DIY Halloween Decorations for Creating a Spooky Spectacle [Décor Guide]

by |September 4, 2020

DIY Halloween Decorations for Creating a Spooky Spectacle

Many holidays encourage decorating, but we'd like to argue that nothing is quite as much fun as decorating for Halloween! Halloween decoration ideas can take on many forms—you can stock up on cute Halloween decorations for a farmhouse-style display or go all-out spooky by turning your yard into a graveyard or your house into a witch's hut. Whether you need ideas for decorating and arranging the perfect Halloween display or you want to break out the glue gun and spray paint, we compiled a list of Halloween home decor ideas that are simply boo-tiful!


DIY Skeleton Charcuterie Board

DIY Skeleton Charcuterie Board

Skeleton Charcuterie BoardBag o' Bones DecorationCement and Gold PumpkinBlack Pumpkin With Skull

Add a Halloween vibe to your kitchen table by making your own spooky charcuterie board! It's super easy, too! Simply arrange this Bag o' Bones decoration in and around your food to create the most Halloween-est of snack displays. Add pumpkins around the display to amp up the Halloween themes! We do recommend thoroughly washing all of your décor before (and after) it comes in contact with any food. Safety first!


DIY Klutzy Witch Decoration

DIY Klutzy Witch Decoration

[Source: Jennifer Perkins/]Witch's BroomPurple Striped Stockings
 Adult Witch ShoesWitch Hat

Are you looking to turn your old witch costume into an upcycled Halloween decoration? You'll only need a few common witch accessories and some pool noodles, along with your imagination! Slip the stockings over the pool noodles and glue the "legs" into a pair of black, pointy-toed witch shoes. Then pose them inside a hay bale, bush or wherever you want! Have a broom and hat strewn about to add to the silly chaos of your clumsy witch Halloween decor.


DIY Halloween Wreath Ideas

DIY Halloween Wreath

Example Halloween WreathSpider Web with SpidersBag of 12 Mini Skulls
 Decorative Black Ribbon BowGhost Flower Bouquet

Everyone is familiar with Christmas wreaths, but Halloween wreaths are a great way to make your home entryway spooky. While there are options for buying a Halloween wreath, they're also tons of fun to create and customize. You can start with a basic foam base, a twisted twig wreath or even pool noodles! Once you have your wreath base, break out your glue gun and attach Halloween items like miniature skulls, spiderwebs, creepy flowers, ribbons, or whatever strikes your fancy. You can even put an old plastic mask in the center if it works with your Halloween wreath's aesthetic!


Scary Spiderweb Halloween Door Decoration Ideas

Scary Halloween Door Decor Ideas

800 sq. ft. Spider WebSpider DecorationsBat Decorations5" Crow Prop

Maybe a Halloween wreath on your door isn't scary enough for you, and that's okay! There are many other ways to make your home entryway fit in with the rest of your scary Halloween decorations. Big, spooky cobwebs are a great way to start, as they're some of the best and most versatile cheap Halloween decorations. (If you're not sold on cobwebs being scary, think back to the last time you took a cobweb to the face venturing into your attic or basement!) Once your entrance has been thoroughly cobwebbed, bring out the spiders, bats, birds and other creepy-crawly critters which could be stuck in a giant web. You can even get more creative by taking old dolls or skeleton decorations, wrapping them in webs, and hanging them from the top of your porch or gutters. Top it all off by making or buying a giant spider prop to let everyone know you have a giant people-eating arachnid!


DIY Posed Skeleton Ideas

Halloween Posed Skeleton Decorations

[Source: Steve Miller/]Lifesize Poseable SkeletonSkeleton Cat

The Elf on the Shelf phenomenon has become a Christmas staple for many, so why not take that idea and have some fun with a life-sized skeleton prop? You can go as complicated or as simple as you like, from having a skeleton hanging from the roof with a fallen ladder to a full-blown scene in your yard or front porch. However, this Halloween decoration idea doesn't have to be outdoors either. Surprise party guests who walk past your kitchen when they see a skeleton chef, or pose a skeleton taking a shower in the bathroom. These Halloween party decorations are sure to be a hoot! The possibilities are endless, and you know that people will love posing with the skeleton decorations to take their own silly photos.


DIY Scarecrow Ideas

DIY Scarecrow Decorations

DIY Scarecrow DecorationChild Killer Clown CostumeLarge Plastic Skull
Dreadful Nun CostumeBoys' Scarecrow CostumeScary Pumpkin Mask

Are you looking for ways to reuse old Halloween costumes and accessories? If so, we highly suggest making a scarecrow! (Or stuffing a scary costume for an eerie figure to display on your porch.) You can also use old clothes if you don't have any leftover costumes. Use string to tie off your costume's arms and legs, and stuff it with old plastic bags, newspapers, raffia, or whatever else you might have on hand. (If the costume has a separate top and bottom, you may need to pin or sew them together first.) Finish it off with a mask, fake skull or a plastic pumpkin for a head.


DIY Candy Corn Candle Holders

DIY Halloween Candy Corn Candle Holders

[Source:]LED Candles with Remote ControlCandy Corn

We're not looking to start a debate about the best and worst Halloween candies, but whether or not you like candy corn, you can't deny that it's great for Halloween decorations! These easy Halloween decorations only take 3 items: candles, tall glass jars and candy corn. We highly suggest using LED candles, so you don't have to worry about your candle melting down into your candy corn during a Halloween party. However, if you want to try something a little different, you can get other candy corn flavors for various candy and candle color schemes. We love how these candles are displayed on a weathered serving tray covered in moss, but you can try other display ideas with spider webs, raffia and more! Your guests will wish they had thought to make these cute Halloween party decorations.


Printable Halloween Wall Decor

Printable Halloween Decor

Free Holiday Subway Art Printables

Anyone looking to save money on Halloween decor will love using free holiday art printables. Find your favorite Halloween subway art for a typographical touch, or look for cute vintage art prints. All that's left is to find a cheap photo frame at your local craft store, and then you can spook it up! Wrap your frame in colored string or ribbon, paint it or leave it as-is if you find a picture frame with a wonderfully weathered look. Then simply hang it on the wall, or lean it on a table to create a small Halloween display for guests. They'll be very impressed with your spooky style!


Hanging Halloween Basket Ideas

Scary Halloween Hanging Basket

Hanging Wire Basket36 pc. Mini Glitter Pumpkins12 pc. Weathered Mini Skills
 18pc. Bag of Mini BonesBlack Roses Bouquet

If you're looking to add some outdoor Halloween decoration pizzazz to your porch, hanging wire planter baskets go from cute to creepy when you fill them with items like bones, skulls, flowers and pumpkins. These eerie hanging displays can reflect whatever aesthetic you need, too! If your decorations are witchy, try some dried herbs, flowers and a fake crow or two perching on top. Use cobwebs and spiders for a haunted abandoned house feel, or add pumpkins, ribbons and raffia to have a friendlier farmhouse look. It's good to add variety to your Halloween porch decor!


DIY Halloween Table Setting Ideas

DIY Halloween Table Decoration Ideas

12 pc. Plastic SpidersLantern PropWitch HatsCandles

Whether you're hoping for a cute farmhouse-style Halloween display or a table full of gore and glitter, choosing a theme before arranging your Halloween table display is best. Were you hoping to have your coffee table or buffet display your favorite witchy aesthetic? Perhaps you turned your indoor Halloween decorations into a mad scientist's lab. Maybe your house is a mausoleum! Whatever the case may be, you'll want to have a mixture of small decorations like the spiders, acorns and little bottles you see here. Then add some medium-sized objects such as the gourds and pouch, or perhaps some candles. You can even layer items on top of twine, raffia, spider webs and creepy doilies. Then you'll want to have a taller object to two for the main focus of your display, like the lantern, witch hat and stack of books seen here. Whether you're creating a gothic vampire display or a spooky pumpkin harvest, you can find some simple display items here at!


DIY Jumbo Halloween Candy Decorations

DIY Giant Halloween Candy Decoration

[Source: Jennifer Perkins/]Clear Cellophane Gift WrapNeon Rainbow Thigh-High Stockings
 Decorative Curling RibbonBlack and Fuschia Striped Stockings

Is there anything more Halloween-themed than candy? Whether you want some gaudy decorations for your Halloween tree or you're sprucing up your indoor or outdoor holiday decor, these giant treats will look great anywhere! Once again, you'll be using a dollar store favorite: pool noodles! The length of your striped socks and cellophane wrap will help dictate how long you can make your candy. (Adult and child socks will work, but candy made with child socks will be shorter in length. Also, be careful about socks with color block heels, because they will take away from the overall candy length.) Cut a length of pool noodle and then cut the sock to be longer than the noodle on both ends. Slide the sock over the noodle and tuck the extra length inside the hollow of the pool noodle. Then wrap your pool noodle sock tube in the cellophane wrap like a candy wrapper, leaving enough on either side to make the twisted wrapper ends. Use twist ties around either end of the pool noodle and cut off the excess, covering it in a decorative curling ribbon. Take a pair of scissors and curl the ribbons, and you're done!


Painted Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

Painted Pumpkin Halloween Decorations

6" Orange Pumpkin6" x 9" Cream Pumpkin

If you're looking to show off your artistic skills, but you're not a fan of digging into slimy pumpkin guts, you might enjoy painting your pumpkins instead! (Yes, we know that having an aversion to pumpkin guts might seem strange, but it happens.) You can paint real pumpkins, or you have the choice to paint fake pumpkins that you can keep and display year after year. There is a variety of spray paints and acrylics that you can use and specialty paints like chalkboard paint and chalk paint. Add fun extras by gluing on rhinestones and colorful beads, or even glitter! Check out some of our other favorite pumpkin decorating ideas for Halloween.


DIY Hanging Spider Egg Sacks

DIY Spider Egg Sack Decoration

[Source:]White Thigh-High StockingsFoam Eggs
 Glow in the Dark Spider WebsBag of 36 Plastic Spiders

These hanging spider egg sacks will make your home feel like a haunted house in no time! This easy Halloween decoration only needs a few items: white stockings, batting or spiderweb (we chose a glow in the dark one for some extra fun), a foam egg, plastic spiders and some spider confetti. Take a foam egg, wrap it up in batting or spider web, and slip it into one of the stockings. Then toss in a few small spider confetti pieces. Hot glue a couple of larger spiders to the outside, and voila, you're done! Use hooks, tape or push pins to attach the spider sacks to the roof of your porch or inside your home. You can always take pieces of string and some leftover spiders and hang those as well. (Just make sure to ask permission before decking out public spaces like your apartment hallway or office!)


How Do I Decorate for Halloween?

Once you have some eye-catching main pieces and a collection of Halloween décor accents to draw your theme together, it's time to decorate! But, how do we create a unified look that lets all of our favorite Halloween decorations come out to play? Let's say you're trying to make your home look like a haunted house, or you're a fan of cute boutique Halloween decorations. We'll show you some Halloween decorating tips and tricks, and you'll be a decorating pro in no time! (It's time to make your Pinterest and Instagram followers jealous!)


Cute Halloween Decorating Ideas

Cute Halloween Decorations

Start with an inviting tablescape. Whether you're planning on a Halloween meal or having a snack bar at your Halloween party, the table is likely to be the center of attention! We created a warm setting that can double as a buffet table, bar arrangement, or dinner setting using traditional seasonal shapes and themes. Use tones that mimic classic autumn colors like orange, gold and amber to make for an appealing scene. Don't forget some whimsical smaller items for people to discover later! (As they say, the devil is in the details.) Also, bring the outdoors indoors! These orange berries on a bendable branch are a convincing natural element that really pops when placed beside our faux, cream-colored pumpkin. A staple for filling out any Halloween scene is a visually dense decor item for the background. This will add richness and detail.

However, there's more than just Halloween table decorations! Windowsills are a great spot to decorate too. The sun shines through, creating a naturally well-lit background during the day, and spooky shadows at night. We placed a webbed mantle runner along the sill and topped that with an opaque orange cloth. These two elements served as the base for the remaining decorations. This spooky tree has a great eerie country feel with its twisty and windy branches. Don't forget about small bare spaces on your floor! Just below the windowsill was a perfect spot to place a few heavier Halloween decorations or make a cozy spot for Halloween pillows.


Purple Glitter Halloween Decoration Ideas

Purple Glitter Halloween Decorations

Sometimes, we choose a color scheme or perhaps even a favorite texture when picking our Halloween decorations. (Why not both?) Not all Halloween decorations need to be scary or gory. Purple, black and silver are beautiful colors alone, but when you use them together and add some glitter, the results are a hauntingly beautiful décor scene! Various textures like chunky glitter, delicate lace, and soft feathers bring this scene to life. By taking a plain-colored tablecloth and adding a sheer spiderweb tablecloth on top, we have already added one layer of interest to our Halloween table. Find larger pieces to catch interest, while also making sure to be safe. (All of the candles are either LED or fake to avoid a fire! Halloween parties can be hectic enough already without worrying about open flames.) Small details like the boo sign and mini skeleton help fill any empty spaces in your arrangement. Also, use a clear spray lacquer on glitter-heavy decorations to help reduce glitter shedding if desired. Your guests will always appreciate take-home party favors. These fun masquerade masks fit the color scheme and provide a great ice breaker!


Vampire Gothic Halloween Decoration Ideas

Vampire Gothic Halloween Decorations

Maybe you're looking to balance elegance and gore? Red, silver and black decorations offer just the right amount of "different" while still instantly providing a spooky tone for any Halloween get-together. Using cones and a tiered plate stand, we created several varying heights. We also topped the plate stand with a glittered crow, which gave us a few extra inches and added "visual volume." The dense crow body balances out the negative spaces created by the stand, while achieving some height that we balance out with the skull platter and bloody candelabras. These various props also added some visual texture with glitter and lace. Include some spooky elements for guests to spot, like the vampire cane, pendant, vampire teeth and blood spatter window clings for some spine-tingling fun!


We hope you have tons of ideas for decorating your home for Halloween! What decorating aesthetic are you aiming for this year? Do you want to have family-friendly and cute Halloween decorations? Are you hoping to have the most haunted house on the block? Have you made some of your own Halloween decorations that you're excited about? Do you find buying Halloween decorations more convenient? Let us know in the comments below. If we love your Halloween decor ideas, we might be able to include them, too!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at, where she is an assistant editor and covers tutorials, crafting and pop culture. Angela has created costumes and props for Halloween events, conventions and Renaissance festivals.

Some of her favorite costumes include 90s Rogue, a custom Jedi, warrior elf, and some nameless Renaissance pirate. (She’s still figuring out how to make a Jedi light-chakram.) You can find her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.

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