Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Home – Many DIY & Inexpensive

 {image via Martha Stewart}
As summer comes to an end, soon we will be pulling out  eerie decor such as  bats, jack-o-lanterns and spider webs to greet Halloween trick-or-treaters to your home. Whether you’re a minimalist or prefer a little bit of everything, here are some Halloween decorating ideas you may want to consider. And best off, most are inexpensive DIY projects.
Greet your guest with illuminated mini pumpkins. This DIY project from Country Living, is fairly easy. First, pencil letters on hollowed pumpkins and carving out  an opening from the bottom. Using a 1/2 inch drill, create holes to form each letter. Then string Christmas tree lights, gathered in small bunches to light up each pumpkin and remove bulbs where the string descends to the next row.
Decorating your doorstep for Halloween can be as simple as adding a spooky doormat. This bat-themed doormat is another easy DIY project. For the “how to”, visit Better Homes and Garden. Bif! Baf! Pow! Batman!
Decorating your fireplace mantel is way to decorate  the inside of your home for Halloween. This mantel with greeting from the grave is from Delish. The “boo” pumpkins {in a size that will fit on the width of your mantel} can be either bought that way or spray painted with white enamel paint. A black marker was used to draw out the letters B-O-O. The creepy ivy is simply real or artificial ivy spray painted black. Use black spray paint to color artificial ivy from the craft store or real ivy from your garden. Love this simple DIY idea!
These bewitchingly cute, Halloween Revelers are impeccably dressed for a night on the town. The spooky trio is another great option to decorate your fireplace mantel, buffet or dining room  table. Each character is handmade and available at Gump’s San Francisco.
Battery-operated candles are a kid and pet-friendly way to decorate your home for Halloween. These battery-operated candles with eerie Halloween landscapes are available at Pottery Barn Kids.
Hanging spiders or placing them on tables is cute way to decorate a home for Halloween. It is also a fun DIY, inexpensive project you can do with your kids. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 skein black yarn (not shiny or metallic), 5 pipe cleaners per spider, scissors and 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch green or orange buttons for the eyes. The directions are here at eighteen25.
Displaying a spooktacular “subway” sign is a darling way to get your home in the Halloween mood. I would create one for a menu or activies at a Halloween Party. Crafty blogger, A Glimpse Inside shows us how to make a subway sign using a machine cutter here.
A tree with mini treat bags in festive prints is a fun way to distribute treats to guests. For instructions for this DIY craft, visit Woman’s Day
Many of us look to Martha Stewart’s creations for inspiration when decorating for Halloween. This black chest is loaded with Halloween treats. Brilliant idea! Pumpkins decorated with candy top large glass jars filled to the top with more treats. For the “how to” on decorating a pumpkin with candy, go here.
Simple cupcakes are ready for Halloween guests when ghoulish skulls and boo greeting is added. Download the printable images for free at Paper Glitter
Not a decoration, but these trick-or-treat bags at Pottery Barn Kids are too cute to pass up. These three are my favorites and can be personalized! PBK has lots of fun Halloween costumes for your little one this year too.
Speaking of cute kids Halloween costumes, Chasing Fireflies has an amazing selection. {loving the Queen or Hearts and Viking Warrior first image above} They are not inexpensive, but the fine detailing can’t be ignored.The baby and dog costumes are the best!
Need more ideas? Visit, this link for even more Halloween decorating ideas.
What is your favorite Halloween decoration or craft?
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19 Responses to Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Home – Many DIY & Inexpensive

  1. Allison September 30, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi Christin! I just found your blog in my stats and came to check you out. Thanks so much for featuring my subway art! Love all our other ideas as well. Now that I've found you… I'm a new follower!

  2. Terri September 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    I've been collecting Halloween stuff for years and love to decorate for the holiday. I think my favorite decoration, is adorning my front stoop with pumpkins!

  3. meeyeehere September 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    That just got me all excited for Halloween,thanks!

  4. CDS September 14, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    Halloween..I don't know that we'll be doing anything…I'm going to be about 38 weeks prego! I LOVE these ideas though, the costumes are precious!!

  5. Struggler September 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    I'm not normally a big spider fan, but in this case I agree with Pinecone Camp: very cute!

  6. Pinecone Camp September 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    the spider on the cute turquoise lampshade is adorable!

  7. diane@onlinefabricstore September 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    some unique ideas. I love the pumpkins as canister lids..very clever. Does anyone know where summer went?

  8. Erica @ Decorica September 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    So cute! I love the Halloween candy in the clear jars.

    Check out my pillow give away this week!

  9. Laura Trevey September 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Cristin!

    Love all the Halloween inspiration 🙂 So fun!

    btw, You won the original watercolor giveaway on BB&B…. woo hoo!

    xoxo Laura

  10. Champe@MyDesignGuide.com September 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    We have an 8 foot blow up Frankenstein that my husband loves. He saw a 12 foot one at Lowe's last week….ughh….I think we may own it soon.
    My Design Guide rule of thumb – less is more! (Just one giant Frankenstein. Does that count?)

  11. Kellie Dobbie September 13, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Love the mantel decoration….simple but appealing. And the mini Halloween tree….very creative. Thanks for the ideas.

  12. Lauren September 13, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    I've put out some pumpkin decorations and cannot wait to add some Halloween decor to it all! These beautiful pictures inspire me to CrEaTe!

  13. Claudia Juestel September 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    Wonderful ideas Cristin. Love the treat tree and the white pumpkins on the mantel.



  14. Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. September 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Very cute!!!

  15. Jo September 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Love this post! With the weather turning cool I'm itching to decorate for Halloween.

    Thanks for the ideas ~

  16. Mandi Smith T September 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Too cute!! I am going to the attic to pull everything out and get busy!!

  17. Vanessa September 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Great inspiration and so doable! Love the BOO pumpkins on the fireplace – will try that.

  18. Centsational Girl September 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Fantastic roundup ! Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

  19. ashlina {the decorista} September 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    cute cute cute. i am so excited for the holiday! xo