You know you want your home to look its creepy best when the trick-or-treaters come round this fall, so get inspired with our list of 10 spookiest Halloween decoration ideas. Handcraft them, buy them, get your kids or loved one to help you make them or put them up. It doesn’t really matter how you go about it. All that matters is that you have fun doing it and that your home ends up looking its Halloween creepy best.
1. Ghost String Lights
You can buy these burlap ghost string lights or you can have a go at making them yourself. They sure are a simple, yet creative and effective addition to our Halloween decoration ideas – all you require is a set of regular string lights, dressed up as ghosts and ghouls. Paint them as pumpkins, add cobwebs or just prop them up on the wall. They’re good both for outdoor and indoor use, as they’ll add flair to whatever space you choose to use them in.
2. Hanging Halloween Ornaments
This cool wire tree with loads of cute Halloween ornaments hanging from its branches makes out chart of great Halloween decoration ideas, simply because it’s handcrafted and eco-friendly. The little ghosts and ghouls are made from all-natural, ‘green’ materials such as tree bark and wood chips. They’re bio-degradable, they’re extremely affordable if you want to give making them yourself a go, and they are awesome for flats or other homes where lavish decors are not an option because of limited space.
3. Vampire Dinner Party
If you want to celebrate the night of All Hallows in style, you should definitely try out this stylish themed Halloween decoration idea – a vampire dinner party. It’s not expensive to put it together at all; all you need is lots of attention to detail. Start out with a black velvet tablecloth and dress it up with all sorts of dark red accents to resemble blood. Red cloth napkins, red drip candles, ‘Blood Red’ labels on the wine bottles – anything goes. Add a mirror to double the spook factor of the candles and employ as many vintage inspired items, such as the antique black candleholders featured here.
4. Halloween Foam Tombstones
One of the most fun and innovative of our Halloween decoration ideas – the foam tombstones. They’re ridiculously easy to make and will definitely make your yard and home the talk of the town on Dead Souls’ night. Buy some foam boards, sketch the outline with a permanent marker (you can use a five gallon bucket lid or splatter screen as a template), then add a funny saying, a cross, a RIP or anything equally creepy-cooky. Remember to keep these simple, as you’ll be etching them out later.
5. Life-size Halloween Ghost
Yet another great outdoor piece has made our list of Halloween decoration ideas, and this one’s ridiculously easy to make too. All you need are three sticks, lots of gauze in wide, long increments, and a ball for the head. Glue the three sticks together to form a Y-shaped structure with one pole protruding through the middle, attach the ball to the middle pole and stick it on a tree. Or, alternatively, just stick it in the ground. Drape as much gauze as you have available, making sure to build layers. Fasten the head part with string and rubber bands and draw a ghoulish face on top.
6. Handmade Bat Appliqué Felt Pillow
This throw pillow is as elegant as it is easy to make. It only requires basic sewing skills, some glue and your imaginative input. Cut out two 21-inch square pieces of cream felt, then print templates of your decorative figures in 8″ x 10″ format, be they bats, spiders or witches, and glue them to the felt. Cut them out, glue them on, and you’ve got an oh-so-cute, handmade feel to your Halloween-clad living room.
7. Gigantic Spider and Web
How would you feel if you went trick-or-treating and bumped into a spider that’s bigger than you? You’d certainly be spooked out, and that’s precisely what this item on our spooky Halloween decoration ideas list aims to do. Spidey here is 6 feet across and features LED-powered flashing red eyes. Talk about a creepy-crawly encounter of the third kind!
8. Witch Dinner Party
This is yet another one of our Halloween decoration ideas that focuses on in-door partying, the Witch Dinner Party décor is great for entertaining friends (and creeping them out, too!) Start with a centerpiece that you can purchase as such or transform from a three-tier cake stand, filled with glittery skulls, bones, spray-painted Christmas ornaments and witches’ hats. Add miniature skulls here and there and also don’t skimp on the crystal: candle holders, wine glasses, glass plates… All you need is a black cat, to make this a perfect setting for a night filled with fun and creepiness.
9. Peekaboo Pumpkins
If you’re a seasoned crafter, you’ll find these cute peek-a-boo pumpkins a cinch to make; and it doesn’t require too much of an effort, even if you’re new to DYI. Gather as many small, inexpensive bowls or lidded dishes as you can find – either lying around the house, on sale at your local store or selling for next-to-nothing at flea markets or garage sales. Paint them all in black or white with spray primer, make sure to thoroughly coat them in paint, place the tiny pumpkins inside and attach cute, piercing, googly eyes. Done!
10. Skull Décor
For a classy, yet creepy Halloween décor, start out with a black and white theme. Replace your regular table cloth with a runner in delicate gauze or vintage off-white lace, add a branch centerpiece which you can either buy or make and place handmade skull tea light holders on its branches. Add candelabras, mummies, Styrofoam-sculpted skulls painted black and – why not? – a mummy skeleton, too. For a dramatic touch, a splash of bright color (red, orange burgundy or purple) work great and enhance the creepy vibe your dining room will get.