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Decor DIY: 5 Easy, Wallet-Friendly Ways to Prep Your Home for Halloween

No cheesy skeletons here.

Photographs via Women's Day; Jolly Mom; I Heart Naptime; Instructables; Martha Stewart.

With one of fall’s favorite holidays right around the corner, you may start to notice some over-the-top decorations taking over your neighbors’ homes—a fake graveyard spread across the entire front lawn, perhaps. But there are plenty of ways to festively dress your home while keeping it classy—and without dropping big bucks. We’ve found five great DIYs to try.

1) Try sweetening up your candles by adding candy corn to the holder, like these ones from Women’s Day. Tip: Place the candles somewhere the kids can’t reach so they don’t burn their hand trying to steal a piece. Total cost: Under $20

2) Light up your walkway with this tin can luminary DIY tutorial from Jolly Mom. All you need is an old can, some black paint, a hammer, and a nail. Doesn’t get much easier than that. Total cost: $2.99

3) Switch out your usual flower pots for pumpkins with this easy craft from I Heart Nap Time. Try incorporating synthetic pumpkins so you can reuse them for next year’s festivities or swap in flowers anytime. Total cost: $16

4) Finish off the last of the olive oil or syrup that’s been sitting in your pantry forever, and use the bottle to add a spooky touch to any mantelpiece or entry table, as seen on Instructables. By spraying them black and adding an appropriate label, you’ll have witch potion bottles in no time. Total cost: $6

5) The patron saint of creativity, Martha Stewart, can help you wow Halloween party guests with this pumpkin cooler. Throw in some Oktoberfest beer and you’re good to go. Total cost: Market price of a pumpkin at your local patch

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