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Outdoor Decorations For Halloween

It appears to me that whenever possible people like to decorate their yards for the Halloween season, including me. Enjoy decorating.

The Haunted House

A haunted gray house with a variety of skeletons posed for action..

A haunted gray house with a variety of skeletons posed for action..

Front Door Decor

Halloween is a spooky celebration of warding away evil by both adults and children. It is a fun night of knocking on household doors announcing "Trick or Treat" and receiving fruits, candies, and other sugary delights, An alternative to knocking on neighbors' doors is attending indoor parties with Halloween edibles.

There are many costumes born from imagination or inspiration from celebrities, horror, intrigue, history, ghostly and monster beliefs, movies, television, and more add fun, intrigue, and excitement to the festivities.

Decorate the front door area with a variety of pumpkins, black birds, bats, skeletons, a door wreath, garlands of Halloween accessories or streamers hanging from the porch eves. The decorated door and porch is the welcoming mat for guests which can be friendly and beautiful or hauntingly ghostly and horror suggestive.

Halloween Front Porch Decorations

A skeleton bride waiting patiently.

A skeleton bride waiting patiently.

Outdoor Halloween Decorating Tips

Create a scary Halloween front yard or backyard with goblins, witches, and ghosts. Many of these items can be created with household items in your home, children's toys, Christmas lights, and so much more.

Walk around your house, yard, barn, storage sheds collecting items which are worn or broken to be used for Halloween decorations. Old items will add to the originality of the decorations. Mix and match available items with store-bought items to make your backyard spooky.

How to use your findings:

  1. White garbage bags with heads from balloons can be hung from trees to represent ghosts.
  2. Black garbage bags can be used as dresses for witches.
  3. Old brooms can be used as props for witches or make an original Halloween wreath.
  4. Damaged dolls can hang from old fencing or tree branches.
  5. Stacks of hay, dry corn stalks and leaves, and old tree stumps accessorize the scenery.
  6. Make scarecrows from worn-out clothing, straw, or newspapers.
  7. Insert light bulbs into old white gloves to glow in the dark.
  8. Assorted faces cut from whole pumpkins.
  9. Old furniture for the stage setting.
  10. Use floodlights to create shadows.

Jack-o-lantern Pumpkins

A couple of pumpkin jack-o-lanterns dressed as a man and a woman sitting in chairs in a flower bed.

A couple of pumpkin jack-o-lanterns dressed as a man and a woman sitting in chairs in a flower bed.

Halloween Lights and Glow in the Dark Effects

Celebrate Halloween in your backyard from late evening and into the night. The darkness accented with strategically placed lights will make many items look eerie and spooky.

Create a spooky decoration painted on an old sheet with a glow in the dark paint. Hang the sheet against the outside wall of the house or onto an old building or shed.

Place spotlights to shine on trees or objects to create shadows and eeriness. Make a walkway with rope or chain to guide spectators through a maze of scary characters and objects.

The walkway will help to protect and discourage people from investigating how you had set up the sheet painting and other frightening decors. Add more drama to the walkway by placing skeletons, ghoulish creatures, spiders, bats, ghosts, and other spooky or scary characters to compliment the painting.

Lighting Tips:

  1. Paint silhouette items black and light up with a spotlight.
  2. Paint articles with glow in the dark paint.
  3. Insert glow sticks into containers.
  4. Place lit lamps at grave markers.
  5. Use tea candles.

Create mischief for unsuspecting visitors. How do you do this? Be a part of the props. For instance, dress as the Grimm Reaper and stand quietly until a group of people arrive, then move about like a mechanical toy. This performance will scare some people and others will wonder how the mechanical doll knew when to perform..

Outdoor Halloween Scarecrow

A lady scarecrow with a pumpkin head reclining against a single-wheeled wagon guarding scattered squash on the ground.

A lady scarecrow with a pumpkin head reclining against a single-wheeled wagon guarding scattered squash on the ground.

Halloween Cemetery - DIY

I have a neighbor who takes scrap wood and cuts them into tombstones with inscriptions "RIP" and "Here Lies Joe shot by his own gun" and other crazy combinations of original thoughts he may have. He places the tombstones in his yard to create a grave site and chains in the cemetery so people will not be tempted to walk through the yard.

  1. Place horrors by some of the death markers to add to the spookiness of Halloween. Toys come in handy for this. Do you have old stuffed animal critters? Do you have toy rubber rats, snakes, and lizards or other critters? Stretch spider webs across the death markers or nearby trees. Hang bats from tree limbs.
  2. Make "T-shaped" graveside markings with tree branches and cardboard hanging signs with original inscriptions to duplicate an old western death site. Place dried weeds at the markers.
  3. Place rubber rats and snakes in between pumpkins on the doorsteps.
  4. Place a sitting scarecrow dressed for Halloween to greet visitors. In his hat insert a T-shaped clothes hanger with hanging bats floating above his head.
  5. Create spooky effects with black lights. Or place soft lighting behind objects which causes their shadow to appear against a large surface. The glow will add to the spookiness and mystery.
  6. Play Halloween music for passersby and guests.

Lit Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkins with cut out faces for Halloween. Lit candles placed in the pumpkin light up their faces.

Pumpkins with cut out faces for Halloween. Lit candles placed in the pumpkin light up their faces.

Pumpkin Faces

Pumpkins have never gone out of use for this celebration. They can be used in many different ways to decorate any part of the interior or exterior house location.

Carve a face into a pumpkin. Place a candle or battery-operated light into the center and let it light a stairway. The faces can be simple, comedic, and horrific. You may choose not to carve out a face, but rather an object or a significant symbol.

Other popular locations for these creations are lining the entry walk to the front or back door of the home, along the edges of a lawn to serve as borders, and on fence posts.

Pumpkin heads can be mounted on a frame that represents a scarecrow, people, and animals. These pumpkin heads represent other beings that add personality to the new creation or make them appear funny, weird, or frightening.

Pumpkin Recycle Tips

What do you do with pumpkin scraps and leftovers?

  1. Pumpkin scraps, referring to the carving wastes, may be cooked, pickled, or pureed for dessert recipes, pickles, coffee latte seasoning, relishes, and snacks.
  2. Fresh pumpkin can be recycled into a compost pile, flower or vegetable garden, and I also use it in the worm farm.
  3. Feed livestock, large backyard birds or large indoor pet birds.
  4. Roast seeds for snacks and feeding large birds.

31 Halloween Decor Ideas!

Spooky Props

Comments

Tricia Deed on October 15, 2014:

I hope I gave you ideas that you will be able to use for this Halloween season or for next year's.

Jodi Patfield from Canada on October 14, 2014:

So many awesome ideas! Thank you! I really enjoyed the combo of video's and writing. Excellent hubpage.