I'm sure one day our house will be full of paper chain skeletons, but until then I'm keeping it clean and streamlined (and without crafts devised of construction paper and glue sticks)...
Instead, I work with cheap craft store gourds and spray paint.
I saw this crafty project on Young House Love and decided to tackle it myself. All said and done, it was super easy and super cheap (spent $4.45 on the gourds and $3.85 on the spray paint).
I picked a bag of gourds that already had a bit of a plastic-y sheen to them (as opposed to the more 'matte' option available). The two coats of glossy white spray paint, really turned them into more expensive looking decor.
If you are more into decorating for the holiday, it may be fun to paint them with glossy black and orange. I think I'll be spray painting a lot of random items in the future!