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20+ Easy Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Make

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Make your yard, garden or porch the spookiest one on the block with these DIY ideas!

Make your yard, garden or porch the spookiest one on the block with these DIY ideas!

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!

Disguise your baby's stroller as an owl's nest!

Disguise your baby's stroller as an owl's nest!

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!

With some clever balloon work, you can adorn a pole or lamppost with a colorful spider display.

With some clever balloon work, you can adorn a pole or lamppost with a colorful spider display.

Here's another version of the balloon pole!

Here's another version of the balloon pole!

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!

This deco mesh spider wreath with its striped stockings is super cute.

This deco mesh spider wreath with its striped stockings is super cute.

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!

These pumpkin figures are decorated like the witches from "Hocus Pocus"!

These pumpkin figures are decorated like the witches from "Hocus Pocus"!

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.

This ghost balloon with its surprised face is really cute!

This ghost balloon with its surprised face is really cute!

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.

This spider web decoration is surrounded by tons of Halloween-themed balloons.

This spider web decoration is surrounded by tons of Halloween-themed balloons.

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!

Here's the day view and the nighttime view of a creepy zombie hole decoration. Too scary!

Here's the day view and the nighttime view of a creepy zombie hole decoration. Too scary!

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!

This pumpkin-headed scarecrow is pretty darn scary.

This pumpkin-headed scarecrow is pretty darn scary.

Add cornstalks to enhance the effect of your spooky scarecrow.

Add cornstalks to enhance the effect of your spooky scarecrow.

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!

You don't need to be a balloon artist to create a simple display like this.

You don't need to be a balloon artist to create a simple display like this.

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.

This is such a cool use for black painters' tape! The web is super easy to make, and it will peel right off afterwards!

This is such a cool use for black painters' tape! The web is super easy to make, and it will peel right off afterwards!

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!

This creepy mummy is made from cardboard that has been altered to look like wood.

This creepy mummy is made from cardboard that has been altered to look like wood.

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!

Instructions

  1. 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.)
  2. Cut your "aged" or painted cardboard into strips and glue them to the form to create a mummy like the one shown above.
  3. Add in the LED lights for the eyes.
Here's a wonderfully decorated garage area that mostly uses dollar store supplies!

Here's a wonderfully decorated garage area that mostly uses dollar store supplies!

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!

Trick-or-treaters will never bypass your house if you put up these bold signs!

Trick-or-treaters will never bypass your house if you put up these bold signs!

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!

This project is amazingly effective—look at that giant, creepy witch shadow!

This project is amazingly effective—look at that giant, creepy witch shadow!

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!

Beef netting bears a striking resemblance to spider webs when you stretch it out.

Beef netting bears a striking resemblance to spider webs when you stretch it out.

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!

Turn that lovely tree in your front yard into a hideous monster!

Turn that lovely tree in your front yard into a hideous monster!

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!

Add faces to orange paper lanterns to create super-easy pumpkin lanterns!

Add faces to orange paper lanterns to create super-easy pumpkin lanterns!

18. Pumpkin Lanterns

Talk about a simple yet effective decoration! Here's how to make these atmospheric lanterns.

Supply List

  • Premade orange paper lanterns
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • LED string lights

Instructions

  1. Cut jack o' lantern face shapes from the black paper.
  2. Glue or tape the faces to the lanterns.
  3. Insert the LED lights to illuminate the lanterns safely.
  4. 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.

Oops! This skeleton had a lawn mower accident.

Oops! This skeleton had a lawn mower accident.

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!

Add a "Died Laughing" sign and give your skeleton a funny pose for a simple but effective decoration.

Add a "Died Laughing" sign and give your skeleton a funny pose for a simple but effective decoration.

Got a flag pole or other kind of post in your yard? Why not create a pole-dancing skeleton? Even skeletons love to party!

Got a flag pole or other kind of post in your yard? Why not create a pole-dancing skeleton? Even skeletons love to party!

Displays that feature skeletons doing everyday tasks are pretty hilarious, like this helpful gardening skeleton.

Displays that feature skeletons doing everyday tasks are pretty hilarious, like this helpful gardening skeleton.

These skeletons are having a blast on their zip line!

These skeletons are having a blast on their zip line!

This ultra-spooky skeleton is posing with some creepy candles.

This ultra-spooky skeleton is posing with some creepy candles.

Hey, skeletons need to keep clean, too! Set them up with some shower supplies for a funny display.

Hey, skeletons need to keep clean, too! Set them up with some shower supplies for a funny display.

Place a skeleton with its legs dangling off your eaves for an extra scare. Visitors will do a double-take when they look up!

Place a skeleton with its legs dangling off your eaves for an extra scare. Visitors will do a double-take when they look up!

You can use LED lights to give your skeletons glowing eyes, and don't forget some creepy clothes. This display uses dry ice for the "bubbling" cauldron!

You can use LED lights to give your skeletons glowing eyes, and don't forget some creepy clothes. This display uses dry ice for the "bubbling" cauldron!

Yo ho, yo ho, it's a pirate's life for these skeletons! They're plundering some pumpkins.

Yo ho, yo ho, it's a pirate's life for these skeletons! They're plundering some pumpkins.

Here's another pirate-themed skeleton display, complete with a glowing, ghostly barrel. If you have a boat, skeletons look amazing when you pose them in it!

Here's another pirate-themed skeleton display, complete with a glowing, ghostly barrel. If you have a boat, skeletons look amazing when you pose them in it!

This skeleton is preparing some barbecue for itself—as well as for its skeletal pup! (See how the decorators used a lamppost to help it stand up?)

This skeleton is preparing some barbecue for itself—as well as for its skeletal pup! (See how the decorators used a lamppost to help it stand up?)

Here's another idea for using both a human skeleton and a dog skeleton.

Here's another idea for using both a human skeleton and a dog skeleton.

Good boy! These dog skeletons have helpfully fetched the paper. This is a great idea for a porch display!

Good boy! These dog skeletons have helpfully fetched the paper. This is a great idea for a porch display!

You can do some really funny poses, even if your skeletons are just sitting on a bench.

You can do some really funny poses, even if your skeletons are just sitting on a bench.

Is it Halloween? Is it Christmas? Who knows! Who cares! This is a funny seasonal display for both holidays.

Is it Halloween? Is it Christmas? Who knows! Who cares! This is a funny seasonal display for both holidays.

This display makes really clever use of a clothesline to keep the figures upright and to make the dog look like it's leaping into the air!

This display makes really clever use of a clothesline to keep the figures upright and to make the dog look like it's leaping into the air!

Skeleton children need their education, too. Posing skeletons in ordinary situations like this is a sure to get a laugh.

Skeleton children need their education, too. Posing skeletons in ordinary situations like this is a sure to get a laugh.

"Let's walk the dogs! And the spider! And the giant rat!"

"Let's walk the dogs! And the spider! And the giant rat!"

Try making a display that shows the perils of skeletal life, like losing your arm to the dog.

Try making a display that shows the perils of skeletal life, like losing your arm to the dog.

Recreate celebrities and famous characters in skeletal form. Clark Kent, is that you?!

Recreate celebrities and famous characters in skeletal form. Clark Kent, is that you?!

Happy Haunting!

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.