You’re ready to decorate your home and want the best outdoor decorations for Halloween. I feel you there! I love creating a spooky landscape for me, my family, my friends, and trick-or-treaters.
My Hunny is also a fan of decorating the outside of our home, but he leans more toward the scary whereas I lean toward the spooky and fun (and I guess scary is fun – sometimes for me and definitely for him and some of our visitors!)
Halloween often marks the beginning of the proceeding fall season, and many people use this as an opportunity to begin decorating for fall.
The following decorating tips provide family-friendly Halloween decorations that aren’t too scary, but are great for this season – perfect for how I like to spook up the place.
Create a Pumpkin Fairy Garden
If you have kids that love fairy gardens, they will really enjoy this decoration! It can even be a craft the family creates together.
Instead of putting the fairy garden in a large bowl or pot, you will instead use a pumpkin. Since real pumpkins go bad, it is best to find a large plastic pumpkin that you would be able to work with.
What you want to do is have the garden inside the pumpkin, but be able to see it. For this, you would cut out a section of the front of the pumpkin, and set up your fairy garden there.
You can get a fairy figurine like Tinkerbell or one of her friends and decorate her in little witch clothing, then add some small pumpkins to create what looks like a little fairy pumpkin patch.
The video below shows you one way you can carve into a pumpkin to create a fairy house or garden!
DIY Yard Signs
A fun way to decorate your yard or the front of your house for Halloween is by making yard signs. These should be the names of different Halloween or spooky places with arrow-shaped signs, as if they are showing where these spooky places are.
Have things like ‘Halloween Town’, ‘Bates Motel’, ‘Transylvania’ and anywhere else you and your kids want to make signs for. Stick them on stakes in your yard or attach them to a large tree in front of your house. I particularly love the example below, which shows signs posted on an iron trellis leaning against a tree.
And it’s a great detail to show how far each destination is from where you are!
Put Witch Brooms On Your Porch
I found these crooked Witch brooms that would be perfect if you’re not in the mood to make your own or don’t have time!
But the DIY for this is really easy.
You just need an old broom, since the handle and the bottom of the broom is already done. To make it look like a witch broom, get a bunch of straw and use it to cover the bottom of the broom so that it looks like the bottom of a witch’s broom. This keeps your original broom intact.
Place Ghosts in the Front Yard
You definitely need ghosts in your front yard and these ones wrap right around tree trunks for easy hanging!
And if you want to DIY, there are a few different options for making ghosts you can put in your front yard.
The first option is to get wire and create forms with it. This is more of a creative challenge, so maybe the kids can help as well. You just want a simple wire form of a body. You can then put a large white dress on the form, such as
You just want a simple wire form of a body. You can then put a large white dress on the form – such as one you find at a thrift store – a white sheet, or any type of white fabric. It makes it look like ghosts are just floating on your front lawn.
An easier way is to simply get plastic pumpkins – you could get several from your local dollar store! – and attach them to stakes in the yard. Cover the entire thing with an old white sheet, and your ghost is done.
If you’re looking for a little more “spook for your buck,” you could try this awesome last-minute DIY ghost craft for a very cool outdoor Halloween decoration – and it only takes cheesecloth, white balloons, a black permanent marker, and glow sticks to make!
The Best Outdoor Decorations for Halloween
The best outdoor decorations for Halloween are the ones you love to put up year after year. Sure, you’ll have some decorations that are only good for one year, one night, like the DIY glowing ghosts. But if you plan and purchase right, you can reuse your decorations for many Halloweens to come!