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The Best Ideas for Outdoor Halloween Decorations


Prepare to Scare...

On Halloween, I always enjoy walking around our neighbourhood and appreciating all the spooky and outrageous outdoor Halloween decorations.

With anything from spine-chilling skeletons hanging from the garage to over-the-top inflatable pumpkins sitting on the lawn, it’s always a contest to see whose Halloween yard decorations are the most impressive!

If you’re looking for some Halloween decoration ideas this season, then here are my top picks for the absolute best outdoor Halloween decorations that are fun, outrageous, and splendidly scary.

Sinister Skull With Halloween Lantern

Imagine having this menacing guy greet your trick-or-treaters on Halloween!


Of all the Halloween lanterns I have seen, this one is by far the coolest.

The Sinister Skull makes an awesome outdoor Halloween decoration because you can place him near on your garden path or on your front lawn, and it appears as though he is emerging from the ground to give your visitors an ominous welcome.

Kids will just love this spooky and bright Halloween lantern; measuring 11” x 6 ½” x 13” it is not too big and so will compliment your other Halloween yard decorations perfectly.

Takes two AA batteries.


Giant Creepy Cloth Spider

Who isn’t freaked out by giant creepy spiders?

This enormous eight-legged monster is sure to catch anyone off guard, especially if its dangling cloth happens to lightly brush a trick-or-treater’s shoulder as they walk by. Add fright and excitement with an outdoor Halloween decoration that requires no assembly, just hang it up!

Extending a massive 4 feet you can literally hang up this impressive outdoor Halloween decoration anywhere you want to creep out your visitors; it is sure to make the hairs stand up on the back of their necks.

Not for children under 3 years.


2 Skeleton Flamingo Lawn Ornaments

I love the uniqueness of these outdoor Halloween decorations.

These two plastic flamingos feature painted-on bones that glow in the dark! Just let them sit under bright light for several minutes before placing them out on the yard at night, and these guys will be sure to have passers-by turning their heads.

If you’re looking for Halloween decoration ideas that are “a bit different” then a pair of skelamingos will probably do the trick! This set requires a little easy assembly first. Once assembled, you will get one long neck measuring 30” and one short neck measuring 27” tall.


Spooky Skeleton Body Parts

The ultimate Halloween yard decoration has to be a scattering of spooky skeleton body parts on the front lawn. How about conveniently positioning these bones so that your visitors have to cautiously step over them as they approach the front door?

This awesome outdoor Halloween decoration also doubles up as a Halloween lantern because the skeleton’s head lights up! Get the whole family involved and have some fun assembling the body parts; just pop together his arm and legs and insert 2 AA batteries into his skull. Hey presto, an outdoor Halloween decoration that will grab everyone’s attention.

For children 10 years and up.


8ft Airblown Inflatable Halloween Graveyard

For the best WOW factor on the block this Halloween, this 8ft Airblown Inflatable Halloween Graveyard will certainly impress and intrigue your visitors.

It self-inflates in just seconds, making it very simple to set up and display. The internal glowing lights create a spooky graveyard ambiance that is eerie and amusing for children and adults alike, and will provide much enjoyment for the family this Halloween.

This Halloween outdoor decoration is so simple to store for next year; simply unplug to deflate and then fold away.


Garden Zombie

No Halloween is complete without a Garden Zombie!

This hair-raising garden sculpture is remarkably creepy; it is a life-sized statue that will shock your trick-or-treaters as he appears to raise himself up out of your bedding plants, threatening to feast on their brains.

If you’re looking for bloodcurdling Halloween decoration ideas to frighten and shock anyone approaching then the Garden Zombie will be sure to achieve your goal. The detail on the Garden Zombie is so remarkable that he is guaranteed to scare away any trespasser.

In just seconds you will have your corpse fully assembled and positioned; all you have to do is wait for the screams...


Did You Know...

The word Halloween comes from from the term "All Hallows Eve" which took place on October 31st, and marked the end of summer in Northwestern Europe.

"All Hallows Day" or "All Saints Day," was the next Day, November 1st , putting Halloween on the eve of All Saints Day.

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What is your favorite outdoor halloween decoration?

Chen on October 19, 2012:

This is great; I love the sinking skeleton with the lantern, but I think the garden zombie would be totally freaky! Nice decorations, thanks for the ideas. Great hub.

Janelle from Houston on October 17, 2012:

I adore halloween! It is always bittersweet when it is over. Great hub! Looking forward to reading more from you.

Lady Jen Palven from Philippines on October 17, 2012:

Great idea about the skulls..Now I have to find one in the store and oh, I planned on scaring the children in our neighborhood with spooky sounds like dog howling or something like "I SEE YOU." hahaha(evil laugh)

Now I'm excited for the Halloween..:)

Great Hub by the way :)

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on October 12, 2012:

My favorite holiday and my kind of decorations. I dont normally like flamingos, but the skeleton ones are awesome! So much fun, thank you for sharing.

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 31, 2011:

Thanks for all your comments and Happy Halloween everyone! Have you got your skeleton flamingoes? LOL

Have a great day,


drspaniel from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... on October 29, 2011:

By far my favourite one has to be the skeleton lantern, as I think if it could like move when people pass my lawn, it would be an amazing scare for everyone! Hopefully no one will get so scared that they beat it up... Happy Halloween!

dinkan53 from India on October 28, 2011:

Cool ideas!, cool pictures!, enjoyed going through your hub. I just love those Halloween decorations, but sad that in our place Halloween is not at all celebrated. Thanks for sharing, vote ^^^ and interesting.

Hillbilly Zen from Kentucky on October 28, 2011:

Way to go, ghoul...er, girl! Your funloving "spirit" really shines through in this one - voted "eep!"

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on October 28, 2011:

Love the skeleton flamingos!! I'm not a huge fan of the gruesome Halloween decorations (or costumes), but I love decorating for the holiday with fun, less "scary" items. Totally awesome hub! Looking forward to Halloween next week. :) Steph

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 11, 2011:

Hi Jackie, how kind of you to come by and leave such a great comment! You really made me smile today :-)

Have a great evening,


Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 11, 2011:

Wow, Cloverleaf, this hub is right up there with the very best! Maybe even better than. So easy to follow and so informative, great looking and so much fun. I love it! Pushing up and across! You deserve it.

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 06, 2011:

tarkka1089 - that graveyard archways sounds really cool. I work with a girl who goes completely over the top with her outdoor Halloween decorations, so much so that she is now known as the lady with the "Halloween House"! People come to visit her house from miles around. Not only does she offer treats for the kids, she hands out coffee and baileys for the adults. The most popular house on Halloween night! Thanks very much for your votes, I always enjoy your visits to my hubs :-)


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 06, 2011:

Hi Seeker 7, I think the skeletons have to be my favorite! The inflatable graveyard is probably more suitable for young kids...less scary. Take care,


tarrka1089 from Ohio on October 06, 2011:

Great decorations! Someone in our neighborhood has a blow-up graveyard archway complete with lamp lights on either side of the pillars. Of course, there are the requisite grave markers and iridescent hands and feet sticking out of the ground.

I love the flamingos - what a hoot! Overall, I have to admit I enjoy the not so spooky decorations, especially for the little ones; guess that's another reason I love Walt Disney World's "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party" which I know has been renamed to Mickey's Halloween. It's great fun - and of course, you have all the Disney villains out in all their glory!

[voted up, interesting and awesome - for sure!]

Cresentmoon2007 from Caledonia, MI on October 06, 2011:

wow, neat decorations!

Cousin Fudd on October 06, 2011:

Wowee. they's some scary ones here!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on October 06, 2011:

I love the skeletons! They are so cool and spooky! I also like the idea of a blow up Halloween graveyard. I can imagine having my skeletons and the graveyard together in the front garden!

These are really unusual ideas - just hope the nieces and nephews won't be too spooked to visit!

Great hub!

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 01, 2011:

That's great, JS Matthew - thanks! :-)

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on September 30, 2011:

This is a great Hub with awesome ideas! I am linking to it in my Halloween Hub! My sister decorates her yard every year. I will share this with her! Voting Up and Sharing. Great job and thank you!


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 29, 2011:

Hi tsmog - ah ha! The tales of Sleepy Hollow. Don't you just love Halloween? It's getting close now, have fun putting your plans together.

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 29, 2011:

Hi felicitylovespari, I'm thinking of getting the zombie - it's just soooo "lifelike" (pardon the pun)! Think I could scare a few people with that! Take care and thanks for the vote.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on September 28, 2011:

An awesome review full of conjured memories. Old Ichabod Crane is still a spooky story for reading this time of year. I'm going to toss and turn what to do this year. Thanks for the many ideas.

felicitylovespari on September 28, 2011:

These are definitely some great outdoor Halloween decorations ideas. Enjoyed this hub and voted up!

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 27, 2011:

Hi Habee, that's great, I enjoyed your movie suggestions too!


Holle Abee from Georgia on September 27, 2011:

Cool ideas! I have eight grandkids, so we love decorating for Halloween. Voted up!

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 25, 2011:

Hi Rosemay,

I'm surprised that Halloween isn't celebrated much in New Zealand. Same with UK too, as I'm sure you remember. Canadians really do it in style! It's great!

Thanks for commenting,


Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 24, 2011:

Halloween must be fantastic your side of the world, it's not really celebrated much here. It must be so much fun with parents being involved too.

I love those Flamingos.

Great hub

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 18, 2011:

Hi SanneL,

Haha yes that's something that people wouldn't expect to see...a garden zombie in the middle of February! It might do it's job very well! Thanks for commenting and voting up, I appreciate it!


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 18, 2011:

Hi september girl,

That's a shame to hear that outdoor decorations would get tampered with in your area but I like your idea, you could always hang the spider up high and freak them out!

Thanks for your comment,


SanneL from Sweden on September 18, 2011:

The Garden Zombie would certainly freak me out. I would keep him in my garden all year round, keeping unwanted guests far away, LoL! Great hub, voted up!


september girl on September 17, 2011:

Very cool décor for Halloween! Thanks for sharing it with us, but around the area I live, I think they would get messed with. But what a neat concept. I loved it anyway. Well...maybe not the cloth spider? I hate spiders! lol!

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 16, 2011:

Hi randomcreative,

I do like to get into decorating at Christmas too (I feel another hub coming on once Halloween is over...!). We don't have any kids to take trick or treating so my husband and I just enjoy walking around the neighborhood, watching the kids having fun and taking in the whole ambience of it all. Some of the yard decorations are just fabulous!


Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 16, 2011:

Susie's comment freaked me out, too! Nicely done. I don't do a lot of Halloween decorating myself (I get into Christmas more) but I do enjoy seeing neat decorations up around the neighborhood. Now that we have our own house, we will at least put out a few pumpkins this year.

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 16, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

Thanks for commenting and voting up, my friend! You are so good to me :-) Glad you like the hub.


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 16, 2011:

Hi Audrey,

I chuckled myself when I first came across these flamingoes. Thanks for the compliment about my hubs, my mind is one big hub-forming machine right now. I think I will have to take another challenge soon and force myself to get it all out of my system LOL.


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 16, 2011:

Hi Carrie,

I'm all for scaring away unwanted people haha! OK, let's just leave him on our front lawn all the time. Thanks for your great comment.


prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 16, 2011:

This was so scary decoration, but it match with Halloween party. Thanks for writing and share with us. Vote up!


Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 15, 2011:

This is such a fun hub cloverleaf! My pick are the flamingos. Made me giggle. I am impressed with the titles and topics you come up with for your hubs. Thanks for the halloween decorations. Very good ideas. Oh...and...trick or treat!!!!

carriethomson from United Kingdom on September 15, 2011:

Sinister Skull With Halloween Lantern is the best!!(hoping it frightens away unwanted ppl) i would keep it thoroughout the year:) great garden decoration.


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hello Lyn,

How nice of you to stop by to read and comment on my hub! I'm pleased it brought back some celebration memories for you. Thanks for the votes up, I really appreciate it!


Lyn.Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand on September 15, 2011:

I live in New Zealand and have cellebrated All hallows eve for many years ... sadly not many people do here ... I absolutelt love the skelleton lantern.

Voted up awesome, interesting

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hi Jeannie,

I'm glad you enjoyed these! I have very much been enjoying your Halloween hubs also. Thanks very much for your vote up :-)


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:


Aren't they adorable? Flamingo skeletons are something I've never seen before and they are quite a unique and "different" idea. Thanks for your comment!


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hello Hyphenbird,

Well although you won't be loading up on decorations in Tiny Town I'm happy that you got a giggle out of my flamingo skeletons! I wonder how many glowing flamingos I will see this Halloween?


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hi homesteadbound,

The drought man in your hub was very cleverly done indeed! For me, skeletons are probably the spookiest halloween decoration...I remember as a kid riding the ghost train at a theme park and a skeleton hand touched me on the shoulder - if I wasn't belted in I would have surely fallen out :-)


Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hi Sunshine,

I'm a big kid when it comes to Halloween, too! It's such a great time to have fun with the family :-)


Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on September 15, 2011:

My favorites are the Sinister Skull with Lattern and Skeleton Flamingo Lawn Ornaments. This is a really great hub and voted up!

Jill Miceli from Pacific Northwest on September 15, 2011:

I love halloween and I'm seriously considering the Skeleton Lawn Flamingos...love them!

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on September 15, 2011:

I don't "do" Halloween but I love flamingos and must have those skeleton babies. They are adorable. The rest are interesting but too much for our sensibilities here in Tiny Town. laugh

Another great Hub from the indomitable Cloverleaf!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on September 15, 2011:

A spendidly written hub. I've never seen skeleton flamingoes. What a hoot! The skeleton featured in my "drought man" article was a halloween decoration used very uniquely. Great hub.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 15, 2011:

Halloween is my favorite holiday, it's for kids of all ages. I prefer the fun decorations over the spooky, eerie ones. Spooktacular hub Cloverleaf!!!

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hi Movie Master,

Yeah I think it would be fun to get a few sets of those skeleton body parts and scatter them all over the garden. Plus maybe give one piece to the dog as a chew toy. Might freak the guests out even more!


Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 15, 2011:

Hi Cloverleaf, what a great fun and spooky hub! I love your layout and display, those minature pumpkins are cute!

All these decorations are fantastic, my favourite is the Spooky Skeleton Body Parts - it's very realistic!

Brill, thanks for sharing x

Cloverleaf (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hi Susie,

Your story sent chills down my spine! That would certainly freak me out LOL. I'm getting into the Halloween spirit early this year, as soon as the weather turned last week it almost felt as though we were into October already...


SusieQ42 on September 15, 2011:

Okay, Cloverleaf. Now you've got me spooked.(: I knew of people who lived in a small town in NY who wrote down the name of every "trick or treater" that came to their door. They were an elderly couple who had been doing it for years. Kids would come to the door, tell them their name, and the sweet little wife would say, "Oh, look, here is your daddy's name. He came here when he was about your age!" I've never forgotten them.

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