The Top 34 Halloween Decoration Ideas
“Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it’s about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves.” – Elvis Duran
Are you the type of person that looks forward to the fall harvest, pumpkin carving, and dressing up? For some, Halloween is a pit stop on the way to Christmas; for others, Halloween is the holiday they look forward to each year. It doesn’t matter if you’re a passionate Halloween advocate or passively hand out candy.
Decorating is the best way to embrace the Halloween spirit. The easiest place to start is on the outside of your home. But you don’t have to stop there. Check out these creative and spooky Halloween decoration ideas. They’re sure to get you inspired to do a little October decorating.
1. Classy Halloween Decorating Ideas
Sure chintzy and cheesy decorations get you into the Halloween spirit. But what if you’re looking to trade your cheap Halloween decorations in for something a bit more elegant and elevated? Change your decoration buying strategy, and you’ll have the classiest looking house on the block.
Skip the oversized pumpkins and opt for mini ones instead. Get several and arrange them on a multi-tiered display. You could carve, paint, or even bejewel them. If you decide to carve your pumpkins, try to create a geometric pattern on them instead of the typical jack O lantern face.
Another classy approach is to forget black and buy decorations in a monochromatic white. This shouldn’t be too difficult with spider webs, skeletons, and skulls already coming in shades of white.
Another elegant idea is to copy the fall editions of home magazines. Place a gathered bundle of corn stalks on either side of your door. Then around their bases, place seasonal potted flowers and several pumpkins. Choose pumpkins of varying sizes and shapes to create variety and visual interest.
2. Creative Halloween decorating
You could do the most basic of homemade Halloween decorations with pumpkin carving. Clean out the inside of the pumpkin and cut out two eyes and a mouth. You can get more creative than this. Use a clear soap dispenser to give people a fright when they use the restroom. Place fake eyeballs in clear soap in the dispenser.
Paint a foam skull black and carve a hole out of the top and turn it into a vase. This gives you a beautiful and elegant look. Make a crystal ball display by painting candlestick holders black and placing clear Christmas ornaments upside down on them. Fill the ornaments with spiders, worms, or anything else.
Plain plastic skulls are boring. Buy cheap skulls and give them a serious upgrade by painting them gold, covering them in glitter, or giving them a sugar skull treatment. Paint them any way you wish to match the rest of your decor.
If you love having a Christmas village display, create a similar one for Halloween. Gather several small birdhouses of varying shapes and sizes. Paint them shades of black and grey. Then accent with some branches that look like trees.
3. DIY Halloween Decor
The simplest and most popular DIY Halloween decoration is to carve a pumpkin. It’s an easy DIY project that everyone in the family can participate in. Choose a pumpkin that’s the right size and shape for the design you want to carve into it for a successful outcome.
Another cute DIY Halloween decor idea is to create your own ghost garland. You need a string of white lantern lights, thin white cotton fabric, white string, and a black marker. Cut the fabric into squares with a small hole at the top.
Take the light out of the lantern and thread it through the hole. Place the lantern back on the light and secure the fabric around it with the string. Draw on a face and mouth with the marker. For a bigger version, cut a larger fabric square, wrap it around a styrofoam ball, and mount it on a stake.
For a simpler Halloween craft, Cut out a stencil of the word “BOO” or “Trick or Treat” in a size that will fit on a doormat. Use black paint and the stencil to paint the words onto your doormat. That’s it; you’re done.
4. Front Door Halloween Decor Ideas
Your front door is the perfect spot to celebrate your love of all things fall and Halloween. It’s essential for Halloween night since this is where you hand out candy to trick or treaters.
The simplest thing you can do is hang a wreath. Have a fall harvest-inspired wreath with grasses, foliage, and fall blooms. Or you embrace the creepiness of the season and use a black bow, feathers, ribbon, and branches. Another option is to hang garland around the door for a seasonally themed frame.
Finish your front door display with an arrangement on one or both sides of your front door. You could have potted plants with flowers in yellow and orange. Or you could have a couple of pumpkins arranged in a grouping. Give your front porch area a spooky touch with some cobwebs.
5. Indoor Halloween Decorating Ideas
In your living room, create a Halloween display on your fireplace. Have decorative items placed on the coffee table and side tables. Build a Halloween themed table display in the dining room, or add small skulls or cobwebs to your chandelier. Your front entry could have pumpkins or hanging bats.
If you prefer the minimal approach, you could add Halloween themed candles. Make an arrangement on the table with several mini pumpkins and candles. Scatter a few spiders or even a rat to increase the creep factor.
If you love Halloween, you could commit to turning your entire home into a haunted house. However, this takes a significant amount of time and money as you invest in decorations and put them up and take them down each year. Instead, you can give your home a Halloween feel without having to decorate every inch of your home. Look for key focal points in each room where you can add Halloween themed accents.
6. Minimalist Halloween Decoration Ideas
If you love the minimalist look, then Halloween decorations can be your worst nightmare. They’re bright orange and black with decorative items scattered everywhere. It tends to look messy and cluttered.
Ignore the typical decorations and go for a minimalist approach. Choose a single color and create a monochromatic look. All black or all white are popular choices. Use spray paint to create a painted pumpkins display.
Choose a variety of shapes and sizes, including mini pumpkins. Arrange your white pumpkins on a table, around your fireplace, or around your front door.
If all white isn’t a look you like, then try black paint. You could paint some branches black and have a minimalist vase arrangement or wreath. Paint a few pumpkins black or shades of dark grey. Accent it with black paper bats or spiders. Try arranging your bats on the wall like a flock of birds taking off for the night.
7. Outdoor Halloween Decor Ideas
The first step is deciding what type of theme you want for your Halloween yard decorations. Do you want a fall harvest look with corn stalks, flowers, and pumpkins? Do you want a haunted house with skeletons, spiders, and cobwebs? Or do you want to go full-on Halloween explosion with gravestones, skeletons, lights, pumpkins, witches, and monsters?
Not all outdoor Halloween decorations have to be scary or creepy. Express your style and personality through your decorations. They could be more elegant or even funny. Halloween with a sense of humor is sure to stand out in your neighborhood.
When choosing decorations for your yard and the outside of your home, consider how durable they are. You want to only use decorations that will withstand the weather elements and not break down or corrode.
8. Room Halloween Decor Ideas
If not everyone in your home loves Halloween as much as you, you may find yourself limited in possible Halloween decor ideas. They may not be as excited as you to have your home covered in scary Halloween decorations. In this case, you could limit your Halloween decor to your room. This lets you create the perfect Halloween haven to escape to.
Start with Halloween themed sheets. They could have pumpkins, spider webs, or even black cats. Then arrange decorative Halloween themed throw pillows and blankets. Hang Spooky art on the wall and drape Halloween garland on your bed, desk, or hooks on the wall.
Set the mood in your bedroom with decorative lighting. Hang colored string lights, a lit sign, or several candles. Dress up your windows with mesh netting in grey, orange, or black. Place a small rug next to your bed that’s Halloween themed. Place darker theme flowers in a vase to give your room a natural touch. Look for flowers that are black, purple, or dark maroon.
9. Skeleton Ideas for Halloween
The skeleton is one of those classic Halloween decorations that is perfectly spooky. You can use them both inside and outside as a decorative Halloween prop. You could place a full posable skeleton in a chair either inside or outside of your house. Wrap some cobwebs around it for an aged and creepy look.
If investing in a full skeleton isn’t your style, you could use a partial version or just the skull. Partially bury an arm to look like the skeleton is reaching out of the ground. Try placing only the upper body to make it look like he’s climbing out.
Place skulls around your home for a cryptic look. Get glamorous with your skulls and choose ones made of fancy stone, covered in crystals, or made of metal.
10. Table Halloween Decoration Ideas
Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking to add some pizzazz to your table, embrace the season with a creepy and fun table display. Start with the right tablecloth or runner. A skull damask or a spooky spider pattern can look seasonally themed and elegant. You could go all out with Halloween themed dinnerware or keep it simple and plain white.
You’ll want to create a centerpiece that is the focal point of the table. A simple idea is to use a candelabra style candle holder that can hold several candles. A long and low option works best so that you can see over it while sitting at the table. Intertwine spider webs around it.
Another cute idea is to use mason jars partially filled with classic Halloween candy, such as candy corn. Place small votive candles on top of the candy in each jar. Don’t be afraid to go bold with a large vase painted black and several large black painted branches arranged in it. Hang black paper bats from the branches to float above the heads of your guests.
If you’re hosting a Halloween party, add small creative touches. Some unique Halloween party ideas are using vampire teeth as napkin holders, placing fake eyeballs in the center of your flowers, or using an oversized pumpkin filled with ice as your drink cooler.
Not all Halloween decorations need to be spooky, creepy, or grotesque. Consider taking a cute approach. You can find several options at home decor stores, arts and craft stores, or even online. Check out stores that you know sell home decor you like. They’re more likely to stock decorations that will appeal to you.
Use items you already have around the house to make your own Halloween decorations. This limits the number of items you’ll need to buy. Another great option is to plan ahead. Buy decorations at a deep discount after Halloween and put them away from next year.
The most popular time to begin decorating for Halloween is the first week or two of October. This gives you plenty of time to get the decorations up and enjoy them. The more elaborate and complicated your decorations are, the more time you’ll need to put them up. You should start earlier rather than later.