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A Vintage Halloween House

Halloween is becoming a bigger trend every year.  From trick or treating and scary outfits through to home decor Halloween is now big business but it doesn't have to cost you a lot to jump on the bandwagon and have the haunted house every child dreads knocking on the door of.  Safe trick or treating is the key - getting your friends to agree to be in and have a set route for your children to take  - and once you know how many trick or treaters will come your way it's easier to plan ahead. Here is how to get the perfect Halloween house on a budget...
  1. Visit charity shops and buy as many shirts and trouser combinations as your budget allows - you can pick them up for as little as 50p - when you get them home stuff them with newspaper, bubble wrap or anything else that springs to mind and splash a lot of tomato ketchup on them.  Now you have 'body' parts ready to litter the drive with...
  2. Pumpkin carving is a classic and instead of buying them at the supermarket find a farm who are doing pumpkin picking as this is usually better value.
  3. Lanterns on the window sill don't have to be Halloween themed, simply use lanterns you have already or invest in four or five glass lanterns (Vintage Vibe have a range of lanterns) and buy inexpensive ghost shaped candles to go inside.
  4. Cobwebs over the mirror is a classic but make it a large leaner mirror that you can write blood curdling messages on in red lipstick...if you haven't got a leaner mirror you are missing out.  They are always handy and always in fashion!
  5. Buy bandages and wrap them around your front door, add ketchup and an 'R.I.P' or 'A Mummy lives here' sign and children really will be impressed!
Like most celebrations, if you spend money on things that can only be used once a year it is high investment - buy practical things that you can adapt and change to suit the occasion.  Lanterns and mirrors are always a safe bet and you will use them again and again. For inspiration visit Vintage Vibe.

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