Quick Dollar Store Halloween Crafts

Last Updated on March 14, 2024 by Ellen Christian

These are easy and quick dollar store Halloween ideas anyone can do. Check out these dollar store Halloween crafts to decorate your home and yard.

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Quick Dollar Store Halloween Ideas

I’ve been looking for something easy to use on our entertainment center for Halloween. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of stuff that I’d never use again so instead I tried to find things I already had and supplement with a few small purchases from the dollar store.

Halloween doesn’t have to be blood and guts and slasher movies. I’m not a big fan of anything too bloody, but I do like a few creepy elements like skulls or spiders.  

I already had a skull and several plastic spiders from years past in my props cabinet (for blog photos). This is what I  used for my cheap Halloween decorations and where I found it.

Finally, here are a few more easy Halloween decor ideas in this video.


  • Books – Spooky titles are best. This is one of my favorite dystopian book series and the titles were perfect.
  • Candle – Don’t tell, but this is a Christmas candle I got at the dollar store. Anything would work, but blood red, black, gold, silver, etc. would fit the theme best.
  • Large-mouth glass canister with a top – Mine previously held cupcake liners. I repurposed it for a few weeks. You can find them at the dollar store which is where mine came from originally. Make sure the opening is large enough for the skull to fit.
  • Spiders – You can find these at the dollar store if you don’t already have several in your Halloween box.

Easy and quick dollar store Halloween ideas

  • Mini pumpkin – Mine is real from the farmer’s market, but they sell plastic ones at the dollar store if you don’t already have one.
  • Plastic skull – Mine originally came from the craft store, but you can find them just about anywhere.
  • Tall glass bottle with cork stopper – This is the bottle I make my flavored oils in, but I’ve seen them at a variety of different stores. The cork gives it a more authentic look. The little spider around the top is actually a plastic spider ring from the dollar store.

Decor Tips

You could use a variety of different elements in your Halloween decorating. I’ve seen people take quilt batting and shred it to look like cobwebs. If you have a piece of black lace, that would make a great tablecloth or runner for under the display.

Use what you have in your Halloween decorating. Don’t feel like you need to run out and buy a trunk full of plastic Halloween decorations every year. Just make these quick dollar store Halloween ideas.

a skull, candle and jug on a book

Dollar Store Halloween Crafts

So, if you’re looking for a few Dollar Store Halloween crafts, here are a few of my favorites you can choose from. 

These crystal ball candlesticks are spooky and easy to make. You will need candlesticks, black paint (if they aren’t already black), clear Christmas ornament balls, and images you make on your printer.

So, you can get the full directions for the simple craft from Flamingo Toes.

a wrought iron gate decorated with cobwebs

If you want a craft that the kids will love, why not make these creepy bush eyes. You won’t believe how simple it is to turn your basic plastic pumpkin treat bucket into this fun craft. It’s simple enough that the kids can help. Check it out on Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons.

I am absolutely in love with this DIY Skull Candle Holder. I definitely will be making this craft for our Halloween decor. You’ll need a few plastic skulls, some spray paint, and some terra cotter saucers. You won’t believe the final result. It’s absolutely amazing. Get the directions from Endlessly Inspired.

flickering candles and pumpkins

Finally, don’t feel like you need directions to make Dollar Store Halloween crafts. All you need is a little bit of creativity. Just head to your favorite Dollar Store and visit their Halloween aisle. Find some decor that you like and start thinking about how you can make it yourself.

Remember, Halloween isn’t just pumpkins and vampires. So, consider ravens, gravestones, skulls, and black cauldrons as wonderful starting points. You’ll be surprised at what you can come up with.

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8 thoughts on “Quick Dollar Store Halloween Crafts”

  1. Oh I love the skull under glass Ellen! One of my fave shows is Bones and I'm still catching up on all the past episodes I missed! I was just at the 99 cent store today getting my sister's birthday card. I found an awesome one too and Yoplait nonfat plain yogurt, 2 lbs for a dollar! I love that store. It is a nice one but there are some crappy ones elsewhere I know. The one close to me has some awesome Halloween stuff but I have enough myself and can't store anymore! It's fun to look though. Thanks for your holiday posts--I do enjoy them all.

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