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130 Halloween Ideas to Inspire a Haunting Good Time

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

Front Yard Halloween Decoration Ideas

1. Blooming Autumn

2. A Pop of Color

3. Freaky Reflections

4. The Great Pumpkin

5. Pumpkin Patch

6. Hanging Tree

7. Cob-Webby

8. Unexpected Visitors

9. Glowing Faces

10. Larger Than Life

11. Illuminating Bats

12. Going to the Birds

13. Go All Out

14. Halloween Fun House

15. Hillside Horror

16. An Entryway to Remember

17. Parlour of the Dead

18. Celebration of the Dead

19. Heading Up

20. Invaded

21. Speaking of Oversized…

22. Spook-tacular

Front Door Halloween Decorations

23. A Touch of Class

24. Black and White

25. Caution!

26. Arts and Crafts

27. Photo-Realism

28. Something’s Watching…

29. Mix and Match

30. Simple Detail

31. Country-fied

32. Silhouette Statements

33. Cob-webby Alternatives

34. Headless Welcome

Backyard Halloween Decoration Ideas

35. Magical Patch

36. Pumpkin Display

37. Haystack

38. On Parade

39. Light the Way

Outdoor Witch Decoration Ideas

40. Witch Dolls

41. Complete the Look

42. Complete the Coven

Halloween Ghost Decoration Ideas

43. Peek a Boo!

44. Haunting Good Time

45. Spectral Spirits

46. Spectral Surfaces

47. Dancing by Firelight

Wooden Halloween Yard Decorations

48. Photo-Op

49. Walk Through the Woods

50. Pallet Repurpose

Cute Outdoor Halloween Decorations

51. Pumpkin Whimsy

52. Silly Smiles

53. Living Greeters

54. Happy Scarecrows

55. Cute Characters

56. Cute Kitties

57. Yard Monsters

Scary Halloween Yard Decoration Ideas

58. Me Hungry

59. Brain Freeze

60. No Trespassing

61. Window Watching

62. Watchdog

63. Harvest Overseer

64. Accident Prone

65. Vintage Race

66. Moonshine

67. White Wedding

68. Just Catching Some Rays

69. Cocoon Your Corpse

70. Who’s Next?

71. Fine Place For a Nap

72. Fortunes by Firelight

73. Let Me In!

74. Pop Goes the Clown

75. Paper Effects

76. Goblins and Ghouls

77. Creepy Portraits

78. What’s For Dinner?

79. Pack Your Bags

80. Quench Your Thirst

81. Pointy Reckoning

Giant Spider Outdoor Decorations

82. Farm Country

83. Originality Report

84. Giant Web

85. Tangled Webs We Weave

86. Invasion

87. Creeps-Ville

88. DIY Spider

89. Easy Prey

90. Approach if You Dare

Outdoor Pumpkin Decoration Ideas

91. All Lined Up

92. Toothy Grin

93. Eerie Fright!

94. Family Time

95. MIx and Match

96. Overflow

97. Rooftops

98. Simple Messages

99. Pumpkin Stash

100. Crazy Caricatures

101. Set Him Free

102. Long Necked Gourds

103. Colored Lighting

104. Overindulgence

105. Masterpiece

106. Happy Halloween!

DIY Graveyard Halloween Decoration Ideas

107. Pool Party

108. History in Your Yard

109. Easy Decor

110. Create a Story

111. Fun For All

112. Breaking Free

113. The Living Dead

114. Lounge Lizard

115. Block Party

116. Spooky Night

Unique & Creative Halloween Decorating Ideas

117. All Out

118. Family Road Trip

119. And the Award Goes To…

120. Stuck

121. ‘Tis the Season

122. Anybody In There?

123. Kettle Korn

124. Pyramid of Fall

125. Nothing is Safe

126. Halloween Hut

127. All in Good Fun

128. Hands of the Dead

129. Making an Escape

130. The Diva of All Scarecrows

Conclusion

Front Yard Halloween Decoration Ideas

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!

1. Blooming Autumn

Come fall it’s not only the leaves that bring about the brilliance of the season. Bright greenery and blooming mums create the perfect tasteful contrast to the many decorations available to celebrate the holiday.

2. A Pop of Color

Geraniums are known for their bright, overflowing colors all through the summer and fall. Plus, the compliment the bright colors of autumn well. Stack your Halloween pumpkin stash alongside your bright blooms for a colorful curbside appeal.

3. Freaky Reflections

Popular within decorations season round, light projectors are the perfect way to brighten up your evenings for guests of all shapes and sizes. Bring to life giant Halloween spookiness with just a flip of a lightswitch.

4. The Great Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a great addition to your fairy gardens come Halloween. Add a giant pumpkin or two to your gardens to create a ‘lifesize’ impact to your carefully planned miniature landscapes.

5. Pumpkin Patch

Grow an abundance of pumpkins this year? We did, and my kids love to haul the pumpkins from our backyard to decorate our front porch and yard. Go ahead and create your own private pumpkin patch, line your walkway, and make a neighborhood statement.

6. Hanging Tree

Place your decorations in unexpected places. With a little bit of lighting, anything you hang can take on a spooky look in the dark of the night. When you use Halloween inspired decor, it becomes even more frightening.

7. Cob-Webby

Even the smallest of spaces can be utilized for the holidays. Fun Halloween decor looks even better when you string cobwebs along anything within reach. Plus it makes the best foundation to hang spiders and other creepy crawlies upon.

8. Unexpected Visitors

Your sitting areas are the perfect place to welcome unexpected visitors. Scarecrows, skeletons, and other Halloween visitors look perfect lounging within your favorite summertime porch favorites.

9. Glowing Faces

Pumpkin carving is a family favorite around here and nothing looks quite as fun as a plethora of glowing faces staring back at you come Halloween night. Candles, glow sticks, and other bright lights can change up your smiling faces and make your display even more interesting.

10. Larger Than Life

Nylon blow up decorations are a popular choice as a seasonal focal point. They are easy to store, quick to set up, and have just as easy of a tear down. Plus they come in a wide variety of fun characters to choose from!

11. Illuminating Bats

These awesome bat lights are exactly what you need to have people look twice as the sun begins to set. Place either indoors or out to bring a bit of illumination to your decorating, and create a unique style all your own.

12. Going to the Birds

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.

13. Go All Out

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.

14. Halloween Fun House

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.

15. Hillside Horror

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.

16. An Entryway to Remember

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!

17. Parlour of the Dead

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.

18. Celebration of the Dead

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.

19. Heading Up

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.

20. Invaded

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.

21. Speaking of Oversized…

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.

22. Spook-tacular

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.

Front Door Halloween Decorations

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.

23. A Touch of Class

Not looking for any bright colors, but still love to decorate for the season? This classy set-up includes all your fall favorites and effortlessly blends them together for a top notch welcome.

24. Black and White

Not into the mess carving pumpkins often creates Go ahead and pick out a few contrasting spray paints and a few acrylic picks, and get busy making a masterpiece. These themed pumpkins are fun and whimsical, and were definitely enjoyable to create.

25. Caution!

Sometimes time gets away from you and it’s hard to decorate on any sort of large scale. That’s what is so great about Halloween however- that even the simplest of spooky touches can turn into a exactly what you need to welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

26. Arts and Crafts

If all you have is a window, never fear, because arts and crafts time is here! Why not make your own decorative landscape right through the ‘looking glass’ and let your visitors take in the detail of your vision everytime they visit.

27. Photo-Realism

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg (literally) to get some creepy, life size effects for your decorations. These photorealistic door covers are inexpensive and easy to both use and store. Hang them wherever you need to give somebody a good fright!

28. Something’s Watching…

Make your neighbors look twice through the Halloween season with front door covers that are sure to bring attention to all who pass by. Oversized faces in bright colors and creepy detail are fun for all ages, and are a simple way to celebrate the holiday.

29. Mix and Match

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.

30. Simple 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.

31. Country-fied

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.

32. Silhouette Statements

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.

33. Cob-webby Alternatives

Looking to cover some large areas with cobwebs this Halloween season? Instead of trying to drape thin, cottony threads everywhere, why not grab a few yards of garden fabric and create a similar effect?

34. Headless Welcome

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.

Backyard Halloween Decoration Ideas

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.

35. Magical Patch

If you are lucky enough to have your fields in bloom, create your own magical path by taking advantage of the pop of color pumpkins can add to your otherwise bright blooms.

36. Pumpkin Display

Pumpkins are so easy to decorate with. Their varied shapes and textures incorporate well into just about any scene, and their color is always provides an interesting contrast next to anything you place it near.

37. Haystack

This little haystack has become the perfect place to display a variety of pumpkins and other seasonal characters. Anything you have in the yard that can lend height to your decorating can be used to provide aesthetic appeal.

38. On Parade

Show off your hard work this fall with well placed lines of sorted pumpkins for purchase. Be sure too to take advantage of any gardening or farm equipment and show off how easily pumpkins can be incorporated into your customer’s decor.

39. Light the Way

If you have a deck or porch, then placing fun garden lighting upon it is always a way to show off your personal style. Takes things a step further this Halloween with witchy lanterns using black cloth and colored jars. Solar candles make it even easier to light.

Outdoor Witch Decoration Ideas

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.

40. Witch Dolls

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.

41. Complete the Look

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.

42. Complete the Coven

Why settle for one when you could have the whole coven help lead the way of your evening trick or treaters to your front door? These otherworldly witches light up and help guide visitors to your stash of candy all Halloween night.

Halloween Ghost Decoration Ideas

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.

43. Peek a Boo!

Take a gander on this little guy to help cheer people up and provide a bit of Halloween delight! Let him peek out from your trees and shrubs, or even hang out on the front porch. No matter where you decide to place him he is sure to be a popular visitor every year!

44. Haunting Good Time

Take your haunt factor to all new heights at night with these flying Halloween skeleton props. Easy to hang and sure to bring attention to your decor, their sheer construction definitely makes you look twice to see if they are even there.

45. Spectral Spirits

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.

46. Spectral Surfaces

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.

47. Dancing by Firelight

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.

Wooden Halloween Yard Decorations

If you have any lumber lying around, now is a great time to put it to good use. Wooden Halloween decorations are a great way to show your seasonal spirit and create wholly unique and fun new ways to keep the Halloween spirit alive.

48. Photo-Op

Plywood provides endless opportunities to create large, and often imposing Halloween decor. This grinning Jack allows the perfect fall inspired photo-op for your children to crawl in and out of.

49. Walk Through the Woods

Tree cookies, the slices of wood taken from a cut tree, provide an awesome surface to create your own lasting Jack-O-Lanterns. Avoid the pumpkin rush year after year and simply store away your grinning guys to make an appearance once the weather begins to cool again.

50.Pallet Repurpose

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.

Cute Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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!

51. Pumpkin Whimsy

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.

52. Silly Smiles

This toad inspired carving has your greater sticking out his tongue for an evening meal. Stacking pumpkins and gourds to create whimsical characters is sure to bring a grin to your trick-or-treaters.

53. Living Greeters

Dogs love it when people come to visit, so why not make them your unofficial Halloween critter greeter? Costumes are easy to make or find, and create the perfect photo-op.

54. Happy Scarecrows

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.

55. Cute Characters

This happy couple doesn’t mind rocking away the evening people watching and guess who is who under all those costumes. Jack-O-Lanterns everywhere deserve a body to bring life and personality to!

56. Cute Kitties

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.

57. Yard Monsters

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.

Scary Halloween Yard Decoration Ideas

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)!!!

58. Me Hungry

Creepy toddlers demanding more dinner are almost as scary as the real thing. Second hand shops have a plethora of old dolls no longer in use that are an inexpensive way to add to your holiday decorating plans.

59. Brain Freeze

I’m not sure what this guy just ate to create that sort of expression, but it’s sure to get your guests guessing as well. As popular as Halloween has become, there is an almost endless supply of masked expression to choose from.

60. No Trespassing

I’m not sure what this guy just ate to create that sort of expression, but it’s sure to get your guests guessing as well. As popular as Halloween has become, there is an almost endless supply of masked expression to choose from.

61. Window Watching

Upper story windows are the perfect, but often overlooked, place to create a Halloween scene. Keep your guests guessing at who’s watching from above as they approach you house.

62. Watchdog

You’d better keep this pooch on a lash or you’re sure to get a citation for vicious beast. Skeletal remains aren’t just for humans, as this mad dog is happy to remind you of.

63. Harvest Overseer

Creative props to whoever came up with this creepster. He looks like he’s straight out of the colonial age and is menacingly watching over the crops to ensure their proper storage. Definitely not somebody you’d want to run into on the dark!

64. Accident Prone

Not exactly sure what happened to this guy, but the accident that’s created this mess sure doesn’t look pretty. Small details, like a pair of glasses, give these types of decorations an even more sinister, realistic look.

65. Vintage Race

Old toys make excellent props and provide interesting scenarios for your sinister ghouls. Looking as if he was forgotten from some past era, this race car driver is prepared for anything that comes his way.

66. Moonshine

This guy may not have been caught with his moonshine still, but he sure has been standing there for quite some time waiting for it to get done. Your old antiques from bygone eras are excellent ways to set up interesting scenes.

67. White Wedding

This couple must have been waiting for quite some time to start their honeymoon. Evidently somebody forgot about them as it seems their time has expired…

68. Just Catching Some Rays

When you think about it, a coffin is a great place to relax and catch some rays- if you’re dead. Skeletal crews don’t feel no bones about it though, and are soaking up the sun.

69. Cocoon Your Corpse

Don’t you hate it when those pesky spiders just leave their latest meal laying around? This mummified cocooned corpse creates a rather disturbing sight when placed upon your front porch. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next meal.

70. Who’s Next?

When the Grim Reaper collects his souls he doesn’t mess around. This creepy skeletal display shows just how many are taking a trip to the underworld with him, and he acts if you are next.

71. Fine Place For a Nap

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.

72. Fortunes by Firelight

This skeletal fortuneteller is sure to let you know what you need if you are willing to sit with her awhile. Create characters to remember with your skeleton friends and make smart use of lighting to creep out your neighborhood visitors.

73. Let Me In!

Make sure to secure your house against zombie intruders each year as they attempt to climb up and over your porches to get through the front door. This life sized zombie creates a real-life scenario from the living dead, and is sure to creep out your trick-or-treaters.

74. Pop Goes the Clown

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.

75. Paper Effects

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!

76. Goblins and Ghouls

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.

77. Creepy Portraits

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!

78. What’s For Dinner?

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.

79. Pack Your Bags

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.

80. Quench Your Thirst

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.

81. Pointy Reckoning

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!

Giant Spider Outdoor Decorations

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!

82. Farm Country

If you live in the country it often isn’t to difficult to get your hands on an old hay round bale- which provides endless opportunity to decorate with. They take paint easily, and are also great foundations for giant critters- such as this arachnid.

83. Originality Report

Black spiders may be all the rage during Halloween, but these homeowners get the award for originality. Somehow giving their spider an unexpected, but more realistic, paint job has upped the ante concerning spook factor.

84. Giant Web

You’ll probably want to know where the inhabitant of this giant 12 foot web is before deciding to get too close. Giant webs are the perfect decoration for large porch areas, or even along long walls of siding. Pick up a giant spider to go along with it and you are all set!

85. Tangled Webs We Weave

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.

86. Invasion

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.

87. Creeps-Ville

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!

88. DIY Spider

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!

89. Easy Prey

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.

90. Approach if You Dare

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.

Outdoor Pumpkin Decoration Ideas

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.

91. All Lined Up

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.

92. Toothy Grin

Channeling a popular musical, this toothy Jack is sure to make your trick-or-treaters look twice and provide a wide path around his sitting spot. But on second glance, he does look a bit friendly, doesn’t he?

93. Eerie Fright!

Not all pumpkins are orange, and if you take the time to search out the differing hues available, your Jack-O-Lantern can take on a an entirely unique identity.

94. Family Time

This blow up family of pumpkins is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face come Halloween night. They are lined up and ready to welcome your guests all night long.

95. MIx and Match

Chic DIY jars and happy carved pumpkins alternate their cheerful glow on your porch, and also pave the way to your front porch. If you look closely you’ll see by day some other little visitors are interspersed amongst the fallen fall foliage.

96. Overflow

Old wheelbarrows are a great way to show off your pumpkin stash. ‘Accidents’ do happen, as this one has, displaying the many colors and textures of the colorful squash of the season.

97. Rooftops

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.

98. Simple Messages

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.

99. Pumpkin Stash

Don’t ignore your gazebos and other property buildings as source of decoration. Stack you pumpkins, place along railing and rooftops, and decorate doors and window openings to bring on the season!

100. Crazy Caricatures

Why not recreate a few of your favorite television characters, or even friends and family you know, with a comical twist to get a giggle from your visitors. Pumpkins make the perfect canvas for caricatures if you have the patience to use them.

101. Set Him Free

Creative pumpkin carving is always a source of amusement for both young and old alike. Think outside the ‘box’ when planning your designs for a wicked good time.

102. Long Necked Gourds

Gourds, which are closely related to pumpkins, are a perfect alternative to pumpkin decorating as they also have a fun shape and smooth surface to use as a decorative canvas. They also carve very well if you so choose.

103. Colored Lighting

Never underestimate what a colored lightbulb in place of a white one can do for ambiance. A reddish cast brings to life this display, and cast unexpected shadows where none lay before.

104. Overindulgence

Be careful what you leave lying around. This pumpkin obviously had a bit too much of something, reminding of us of just how versatile and creative you can get with pumpkin carving.

105. Masterpiece

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.

106. Happy Halloween!

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!

DIY Graveyard Halloween Decoration Ideas

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.

107. Pool Party

Hey, who invited the ghosts? You may have spent some time poolside all summer relaxing, but as the weather has cooled it’s only fair that others get their turn. A pool provides an excellent backdrop to a nighttime pool party.

108. History in Your Yard

Explore a little bit about the history of your town and include it in your headstone carving to spark conversation, and make your decorating that much more interesting to partake in.

109. Easy Decor

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.

110. Create a Story

If you’ve never wandered through a cemetery, you are missing out on the incredible history you may be prompted to explore concerning certain individuals. Create your own stories of the past with unique, DIY headstones for your front yard.

111. Fun For All

Cemeteries don’t have to be scary. In fact, they can be whimsical and fun with a few of the right props. This is especially true if you know you will have quite a few young visitor that may scare easily.

112. Breaking Free

Halloween marks the time of year when anything is possible, and that includes the dead coming to life. This ghoulish creature is trying to break free of his earthly home and join his buddies in scaring the pants of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.

113. The Living Dead

We wouldn’t have an entire franchise based on zombies if the idea of them wasn’t terrifying. The idea of the dead digging their way free to roam for brains isn’t an idea anyone likes to entertain too deeply- unless you love to frighten your visitors every Halloween.

114. Lounge Lizard

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.

115. Block Party

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.

116. Spooky Night

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.

Unique & Creative Halloween Decorating Ideas

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!

117. All Out

The owners of these bad boys are going all out this year, and even have their vehicles well decorated for the season. ‘Cause nothing says Halloween like a clown skeleton coming at you in your rear view mirror.

118. Family Road Trip

How would you like to go cross-country in this family sedan? You’ll have to check and make sure it still runs though as it looks like it’s been in storage for a LOOOONG time.

119. And the Award Goes To…

If you are part of a property decorating contest, and this is your neighbor, you aren’t going to win. It would seem Noah and his Ark made from fall harvest items and foliage is an excellent way to show off your mad gardening skills.

120. Stuck

This poor guy got himself stuck and obviously everyone forgot to check up on him. This is a perfect way to show off your wheels over Halloween, and a way to make your neighbors look twice as they drive by.

121. ‘Tis the Season

Halloween is surrounded by a long history of an honoring of the dead and all those who have come before us. In some cultures his celebration is marked by colorful displays, parades, and elaborate costumes.

122. Anybody In There?

As mentioned, hay bales really do provide quite the canvas for originality. Stuff an old pair jeans and stick them to a bale to have all your guests checking to see where the rest of this topless body has ended up.

123. Kettle Korn

Not really sure what’s going on here, but at first glance it seems a bit cannibalistic! These two angry chefs seem to be cooking up a batch of their own for dinner.

124. Pyramid of Fall

This multistoried of pumpkins is a show stopper for sure, and a great way to display your produce for sale. Add a little lighting and you have a pretty wicked autumnal display!

125. Nothing is Safe

When even the trees begin to turn against you, nothing is safe. Create the unexpected in unexpected places, and give your guests a fright by making the most harmless object a creature from their worst nightmares.

126. Halloween Hut

When even the trees begin to turn against you, nothing is safe. Create the unexpected in unexpected places, and give your guests a fright by making the most harmless object a creature from their worst nightmares.

127. All in Good Fun

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.

128. Hands of the Dead

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.

129. Making an Escape

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.

130. The Diva of All Scarecrows

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!

 

About The Author

Danielle McLeod

Danielle McLeod cuts a tragic figure in the High School English classroom teaching literature by day, and moonlighting as a writer and graphic artist by night. Published in a variety of travel magazines, and now a blog, Danielle enjoys coming up with home and garden projects to complete with her two young boys. A native of Michigan, she resides in Southeastern New Mexico with her variety of horses, poultry, and variable mix of rescue dogs (there’s a cat or two in there as well). In her free time she enjoys travel, art, photography, and a good book!

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