Once a year, every Halloween, we actually enjoy being scared. This is when scary outdoor decorations are the best kind. Of course, this is a subjective matter since not everyone finds the same things scary but I think we can all agree on a few general symbols and ideas. We’ve gathered some below and we’re sharing all our favorite ideas with you today in the hopes to inspire you and to wish you a spooky Halloween!
The fact that there are plants which consume insects and even small animals is pretty scary but imagine that they could get big, big enough to bite humans. Now that’s a scary thought and an awesome idea for an original Halloween yard decor. Check out edenmakersblog for instructions.
Scrap wood ghost
Put some of that scrap wood to good use and make a few spooky outdoor decorations in preparation for Halloween. These ghosts featured on thecreeklinehouse are actually pretty cute but they definitely look a bit scary too. They’re easy to make and if you’re confident in your abilities you could try some more complicated designs too.
Even though most spiders are harmless, they have a bad reputation for being creepy and scary. The fact that they’re a super popular Halloween symbol doesn’t really help their reputation but it does provide us with a great source of inspiration. Check out merrimentdesign to see how you can use spiders and spider webs to decorate the outside of your house.
Gothic, Ghastly & Gory
Warning signs are also a bit scary, especially when they’re tainted with blood and look like they’re keeping monsters out. You could display something like this in your front yard or on your door or gate. Maybe you could also decorate the fence in a similar manner. Either way, you’ll like the project that we found on attagirlsays.
Skeletons doing things that you and your family normally do out in the yard, the garden or on the porch…now that could be a scary image for someone passing by your house. The inspiration for this comes from a project we saw on gofundme.
Ghost leaf bags
Another cool idea when it comes to scary outdoor Halloween decorations could be to turn your yard into a graveyard. You could display a few decorative gravestones and a bunch of ghosts in between to make it look like a haunted graveyard. Check out our-everyday-art for details.
These decorations are double scary. They’re ghosts and they’re cloaked which gives them a mysterious look. They also seem to have skeleton hands which makes them even more spooky. We came across these figures while browsing flickr, a great source of inspiration with lots of cool ideas.
How to make hanging ghosts
Speaking of ghosts, there’s more than one way to make your decorations look creepy. There’s always the cute bedsheet ghost idea which everyone is familiar with but there are also variations, like these floating head ghosts featured on simplidesigning.
Giant Halloween Spider
If a giant spider doesn’t scare you nothing will. Just admit it, this is an awesome Halloween decoration. You can find out all about this giant spider project and how to build your own version by following the tutorial on isntructables. To make things every creepier, add some tombstones too.
Speaking of tombstones, it’s about time we showed you how to make some. After all, Halloween is the day of the dead, more or less. You could give your decorative tombstones a funny touch by writing on them punny names like the ones suggested in this instructables tutorial.
Here’s another awesome and scary Halloween idea: create a haunted house. It wouldn’t be so difficult, especially if you like DIY projects. You could make a lot of spooky and cool decorations which you can display inside and outside the house. You can check out instructables for a few inspiring ideas.
Spiders for Halloween
What if there was suddenly a spider infestation and these creepy crawlers took over your house? That’s a pretty scary thought and a great source of inspiration for both indoor outdoor Halloween decorations. You could decorate the trees in your front yard with spider web and cocoons. That will sure make an impression…Find more details on instructables.
Cemetery Entry Pillars
Let everyone know that you mean business, right from the front gate. You could put up cemetery entry pillars and you don’t actually need a gate, although it would be easier to just customize some existing pillars. In any case, instructables offers a pretty spooky interpretation of that.
Cute and happy
Yes, those faces look cute and happy but there’s something spooky about them and that makes this whole installation look scary. Can you imagine looking at this front lawn at night, when the light dramatically touches these pumpkins and scarecrows. I wouldn’t want to be there. Check out flickr for more awesome projects like this one.
Scarecrows are meant to be scary…for crows, although their role is mostly decorative these days. You don’t really see too many scarecrows these days so making one could be super fun for the whole family. You could turn this into a Halloween project. The idea comes from flickr.
Boarded Windows for Halloween
Boarded windows suggest that something scary happened there…or that the house is abandoned which is scary enough on itself. This is why we think it would be awesome to decorate your house this way on Halloween. It doesn’t take much prepping or effort. Just be careful not to permanently damage your window frames. You can find details on instructables.
Just look at these skeletons, going about their business as if it’s just another regular day. Instead of looking natural, this is actually a pretty spooky image. That’s actually the cool thing about it. Check out helpfulhomemade to find out how to make your DIY skeleton lawn decor look awesome.
Spiders and skeleton dogs
This skeleton is calmly walking her dogs while giant spiders take over this haunted house. If you decorate your house like this you’ll definitely win Halloween. It’s not a very flashy Halloween decor but it’s definitely spooky and that’s the best kind.
Front yard decor
The list continues with…you guessed it…more skeletons. We found some pretty scary outdoor Halloween decorations on confessionsofaserialdiyer and we think they could inspire you to create something truly spooktacular this year.
Skeleton front yard decor
We almost forget to mention zombies. They’re sort of similar to skeletons but even scarier and they’re also a bit more difficult to decorate, especially if you’re going for a realistic look, if that’s even possible. Once again, you can find inspiration on confessionsofaserialdiyer. Feel free to customize and improvise.
I wonder what these witches are summoning here….whatever it is, it’s probably pretty scary. After all, it’s Halloween. It’s nice to leave room for imagination when decorating. This way the mind will fill in the blanks will the worst possible scenario it can find. Find more details about this project on turtlecreeklane.
Crazy scary Halloween house decor
Now that we showed you pretty much all of our favorite scary Halloween ideas, it’s time for you to pick your own favorites and to put everything together in one extraordinary display of creepy decorations. If you need more inspiration, you can find some more ideas on chengallery.