DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas & Projects

Decorating for Halloween only comes after Christmas in terms of time, effort and expense. But it doesn’t have to be just pricey buys from the Halloween store! With a little effort (which is half the fun, after all!) you can create DIY Halloween decorating ideas and projects yourself. Spooky and ghoulish, or fun and family friendly, we found you tutorials and projects for them all! Here we have some quick and thrifty DIY Halloween decorations from ‘The Happy Housie‘. We love the pops of yellow in this black and white themed mantel, and the styling is perfect! And, she has tutorials for all these great Halloween decorating ideas that cost almost nothing to put together

This DIY Halloween candy door hanger is from ‘Cherished Bliss‘. This is meant more for a party than for Halloween night, but you could use it the whole month of October to welcome guests! Easy Halloween decorating tutorial, lots of photos.

From ‘Sunset‘, use this Halloween DIY to put a little twist on the ordinary Jack-o-Lantern. Carve your pumpkin, then paint the outside with black chalk paint. When the Jack-o-Lantern glows, it will glow orange from the inside!

Ok, need a little bit scary Halloween decorating idea? This DIY pumpkin scarecrow fits the bill! From David Schilling via ‘Home Depot‘, this blogger knows how to make Halloween yard decorations! Easy to follow tutorial for every part of this whole outdoor project.

Find out how to make these DIY skull Halloween decorations from ‘Martha‘. Doesn’t the green glitter give it an eerie glow? Maybe even more so than black glitter would!

This “catch a spider” light up mason jar project from ‘Mom Dot‘ is a spooky Halloween lantern for the porch. Project uses  LED flameless tea lights, so its safe Halloween decorating, too!

Speaking of mason jars, these mason jar DIY Halloween lanterns from ‘Penny Pinchin Mom‘ were the inspiration for our DIY Christmas mason jar luminaries. Fun project for any holiday!

Love, love, LOVE this Halloween pumpkin arch tutorial from ‘Don Morin‘. This project uses a little rebar for stability, some pvc pipe, and artificial pumpkins found on sale at craft stores. This. Is. Amazing! It would be a perfect “entrance” to a Halloween haunted house!


The next project is a very cool cheap DIY Halloween decoration! These garage door Halloween silhouettes are made from basic plywood and a dremel tool or jigsaw. They point out that this project’s lights actually accentuate the project even during the day, then gradually look spookier and spookier as night falls and the lights intensify their look. I also like how they are quick to point out that you don’t have to be too perfect cutting out this project, as most homemade Halloween decorations look better with jagged edges. Perfect for beginners! From ‘Instructables‘.

Try this (icky) mouse motel Halloween decorating idea from ‘Martha‘. Enough to give you the creeps without giving little ones nightmares for weeks!

These floating ghost heads are not only easy to make, they will creep you out more than the average ghost! The formed faces (read how they did that!) really make a difference in the spook factor. These would be a great Halloween prop for a graveyard! From ‘Simply Designing‘.


From ‘Wholesale Halloween Costumes‘, make this DIY masking tape hand Halloween prop for next to nothing! This would also look great in a Halloween cemetery, don’t you think?

This DIY mummy door from ‘East Coast Creative‘ is so fun because you can make it friendly or scary, depending on the level of “fright” you are looking for. Just change the look of the eyes!


Make ghostly draperies with this tutorial from ‘HGTV‘. These are great DIY Halloween decorating ideas for a porch or entryway.

This project takes a swing at the black & white theme that is so popular around this holiday, then tosses a splash of gold at it! Eye catching but subtle, spooky yet not “scary”, a great Halloween idea that can be used year after year. From ‘She’s Crafty‘.

Lastly, don’t forget to look up when planning ghoulish decor for the Halloween holiday. This spooky bat chandelier from ‘A Diamond in the Stuff‘ is easy to make with foam bats and needlework hoops. The taller your ceiling, the bigger you could make this!

Here I have collected few more ideas which shall be of your help.

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