By Aimee Heckel
Some families have Christmas or Thanksgiving traditions. Others make family rituals out of Halloween.
In fact, the National Retail Federation expects Halloween spending this year to reach $6.9 billion. However, the 158 million Americans who plan on celebrating Halloween this year are hoping to trim their spooky spending.
Here are a few ways to make your home the best haunted house in the neighborhood, but without terrifying your bank account.
1. Go big; go metallic.
Shiny, metallic decor is dramatic, a bit steampunk, classy, totally unique and reflects light to maximize impact. A metal pumpkin ($23.99 at Kohls.com) accented by glowing LED candles ($7.49 each for a Halloween-theme candle at Kohls) on your porch, mantel or front windowsill will make a huge statement. After all, lighting is the most important mood-setter.
2. DIY project with your kids: Make your own metallic pumpkin.
3. Get creative and involve your kids.
Browse the Halloween decor page for Kohls.com and let each kid decorate a window. Save money by using Kohls coupons and pairing them with Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com. If you spend more than $75 at Kohls.com, you get free shipping.
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4. Decorate for all five senses.
Don’t limit your decorations to the eyes. Indulge in pumpkin-scented candles or candy-apple-scented candles (up high where the kids can’t reach them, of course). Play loud symphony music. Set up some standing fans near the front door to blow a chilly breeze on trick-or-treaters. Adorn your couch or porch chairs with Halloween pillows, like this smooth sequin spiderweb pillow ($17.49).
5. Add something just for the kids.
Replace your kids’ regular night lights with a Halloween cat night light ($9.99). Place a funny zombie statue on their bookshelf. Just for Halloween day, let them eat their breakfast cereal out of a Halloween candy bowl. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make you look like supermom — without even having to dress up.
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