Halloween Decoration Ideas

This Halloween, make your house the most festive one on the block. If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, wow them with some spectacular outdoor decorations. Want to make it extra spooky? Two professional haunted house designers share how to decorate your lawn for Halloween—plus, don’t forget to make an eerie first impression with your front door. Once the exterior is all set, it’s time to set up the indoor decorations. Instead of spending money at the party store on Halloween décor, try these DIY Halloween decorations made from everyday items you probably already have around the house. These crafts are both unique and easy to make—perfect to showcase during a Halloween party. From the staircase to the mantel, there are so many creative places to display Halloween decor. Of course, it wouldn’t be All Hallows’ Eve without a pumpkin or two. Here, an expert shares how to carve a pumpkin like a pro. Or, avoid the mess altogether and try these no-carve pumpkin ideas.

8 No-Carve Pumpkins

Transform this classic fall gourd with quick and creative decorating ideas. Sound too easy? You’re in for a treat.

8 Scary Good Ideas for Your Halloween Table

If you’re hosting a Halloween dinner party, impress guests by taking a cue from these expertly crafted tables.

10 Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids

Get the kids involved with decorating the house for Halloween. Or use these ideas as an activity if you’re throwing a seasonal party.

4 Spellbinding Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Front Door

Try these easy ways to dress up your door for the spookiest season of the year.

Spooky Halloween Décor

When October comes around, it’s time to get frightfully creative with your Halloween décor. If you’re not afraid to go dramatic and even a little macabre, there are plenty of scary Halloween decorations that will transform your house into a “haunted” one (except without the ghosts or chilling sounds). When it comes to decorating your space for this spooky season, think about some nooks, corners, and surfaces that you might normally overlook—putting décor there makes the effect even more mysterious and surprising. Your stairs could use an eerie adornment, so what about a Halloween-inspired garland? The mantel is always a prime spot for staging a scary vignette—we have some eye-catching candleholders to create the look. If you’re hosting a Halloween dinner party, you’ll want to set the scene with a dark and mysterious table—place some spooky candlestick holders or a dark and mysterious table runner to turn your dinner into a bewitching night. You won’t want to forget about lighting, which is one of the best and easiest ways to transform the mood of a room. Light some candles that give off a peculiar glow, or add some frightful accents to your existing lighting. If you’re worried about your house looking over-the-top, there are plenty of elegant options that are far from campy and cheesy (and won’t be jarring to any visitors or little kids). And if you want something that’s not ghoulish or morbid, we have décor options for that, too. Your house will be the most spirited one on the block.

13 Halloween Party Invitations

As any good hostess knows, the invitation sets the tone for your party. After all, it’s the first thing that guests will see. And since an invitation is likely the first thing you’ll purchase for your event, the shopping process is the time to get creative. Is your invitation dark with something scary, like red vampire eyes? Maybe that will inspire you to transform your party space into a haunted house of sorts? Are the kids excited about hosting a costume contest with games, like bobbing for apples? Pick a cute illustrated invitation. Or, maybe you’re drawn to the sophisticated stationery with high-quality paper and a gorgeous scrawling font? That may lead you to invite your guests to a formal dinner party that’s less frightful costume party, more mysterious masquerade. No matter what direction you go in, make sure partygoers get excited about your spooky Halloween bash by sending out fun invitations that fit the theme. These creative finds, hand picked by our editors, will help you spread the word. Now all you have to do is handle the rest of the planning (but, here’s a helpful hint: We can give you a hand with that, too).

DIY Halloween Decorations Made from Old Things

These creative repurposing ideas allow you to make your home frightfully festive without having to step foot into a crowded party store. (Because that would really be a nightmare.)

7 Halloween Accessories for Your Home

We’ve rounded up a handful of adorable products to help bring some frightful fun into your home this October.

8 Pumpkin Carving Stencils

These stencil designs will help you carve the coolest jack-o-lanterns on the block, minimal effort required.

7 Halloween Party Decorations From Etsy

Set a spooky scene with these festive party décor accents.