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This next week is the big day, and all of the little ghouls and boys are coming to your house for a party. Whether you’re 4 or 40, everyone loves a good themed party, and what’s more fun than a costume party where the whole place is decked out down to the little creepy details? We’ve gathered a handful of ideas to help make your party a little more frightful, while not scaring your wallet.

Halloween doesn’t have to be JUST black and orange. Pick a color scheme, and run with it. We love how this party planner did silver and black. A couple cans of spray paint in your party colors is always a good investment toward a cohesive theme.

Some basics to grab at Thrift Town in your color scheme – sheets (for tablecloths & backdrops), glassware (for luminaries), and plates & glasses (to be painted).

Here’s a simple project that your little ones can even help with to welcome your guests. This example is done with ribbons, but you can get the same effect with cut fabric scraps as well. Go with your theme colors in mind and get a cheap sheet and some pillow cases and cut in strips. Then simply tie in knots around a wire wreath frame.


These luminaries can be made for the front yard/porch, mantle or party table, and it’s a way to infuse your own personality into the decor. Peruse our glassware section and grab an assortment of jars and glasses for under $2 each. Then mod-podge the whole outside using tissue paper in your party colors.  Then either cut out faces from black paper, or paint them on once the tissue paper has dried.

This could also be  fun idea to do as a craft at a kid’s party that doubles as party favors to take home!

Bring a deadly dish to life on your walls by adding printable creepiness to inexpensive white thrifted plates. Vary the sizes of plates and arrange creatively on the walls.

For a bit of the sweeter side: candy corn makes a great candle holder filler!

Remember that spray paint I told you to get? Here’s the perfect place to use it.

Tall candle holders are transformed into seasonal topiaries when spray painted and a big bow are combined with plastic pumpkins. A little bit of hot glue to put the glass and pumpkin together, paint and add the bow. Great for table centerpieces or on a mantle.

Mix up this idea for any number of looks: add a fake crow instead of a pumpkin. Switch out the colors, use varying heights of glassware. Put your personality & theme into it!

For the mom/hostess who is going to be running around making the party happen and doesn’t want to be in an elaborate costume – grab a couple tee shirts for around $2 and make this awesome cut-out skull top! Cut the black to layer over a lighter tank top and you’re festive while still comfortable to greet your guests and have a fabulous time.

Don’t forget to send in  your thrifted costume pics as well as your DIY party projects. We just love seeing your thrifted creativity!


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