Decorating Your Home for Halloween

It’s that time of year again: the time for pumpkins, candy, and having an excuse to dress up as your favorite Star Wars character—Halloween! Celebrate this spookiest of holidays by decorating your home to welcome those visitors who’ll be coming at the end of the month.

  • Spook up the front porch.

In addition to those jack-o-lanterns on your porch, hang up some lights or lanterns and set out some more painted or unpainted pumpkins for a more festive feel.

  • Dress the windows.

Hang up some cobwebby mesh in the windows or cut-outs of skeletons and ghosts. There are also fun Halloween-themed stick-on decorations available.

  • Create a Headless Horseman door greeter.

A spooky and functional decoration, this greeter can give your guests a surprise while pointing them to the treats. Create him using the step-by-step instructions provided by HGTV.

  • For your Halloween party, what goes better with candy than a piñata!

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  • Make a mini “pumpkin” wreath.

Using a foam wreath form, hot glue, and dried putka pods (which look a lot like tiny pumpkins), you can make a “pumpkin” wreath that will last for years to come. You can make the wreath any size you like and hang it up with some ribbon or use it as a centerpiece on your party table. It can also be used as a Thanksgiving decoration or for the entire season.

  • Create a tiny ghost town.

Turn craft store birdhouses into spooky mansions or shacks using matte black spray paint. Decorate your town however you like.

  • Create a collection of poison bottles.

Instead of throwing away old bottles, upcycle them into Halloween decorations. After thoroughly cleaning the glass, coat each bottle with one coat of spray primer followed by 2-3 coats of matte black spray paint. Add handwritten labels and display the bottles as a group to give the feel of an ill-intentioned apothecary.

  • Go with a mad scientist vibe by creating “formaldehyde” jars.

Fill jars with water, mix in green food coloring, and throw in some rubber animals (like mice, insects, snakes, or bats), leaves, or dried flowers.