Creative Indoor Halloween Decorations

Decorating your porch for the spooky holiday is a must, but these ideas will inspire you to bring a little bit of the seasonal spirit indoors, too. 

Whether you’re planning a blowout bash for your entire address book or simply awaiting the neighborhood trick or treaters, Real Simple’s indoor Halloween décor roundup features the perfect array of projects to both inspire and awe.

Our selection showcases a variety of traditional ideas with a modern twist. Forget the classic carved pumpkin faces—a balloon-dipped pumpkin is this season’s new go-to. In lieu of placing a dish of predictable candy corn on your coffee table, try wrapping cones with yellow, orange, and white yarn for a guilt-free treat instead. To anchor your tabletop, doesn’t a set of spooky crystal ball candlesticks sound more appealing than a conventional wax one? Place several Edgar Allan Poe themed ravens around your home with different messages in their mouths for an unexpected treat for your favorite bookworm. A Haunted House embroidery project and a Sugar Skull wreath—both of which can be featured in your favorite nook or foyer—finish out are mementos you can store and place out for years to come. 


Yarn Candy Corn Cones

Photo by Down Home Inspiration

For a suagr-free indulgence this Halloween, try your hand at making yarn candy corn cones that look just like the real thing. Try clustering several different cone heights together like Kristen from Down Home Inspiration did for a unique table topper or mantle décor this Halloween.

Photo and idea from Down Home Inspiration. Get the how-to here.


Balloon-Dipped Pumpkins

Photo by balloon-dipped-pumpkins

Skip the overdone paint-dipped pumpkin trend this season. By incorporating balloons, you’ll create a mess-free arrangement that’s also a breeze to make. You can stick to a traditional orange, white, and black color scheme or take inspiration from Brittni at Paper & Stitch and include some pops of unexpected color for a pretty display that’s ready for its close-up.

Photo and idea from Paper & Stitch. Get the how-to here.


Poe-Inspired Ravens

Photo by My 3 Monsters

For a spooky and literary-inspired addition to your Halloween décor this year, try these diminutive felt ravens. Each bird bears a different word of your choosing and can be completed in under an hour. Take inspiration from Amy of My 3 Monsters and perch them next to a stack of vintage hardcover books for an authentic effect.

Photo and idea from My 3 Monsters. Get the how-to here.


Sugar Skull Wreath

Photo by That's My Letter

Turn last summer’s leftover pool noodles into a Halloween craft that’s worthy of center stage. This sugar skull wreath involves only a few supplies and a hot glue gun. For contrast, Jaime from That’s My Letter placed hers against a piece of painted plywood.

Photo and idea from That’s My Letter. Get the how-to here.


Spooky Crystal Ball Halloween Candlesticks

Photo by Flamingo Toes

Using an assortment of varied candlestick shapes and sizes, you can assemble this Victorian-inspired project in a pinch. Beverly from Flamingo Toes provides a handy link to her graphics so you won’t waste time scouring the internet for the perfect creepy images.

Photo and idea from Flamingo Toes. Get the how-to here.


Haunted House Embroidery

Photo by Cutesy Crafts

Switch out the traditional welcome sign in your foyer for this “Home Sweet (Haunted) Home” embroidery. This cute ghost and bat-adorned project from Jessica at Cutesy Crafts can either be left in the hoop or framed for a ghoulish entrance sign.

Photo and idea from Cutesy Crafts. Get the how-to here.