Covering your house with Halloween thrills and chills has never been easier. We found 14 homemade (or almost) Halloween decorations that range from super clever (dead & breakfast anyone?) to delightfully simple. Scroll down to get inspired. 

Add a Bubbling Cauldron to the Yard or Front Porch

courtesy of Grandin Road

Witches and wizards will appreciate a properly bubbling cauldron on Halloween night. We love this tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Get what you need in the link below! 

Get the look here

Go Overboard on Pumpkins

Andrei Lanovskii via Unsplash

We love the idea of going overboard on pumpkins lining your front porch. You can get various sizes and shapes and even use some luminaries! 

Get the look here

Halloween Yard Sign

Jen Theodore via Unsplash

Lead little ones to your front door with eerie signage. From Harry Potter to zombie warnings and more, there’s no end to the possibilities! We love this version from Birds and Soap.

Get the look here.  

Keep It Simple

Annie Spratt via Unsplash

If you aren't a huge fan of over-the-top Halloween decorations, keep it simple with gourds, pumpkins and straw. It's still got that festive feeling, and you aren't staring down skeletons for a month. 

Get the look here, or snag real pumpkins at your local pumpkin patch. 

Make a Cave-Like Entrance

The Crafting Chicks

It’s easy to make your porch a spooky cave where bats dwell like this cobweb banner we spotted over at The Crafting Chicks. We love how it’s sweet enough to not scare off tiny trick-or-treaters. 

Get the look here. 

Milk Carton Luminaries

Jen Sedillo via Eighteen 25

Better start saving your milk jugs (and ask your friends!) now to make your own Spirit Jugs like the ones from Eighteen 25.

Stacked Painted Pumpkins

courtesy Brit Co

These stackable pumpkins look amazing, add a funky vibe to your front porch, and are surprisingly easy to make—especially when you follow the tutorial we found over at Brit + Co. It’s also a decoration idea that’ll last for years and can be used both inside and out. 

Get the pumpkins here

Dead & Breakfast Sign

Christy James via Confessions of a Serial DIYer

How clever is this Dead & Breakfast sign from Confessions of a Serial DIYer? It's the perfect addition to your haunted home. 

Get the look here.


Easy Floating Ghosts

Practically Functional

These floating ghosts seem more sweet than spooky. The best part? This last-minute decor detail is a cinch to make. Jessi of Practically Functional has the details on a DIY anyone can tackle.



Giant Spider Web

Jacob Clayton at MyUntangledLife

Life can be a tangled web and MyUntangledLife makes one of the best! Drape this amazing spider’s home on your front porch for the holiday and see how many little ghouls and goblins dare enter!  

Get the look here

Mice Silhouettes

courtesy Sixty Fifth Avenue

If you’ve got steps up to your front door, this idea from Sixty-Fifth Avenue works perfectly. We love the silhouette mice: they add a spooky touch without being too creepy. Add in a few pumpkins and any Cinderellas out for a stroll will feel right at home. You can find the silhouettes at the local craft store or make your own if you’re feeling crafty. See the entire set up over at Sixty-Fifth Avenue.


Climbing Skeletons

Stefanie Schiada of Brooklyn Limestone

We are in awe of the skeletons caught crawling all over this amazing home in Brooklyn. Stephanie of Brooklyn Limestone shares her inspirations and stunning home decor here. And, even if you don't have a 100-year-old home to decorate, you can still get the look by following this tutorial from Instructables

Nancy Creative

These Jack O’ Lanterns are anything but “cookie cutter"! They’ll light a ghoulish path to your door as luminaries, or add a stylish pop to your porch. All you need are stainless steel cookie cutters and a rubber mallet. Nancy at Nancy Creative has the scoop.


— Natasha Davis & Gabby Cullen


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