In addition to molding the young minds of tomorrow, teachers have the added task of being obligated to decorate for every possible holiday season (while also getting paid very little to supply said decorations). And Halloween is especially difficult, as it is arguably one of the most decoration-heavy holidays of the season.
If you’ve found yourself in this particular decorating predicament as a parent or teacher, never fear: Pinterest exists, and it is here to make your Halloween less of a horror.
Here are a few simple, spooky (but not too spooky) and cost-effective ideas for decking out your classroom this Halloween. And yes — when you break out these decorations, your students will definitely be bragging about you.
1. Hiding Pumpkins
Just add some googly eyes and stick these cute little guys in every pot, nook and cranny.
2. A Glowing Bat Lantern
Don’t worry — this cereal box lantern uses battery-powered candles rather than real ones.
3. Bendy Wire Spiders
Since these spindly spiders are made with flexible floral wire, their legs will bend around any knob or handle.
4. Tissue Box Monsters
The perfect way to recycle old tissue boxes while also adding some cute monsters (that aren’t children) to the classroom.
5. Trash Bag Spiderwebs
Everybody has some spare trash bags (usually). Put them to good use with this spooky and decorative craft.
6. Floating Witch Hats
Buy the cheapest witch hats from the costume store and then suspend them from the ceiling with fishing line for this cool optical illusion.
7. A Mummified Door
Wrap your door with some gauze to create a cute and creepy entryway.
8. Sinister Glowing Eyeballs
Cut out eye shapes in old toilet paper rolls, then add a glow stick inside. When the lights are low, it will give the illusion of creepy, glowing eyes.
9. A Floating Ghostie
These transparent ghosties get their support from glue and gauze, which is then left to dry on a balloon form.
10. A Fleet Of Construction Paper Bats
11. A Few Giant Balloon Spiders
All you need to make these menacing spiders are some black balloons and crepe paper.
12. Some Spooky Hand Soap
Add fun, plastic Halloween decorations to bottles of translucent hand soap to create a cool and creepy surprise next to the sink.
13. A Pumpkin Candy-Holder
If you keep suckers or lollipops in your classroom (brave soul!), what better way to store it during the Halloween season than on a handy and festive pumpkin?
14. Candy Corn Bunting
Painted paper plates cut into quarters help to create this cheery Halloween bunting.
15. Paper Plate Halloween Characters
Paper plates + construction paper + googly eyes = adorable and monstrous wall decor.
16. A Ferocious Monster Wreath
This wreath may look wrathful, but he’s just feeling hungry for leftover candy.