And I was victorious. If you're having a party, too, or if you just want your house to look creepy, feel free to steal any of these ideas.
We'll go from most expensive to least expensive. First, the dining room:
I made that! All of the black flowers and feathers were 50% at Michael's the day I went, and I got all of them for just under $8. The vase--from Hobby Lobby--was also 50% off, and was probably the best deal I got because I can use it year-round. It was $1.50. The black rocks, another HL purchase, were $2.77. The Nightmare Before Christmas salt and pepper shakers were an early birthday present from a friend, so those were free. Total: $12.27.
Next, the living room end tables:
IKEA was kind enough to sell 8 orange candles for $2.99, and the glass holders were a wedding gift. New total: $15.26.
Finally, saving the most inventive for last, these will be placed around the room(s):
They're empty now, but they'll be filled with pictures of classic movie monsters that I'll print at work. Free! And I should mention that all of these were gifted to me over the years. Also free! Unchanged total: $15.26.
I got paper cups ($2.50) and plates ($1.50), too, but I didn't bother taking any pictures. They're just orange. Grand total: $19.26.
We'll have a few other Halloween-y things around the house that we already owned: towels in the kitchen and bathroom, a sign on the front door, and a to-be-determined scary movie playing in the background on my husband's mostrous 42" TV. I think we're set.
Did you decorate for Halloween? Are you having a party? Have you accidentially ripped some paint off with tape? Let's talk.