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Homemade Outdoor Halloween Decorations: Easy and Scary Ideas!
From spider balloons to cobweb-strewn tunnels, there are tons of ways you can decorate your yard, garden or porch for Halloween. You can create a frightening display with pumpkin-headed scarecrows or set up plastic skeletons in hilarious poses. Get tons of DIY ideas in this article!
1. Baby Stroller Decorated Like an Owl's Nest
If you have an old baby stroller lying around, you can use it as a Halloween decoration in your front yard. Add some straw, felt leaves and other décor to create a mini owl's nest. You can put a stuffed or plastic owl in it, too—or something creepier, like a little skeleton!
This decoration does double duty as a costume for your baby or toddler: Just buy or make them an owl costume, and you're ready to hit the town. It's super cute!
2. Balloon Spider Pole
Cover a pole or lamppost with spider-themed balloons in various sizes, colors and shapes. Don't forget to add some faux webbing! The kids in your neighborhood will love this decoration, especially when they're trick-or-treating. You can recreate the spider balloon shown in the photos above or get creative and design your very own spooky pole!
3. Spider Halloween Wreath
Spider wreaths are an awesome way to add a fear factor to your front door for Halloween. They can be tricky to make, but you can also buy them online for about $15. If you want to try DIYing it, buy a wreath form, some black deco mesh, a bunch of Halloween-colored ribbons, some striped stockings and cotton fill, plus something round for the eyes (styrofoam balls, etc.). You'll need to do some sewing to create and attach all eight legs!
4. Pumpkin Figures
For these colorful figures, the heads are made from pumpkins. You can get the whole family round to help paint them! Turn them into any character you like, and definitely consider adding wigs for an extra realistic look. The outfits are made from tomato cages wrapped with tulle and some netting. This project needs a bit of time, but overall it's straightforward, and it creates a real showstopper of a Halloween decoration for your yard.
5. Balloon Ghost
Here's a brilliant ghost balloon tutorial video that teaches you how to create a spooktastic Halloween decoration for your front porch. This would also be great if you're hosting a kids' Halloween party and want to make an impressive decoration.
6. Balloon Spider Web
This decoration looks pretty complicated, and it will definitely take some time to blow up all the balloons, but assembling the balloons into clusters isn't too hard. Make the spider web out of string, or just buy a premade web from the store. Add some fun accents like faces, eyeballs and tinsel, and you've created an amazing display!
7. Pallet Zombie Hole
Here's another great tutorial video showing you how to make a zombie pit for your front garden using an old pallet. You'll also need some red strip lights to create the "hell" effect.
Once you've prepared the pallet, add some props like skeleton or zombie hands, severed feet, chains, etc.—anything that will add to the scare factor! If you really want to go the extra mile, you could add a smoke machine and some eerie music; in fact, the music in the video tutorial would be perfect!
8. Pumpkin Scarecrow
You can make a pumpkin scarecrow by building a wooden cross, then adding bundles of twigs to fill out the body. Add some rags or potato sacks for the clothes, or try dressing it up in your hand-me-downs! You'll need to carve a jack o' lantern for the top (you can find loads of guides online for carving scary faces, like this video tutorial). Don't forget to add glowsticks or LED lights so you can give your neighbors a proper nighttime scare!
9. Giant Pumpkin Balloons
If the earlier balloon tutorials on this list seem like a bit too much work, then you could simply buy some giant pumpkin balloons and anchor them in your front garden. If you can't find pumpkin balloons, don't worry! Just buy big orange balloons instead, and add the faces with a Sharpie or tape on some black paper cut-outs.
10. Garage Door Spider Web
Here's an easy Halloween decoration: a garage door spider web made with 2-inch black painters' tape and a fake spider from the dollar store. The total cost for this project should be less than $10, but it will be visible from quite a distance. Clean-up will be a breeze—just peel it off!
11. Cardboard Mummy
Here's another cheap Halloween decoration you can make with cardboard and some LED lights. To learn how to achieve the faux wood look, watch this video tutorial on making cardboard look like aged wood. Of course, you can also use plain brown cardboard or just paint it white. You could also make the mummy out of old pallet wood, if you like!
- Cut out a roughly person-shaped form from a big piece of plain cardboard. (This piece does not need to be decorated in any way; it's just the backing.)
- Cut your "aged" or painted cardboard into strips and glue them to the form to create a mummy like the one shown above.
- Add in the LED lights for the eyes.
12. Spooky House
To decorate the whole front of your house on the cheap, hop down to your local dollar store and pick up all the decorations you see in the image above. Here are some fun things to look for to create a spooktastic house:
- Plastic, paper or rubber bats
- Plastic pumpkins
- Skeleton banners
- Faux spider webs
- Plastic skeleton props
- Pumpkin-shaped string lights
- Ribbons made from Halloween-themed fabric
- Halloween-themed bunting, like black lace
If there are colorful autumn leaves in your area, rake some near your decorations and use them to help create the mood!
13. Wooden Trick-or-Treat Signs
Here's another great video tutorial if you want to learn how to create your own Trick-or-Treat signs for your front porch. (Please note: The video tutorial involves using a Cricut machine, but you can always cut out letters by hand or buy premade vinyl letters!) There's a little bit of work involved, but you'll be able to save money by making these signs rather than buying them. Plus, this is a great Halloween decoration that you'll be able to use for years to come!
14. Witch's Shadow
All you need for this awesome decoration is a miniature witch shape and a powerful light source that will cast the witch's shadow on your wall. If you can find a remote-controlled light, you can scare the wits out of your neighbors by flicking it on just as they start to walk up your driveway!
15. Beef Netting Spider Web Tunnel
Beef netting is a great way to create spider webs all over your front lawn, including the creepy tunnel shown in the photo above. Just follow this awesome spider web video tutorial, and you'll soon have the most haunted garden in your neighborhood!
16. Wicked Harvest Tree
Make an innocuous tree in your yard look super scary by turning it into a creepy harvest monster! Buy dried cornstalks, and stack them up around the base of the tree. Add an angry pumpkin face, which you can make out of paper (the easy way) or sculpt with papier-mâché (the more time-consuming way). For an extra touch, add some gnarled hands! You can create these by just stuffing some gloves with cotton fill, or you can sculpt them if you have time.
Rake dried leaves around the base of the tree, add some jack o' lanterns, and you're set. Your neighbors will give this harvest monster some nervous looks!
17. Foam Tombstones
It's surprisingly easy to make realistic tombstones out of painted foam! The best part of this DIY decoration is that you can carve a funny message in each tombstone, like "Here lies I.M. Ded." Break out all the bad puns!
Watch the video tutorial above to prepare for the project, then read some ideas for funny inscriptions for your faux tombstones. Also, if you don't have time to carve the foam, you can always cut tombstone shapes out of cardboard instead and just draw on them with a Sharpie!
18. Pumpkin Lanterns
Talk about a simple yet effective decoration! Here's how to make these atmospheric lanterns.
- Premade orange paper lanterns
- Black construction paper
- Glue or tape
- LED string lights
- Cut jack o' lantern face shapes from the black paper.
- Glue or tape the faces to the lanterns.
- Insert the LED lights to illuminate the lanterns safely.
- Hang them up, and you're done!
19. Cute Fabric Ghosts
Watch the video tutorial above to learn how to make these little ghosts. They look amazing when you line them up alongside your front walk! While they're cute in the daytime, they're just a little bit eerie at night, especially if you add some LED lights to make them glow. This simple project requires some rebar (or another type of stake or post), styrofoam balls, white fabric, black paint and nails or tacks.
20. Skeleton Lawn Display Ideas
Here are some really cool ways you can set up skeletons in your front garden for Halloween. You can buy skeleton props online for about $20 (a little bit more if you want to buy bigger or better quality). Then it's just a matter of choosing a creepy or funny pose for them. Check out the ideas above and below, and see how many of your neighbors you can scare!
We hope you enjoy using some of these ideas on Halloween to give everyone in your neighborhood goosebumps, chills and sleepless nights! Good luck creating the best—and spookiest—yard in town.