Create Halloween Magic On A Shoestring Budget (NAPSA)—Ghoulish ghosts. Wicked witches. Things that go bump in the night. What better wayto have a little Halloween fun than to decorate your home for that spooky night? Halloween decorations can be expensive if you buy them in a store, but don’t let that stop you from capturing the spirit. It’s easy to create Halloween magic for next to nothing. All it takes is a few beverage cans, terra-cotta pots, pumpkins, some paint and a little imagination. Here are a few projects from the archives of paintideas.com to help you deck out your home for the Hallow’s Eve: Create a gaggle of ghoulish ghosts. Reclaim a few aluminum beverage cans from your recycling bin and rinse them thoroughly. Flip up the tab on each can soit’s upright. After the cans are dry, take them outside and give them a couple of coats of Stops Rust Gloss White spray paint. Make sure you cover the entire surface and let them dry for about 24 hours. Then take a permanent marker or foam paint pen to draw on ghostly faces. Attach a 4X4” piece of thin gauze to each can by draping it over the top and affix a pipe cleaner or piece of yarn through each tab to hang. They’re perfect for decorating a porch, entry hall—even your child’s room. Paint a pumpkin. Give a traditional Halloween activity a new twist. Paint a few pumpkins you’ve picked at the pumpkin patch with a spray paint such as Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint. Give them 24 hoursto fully cure, and then use chalk to draw pictures or write messages like “Boo,” “Go Batty” or “Happy Halloween.” Line them up on the steps leading to your front door Clever ways with pumpkins can make decorating your home for Halloween aseasyaspie. and youre ready to welcometrick- or-treaters. Or, purchase minipumpkins and spray paint them with ontrend finishes like Universal Copper Hammered or Oil Rubbed Bronze. Place them in a basket on your dining room table for a sophisticated alternative to the traditional painted pumpkin. The paint will preserve your pumpkins so they last through Thanksgiving. Pilgrim’s landing. Here’s a project that can make your Halloween party extra festive and make great placeholders for your Thanksgiving table, too. Gather several inexpensive, 4” terra-cotta pots and give them a couple of coats of paint, such as Ultra Cover 2X Gloss Black spray paint or Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint. After they’re completely dry, cut felt circles slightly larger than the opening of the pot and attach them with your hot-glue gun. Then decorate the pots with orange ribbon, candy corn, dried flowers or other seasonal decorations to make festive pilgrims’ hats. You can find more holiday decorating tips at www.Facebook.com/ Paintideas.