Outdoor Halloween Decorating

Oct 5, 2022 | Outdoor Living

Outdoor Halloween Decorating

Scare up some Halloween fun with these creepy, crawly outdoor Halloween decorating ideas, guaranteed to attract trick-or-treaters and ghoulish guests. 


Outdoor Halloween Decorating Ideas

Do you want your ‘haunted’ house to stand out on the block? Seeking to dig up some trick-or-treaters? Dying to have a festive party? Scare up fun this Halloween with these ‘spooktacular’ outdoor decorating ideas.


Make an Outdoor Halloween Decorating Plan

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year.  It sparks genuine creativity and offers fabulous social gatherings.  There is food, candy, costumes of all kinds, and festivals too. 

Your first task is figuring out if you want some friendly ghouls and a few pumpkins or gourds, big and scary-looking stuff or a mixture of both.


Outdoor Halloween Decorating Styles

There are a variety of styles to choose from when it comes to outdoor Halloween decorating. For a more classic look, whip up a few painted pumpkins, pots of fresh autumn flowers, and a fall wreath or two for the front door.  Add in a few faux spiders, a spiderweb, some pumpkins and gourds and you are all set.


DIY Ideas

One novel idea is a vintage Halloween mask wreath that even novice crafters can make.  Find colorful vintage paper masks online, then attach them to a craft ring to make a wreath.  Also consider creating a candy wreath to put on display. How about one filled with faux black flowers, black ribbon and a few fake spiders?  All you need to do is purchase a few basic supplies from a craft store and let your creativity shine!


Make the Porch Stand Out

Put some brooms or a skeleton or two on the porch, or hang them on the front door.  Fill urns with pumpkins and painted branches. Throw in a few fake spiders and birds too to amp up the scary look.  To add color, put small pumpkins and gourds in a lantern. Attach some big eyeballs to potted plants or nearby bushes to capture attention. 

Let ghosts take flight on your porch, deck or in the front yard.  The goblins can easily be made out of slightly inflated balloons, gauze fabric and crepe papers. Attach the ghosts to a branch or hook and let the ghosts fly in the wind.


Light the Way for Ghouls

Use solar lighting to add ambiance along your walkway.  Tiki torches also work but be careful of the open flames.  To enhance your displays, use string lights, flickering flames, candles, or add lights to decorated glass jars. Place lights low to the ground and aim them upward to create creepy shadows. 

Blacklights are classic, but dark blue lighting is scarier.  Add a bulb to your outside light fixture or put dark blue floodlights in your yard for an eerie look.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding lights or special effects to show off your creations. Try strobe lights, but don’t overuse them.  A fog machine also makes a nice addition to your display. Red lights in the fog create the look of blood.  Green lights indicate fake radioactive or poisonous material.


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