Get Creative with DIY Halloween Decorations

Nov 10 2023
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Unfortunately for us Halloween was spent miserable on the couch together this year. Lodi and I both got hit by Covid and we had been pretty excited to do some costume contest hopping too! We were both SO sick the night just came and went with us timing our doses of Sudafed so we didn’t over dose lol. Hopefully next Halloween will be a better one!

A snowy and cold November starting out winter off in the expected way in northern Minnesota. Getting to know my house again and getting cozy.
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At the time of year when Halloween is just around the corner, it’s time to transform your house into a spooky, eerie, and altogether bewitching place. Sure, you can go out and buy decorations, but there is just something special about creating your DIY decorations. This allows you to get creative and put your personality into your Halloween setup. Here are some spooktacular DIY Halloween decoration ideas that keep getting more popular yearly.

Ghostly Garlands

Garlands are an easy and effective way to add a spooky atmosphere to your home. You can create ghostly garlands by using white fabric or tissue paper. Use scissors to cut out the shapes. There are many different Halloween-themed shapes that you can choose from. Good ideas include ghosts, bats, cats, pumpkins, skeletons, witches’ hats, and any other shape you can manage. Hang the shapes on a piece of string or wool. You can also hang them on a string of fairy lights. As the lights flicker, it will look like the ghosts are floating in mid-air, creating a hauntingly beautiful effect.

Pumpkin Magic

When you think of Halloween, the first image in your head is of carved pumpkins with lights shining out of them. Pumpkin carving is a cherished Halloween tradition followed by many people. You can use the traditional Jack-o’-lantern faces for your decoration, or you can explore more DIY pumpkin carving ideas. Alternative carving ideas include famous literary figures like Harry Potter and characters from movies. You can also carve your favourite landscapes out of your pumpkin. If you want your pumpkin to be chic, you can paint it in metallic shades of gold and silver. These colours will give the warm glow of candlelight a beautiful reflection.

Witchy Wreaths

Hang a homemade witchy wreath on your front door to welcome guests. You need to use a circular base to make your Halloween wreath. This base can be made out of twigs, plastic, or foam. The fun part is when you get to decorate it with various Halloween-themed decorations. You can use faux spiders and cobwebs, black feathers, miniature witches’ brooms, or even little pumpkins. To make your wreath more elegant or add a bit of mystery, you can add black ribbons and small LED lights. Hang the finished product on the door to set the mood for a bewitching Halloween night.

Eerie Illumination

Lighting plays an important part in setting a spooky ambience in your Halloween decorations. You can take the DIY approach and make lanterns out of Mason jars. Paint the jars with translucent orange or black paint. As soon as the paint is dry, you can draw eerie faces on them with permanent markers. Put battery-operated candles or rolled-up fairy lights into the jars. Now, you have the perfect set of creepy lanterns to use for illuminating your porch or windows. For an added touch, you can scatter some leaves and twigs around the base of the lanterns.

Enchanted Garden

Suppose you’re lucky enough to have a garden. In that case, you can transform it into an enchanted space filled with mysterious delights and surprises. A good idea is to create your haunted graveyard. You can use old pieces of wood to make the tombstones. For an added touch, you can paint the names of fictional characters or famous historical figures onto the tombstones. Spray paint some PVC pipes to make skeletal remains. Scatter these bones at the base of the tombstones. You can hang white sheets in the trees to make them look like ghostly figures swaying in the wind. Adding flickering candles or lanterns will create an eerie glow, making your garden look like a Halloween wonderland.

Macabre Dining

Suppose you’re hosting a Halloween dinner party. In that case, you can go all out by making some macabre DIY decorations for the table. You can craft your creepy centrepiece for the table. Put floating candles and plastic eyeballs into a glass bowl filled with water. Put the bowl on a bed of fake spiderwebs for a creepy effect. You can make personalised place cards shaped like bats, witches hats, pumpkins, or other Halloween-themed shapes. Use a Gothic font to write the guests’ names to make it look old but elegant. You can fold the napkins into pumpkins and secure them with green ribbons for stems.

Spine-Chilling Soundscapes

Enhance the spooky atmosphere at your house with a haunting playlist. You can create a mix containing eerie sound effects, Halloween-themed songs, and scores from famous spooky movies. There are Halloween playlists available online, or you can make your own by editing parts from horror movies and adding the sounds of howling wind and creaking doors for extra effect. Place Bluetooth speakers in strategic places throughout your house and garden so that a spine-chilling soundscape surrounds your guests.

Wicked Window Silhouettes

Give your neighbours and bypassers a Halloween treat with your DIY wicked window silhouettes. Cut eerie shapes like bats, haunted houses, and witches out of black paper. Attach the shapes to your windows so that they look like spooky silhouettes from the outside. Use white or orange Christmas lights to light the shapes from the back and make them stand out against the darkness. To make it even more mystical, you can add movement by hanging a witch figure on a broomstick to make it look like it’s flying past your window.

Ghoulish Games and Activities

Make sure to entertain your guests with Halloween-themed games and activities. You can allow everyone to create their carving masterpieces by setting up a pumpkin carving station with an assortment of carving tools and stencils. Hold a costume contest with different categories and small prizes. The costume contest can include Best Monster, Spookiest Ghost, and other categories. For even more mystery, you can create a murder mystery game where guests can play different characters who have to work together to solve the Halloween-themed mystery.

Tasty Treats and Potions

Top off your Halloween celebration with deliciously spooky DIY treats and potions. Bake cookies in different shapes, including bats, cats, pumpkins, ghosts, and witches’ hats. Decorate them with black and orange icing. Set up a potion bar where you can create various Halloween-themed drinks. Popular drink ideas include the Witch’s Brew, made with a green punch and floating sherbet, and Vampire Blood, made from cranberry juice with a splash of soda. Finally, use dry ice to add a foggy effect to your drinks to make them look mysterious and magical.


This article gave the reader a few creative ideas for Halloween decorations. Making your decorations will help you get into the spirit of the holiday while having fun with family and friends. The possibilities are endless as long as you have enough imagination and the right spirit. Visit for more fun DIY Halloween ideas.

A snowy and cold November starting out winter off in the expected way in northern Minnesota. Getting to know my house again and getting cozy.
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