white branches in a silver planter, etc.]

My Dollar Tree finds included a spider web, spooky rat, 1 pkg. of black Creepy Cloth, a few skulls and headstones.                  

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I also added in a couple of decorations I already had: a fall leaf garland and wreath and used my existing candlesticks to display the skulls.  I painted a pumpkin to coordinate with the color scheme and added in a few candles and a crow I found at Old Time Pottery for under $5 each.  So, for very little expense, I created a “not-too-creepy” theme… I hope it inspires you too!

Enjoy the Creativity!



  1. I really like your decorations! I miss the Dollar Tree so much. No Dollar Tree to be found in South Korea, nor can I find any Halloween decorations. So I will just look at yours and be green with envy. LOL

  2. Amy J says:

    Very cool, Eileen! Too bad my husband is anti skulls……Still you’ve got me motivated to do something with my plain jane fireplace. Can you tell us more about the wreath? Is that a Christmas wreath spray painted black? Thanks!

    • seasonalhome says:

      Glad you like it Amy. It’s the spookiest look I’ve created to date, but I really wanted to try something different like this (of course, I had to position the skulls comically to make it “fun”). I hope you enjoy designing something for your own fireplace & please share a photo when you do… I’d LOVE to see the end result of your creativity! 🙂

  3. Amy J says:

    Can you tell us more about the wreath? Is it a Christmas wreath spray painted black? Thanks!

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