Give your home a haunted makeover for the spooky season with these scary Halloween decorations!
This roundup features some of the most hauntingly creative DIY Halloween decorations that will turn your home into the spookiest home on the block. From ghostly apparitions for your outdoor space to spine-chilling skeletons creeping up your house, there are indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations to choose from. These easy decorations also make great Halloween crafts for adults!
You will find creepy DIY ghosts, zombies, monsters, body parts, skeletons and much more! Whether you are looking for Halloween yard decorations or Halloween porch decor ideas, you can transform your whole home into a haunted house that will add some horror to your home decor and give your Halloween party guests, visitors, and trick-or-treaters a spook!
Outdoor Scary Halloween Decorations
Easy Packing Tape Ghost from Crazy Green Thumbs
Chicken Wire Ghost from DIY Network
Yard Ghosts from Listotic
Chicken Wire Ghosts
I couldn’t find the original source, but I found someone who re-created them and provided a tutorial. You can find it here
Swinging Ghost from Cupcakes & Cashmere
Looks eerie when the wind blows!
Scary Ghosts (source unknown)
doll, fabric, fabric stiffening spray
Get a doll and drape fabric around it. Spray with Aleene’s Fabric Quick Stiffening Spray and remove the doll once it’s dry.
DIY Chicken Wire Cheesecloth Ghost from DIY Show Off
The Ring Well from Lothar’s Lair
Samara from The Ring from Pinterest
white foam head, witch wig, child’s white dress, arms from party city, old television, traffic cone, wooden stick
Lawn Ghosts from Pink Pixie Forest
Scary Ghost in Window from Halloween Forum
No tutorial, but it’s a neat idea and wouldn’t be hard to figure out.
You could use the idea down below to make this.
Easy DIY Ghost (source unknown)
foam head, tomato cage, night gown, light underneath the gown
Spiders and Monsters
Giant Spider from Instructables
Giant Spider Web from Instructables
Life-Sized Spider Victim from Instructables
Scary Spider Wreath from Better Homes and Gardens
Scary Jack O Lantern Monster from Civ’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow
House Monster from Nifty Thrifty Thriving
Giant Tentacle Monster from Instructables
7-Foot “Man-Eating Monster Plant” from Eden Makers
Scary Grim Reaper from Halloween Forum
Monster Vinyl Silhouette from Instructables
Body Part and Skeleton DIY Scary Halloween Decorations
Garage Door Idea (source unknown)
shirt, pants, shoes, straw, plastic bag or newspaper filling, blood
You can get the clothes at the thrift store for cheap if you don’t have any extra clothes around the house
Door Bell Finger from Pretty Prudent
Bone Mobile from A Wee Meenit
Skeletons Climbing Front Porch from Better Homes and Gardens
Campfire Cowboy Skeletons for the Front Lawn from Pinterest
Partially Buried Skeleton from Sweet Something Design
Scary Pallet Coffin from Instructables
Body Bag (source unknown)
cheap white trash bags rope or twine
Create an outline of a body with trash and wrap it up in the trash bag and rope.
(Ex: use a milk jug for the head)
Budget Bodies in Bags from Haunt Forum
packing foam, plastic bags, spray paint, duct tape
Heads in Jars from Homeward Found Decor
DIY Decayed Corpse from DIY Projects
Masking Tape Hand from Wholesale Costumes
Mummy Hand from Through My Looking Glass
Creepy Hands from Pinterest
painter’s tape, wire, wire cutters, paint
Head in a Jar from Handimania
Hanging Zombie Cages from Navage Patch
Scary Zombies with Buckets from Dapper Cadaver
Acid Bath Zombie from Brewster Yard Haunt
Zombie Pallet Gate from Atta Girl Says
Pallet Trapped Door
pallet, red light, fake hands, shovel
Zombie Dolls from Instructables
Zombie Plated Hands from Sew Woodsy
Other Outdoor DIY Scary Halloween Decorations
Trash Bag Witches from Rowan Everleigh (via Pinterest)
black trash bags, foam shapes, long garden stake, witch hat, black ribbon
You can do the same thing with white trash bags to make ghosts
DIY Graveyard Cemetary from The Navage Patch
DIY Giant Scarecrow from Hallmark Channel
pvc pipes, connectors, stakes, screws, zip ties, burlap, rope, straw, led lanterns, plastic pumpkin head, led light
Smoldering Bone Fire Wreath from The Navage Patch
Scary Pop Up Prop from Instructables
Merlin’s Reaper Stone from Haunter’s Hang Out
Life Size Mummy from Crafty Mommy and Me
Fake Boarded Up Windows from Haunted Yards
Cousin It (source unknown)
Tomato cage, grass skirts from the Dollar Store
Quick and Dirty Tombstones from Haunted Yards
Skeleton Wreath from Tried and True
Glow in the Dark Spider Webs from Flickr
Creepy Front Porch from Nob Hill
Silhouette Witches from Instructables
Witches Brew from Grim Hollow Haunt
Indoor Scary Halloween Decorations
Crystal Ball from Beaux R’eves
Haunted Figurines from Sadie Seasongoods
Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks from Flamingo Toes
Creepy Candles from Cheltenham Road
Boneyard Lantern from Oh My Creative
DIY Ghost Face Picture Frame from eHow
Skeleton Dish from Four Front Doors
Eyeball Flowers from Instructables
Spooky Mantel from Clean Living Clean Eating
Creepy Book Tutorial from Better After
Scary Face in Mirror from Instructables
Glam Skeleton in Mirror (source unknown)
I couldn’t find the source for this one, but here is a similar tutorial
Bloody Handprint Window Clings from Felt Magnet
Scary Halloween Decorations FAQs
Giving your yard a haunted house makeover is easier than you think! Here are a few ways to decorate:
Props and Animatronics – Make some DIY Halloween props such as ghosts, skeletons, and zombies.
Signage – Add creepy Halloween signs to your outdoor space for an extra spook factor.
Graveyard Scene – Add a graveyard with tombstones for a quick and easy lawn decoration.
Eerie Trees and Shrubs – Adding glow-in-the-dark eyes can make them look haunted at night.
Lighting – Replace regular bulbs with red or black lights. Orange string lights on your house or walkway lights can create a spooky ambiance. You can also place battery-operated candles and lanterns in your yard too!
Sounds – Play creepy background music or sound effects. The distant sound of chains, a howling wolf, or ghostly whispers can set a terrifying mood.
Fog – If possible, make or buy a fog machine. A layer of mist hovering over your yard can create a ghostly effect, especially when combined with dim lighting.
Porch – Make a Halloween wreath, such as a spider web wreath, and decorate your porch floor and stairs with pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and spooky figures!
Windows – Use silhouettes of witches, ghosts, or monsters. Black cardboard or construction paper works great for this. When your indoor lights shine through, they’ll cast eerie shadows.
Doors – Craft a mummy door using white streamers or toilet paper with large googly eyes, or check out these Halloween door decorations for more ideas.
Walls – Hang creepy cloth and/or paper bats on your wall space for a cheap and easy decoration.
Spiderwebs – Buy faux spider webs from the dollar store and drape them over furniture and wall hangings. Don’t forget to add some plastic spiders!