40 Easy to Make DIY Halloween Decor Ideas (2024)

Halloween is a great time for decorating. Many people spend days, not to mention a small fortune, making their homes look scary and fun. The truth is that you don’t really have to spend a fortune on Halloween decor.

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You can actually make some great pieces to display for the holiday. Because it's fall, the colors are great for the period between Halloween and Thanksgiving, so many of these DIY projects can carry you through until the Christmas decorating season. There are so many wonderful ideas in our Halloween decor collection, and you get instructions on how to make everything.

If you want to spook up your home or just add a bit of autumn to your decorating, you can find a number of great ideas to give your decor a Halloween look without spending a lot of money. The projects are easy and so great that you may even have to help your neighbors spruce up their Halloween decorating

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  • Tin Can Luminaries
  • Floating Witch Hat Luminaries
  • Black Cat O’Lanterns
  • Floating Ghost
  • Spooky Halloween Candle Light Cups
  • Halloween Luminaries
  • Bloody Handprint Window Clings
  • DIY Glow in the Dark Pumpkins
  • Eerie Chicken Wire Ghost
  • Candy Corn Centerpiece
  • Hanging Bat Chandelier
  • Ghostly Peep Centerpiece
  • Hanging Ghosts
  • Crafty Pumpkins
  • Stenciled Pumpkins
  • Bright and Scary Stairs
  • Cat Pumpkins
  • Flying Bats
  • Halloween Wreath
  • Pumpkin Family
  • House-O-Lantern
  • Spooky Interior
  • Black Birds
  • Window Silhouettes
  • Eerie Window
  • Decorative Pumpkins
  • Halloween Door Hanger
  • Glowing Ghouls
  • Felt Halloween Wreath
  • Magnetic Spiders
  • Eerie Mummy Graveyard
  • Trick or Treating Décor
  • Colorful Ombre Pumpkins
  • Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving
  • Decorative Pumpkin Vases
  • Glittery Pumpkins
  • Painted Mini-Pumpkins
  • Spooky Door Greeter
  • Yard Tombstones
  • Stair Decorations
  • Pumpkin Luminaries
  • Glowing Ghosts
  • Candy Centerpiece
  • Flowerpot Pumpkins
  • Salt Dough Ghosts
  • Scary Spider Hatchlings
  • Flapping Bat

Tin Can Luminaries

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Tin can luminaries are a great way to add a bit of Halloween to your home without spending a lot of money. If you already have the cans on hand, you actually won’t have to spend anything. These are great for lining your drive, sitting on your porch or you can add an extra hole and hang them. The project is really easy to make and looks so unique.

Floating Witch Hat Luminaries

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These witch hats are the perfect things to light up your porch, and give it just the right Halloween touch. Easy to make and cheap, we might add, anyone can add a little whimsy to their décor with these. They light up, so you can use them to let neighborhood kids know that you’re ready with that trick-or-treat candy. We love them just because they’re adorable, and did we mention that they are cheap and easy to make?

Black Cat O’Lanterns

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Give your front porch, entryway, or even your living room a great Halloween look with these cute black cats. If you’re tired of carving pumpkins but still want them incorporated into your holiday décor, this is the perfect alternative. Black cats are created from stacked pumpkins, and a candle gives it that eerie Halloween glow. Stack them on the front steps to give your trick-or-treaters a real thrill. What we love most about these is that they’re simple to create, and there’s no mess to clean up afterwards!

Floating Ghost

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Reuse those old plastic soda bottles and get a great Halloween decoration at the same time. We love anything that includes repurposing, and this floating ghost is so adorable that you’ll want to make one from every bottle you have on hand. You just need a few basic supplies, and this one is so easy the kids can make it, with adult supervision, of course. Go ahead, put those old bottles to use, and create this cute little guy to decorate the porch or living room.

Spooky Halloween Candle Light Cups

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How easy is this! You just take a few old plastic cups, or new ones if that’s what you want to use, and create these great spooky candle cups. You need colored cups and a few LED lights, all of which you can pick up at the Dollar Store for just a couple of bucks. These are great for decorating the porch or a stairway. Maybe string them together and make your own lighted Halloween garland! Imagine the possibilities!

Halloween Luminaries

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Ok, so you know you want luminaries as part of your decorating. These DIY bag luminaries are easy to make and will only cost you a couple of dollars. You can use recycled bags and other supplies and make them even cheaper. They’re great for putting on the porch rail or lining the stairway. Easy to make and gorgeous, you can design these however you want to make them unique. Let the kids in on the fun, too.

Bloody Handprint Window Clings

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Ok, so you want something really scary? These DIY window clings are just the ticket. It will literally scare your neighbors, and they’re really easy to create. Imagine the fun of having these bloody prints all over your windows when those trick-or-treaters come by. Or, use them to create a theme for a really spooky Halloween party. Kids will love making them, and best of all, they’re easy and really inexpensive. Paint up all the windows in your house, you know you want to!

DIY Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

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Wow, this is a last-minute tutorial from ilovetocreate! Glow in the dark projects are widely popular, so why not introduce this trend in this year's Halloween decorations. It's not free but well worth the time and effort. Step-by-step instructions at iLovetoCreate.

Eerie Chicken Wire Ghost

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If you have chicken wire or other fencing lying around the yard, you can make a very scary ghost and not the traditional kind with an old white sheet. These ghosts are great for hiding in wooded areas and scaring people. You just have to form the ghost like a person, and because of the fencing, it will look eerily accurate. Imagine the fun that you can have when you have a few of these around the yard!

Candy Corn Centerpiece

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No table is complete for Halloween without a candy corn centerpiece. These great décor items are super easy to make and look great on any table. You just basically have to spray paint the candy corn colors onto old glass bottles and then decorate however you want. This is a great project to keep for next year. You can make one or several and create a beautiful display. Don’t forget to add a little real candy corn, though, just because it’s so yummy.

Hanging Bat Chandelier

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Nothing says Halloween quite like a few black bats, and you can create your own chandelier with hanging bats to decorate your home or porch. You need a few key supplies like black card stock, quilting thread, and embroidery hoops, plus you will want to draw or trace a few bats in different sizes. If you are planning a Halloween party, this is a must for your decorations.

Ghostly Peep Centerpiece

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Who says that a centerpiece can’t be edible? Ghostly peeps in small jelly jars make the perfect centerpiece for parties or just set them out for your family. You just bake your little marshmallow “ghosts” on top of a batch of chocolate brownies (yummy) and then add single servings to the jars. Then, just decorate the jars however you want, and you have a great centerpiece for any spooky occasion.

Hanging Ghosts

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Ghosts are a must when it comes to Halloween decorating, and these are really easy to make. With a few Styrofoam balls, some cheesecloth, and a black marker, you can create tons of these little guys to hang all over your porch or inside your house if you prefer. Shredding the cheesecloth at the bottom gives your ghosts a very eerie look. These look just like the ones you can get from Pottery Barn but for only a fraction of the price.

Crafty Pumpkins

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So, pumpkins have to be part of your Halloween décor, right? Instead of carving them, however, you can decorate them in other ways. This lets you have really great décor for the holiday, and you can save the inside of the pumpkin for Thanksgiving. Decorate your Halloween pumpkins with ribbon, buttons, markers, or whatever you have on hand. You can be as creative as you like.

Stenciled Pumpkins

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Stenciled pumpkins are getting to be really popular. Instead of cutting and carving pumpkins, many people prefer to simply stencil in their designs. This makes the pumpkin last longer and gives you a ton of ways to be creative. You can find stencils in just about any design you want and then you simply have to go to work putting those designs on the pumpkins. This is a really easy and really creative décor project.

Bright and Scary Stairs

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If you have stairs on your porch, you have the perfect opportunity for Halloween décor. Consider jack-o-lanterns in various different sizes all stacked neatly on the steps. You can place one on every step, and when they are lit, they will illuminate your porch and look really scary (not really; they’ll look really great). Do the pumpkins in untraditional carvings with leaves, and then add a few dried leaves and gourds for a really cool look.

Cat Pumpkins

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Cat pumpkins are great home décor ideas, and these are really easy to make. You just need craft pumpkins, Styrofoam balls, some paint, and a few other supplies to create adorable cats that are perfect for your Halloween decorating. You can make them in a number of different sizes and have them all over the house. If you love cats and you love Halloween decorating, this is the perfect project for you.

Flying Bats

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Add flying bats to your wall for a really spooky Halloween look. You just have to cut bats in all different sizes out of black cardstock and then just add them to the wall with tape. You can use these inside or out, so if you have a party, you can have bats flying from room to room or decorate your porch and the exterior of your home. These are really easy to make and look great no matter how many you create.

Halloween Wreath

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Every holiday deserves a wreath, and they are so easy to make that you really should have one for Halloween. You can buy a grapevine wreath at any hobby supply store and then just add whatever you want for decoration. Have spiders, bats, mummies, or any other spooky creatures, and finish it off with a cool Halloween ribbon. You can hang wreaths on the front door or just anywhere that you want a little extra spook going on.

Pumpkin Family

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An adorable pumpkin family is a great centerpiece for your Halloween table. You can use real pumpkins or pick up some craft pumpkins at your favorite hobby store. Get a lot of different sizes so that you can make different family members and make a pumpkin for each member of your own family. Kids will love putting together their own pumpkin person, and you can decorate them with buttons, ribbons, or anything else you want.


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If you really want to be creative, you can turn your entire house into a jack-o-lantern. You just need corrugated cardboard to create the “face” and a dedicated window for the jack-o-lantern to live. You will need to ensure that the cardboard fits tightly into the window and then just cut the face out so that light shines through it. This is one of the easiest ways to get your house decorated for Halloween, and if you have cardboard on hand, it won’t cost you a cent.

Spooky Interior

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From ghost jugs to a Halloween tree, there are many creative ways that you can decorate for the holiday. Ghost jugs are easy. You just paint a ghostly face on a gallon-sized jug, one that is clear, and then add lighting. A Halloween tree looks great with a pumpkin as its base, and you can hang small candy containers from it, making it a sweet and spooky decoration.

Black Birds

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If you are a fan of Poe, this bird decorating idea is for you. An entryway filled with ravens is a great way to decorate. Just use pumpkins to hold barren branches and perch a few of these spooky black birds on them. Ravens are spooky enough on their own, but when you add several of them, you will really have an eerie entryway.

Window Silhouettes

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Instead of spending money on store-bought decorations, simply cut out a few silhouettes from black cardstock or cardboard painted black and place them on your windows. You can create ghosts, witches, cats, or just anything that you want. The silhouettes will hang with just a little scotch tape and will come down easily so that you can store them away for next year.

Eerie Window

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Decorating is easy with just a bit of imagination. You can quickly turn a regular window into something straight out of Psycho. You just need to create a few spider webs, which you can purchase or make out of torn cheesecloth, and then add spiders. A candelabra makes a great finishing touch, and be sure to add a few bats and other scary creatures.

Decorative Pumpkins

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Pumpkins don’t necessarily have to be carved. If you find a few smaller ones, you can use them to decorate without worrying about carving them up. Just place colorful pumpkins on white plates, bowls, or even candlesticks to create a beautiful and very Halloween-looking centerpiece. You can use these wherever you need a bit of extra Halloween décor.

Halloween Door Hanger

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Make your own spooky door hanger with just some cardstock and a few decorating supplies. These are great for younger kids to make because they are really easy. An adult will need to cut a hole for the doorknob, but otherwise, small children can decorate at will. Have one on your front door and every other door in your home to be really decorative.

Glowing Ghouls

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These glowing ghosts are great and really easy to make. You just need to snap a light stick so for the glowing part and place it inside a white balloon. Once the balloon is inflated and tied closed, you can draw a face on your ghost with a black market. Make as many as you want, and once the lights go out, you will really spook up the place.

Felt Halloween Wreath

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You can turn a Styrofoam wreath into a great door decoration with just a little orange felt and some accessories. Making wreaths is really easy, and they look great hanging from the front door. You just have to cut the felt into circles and basically fold and stuff them all together, holding them to the wreath with pins. This is a great project because it is really easy and very inexpensive; plus, you can decorate your wreath however you want.

Magnetic Spiders

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Ok, so some of us are absolutely terrified of spiders, but for those who aren’t, decorating with them is great for Halloween. You can pick up a large bag of plastic spider rings at most Dollar Stores or Dollar Tree Stores for around $1. This gives you loads of spiders, and then you just have to remove the ring and hot glue a magnet to them. Use your magnetic spiders to decorate metal doors and window frames, mirrors, or anywhere you have metal.

Eerie Mummy Graveyard

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If you are someone who goes all-out for Halloween, you simply must plan a graveyard on your lawn. Foam planks are great for cutting out tombstones, and you can make a mummy by just wrapping medical gauze around a balloon or other similarly shaped item. Your trick-or-treaters will love that you have gone the extra mile, and people will appreciate your scariness when you have a graveyard right in front of your house.

Trick or Treating Décor

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You can really dress up your home for Halloween without spending a lot of cash or even a lot of time in doing so. Simple things like setting out pumpkins or making a wreath are great ideas to give trick-or-treaters a thrill when they visit. To really be creative, consider hot gluing beans or other small fall-colored items onto pumpkins or candles. You can dress up your porch with them or use them indoors if you want.

Colorful Ombre Pumpkins

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There are certainly no rules that say Halloween decorations have to be orange and black only. You can spray paint pumpkins any color that you want so if you prefer more of a rainbow effect, paint your pumpkins different rainbow colors. You can also stick to traditional colors if you want and paint them black (they’re already orange, you know). Or, how about painting your pumpkins the color of candy corn?

Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving

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You don’t have to carve up your pumpkins in order to use them for decoration. You can use paint, markers, or just about anything you want to decorate them so that they will last longer. When you cut a pumpkin, it tends to rot much sooner. If you decorate without carving them, they will last a couple of weeks longer, and you can use them for your Thanksgiving pumpkin pies when you are finished with Halloween.

Decorative Pumpkin Vases

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Pumpkins are very versatile and can be used in so many different decorative ways. For instance, you can carve them out, paint them any color you want, and use them to display your fall flower collections. This is a great idea for parties, or you can just have them sitting around on your porch. Paint them in different colors to match your flowers, or however, you want.

Glittery Pumpkins

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Adding just a little glitter to your pumpkins will give you a great decoration that’s a bit non-traditional. If you pick up a few pumpkins in different sizes, you can create a stunning centerpiece by adding just a little glue and glitter to each one. Use different colors of glitter to make a really unique statement. These are perfect for Halloween and can be carried through to Thanksgiving.

Painted Mini-Pumpkins

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Pumpkins come in all sizes, and the smaller ones are great for indoor decorating. You can paint them different colors and arrange them on the table for a beautiful centerpiece. Or, just sit them around in different areas of your home to bring a bit of Halloween into every room. You can pick up a few larger sizes and use them to decorate your porch. Just spray paint them whatever color you want and mix and match the different sizes.

Spooky Door Greeter

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Imagine the thrill of trick-or-treaters when they see an eerie, glow-in-the-dark figure on your front door. With some cheesecloth and a few other supplies, you can create a frightening figure to greet visitors as they enter. Just shape the cheesecloth to resemble a ghost, death, or whatever you want, and be sure to shred to tear the bottom to make it flow. Add some glow sticks to the back, and your guests will get a fright when they reach your porch.

Yard Tombstones

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Tombstones are a must for Halloween decorating, and they are really easy to make. With a couple of sheets of Styrofoam and a bit of imagination, you can create a great little graveyard on your lawn to scare your neighborhood trick-or-treaters as they enter. You just have to draw and cut out the tombstone shapes, paint them an eerie grey, and then add whatever message you want.

Stair Decorations

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Imagine your indoor stairway filled with Halloween spirit. With just a few pumpkins and some black cardstock, you can create a beautiful display for the holiday. Just cut shapes out of the cardstock, like mice, and arrange them like they are traveling up the stairs. A few pumpkins and maybe a candle or two will complete the décor.

Pumpkin Luminaries

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With a few mason jars and some black construction paper, you can create beautiful luminaries that look like jack-o-lanterns. Just cut out the facial features, hot glue them onto your mason jars, and add a candle. Modge Podge and orange tissue paper will make them the right color, or you could do ghosts or any other scary creature that you can imagine.

Glowing Ghosts

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You can really spook up your porch with a few small ghosts made from cheesecloth. Make them whatever size you need, and if you want something great for a foyer table, these work well. Just string clear lights behind them to make them glow and surround them with scary pumpkins, and you have a really spooky decoration that is easy and inexpensive to create.

Candy Centerpiece

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Candy corn and candy pumpkins are all the rage, and you can use them to dress up your table. Just add them to a tall glass jar or vase, and add a “tree.” Not a real tree, mind you, but take a small branch and spray-paint it black for effect. You can use an empty toilet paper roll to hold the tree in place and even hang small ghosts and other scary creatures from the branches.

Flowerpot Pumpkins

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Put those empty flower pots to use by making them into adorable little pumpkins. You just have to turn them upside down and add faces cut out of construction paper or cardstock. Be sure to put a stick through the hole in the pot to make it look like a stem. These are easy to do and the perfect project for younger children.

Salt Dough Ghosts

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Dress up any holiday table with some homemade ghosts and scary trees you can make out of salt dough. This is a great project for kids who love to be creative. You just need to mix together the salt dough recipe and then mold it into the shapes that you want. You can create an entire Halloween scene using salt dough ghosts and trees crafted from brown paper bags.

Scary Spider Hatchlings

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With a large white balloon – which will look like a spider’s nest- and a few of those cheap spider rings, you can create a very scary-looking spider nest. Just use the balloon for the nest and have the spiders crawling all over it. Cheesecloth cut into strips will give it a spider web quality and can be draped down so that the spiders can crawl toward the floor.

Flapping Bat

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Make a bat that actually flaps its wings for an extra scary effect. This is a good project for younger children, and your little trick-or-treaters will love making the bat flap his wings when they ring your doorbell. You can make several of these and have them hanging all over the house or just place them on the front door so that visitors can give them a flap before they enter.

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