20 Halloween Decor Ideas that are So Simple, it’s Scary

While elaborate Halloween decorations can be fun, especially if you’re hosting a Halloween party, not all of us have the time and budget to turn our homes into a full fledged haunted house. That doesn’t mean that we should give up before we’ve started, though. Pumpkins on the porch are a good beginning so after you’ve carved or painted yours, let’s take the party indoors with these 20 Halloween decor ideas that are so simple, it’s scary.

Lace wrapped votives

Candlelight is one of the fastest ways to get that All Hallows Eve feel in your home. So snatch up all of the black lace you can find and cover your home in these lace wrapped votives. Your home is one glue gun away from feeling haunted. (via The Sweetest Occasion)

Macrame hanging pumpkin

Macrame plant hangers have been back in style for a while so I’m guessing you have a few in your home. For Halloween, replace your houseplants with pumpkins for a fun and instant decor change. (via Fall For DIY)

Halloween terrarium

Got an empty jar? Have your kids fill it with rocks an dirt and dead plants. Then add a few plastic spiders and some fake webbing for the spookiest terrarium you’ve ever seen. (via All For The Boys)

Jack O Lantern balloons

Balloons say party. Upgrade yours with a little contact paper, cut in the shape of a Jack O’ Lantern grin. Not only is this a great idea for your Halloween shindig, you’ll want to use it for any fall birthdays as well! (via A Subtle Revelry)

Skull vases

Plastic skulls are a dime a dozen at the dollar store at this time of year. All you have to do is give them a coat of spray paint, cut a hole in the top and fill with your favorite fall blooms. They’ll make a beautiful centerpiece for your Halloween table or a lovely addition to a minimal mantle. (via The Pretty Life Girls)

String art sign

String art is such a fun and different art piece that will fill out your gallery wall for Halloween. Use a piece of scrap wood and some black embroidery thread to make a not-so-scary Halloween decor piece. (via One O)

Masked toy animals

If you have littles in your home, you may want to find ways to decorate for the spookiest holiday without being too scary. Hijack a few of their plastic animals and use some black paper to create masks for their little eyes. Your child will be thrilled to find them lined up on your table, ready to Trick-Or-Treat! (via The Merrythought)

Halloween yarn hanging

Are you a yarn hanging fan? This DIY is one that you can make from scratch or use a hanging you already have. Just attach the plastic spiders and voila! A creepy crawly addition to any room. (via Honest to Nod)

Googly eye lights

If you host parties frequently, then you know that lighting is a big part of the ambiance. Use some string lights outfitted with ping pong googly eyes for a soft glow that can be draped across a mantle or the buffet. (via Say Yes)

Mummy mason jars

Jars are a great thing to have on hand for holding silverware and straws and things when people come for dinner. Dress yours up for Halloween with some patterned washi tape. It will add some Halloween flair to the food table without being time consuming. (via About a Mom)

Embroidery hoop web

You probably have an embroidery hoop in your house someplace, but if not, they’re a quick trip to the craft store away! Then you can practice your webbing skills and make some creepy looking spider webs to hang in an empty corner. (via The Things She Makes)

Candy corn bunting

Bunting is literally the best. All you need for this candy corn creation is paper, string and some crepe paper in candy corn colors. Make it as long or as short as you want, but I’ll bet you’ll be in serious need of a candy corn snack afterwards. (via A Sweet Afternoon)

Spooky paper trees

Sometimes little holiday appropriate scenes are the most fun to make… but the most expensive to collect. Save on your spooky trees by twisting brown paper bags into tree-like shapes and coloring them black with spray paint. You’ll be surprised how such a simple DIY will create some a creepy Halloween scene. (via Boxy Colonial)

Halloween candle holders

With a decal and some of that black paint, you can turn a plain boring jar into a glowing skeletal decoration. It will look perfect on your mantle or even as luminaries on the front porch step. (via Earnest Home Co.)

DIY Mummy pillow

Before you scroll on by, let me tell you that this mummy pillow is a no sew project! By using fabric glue, you can make this friend for your couch or even your porch swing. (via Sugar and Charm)

Printable Halloween banner

Aren’t printables the best? This free Halloween banner is just the decor bit your dining room needs for your spooky party. You can even leave it until the guests are pulling up into the driveway. (via Hank and Hunt)

Sharpie decorated pumpkins

Okay… maybe Sharpies are the best. Find those metallic ones and go to work on some mini pumpkins for your centerpiece. Seriously, you can do this while watching The Great Pumpkin with your kids for some major productivity. (via Lovely Indeed)

Framed doily gallery

You know those antique doilies from your grandma? It’s time to bust them out for a special occasion. Frame them and arrange them on the wall for an antique haunted house look for free. (via The Sweetest Occasion)

Spider treat bucket

Obviously you want your food table to look just as spooky as the rest of your house. A plastic pumpkin can serve as a candy bowl and all you need to do is add the eyes and the legs. Your guests might not even dare eat any of the sugary goodness inside. (via Say Yes)

Lace covered pumpkin

Here’s a super quick and easy decor idea. Instead of carving your pumpkins, slip some lacy pantyhose over them for an elegant yet Halloween look. (via Style Me Pretty)