Aside from buying candies and preparing costumes, deciding on how to scare and amuse your guests through decorations is what we are most busy with this season.
So to help you, here are some outdoor decorating ideas to show your skills off and be one with the frightening and enchanting creatures that will lurk around your neighborhood next week!
1. Halloween Treat Table
This spooky setup, fashioned from a thrift dresser, is the perfect spot to serve treats to kiddos and cocktails to grown-ups. - CountryLiving.com
2. Purrrrfect Pumpkins
This is a sweet twist on the classic jack o’ lantern. Use spray paint to make the pumpkins black, then stack a smaller pumpkin on top of a larger one to create a black cat. The candle inside the head lights up the eyes, creating an eerie glow. Get creative with your use of pumpkins. Your cats can be short and squat or long and lean. Use smaller pumpkins for feet and painted zucchinis for the tails. If you don’t want to worry about the fire, try using flameless tea lights that mimic the look of real candles. - HomeBnc.com
3. Flying Ghosts
Fill your trees or front porch with free-flying ghosts. Made inexpensively from balloons and gauze fabric, these little Caspers catch the wind to add movement to your outdoor decor. - DIYNetwork.com
4. Freaky Reflections
Popular within decorations season round, light projectors are the perfect way to brighten up your evenings for guests of all shapes and sizes. Bring to life giant Halloween spookiness with just a flip of a light switch. - BackyardBoss.Net
5. Crime Scene
Crime scene tape (Dollar Tree) + thin wooden yard stakes + bag of bones (Dollar Tree) + skull (Dollar Tree)
Tip: You can “age” the bones with gray and black acrylic paint by applying streaks and lightly wiping it off. - PrudentPennyPincher.com
6. Ping Pong Ball Ghost Lights
Put together these spooky little fellas for one clever Halloween decoration.
Get the tutorial HERE. - UnOriginalMom.com
7. Garage Door Victim
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. - PrudentPennyPincher.com
8. Bloody Footprints
Lead trick-or-treaters to your door with a trail of bloody footprints. Simply step into washable red paint with bare feet, then carefully walk towards the front door. Make sure to carry your paint supply with you, should you need to redo your feet, and don't forget to have a towel waiting for you at the end of your walk for easy cleanup. - DIYNetwork.com
At first glance, this simple design seems like it could be a good solution for those who want to decorate for Halloween without really going overboard or scaring away all of the neighborhood kids. If you’re familiar with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” though, the scene looks a lot more sinister. Best of all, it’s not hard to set up. Simply grab a few fallen branches from your yard and attach fake birds to the branches. Painting the pumpkins without carving them gives a distinctly classy look. For safety, though, consider tying the branches to the porch somehow. Otherwise, the sticks could easily catch on a child’s costume and fall on them. - HomeBnc.com
10. Go All Out
Halloween just isn’t Halloween without the standard neighborhood haunted house. Transform your place into something creepy and unusual that everyone is going to slow down to see as they drive by with some well placed, inexpensive cobwebs, and old boards. - BackyardBoss.net