62 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Decorations

A Halloween themed party with food table and decorations

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Your home will never look spookier with these clever and creative DIY decor ideas. Transform your inviting abode into a haunted house or simply add some festive touches to a room.

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    DIY Floating Candles

    DIY Floating Candles
    Eating Bender

    Grab some empty toilet paper rolls and a bag of LED tea light candles to recreate the floating candles from Harry Potter with this clever DIY from Eating Bender that will leave everyone who sees it spellbound.

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    DIY Apothecary Jars

    DIY Apothecary Jars
    Fynes Designs

    Decorate your mantel or coffee table with a cluster of your own handmade apothecary jars that will leave everyone curious to read the labels and see what is inside the curious bottles.

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    DIY Yarn Spiderwebs

    Yarn Spiderwebs
    Oh Happy Day

    Cover the outside of your house, trees, or even walls with these easy to make DIY yarn spiderwebs.

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    Magnetic Spiders

    Magnetic Spiders
    Leigh Laurel Studios

    Make a spooky first impression when people visit your door this Halloween with DIY magnetic spiders that us affordable plastic bugs that can crawl across your door.

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    Glitter Skull

    Glitter Skull
    Glitter Skull Little House on the Corner

    Go glam this Halloween and add a bit of glitter to your decor by making your own super simple to make glitter skull.

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    Yarn Wrapped Candy Corn Decorations

    Yarn Wrapped Candy Corn Decorations
    Occasionally Crafty

    Wrap up some styrofoam cones to make these cute candy corn decorations to use within your home.

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    Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles

    Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles
    Uncommon Designs

    Give the illusion your home is a wizards or witches home by displaying these DIY mercury glass potion bottles this Halloween.

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    Flying Paper Bats

    Flying Paper Bats

    Enhance your stairwell or any wall within your home with a swarm of paper bats.

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    Weathered Tombstones

    Weathered Tombstones
    Rust 2

    Create realistic looking weathered tombstones to create a cemetery on your lawn with this DIY that the whole family can work on together.

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    Faux Black Candles

    Faux Black Candles
    Thrifty Crafty Girl

    Skip the fire hazard of using real candles by transforming battery operated tea light candles to look like dripping black pillar candles

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    Floating Cheesecloth Ghost

    Floating Cheesecloth Ghost
    Love and Laundry

    Add some floating ghosts to your Halloween decor by making them with inexpensive cheesecloth.

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    Printable Spell Book Covers

    Printable Spell Book Covers
    The Idea Room

    Recover books in minutes to look like ancient spell books with printable spell book covers to stack in bookcases or on mantels.

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    Paper Mouse Silhouettes

    Paper Mouse Silhouettes
    By Stephanie Lynn

    Cut out mouse silhouettes from black cardstock to give the illusion that your home is infested with rodents.

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    Trash Bag Spiderwebs

    Trash Bag Spiderwebs
    How About Orange

    Embellish your windows or door frames with spiderwebs made out cutting trash bags

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    Hanging Spiders Table Runner

    Hanging Spiders Table Runner
    Make It Love It

    Deck out your Halloween party table with this spooky DIY spider web table runner complete with dangling spiders on the side.

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    Funny Lawn Tombstones

    Funny Lawn Tombstones
    Amy Krist

    Add some humor to your Halloween decor by making tombstones with funny messages on them.

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    Hanging Candy Corn Window Decoration

    Hanging Candy Corn Window Decoration

    Adorn your windows with hanging candy corns that Trick-or-Treaters can see when they visit your home.

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    Spider Web Urns and Vases

    Spider Web Urns and Vases
    Balancing Home

    Head to your local consignment store and pick up old vases and urns and paint them with spider webs to decorate the interior of your home. We suggests using several clustered together on your fireplace mantel, or filling the spider web dishes with candies to serve to guests.

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    Skull And Cross Bones Pillow

    Skull And Cross Bones Pillow
    Melly Wood's Mansion

    Accessorize your sofa for Halloween with this skull and cross bones pillow that you can easily make.

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    Illuminated Ghost Garland

    Illuminated Ghost Garland
    Taryn Whiteaker

    This cute DIY ghost garland is made out of patio lanterns and is perfect for illuminating the path to your home or your front porch.

    Illuminated Ghost Garland from Taryn Whiteaker 

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    DIY Cement Pumpkin Candle Holders

    Pumpkin candle holders
    Oleander and Palm

    Get ready for Halloween by making some pumpkin candle holders that will look amazing in your home by filling mini plastic pumpkins with cement. Once complete the mini cement pumpkin candle holders would look amazing with black or orange candles on a table in your home.

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    DIY Spider Web Cups

    Spider web cups
    Sarah Hearts

    Enhance regular cups or even plastic cups for your Halloween celebrations by using thin black tape on the bottom of the cups to create a creepy web pattern at the bottom of the glass that will make every beverage you serve on Halloween seem extra fancy.

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    DIY Spiderweb Placemats

    Spider web plates
    Delia Creates

    This simple to make DIY is perfect to do as a family, by painting thin lines of black puff paint over a large web pattern your family can create their own spooky spiderweb placemats to go where they sit at the dining room table this Halloween.

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    DIY Ghost Pinatas

    Ghost piñata
    Make and Tell

    Even if the people at your Halloween party are too old to go trick or treating, chances are they will still want to get candy. One fun way to give out small pieces of candy to everyone is making a ghost pinata that will keep guests entertained as they take turns trying to break the pinata to gain access to the candy inside. 

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    DIY Trick Or Treat Banner

    Trick or treat sign
    A Beautiful Mess

    If you are looking for some quick Halloween decor this printable trick or treat banner is perfect, all you need to do is print the candy corn colored letters and string them together on a piece of twine to create your own banner that you can hang up.

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    DIY Halloween Paper Plates

    Halloween plates
    Delia Creates

    Skip buying expensive Halloween-themed paper plates for all your guests to use at your Halloween party but instead buy regular black or orange paper plates which you can decorate on the sides of the plate with paper to make them look like a bat, pumpkin or spider. 

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    DIY Mini Rose Gold Pumpkin Planters

    Pumpkin plant holders
    Oleander and Palm

    Instead of candy, send the adults at your Halloween party home with a stylish mini rose gold pumpkin planter for them to bring home with them with this quick DIY.

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    DIY Creepy Cocktail Stencils

    Creepy cocktail toppers
    Sugar and Cloth

    Make your own creepy cocktail stencils to add a raven or spider design to the top of your cocktails or even latte this Halloween.

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    DIY Spooky Bones Display

    Skeleton hands in a jar
    Earnest Home Co.

    Begin transforming your home into a haunted mansion for Halloween this year by adding a spooky bones display to a side table in your home. By using plastic bones from part of skeletons that are sold at Halloween stores you can repurpose the bones to present them in a new and unexpected way this Halloween in a few easy steps.

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    DIY Pumpkin Swizzle Sticks

    Drink toppers

    Craft these cute pumpkin swizzle sticks that are perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving out of wood round beads and 6" dowels to give all the beverages you serve this Fall some extra flare.

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    DIY Bleeding Candles

    Bleeding candles

    For an expensive decorating idea add some bleeding candles to your home, that you can make by dripping red candle wax over the top of a regular white candle. 

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    DIY Hanging Spider Balloons

    Spider balloons
    Studio DIY

    For fun, more child-friendly Halloween decor, these DIY spider balloons are perfect as they not very scary. For some amazing party, decor covering the ceiling of one room with helium-filled balloons with sparkle hanging spiders that hang just above everyone's heads. As the kids leave your party, make sure to send each child home with their own spider balloon and some candy for a great party favor.

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    DIY Costume Award Trophies

    Costume award trophies
    Make It Love It

    There is nothing like a little competition to get everyone excited for your Halloween party this year. When inviting your guests this year to your Halloween party let them know in advance there will be a costume contest, and if you wish you can let them know what the awards will be given for. Prior to your party using plastic skeletons you can make the costume trophies for things like best costume, best couples costume, most original costume etc, which can be handed out at your party once the winners have been selected. 

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    DIY Spider Wall Art

    Spider wall art
    Design Improvised

    Temporarily change your home's decor leading up to Halloween to add a subtle eerie feeling by hanging some spider plates, which can be made in minutes using white plates and window clings.

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    DIY Ghost Balloons

    Ghost balloons
    Studio DIY

    Cover regular white helium-filled balloons with a sheet of tissue paper and then draw a face on the tissue paper to form a floating ghost perfect for Halloween. This original idea would look great at a party, or tied to weights and left floating on your porch to greet trick or treaters on Halloween.

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    DIY Pumpkin Candy Holder

    Pumpkin candy holders
    Persia Lou

    If you are hosting a Halloween party having a candy bar is essential so that guests can help themselves to their favorite sugary snacks all night long. Instead of just filling multiple bowls with candy, one creative way to present sticks of candy is to have them sticking out of multiple foam pumpkins. The creative presentation will impress your guests, and makes for a great centerpiece for your food table too.

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    DIY Temporary Halloween Cup Decals

    Halloween mug
    Sugar and Cloth

    Help your family warm up after trick or treating outdoors with a warm of warm apple cider or hot cocoa in a festive jack-o-lantern themed mug by making your own cup decals which you can temporarily stick on any cup on Halloween, such as stylish copper mugs. 

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    DIY Halloween Pumpkin Place Cards

    Halloween place cards
    Everyday Reading

    Before you go out trick or treating as a family, have a fun spooky themed dinner by decorating the dinner table with homemade pumpkin place cards that can be made by using mini pumpkins and decorating the tops of each pumpkin with paper silhouette shapes that has each person's name written on them. 

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    DIY Halloween Cupcake Toppers

    Boo cupcake toppers
    Sarah Hearts

    This Halloween bake a batch of black velvet cupcakes to bring into the office and decorate the tops of the cakes with vanilla frosting and some printable cupcake toppers with spiders and ghosts. To save time before on Halloween morning before you go to work, pre-assemble the cupcake toppers and store them in a small bag before adding them to the cupcakes once you arrive at work.

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    DIY Skeleton Hands Halloween Wreath

    Skeleton hands
    Tired and True

    Give you home some extra curb appeal this Halloween by decorating the exterior of your house with Halloween decor, such as hanging a homemade wreath made out of plastic skeleton hands which looks amazing hung on a front door.

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    DIY Spooky Metallic Pumpkin Place Card Holders

    Pumpkin and spider name tag holder

    Are you hosting a spooky themed Halloween soiree with your adult friends? Help them find their seat at the dinner party with some metallic pumpkin place cards that will help to add some spooky ambience to your home.

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    DIY Ghost Bottles

    Ghost bottles

    Get ready for Halloween by making some adorable ghost bottles by recycling old bottles and giving them a new look by painting the exterior. Then on Halloween, you can serve drinks to your kids, such as pumpkin colored orange soda or "ghostly" white milk as part of their after-school snack.

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    DIY Spider Straws

    Spider straws
    Sarah Hearts

    Mix up your own custom Halloween drink this Halloween, such as a green slime lemonade, and garnish the drink with a white and black spider straw that you can prepare in minutes as the kids are getting their costumes on.

    To make your own DIY spider straws grab a pack of plastic spiders and black and white paper straws at the store and read the tutorial at  Sarah Hearts on how to assemble the straws and mix together your own green slime lemonade.

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    DIY Skull Votive

    Skull votive
    Monica Wants It

    Quickly create a grouping of creepy skull candle holder that will illuminate a skull design. To make your own skull votive you will need: small glass candle holders, tea light candles to go inside the holder, and vellum paper to print the skull design onto. After you have printed the design simply wrap the vellum around the candle holder and you will have an easy knock-off of the Pottery Barn skull candle holders. 

    To download the skull template to use on glass candleholders and to read the full DIY instructions visit Monica Wants It.

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    DIY Eek Cake Topper

    Handmade Mood

    If you decided to provide some variety on Halloween and will be serving either cupcakes or cakes in addition to more traditional Halloween candy you can dress up a plain homemade or store-bought cake by making your own eek cake topper that can be cut out using your Silhouette machine and stuck into the top of a cake.

    To learn how to create your own eek cake topper using a Silhouette machine visit Handmade Mood to watch the instructional video.

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    DIY Bloody Cups

    Bloody glasses
    Almost Makes Perfect

    Create a vampire-themed Halloween party by decorating some inexpensive second hand or dollar store glasses with red craft paint to create custom dripping blood glasses perfect to serve drinks in all Halloween night long. 

    To learn how to dip your glasses in red acrylic paint to get the perfect bloody drip marks in no time at all read the wonderful tutorial at Almost Makes Perfect.

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    DIY Decorative Chalkboard Skulls

    Skull DIY
    Pretty Life Girls

    Take regular white plastic skulls available at the dollar store and transform them into decorative chalkboard statue by adhering them to a​ candlestick holder and painting them with chalkboard paint. This simple to make decorative skull would look amazing as an accent on your bookcase, a fireplace mantle or clustered together with varying heights of chalkboard skulls on a kitchen table.

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    DIY Halloween Party Cups

    Jack-o-lantern cups
    Stephanie White

    Make your own set of Halloween party cups by dressing up inexpensive orange paper cups with vinyl that can be stuck directly onto the cups. As a fun activity for guests on Halloween provide a variety of pre-cut Jack-o-lantern eyes and mouths so that everyone can create their own signature face on a cup which will also help them easily identify their drink throughout the night. 

    To download the Jack-o-lantern faces that can be cut out of vinyl, and to read the full DIY details on how to make your own DIY Halloween party cups read the full tutorial below.

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    DIY Trick or Treat Pumpkin

    Trick or treat pumpkin decal
    Sarah Hearts

    If you find yourself on the morning of Halloween without a Jack-o-lantern ready, fear not you can quickly make a stunning pumpkin without carving by downloading this trick or treat template that you can cut out on vinyl to peel and stick your design right onto your pumpkin, and your beautiful trick-or-treat pumpkin will be done.

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    DIY Spider Plates

    Spider plates
    Earnest Home Co.

    Frighten your family on Halloween by serving up dinner on some handmade spider plates that are made by using a spider stamp to create the design. Best of all when Halloween is over you can easily wash away the stamped spiders and re-use the glass plates year round, or stamp them with a new design.

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    DIY Boneyard Lantern

    Skull vase
    Oh My Creative

    Light up the interior of your home on Halloween night with a stunning handmade DIY boneyard lantern that is made by gluing small plastic skulls onto a glass vase. The end result is a spooky vase covered in skulls, each skull having glowing eyes to light up your home.

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    DIY Skull Vase

    Skull Vases
    The Pretty Life Girls

    Take a regular plastic skull that is available around Halloween for a few dollars and turn it into a chic skull vase that is perfect to use year round in your home with just a coat of paint.

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    DIY Stitched Ghost Napkins

    Ghost napkins
    Christina Williams

    Set the table on Halloween with some super cute hand-stiched ghost napkins that can be made by using white thread to outline a ghost on a black napkin.

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    DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkin

    Mercury pumpkin
    A Night Owl

    Make your own sophisticated mercury glass pumpkin that is perfect to dress up your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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    DIY Vampire Candles

    Vampire pumpkins

    Decorate your home by carving a few white mini pumpkins to look like vampires and add a red candle to the top of each to resemble dripping blood for a creepy centerpiece this Halloween.

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    DIY Gumball Boo Sign

    Boo DIY sign
    My Sister's Suitcase

    Add a big boo sign to your home to decorate your home for Halloween. This fun sign is made using cardboard letters as the base, and is decorated with orange, black and white gumballs.

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    DIY Skull Bottle

    DIY potion flask
    Endlessly Inspired

    Transform a regular leftover bottle that you would have tossed into the recycling bin by decorating it to look like scary apothecary potion bottle with a bit of paper mache and a small plastic skull.

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    DIY "It's All About The Candy" Sign

    Candy sign
    Artsy Fartsy Mama

    For kids, and even some adults Halloween is all about the candy, so why not create a playful sign that says that to decorate your home.

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    DIY Spider Pinata

    Homemade spider piñata
    Oh Happy Day

    After your children have returned from Trick-Or-Treating have a fun-filled activity waiting for them that will give them even more candy. With your free time one evening, assemble a cute spider pinata to use on Halloween so that everyone in the family can take turns having fun swatting the spider until it breaks and spills candy all over the floor.

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    DIY Bat Straw Topper

    Bat straws
    Alice and Lois

    Quickly transform any drink into a Halloween themed one by cutting out paper bats that can be slipped onto straws for a quick DIY the kids will love.

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    DIY Boo Doormat

    Boo doormat
    Design Improvised

    For Halloween create a festive doormat to dress up your home's exterior to let your neighbors know you will be giving out candy on Halloween. This super easy stenciled boo doormat is the perfect spot for kids to wait for candy while they ring your doorbell, and it is affordable to make too.

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    DIY Wicked Pillow

    Wicked pillow
    Stephanie White

    Toss this handmade wicked pillow onto your sofa for Halloween as a quick way to decorate your living space.

    The printable iron-on transfer design can be found below and ironed onto any blank pillow.