Fun Halloween Decoration Ideas for Your Home – Inside and Out

It will be October soon and that means pulling out pumpkins, spider webs, witches brooms and other utterly eerie Halloween decorations to create a spooky entrance to your home. Whether you’re a minimalist or prefer a little bit of everything, here are some Halloween decoration ideas you may want to consider. And best off, most are inexpensive DIY projects.

Illuminating a walkway with jack-o-lanterns is an inviting way to guide visitors to your front door. Martha Stewart suggests carving various shapes onto a pumpkin using cookie cutters – hearts, stars, clovers and diamonds.

Created an eerie invitation into your haunted house. This is a simple DIY project I found at Better Homes and Garden. After coming up with the message for your invitation, select a spooky Halloween font like Chiller or Jokerman to be printed on wood-pattern paper. Then paste the message onto balsa and tack the pieces to the wooden steps. If decorating brick or concrete steps, using removable double-stick poster tape seems to do the trick to keep your message in place.

Love the creepy flock of bats swarming this front door. Bat cutouts are a super easy DIY project – you just need black paper and scissors. For more details and a bat stencil, visit Country Living.

A pumpkin covered with orange and chocolate lollipops enables trick-or-treaters to help themselves if they are not too frightened by the paper bat hovering over and witch’s broom propped by the door. The pumpkin is carved from synthetic foam – avoid using a real pumpkin because the moisture from the flesh will turn the lollipops’ paper sticks soggy. To find out more visit Martha Stewart.

There is just something about black crows that freak me out. These decorative birds crows are perfect to perch outside your front door to add more spook factor. They are available at Pottery Barn along with all of the other autumn inspired house decorations (above) including my favorites – the Mixed Leaf Garland, Malta Lanterns and Rattan Pumpkins.

These chic Mercury Glass Glass Pumpkins are out-of-stock at Pottery Barn – darn it! But if you are up for a small craft, visit The DIY Show Off for a fantastic version you can easily do at home.

Here is another great way to decorate a pumpkin without needing a carving set. I spotted this adorable collection of festive painted pumpkins at Tiny Talk. I am going to be pulling out my gold spray paint and pens for sure!

If throwing a Halloween party decorate the ‘green’ way with fun prints perfect for any age group or gender. Green Planet Parties offers an adorable and sustainable Halloween Decorations Party Kit. The kit includes: two trick-or-treat bags, ten flag banner and tablecloth with a dozen bat appliques that are sustainable tabletop confetti.

These folk art inspired Pirate Pumpkin and Halloween Cat figurines at Gumps would be perfect to dress up an entryway. The cat’s glitter-dusted tulle collar is the best. And their heads are set on springs and move!

These aged terra-cotta cubes decorated with vintage lettering spell out an eerie warning to your guests. Perfect to arrange on the buffet, fireplace mantel or dining table. Also available at Gumps
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22 Responses to Fun Halloween Decoration Ideas for Your Home – Inside and Out

  1. maureen @ The Inglenook Decor September 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    too cute! so many ideas!

  2. Beth Dunn September 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Those pics are so great. I do love Halloween/fall decorating. So fun! xoxo

  3. Laura Casey Interiors September 26, 2009 at 1:48 am #

    CUTE ideas! love them all and especially those stacked pumpkins!

  4. Averill September 25, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    Great ideas, Cristin! In particular, I love those mercury glass pumpkins and the “beware” cubes — too freakin' cute.

  5. sonyato September 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Love these ideas! I especially like the Jack-o-lantern illuminated walkway.

    Check out my blog article on DIY Halloween decorations: http://blog.sticviews.com/?p=765

  6. Fifi Flowers September 25, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    LOVE those pumpkins on shelves… FAB!!!

  7. Lauren September 25, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    The first pix is lovely…I would love to do this, but the lollipop pumpkin is adorable and looks easier to do. Thanks for the inspirational pix! Your fall ideas look like a lot of fun!

  8. Leanne September 25, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    Thanks for visiting my site. I love the fall decorating ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lindsey Conrad - Nabors September 25, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    I love those painted pumpkins!!! Cute cute!!

  10. Claudia@DipityRoad September 25, 2009 at 4:25 am #

    Hi! What a fun post! Getting people into the Halloween spirit already.

    Very creative stuff.

    If you have a moment, stop by and say hi! I would love to have you.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  11. likelydesign September 25, 2009 at 4:25 am #

    Great roundup – I love the gold pumpkin idea, too! If only I had a big front porch like those… 🙂

    Lindsay @ Likely Design

  12. DesignTies September 25, 2009 at 4:19 am #

    I don't remember anyone doing Hallowe'en decorating when I was a kid, just jack-o-lanterns on Hallowe'en night. People really go all out now!! The door with the bats is really cool — in a spooky kind of way 🙂

    I think Julia at Hooked on Houses said she picked up her mercury pumpkins at TJ Maxx. I've seen them here in Canada at HomeSense.

    Kelly

  13. Porch Days September 25, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    Thanks for all the great ideas. Those bats across the door are very effective.

  14. Jenny Kerr September 25, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    I love the silver pumpkins!

  15. Kitty September 25, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    love it all, especially the gilded pumpkins and the swarm of bats. a bat swooped down on me at 5:45 in the morning a few weeks ago, so i got a kick out of the decorations!

  16. Laura Trevey September 25, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    This is a fabulous post with so many wonderful and creative ideas!!! We painted pumpkins white last year, and they really stand out 🙂

    xo Laura
    http://www.brightboldbeautiful.blogspot.com

  17. The DIY Show Off September 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi Cristin! I came over to say hi and got involved in your wonderful post with all of that beautiful Halloween inspiration then – I see a link to my project! I'm so pleasantly surprised and flattered. ::smile!:: Thank you!

    Roeshel

  18. Struggler September 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    Lovely ideas here – the pumpkin with lollipops is great 🙂

  19. Half of the Style Sisters September 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    Love all the ideas!

  20. sarah @ realestatestyle September 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    I am loving the painted pumpkins!

  21. Diann September 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    I love the bats….that's one I might try. I keep a “two day limit” for Halloween decorations. Would like to fine people for still having them up by Thanksgiving!

  22. anhesty September 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    what great ideas! i am going to get the stencil for the bats and ghosts and i am thinking of putting them on my front door like the image above. thanks!!!!!