First, my favorite store bought decorations this year came from Target. They have some new vinyl decals that I'm in love with. They're only $5-10 and make a big impact. You just peel and stick! The bats are $10, but go a very long way. The "Happy Halloween" cost only $5.
These are the bats (see, you really do get A LOT for the $10):
Living room after:
Now, for the front door (and front window). I like the look of silhouettes, but I didn't want to pay the price for them so I opted to make my own. I simply taped sheets of construction paper together and drew on my design. If you look closely at the picture you can see the pencil marks on the paper.
I laid it out on the floor and cut out my design and then hung it back up on the screen door. Isn't she amazing?! (I guess those art classes this semester are coming in handy.)
In order to give it a good glow I wanted to cover the clear space with orange, but didn't want seems of paper taped together so I spent a whopping 92 cents on a plastic tablecover at Wal-Mart. It was the perfect solution. I cut a piece the size I needed and taped it to the door.
I repeated this process with a tree for the picture window. Here are the after shots once the sun went down last night.