I've found an inexpensive way to decorate your entrance this Halloween and I didn't find it on Pinterest.

Every Halloween since our kids were babies, I've decorated the house for Halloween, and always look forward to it. As the kids have gotten older, they've come to expect certain decorations, the mainstays if you will – like the rust-orange colored ceramic pumpkin with the flickering orange light bulb inside, or the little boy trick-or-treat figures with their first costume photos inside. There's also a giant glass candy container with a witch face topper that holds hundreds of candy corn pieces in it that they munch on leading up to Halloween.

It's only been the last hand full of years that I've paid more attention to decorating the outside and front entrance of our home for Halloween. I try to do this without spending a lot of money. We get three good-sized traditional pumpkins and one haystack at Flying Cloud Orchards on Main Street in Acushnet. We love the huge selection there and the family is so nice. Then I head over to Roseland Nursery, also on Main Street in Acushnet, for a few (three of four) of their massive mums plantings. They have the best mums of all and their prices are the best around, seriously. Then I head into our shed and pull out the two or three empty wood crates I've reused for probably 10 years now.

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Lastly, I get to organizing the mums, plantings and pumpkins inside and out of these old rustic crates. I priced these crates if they were purchased new and with the plantings in them, and you're looking at $45 each depending on the size and arrangement. So you could be looking at well over $100 for your front entrance if you went all in.

My cost? Only $34 total. I know, cheap right? You could even do it for less if you cut out a pumpkin and a couple of those mums. Find the crates after the season is over and before Christmas at your local nursery or flower shop. They'll most likely be happy you are willing to take them off their hands. Have fun decorating and Happy Halloween. ‍♀️

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