130 Halloween Ideas to Inspire a Haunting Good Time
The Autumnal Equinox has come and gone, and no matter how warm it may still be where you live (it’s been in the 90’s here in Southeastern NM!)- thoughts are turning to the one night you where you can be anything you want and people give you candy for it.
I have fond remembrances of getting together with neighborhood children and going door to door while our parents sipped hot beverages and followed along behind. And nothing was more exciting than the homes that went all out and included outdoor Halloween decoration ideas meant to scare, amuse, entertain, or downright terrify us.
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130 Halloween Ideas to Inspire a Haunting Good Time
The most obvious of choices to decorate, your front yard is a window into your eclectic decorating tastes and on display for all to see by light of day. Blend a bit of the tastes of fall into your halloween display to make an easy transition into the Thanksgiving season, but be sure to go all out on Halloween night for all to see by moonlight!
Nobody looks at a tree full of birds quite the same after watching Hitchcock’s classic movie, The Birds. Step up your decor with a classic look of your own with some well placed seasonal favorites, and an unexpected ‘murder’ of ravens to overlook the proceedings.
Halloween just isn’t Halloween without the standard neighborhood haunted house. Transform your place into something creepy and unusual that everyone is going to slow down to see as they drive by with some well placed, inexpensive cobwebs, and old boards.
If you have the space, why not take advantage of it? Use up the side of your garage, or house, to promote your spooky display of horror-ific Halloween collection. Kids and adults alike will love this eclectic originality and be talking about it for days.
Sloping front yards create the perfect foundation to display larger than life decorations. Take advantage of the added height to place oversized decor and other objects guaranteed to make your visitors look twice, and keep looking.
I can already picture my kids daring each other to take a walk through this spooky entryway. If you have the structural support to create a haunted walkway, be sure to take advantage of the height to add an all-encompassing experience for your visitors come Halloween night!
Create your own front lawn wake with a variety of life sized monsters ‘moaning’ the loss of one of their own. What’s even better is if your poor victim pops out at unsuspecting trick-or-treaters as they walk by in the dark.
Who Doesn’t like a good party? Not even death kept these party-goers form showing up in full attire to dance the night away. Looking for a unique idea to gather attention to your front lawn? Look no further and create your own Halloween Dance for the Dead.
The great thing about blow up decorations is that they are so lightweight that they literally can be placed just about anywhere with relative ease. If you are lacking in front lawn space, why not take advantage of the rest of your house and place decor upon any, and all surfaces provided.
If this spider ever actually makes it up that web, then these homeowners are in for an awfully large and leggy surprise. Oversized critters seem to be a favorite during the Halloween season as they garner the attention of both young, and old, alike.
I’m not sure about you, but I can’t decide if the giant, reaching arms are more creepy, or if the giant cockroach is. And since this is a makeshift arbor to help welcome you to their home, I can’t help but wonder how many children hesitate to pass anything that looks as creepy as this does.
From the ghosts peeking out from the rooftops, to the pouncing cat, this house is definitely covered in Halloween decor. If you are so lucky to have such a home rich in decorative surface areas, take advantage of them as these homeowners have.
The area you welcome your guests from is usually a manageable, and highly visible spot for seasonal decorations. The abundance of colors and fun textures of this time of year are easy to incorporate into your porch and front door areas, and also provides an excellent backdrop for Halloween decor.
Pumpkins come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and even colors. Have a little fun picking and choosing your perfect combinations for a front porch display this year, and for good measure, set in some colorful fall foliage for added detail.
You don’t have to go big to have a display worth remembering. If you are short on time, cash, or even space- take a page from this front porch and limit yourself to decorating one simple, detailed area.
If spooky isn’t your thing, but you still love the shapes and colors of the season, then consider creating a scene worthy to be left up year round (if you just love that sort of thing). Falling autumn leaves and wicker pumpkins provide an enjoyable, and creative way to display some Halloween cheer.
You don’t have to drop a bunch of cash to create a wholly unique, decorative statement. A bit of black construction paper and a pair of scissors is all you need to create the perfect roost for your bats to hang around in. If you are worried about seasonal weather, bring them on down to your local library for a laminate job!y.
He may not be able to recognize you later, but this headless host knows where the goods are. A cheap suit from a secondhand store and a simple wooden stand makes this a welcome statement not soon forgotten.
Who said the front of the house is for decorations only? Create your own seasonal-scape for the enjoyment of both your guests and your family. An abundance of pumpkins, grapevines, and cornstalks create vivid contrasts against late blooming fall flowers and the rich use of the season.
Nothing spells Halloween quite like the spells cast by our favorite pointy-hatted old crones. Whether comical or frightening, witches are a favorite of this time of year and have quite the following. Movies, costumes, and decor can be found in abundance relating to these cackling hags come fall, and they make great conversation pieces when used in decoration.
Since a certain movie came out that had child like dolls terrorizing small children, I haven’t been able to look at any creepy looking doll the same since. This witch does the trick to give anyone the creeps. From her wide staring gaze, to her gnarly old hands she looks as if she might just have something to say to you.
Nothing quite completes the look of a creepy halloween decor without some life size ghouls and goblins that just may interact with you in some way. This talking witch is the perfect way to greet your guests as they make their way up to your front porch.
Take a peek at the great beyond with the use of these spectral spirits in your decorating ideas. Whether used indoor or out, ghosts provide a way to remind your trick-or-treaters they may not be quite alone during their door to door antics. Place them where they will be a surprise, and can catch the light of both day, and night, for an otherworldly experience.
A bit of cheesecloth, a balloon, and glue is all you need to create your own spectral sprites to place amongst your outdoor decorations. Lightweight and easy to hang or prop up, use glow sticks to provide an eerie glow come Halloween night.
A little bit of chicken wire painted white and shaped as spirits creates an otherworldly appearance to your yard. Use them as shown, or as braces for even more spooky decor, either way you are sure to create a bit of a buzz as people wonder what, exactly, they are looking at.
Dance by firelight and conjure another time and place where people could be hung for such a misunderstood event. These creepy dancers look like young girls dancing in the night and bring to mind otherworldly experiences.
Get creative with the decor of the season to make something that is sure to be the envy of all who visit. Whether it’s putting to use some of the many pumpkins that often collect on our front porch, or creating welcoming signs for your guests, no matter what you think up it is bound to be well photographed!
Pallets are an excellent source of free wood, and with a little bit of elbow grease and a power tool or two, you can pretty much create anything you want with them. This happy scarecrow is just waiting to great your autumn time guests.
These two friends have no problem whiling away the time welcoming people to their pumpkin patch; after all, they protected their crops all growing season didn’t they? Scarecrows are so much more than garden overseers, they are a happy sight each fall to bring a grn to your guest’s faces.
Pumpkin decorating can go way beyond the traditional carving of your childhood. Pumpkin painting and a few well placed props can turn the ordinary into something even more special. Some felt, pipe cleaners, and construction paper is all it took to let these painted pumpkins help welcome your guests.
Short on time? Love to decorate but struggle to find the time to do so? Take advantage of the your landscaping to turn your shrubs, bushes, and trees into a ‘herd’ of watching yard monsters. Some laminated construction paper is all it takes to make these oversized eyes that is sure to bring amusement to everyone who passes by.
Although we like to keep it light hearted and fun, a little bit of creepy and scary can make its way into your decorating genius. Afterall, it is the night of the living dead and other things that go bump in the night- and if you’ve ever wanted to frighten people on purpose, this is the one night you are allowed to do so without getting in trouble (within reason)!!!
Hey, even the scariest of goblins and ghouls need a place to rest from all their haunting good times. This little guy will let you know just how fast asleep he is too with his nighttime mutterings, snores, and exasperated signs when you attempt to wake him.
Thanks to a certain author clowns are already a bit unnerving, and because of it they make the perfect character to use for extreme creep factor. This Jack-in-the-Box is anything but, and the devilish clown is sure to make anyone want to stand clear.
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Silhouettes are incredibly effective at creating life like, bone chilling scenes with very little effort. Create your own unique display to creep out anyone who dares to come close enough to wonder what’s going on in your house tonight!
Nothing is safe when these nightmares learn to climb. A simple mask and old clothing is all you need to create your own army of Halloween misfits set on destruction and mayhem.
Take advantage of a blank wall and use it as a canvas for a creepy portrait- or is it? This 3D creeper looks as if he’ll pop out of his frame as soon as you walk by!
How would you like your side of human done? Rare or lightly turned over the spit? Rubber costumes provide endless opportunity for grisly scenes and creative twists.
You might not get away with checking this luggage on your next flight. After seeing something like this I believe I would find all closed suitcases suspect to something equally disturbing.
All that trick-or-treating is sure to make your guests thirsty, so why not offer them up something to quench their needs? Other seasonal props can come in handy when decorating for Halloween to provide an unexpected twist on the evening.
I don’t want to know what this guy did to tick off his guests, but beware when using horrifying props as you may scare off all your trick-or-treaters!
The fear of spiders is a very real thing for some people, and they have made their way into nightmare lore due to their otherworldly appearance with 8 legs and a multitude of faceted eyes that reflect in the night! Yikes! Although most are completely harmless, when blown into giant sized proportions they are downright terrifying- and make the perfect decor for Halloween!
One of the biggest spider webs yet, this web can be mounted from the eaves of your house to provide an effect that may have the neighborhood terrified of getting too close. Use it to cast shadows with some well placed lighting to provide an all day, and all night, spook factor.
Some well placed giant spiders is all you need to make your house look as if the exterminator needs to come for a visit. Either make your own or buy in bulk, whatever your choice you are sure to draw some stares form vehicles passing by.
Spiders are creepy enough, but if you’ve decided to take a hand at playing Frankenstein to create your own monsters, you might end up with something like this. Skeletons have enough scare factor with only two legs. Giving them eight is just wrong on so many levels- and is sure to give a scare to anyone brave enough to walk past!
Black yard trash bags are a great way to help get rid of all those leaves your tree drops each fall. But don’t toss them just yet! Use the leaves as filling to help give life to giant spiders!
Something about spiders just creeps out the majority of people who look upon them. The plethora of legs, sucking mandibles, multifaceted eyes, and the fact that they create webs that are impossible to remove from you if you come in contact with the, are all things to avoid.
This gigantic web covers the entire front house and has not only one, but two spiders laying in wait for their next meal. If scaring people is your forte, then this may be an excellent design choice to consider.
Autumn is dotted with our favorite orange vegetable both as decor and in our kitchen recipes, and come Halloween on our front porch step to welcome evening trick-or-treaters. Although the history of pumpkins and their jack-o-lantern counterpart is long and varied, and helps keep us safe from what lurks in the darkness-they have become a favorite seasonal decor that gets the whole family involved year after year.
Rooftops really do make great decorative surfaces, and are also mostly overlooked due to the effort it takes to use them. But if you take the time to take advantage of their grippy surface, you get an awesome way to help display your holiday decorations.rs are interspersed amongst the fallen fall foliage.
No chalkboard for seasonal messages, no problem. Use your pumpkin surface as a way to convey your holiday cheer with a paint pen and make your messages seen by all who visit.
Not to be outdone, the artist of this piece took on the carving of multiple pumpkins, including one of giant proportions to create something that looks like something out of the NIght of the Living Dead.
Even theme parks get into the mood with giant renditions of their favorite characters. This type of character is easy to copy: with a few pumpkins of differing sizes and a wooden skewer or two, and you can have a Happy Halloween too!
The Halloween holiday brings to life the thoughts of what lurks in the dark, and no place seems quite as sinister as a graveyard come night- no matter how harmless they may actually be. The thoughts of the living dead, and where they come from, play a large part of your homemade decorating options, and no yard seems quite complete without at least one headstone and skeletal paw reaching for an unwitting victim.
Headstones are actually an incredibly easy way to fill up yard space and create a frightful Halloween for visiting trick-or-treaters. If you don’t have the time to make your own, pre-made headstones are readily available online.
The undead in this cemetery aren’t afraid to join in on the fun and have kicked back to watch the night’s proceedings. Plus they are dressed to impress, making you feel the welcome guest.
Everyone’s come out for a smashing good time at this house, even if they weren’t invited. It seems there must be plenty of candy to go around since all the guests appear to be having the time of their un-dead life.
Headstones decorating your property is an easy way to create a spooky atmosphere for all to wander through. Plus, they make a great prop for other gastly creatures, such as these skeletal canines frolicking through the graves of the undead.
No matter how you decide to utilize the decorations you have, what you do will be unique to both your vision and the creepiness (or fun) factor that you decide upon. Creativeness plays a large part of season decor, and you’d be surprised at what ideas you may find while walking through your garage or storage shed to add to your overall effect. Don’t downplay either what affects your garden may have on backdrops, or even as part of the decoration!
Halloween doesn’t have to just be about spooky good times. You can also bring to your decorating style a wicked sense of humor to have your visitors chuckling every time they visit.
Such a simple idea, yet so effective. It seriously seems as if these spectral paws are reaching up to drag you down into their icy depths for all eternity. To achieve this look, simply blow up rubber gloves and place a glow stick within them and watch your guests be mesmerized by their eerie appearance.
These guys are done hanging out on the roof- after all, who knows how long they’ve been up there? Get creative with your skeleton crew and let them take over for the evening. This also makes your guests wonder where else they might be found hanging out at.
Using a pumpkin as part of your scarecrow set-up only makes sense, but who said a scarecrow had to be of the male sex? This fashionista is sure to turn heads, keep your birds at bay, and provide amusement all autumn.
Ready to Get Your Spook On?
Hopefully this list has quenched your thirst for creative Halloween decorative ideas. From spooky and humorous, to wicked and downright terrifying, we’ve tried to provide everyone with a little bit of inspiration to get started with your decorating needs.
We would love to see your ideas and creations posted below, and as always, please share!