These spellbinding Halloween decorating ideas require barely any toil or trouble.

By Betsy Goldberg
September 15, 2016
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Skulls and bones scattered along the steps give the walkway a gruesome graveyard vibe. Add chunky chains (at party stores) and overturned pumpkins and planters to evoke the creepy chaos of a ransack. Create an angel of death (knocking at your door): Affix feather wings to a skull with craft glue and hang it from the knocker.
| Credit: Jonny Valiant
Credit: Jonny Valiant

Try a twisted take on flowers with a magnolia wreath and garland spray-painted black. For a lusher garland, attach black paper roses and globe ornaments with clear fishing line.

Credit: Jonny Valiant

This graphic gallery is especially dramatic on a dark door; if you have a light-colored one, cover it with matte black tinfoil first (Rosco matte black cinefoil, $33, amazon.com). Use painter’s tape to adhere mismatched (and lightweight) black, white, and metallic frames in a haphazard array. Then fill them in with party-store oddities: masks, antlers, frog skeletons—the weirder, the better.

Flip over your planters and voilà : They’re pedestals for your pumpkins. Natural white pumpkins (or spray-painted ones) give off a ghostlike aura.

Credit: Jonny Valiant

Set a house-of-horrors scene with an attack of faux crows (available at craft stores): Hang some with Command hooks and clear fishing line; nestle others in a grapevine wreath and a raffia-wrapped bundle of branches. To prep your door, cover it with red gift wrap, then add a crinkly layer of matte black tinfoil. Give it a few good rips for claw marks.

Credit: Jonny Valiant

Skulls and bones scattered along the steps give the walkway a gruesome graveyard vibe. Add chunky chains (at party stores) and overturned pumpkins and planters to evoke the creepy chaos of a ransack.

Create an angel of death (knocking at your door): Affix feather wings to a skull with craft glue and hang it from the knocker.