Get Festive for Halloween at Any Price: $25, $50 and $75

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Get Festive for Halloween at Any Price: $25, $50 and $75
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This Halloween season, scare off those tacky plastic pumpkins and cardboard cut-outs of goblins and make room for natural adornments in the way of juicy Clementines, stalks of wheat and crunchy orange, red and golden leaves. Whether your budget is $25, $50 or $75, Mally Skok, a Massachusetts-based fabric designer and founder of Mally Skok Design, shares her DIY secrets for taking your front porch area from ghoulish to gorgeous using items inspired by the autumnal outdoors.

$25: Pumpkins
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$25: Pumpkins

"Pumpkins are simple, they come in all sorts of beautiful colors and they look gorgeous placed on your front porch, on the front lawn or on the stairs leading up [to] the house," says Skok. She suggests playing around with the different varietals of pumpkins when decorating, such as Lumina (ghostly white) and Happy Jack (dark orange).

$25: Pick up Your Ears (Of Corn)
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$25: Pick up Your Ears (Of Corn)

"Arrange ears of white corn, gourds, organic carrots and other things you can get from your local farmers market on your front porch," says Skok. "What's so great about these decorations is that they are edible, so you can cook and eat them later."

$25: Be a Stalker
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$25: Be a Stalker

"Stalks of wheat are so gorgeous and so cheap and they just look amazing," says Skok, who suggests sticking a bunch of them in a short wicker basket, vase or even an old fashioned Mason jar. Arrange them on the front stairs of the house. "You don't even need to go out and buy anything to put the wheat in," she says. "Food jars make for great vases."

$50: Let the Sun(flower) In
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$50: Let the Sun(flower) In

For an extra burst of vibrant yellow color, grab a few sunflowers and add them to the arrangement of wheat. "They're so lively, natural-looking and beautiful," says Skok. But you're not limited to any specific flower, she assures. Daisies, lilies, any blooms of an orange or deep purple hue will bring out the spooky Halloween spirit.

$50: Pushing Tin
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$50: Pushing Tin

"Go to your local hardware store and buy some tin buckets, fill them with sand and arrange a bunch of scrunched up leaves in them," says Skok. "The result is a sort of fall-inspired leaf bouquet. I just love the way it looks."

$50: Let There Be Light
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$50: Let There Be Light

"I'm a great believer in bringing in an extension cord of fairy lights and winding them around the corn and pumpkins," says Skok, who recommends using white lights (as opposed to colored) for a twinkly, nature-inspired look. "You can buy the fairy lights at your local hardware store and they just look so gorgeous."

$75: Fish Bowl
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$75: Fish Bowl

"Purchase little glass fishbowls -- you can buy them cheaply at pet stores or at craft stores -- and fill them with mini pumpkins, Clementines, or even walnuts," says Skok. "The fishbowls are so adorable when placed up and down the walkway leading to the front door of the house."

$75: Glow, Baby, Glow
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$75: Glow, Baby, Glow

"Place little 2-inch votive candles in the fishbowl, arranging the oranges or walnuts around them," says Skok. "When the candle is lit, the bowl has this wonderful glow. The glass should also protect the flame from the wind, another bonus in the cold October weather."

$75: Brown Bag It
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$75: Brown Bag It

"I love little paper bags as a decoration," says Skok. She suggests buying a pack of brown paper bags, then cutting jack-o'-lantern or ghost faces on them with scissors. "It's a really fun activity for kids. They can draw or paint on them as well. Put a battery-operated votive candle inside each bag -- you can get these at hardware stores -- so they light up the night."

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