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How to decorate for halloween

Create a festive scene at home with these easy DIY decorations.

If you want to get your home ready for Halloween, but you’re scared of how much time and money decorating can require, have no fear. These 10 creative Halloween decoration ideas are both easy to make and won’t take a bite out of your candy budget. To start, look around your home to discover all of the little spots that could use a festive touch—staircases, entry console tables, and lamp shades are all fair game. Then, pull out the craft glue and pipe cleaners to make these simple DIY decoration ideas.

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Mantel

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a Halloween mantel. Look around your house for old books, vintage accessories, and candles. Then add a few Halloween-specific accents like stuffed owls or skeletons to complete the look. For this mantel, a small trunk is displayed with a few vintage finds—moss, netting, and toy animals make it even creepier.

Photo and idea from Handmade Mood. Get instructions here.

Console Table

Create a Halloween-themed vignette on a console or side table, whether it’s in your entry hall, living room, or dining room. The elegant black-and-white palette in this spot helps it blend with the rest of the room. Plus, the jewels on the black pumpkin and gold accents on the wall art lend the space a bit of shine.

Photo and idea from Persia Lou. Get instructions here.

Staircase

All you need to create this spooky staircase are black paper, pumpkins, and a fake skull. Cut out spiders from black paper and stick them along the staircase walls. Display the pumpkins on the stairs and the skull on the stair’s newel post.

Photo and idea from Eclectically Vintage. Get instructions here.

Gallery Wall

If you’re a fan of the gallery wall trend, try a Halloween-themed one. You don’t have to buy expensive art—you can make most of it yourself. The striped spider art is made with scrapbook paper and a plastic spider that was spray-painted silver. And the taxidermy is made by cutting the head off a fake crow from the craft store and gluing it onto a wooden plaque.

Photo and idea from My Sister’s Suitcase. Get instructions here.

Ceiling

The lace on these hanging ghost decorations gives them a vintage feel. Get some lace scraps at the fabric store and wrap them around foam balls. Then place black sewing pins on the heads of the ghosts for little “eyes.”

Photo and idea from A Beautiful Mess. Get instructions here.

Couch

If you have some old pillows around the house, use them for this quick Halloween project. Wrap white muslin stripes around the pillow and secure with glue. Then glue eyeballs made of black and white felt to the pillow.

Photo and idea from Handmade Mood. Get instructions here.

Porch Light

With three different-sized embroidery hoops, paper or foam bats, black craft paint, and black string, you can dress up your plain porch light for Halloween. Paint the hoops black and attach them together with string to create a chandelier effect, then hang the bats off the hoops.

Photo and idea from A Diamond in the Stuff. Get instructions here.

Lamp Shade

If you don’t feel like going all out when it comes to Halloween decorating, this idea is subtle, yet still festive. Surprise your guests by adding little spooky accents to your lamps. The spiders are made from black yarn, black pipe cleaners, and buttons.

Corner

An empty corner is the perfect spot to create an eerie vignette. Hang witches’ hats from the ceiling and prop a broomstick on the wall. The best part? This décor idea will take you fewer than 15 minutes to complete.

Photo and idea from Brooklyn Limestone. Get instructions here.

Bookshelf

Add some spooky objects to your bookshelves for a quick Halloween-themed makeover. The spider webs are made from wax paper, craft glue, and glitter. You can get creative by adding pumpkins, fake spiders and birds, and branches.

Photo and idea from Centsational Girl. Get instructions here.

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Halloween is meant to be fun and outrageous, so why not do something different, like adding a spooky, kooky tree to your Halloween decor? Check out these creative ways to decorate a Halloween tree, including DIY tree toppers, upcycled ornaments and more.

Related To:

Candy Corn Tree

Nothing says Halloween like a 7-foot-tall candy corn-inspired tree. Find a white tree at the thrift store or upgrade your existing one with yellow and orange spray paint. Then, decorate with black-and-white striped pumpkins and a swarming colony of paper bats hung from the ceiling. Get our free printable bat template at the link below.

Art to Match

Dress up existing art to match your Halloween decor. Simply cut out or artfully rip some black construction paper to look like dripping paint, then attach to the bottom of picture frames.

Black, White & Pink All Over

Pink isn’t the first color that comes to mind when you think of Halloween, but this pastel pink tree decorated with black-and-white pumpkins and vintage cameras is giving us all the Beetlejuice vibes.

Put Collections on Display

Mixed in with pumpkins, skulls and decorative baubles, a collection of vintage cameras adds an extra dose of kitsch to this stylish Halloween tree.

Fall Chic

Take cues from this energized space and go boho-chic with your tree design. Here, an orange tree is stuffed with oversized paper fans, magnolia blooms and assorted berry floral picks for a look that’s equal parts festive and pretty.

Hocus Pocus

Stylist Jenny Reimold says, “Trees aren’t just for Christmas.” For a festive, seasonal twist, decorate holiday trees made specifically for Halloween. Prepare for the winter season by styling a black, pre-lit tree with orange lights in a prominent location in your home. “Children especially love this unique approach to fall decorating and, in our home, a practice that has now become a family activity while watching the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus.”

Shove & Stuff

In the same manner in which Jenny decorates her Christmas trees, she also uses the “shove and stuff” technique to uniquely adorn a Halloween tree. Traditional-shaped ornaments act as filler, but the real focal points of this seasonal tree are the signs, hanging decor and Halloween picks arranged among the branches. The “Boo” sign was made for a mantle or shelf but fits in perfectly at the top of the tree while a hanging skeleton, made for a door, loops easily around a branch for a spooky greeting.

Keep It Cohesive

The same prints and patterns found in Jenny’s Halloween tablescape were added to the tree to keep this child-friendly look a continuous theme throughout her home. Patterned, wired ribbon hung vertically from the tree, is a malleable filler for spare branches. Spooky twigs and witch feet from the craft store floral department tops the tree for a final cohesive touch.

Frankenstein’s Monster

The corner of your dining room is the perfect place to display a smaller tree. Here, a 6-foot purple tree is decorated with vintage Halloween masks, neon skeleton hands and topped with a bust of Frankenstein’s monster. To complete the look, an assortment of colorful faux pumpkins serve as a tree skirt.

Frankenstein Tree Details

The large, thrifted Frankenstein topper rests on a collar of metallic green spray picks at the top of this purple tree. The branches display a collection of vintage Halloween masks from the ’60s and ’70s.

Get Creative With Ornaments

Save money by covering your tree with a mix of new, vintage and handmade ornaments. Hand-painted black and white cubes, zombie fingers, fly swatters and glittery Christmas ornaments also decorate the tree.

Play a Game

Looking for a fun new game to play at your Halloween party? Try musical chairs around a Halloween tree! Even without ornaments, the orange, yellow and white combo screams “Happy Halloween.”

Craft Your Own Ornaments

Decorate your Halloween tree with some delightfully spooky DIY stencil ornaments. These easy-to-craft ornaments are made with common craft supplies and can easily be customized and personalized to your liking, making them the perfect way to spend an afternoon. No sewing machine required!

Black Mask Tree

Punch up a black tree with layers of color, texture and unusual adornments.

Black Mask Tree Details

Vintage masks, honeycomb spiders and store-bought accordion pumpkins meld perfectly with neon ornaments and paper garlands that were purchased from the scrapbook aisle of the craft store.

Festive Topper

Carnival masks with lots of plumes and feathers add a festive touch reminiscent of Mardi Gras.

Spider Skirt

Finish off the look with a spider web tree skirt.

Orange You Glad It’s Halloween

Orange is the new black when it comes to holiday trees. When decorating any tree, it’s always a good idea to mix colors, size and texture. These custom ornaments from crepe paper streamers keep things interesting.

Craft a Paint Chip Pumpkin Garland

Paint chips are the perfect material for a DIY Halloween tree garland. The festive shades of orange and yellow mimic the hue variation seen in actual gourds and are easy to find at your local hardware store. Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below.

Fortune Tellers

The Crafty Lumberjacks Dennis Setteducati and Andrew Boza decorated a celestial, fortune teller-themed Halloween tree with hand-painted purple lights, tarot cards, gold stars and spooky skulls.

Ornaments of the Occult

Spooky skeleton hands display beautiful antique tarot cards on the fortune teller-themed tree.

Fun, Not Frightening

Who says Halloween has to be scary? Make your Halloween decor fun and whimsical by incorporating bright, punchy color and not-so-scary decorations. Here, white holiday ornaments are painted to resemble colorful eyeballs to adorn colorful, kooky tabletop trees.

See the Lights

Give string lights a spooktacular Halloween makeover with ping pong balls and a little craft paint.

Witch Legs

Get creative with your tree topper. Here, a pair of upside-down witch legs add a touch of whimsical fun to this black tabletop tree.

Make Your Own

Learn how to make your own bewitching tree topper with our step-by-step instructions below.

You’ll be the talk of the block.

How to decorate for halloween

Making use of your windows is the easiest way to get your home in the Halloween spirit—and to creep out (or delight!) your neighbors. They’re the perfect space for decals that leave an eerie, shadowy glow. Plus, there’s a whole host of other decorations you can add to your windows including Halloween-themed lights, menacing posters, and even creepy 3D characters who will peer out at those who pass by.

From bats and bloody handprints to friendly ghosts and giant spiders, these are the coolest and creepiest window decorations you can display this Halloween. And they’re great if you’re decorating on a budget since many of the picks seen here are $20 and under—talk about scary good!

Listen to our new haunted house podcast, Dark House, to get in the spooky spirit while you decorate.

How to decorate for halloween

Perfect for Disney lovers, this 4-foot tall Mickey ghost can be hung outside of your home or right inside of your window for an extra scary yet cute effect.

How to decorate for halloween

One word: zombies. You can never go wrong with them, and these cutouts are sure to creep out anyone who sees them—especially from a distance. Place them right in front of your windows for all passersby to see.

How to decorate for halloween

These glow-in-the-dark peeping eye stickers will make people who pass by think they’re being watched. They’re the perfect creepy Halloween decorations.

How to decorate for halloween

These posters come with removable, two-sided adhesive, so you can easily stick them inside of your window frame. Let’s hope to never see actual spiders this big, though.

How to decorate for halloween

Whether you put these creepy reaching hands—which come with command strips for mounting—on your walls or windows, there’s no doubt they’ll enhance any eerie ambiance.

How to decorate for halloween

Looking for super-cutesy window decor? Consider this 17-pack of feel cling decals featuring smiling pumpkins, spiders, and ghosts. Plus, it comes with letters that spell out “Happy Halloween.”

How to decorate for halloween

Everyone who passes your house will be weirded out by these giant cat eyes staring back at them. You can easily cut the posters to fit your windows, and they’re translucent for a backlit tinge of creepiness.

How to decorate for halloween

This spooky window cling features a light-up, 3D moon. It’ll make anyone looking at it wonder what this witch is up to.

Halloween is meant to be fun and outrageous, so why not do something different, like adding a spooky, kooky tree to your Halloween decor? Check out these creative ways to decorate a Halloween tree, including DIY tree toppers, upcycled ornaments and more.

Related To:

Candy Corn Tree

Nothing says Halloween like a 7-foot-tall candy corn-inspired tree. Find a white tree at the thrift store or upgrade your existing one with yellow and orange spray paint. Then, decorate with black-and-white striped pumpkins and a swarming colony of paper bats hung from the ceiling. Get our free printable bat template at the link below.

Art to Match

Dress up existing art to match your Halloween decor. Simply cut out or artfully rip some black construction paper to look like dripping paint, then attach to the bottom of picture frames.

Black, White & Pink All Over

Pink isn’t the first color that comes to mind when you think of Halloween, but this pastel pink tree decorated with black-and-white pumpkins and vintage cameras is giving us all the Beetlejuice vibes.

Put Collections on Display

Mixed in with pumpkins, skulls and decorative baubles, a collection of vintage cameras adds an extra dose of kitsch to this stylish Halloween tree.

Fall Chic

Take cues from this energized space and go boho-chic with your tree design. Here, an orange tree is stuffed with oversized paper fans, magnolia blooms and assorted berry floral picks for a look that’s equal parts festive and pretty.

Hocus Pocus

Stylist Jenny Reimold says, “Trees aren’t just for Christmas.” For a festive, seasonal twist, decorate holiday trees made specifically for Halloween. Prepare for the winter season by styling a black, pre-lit tree with orange lights in a prominent location in your home. “Children especially love this unique approach to fall decorating and, in our home, a practice that has now become a family activity while watching the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus.”

Shove & Stuff

In the same manner in which Jenny decorates her Christmas trees, she also uses the “shove and stuff” technique to uniquely adorn a Halloween tree. Traditional-shaped ornaments act as filler, but the real focal points of this seasonal tree are the signs, hanging decor and Halloween picks arranged among the branches. The “Boo” sign was made for a mantle or shelf but fits in perfectly at the top of the tree while a hanging skeleton, made for a door, loops easily around a branch for a spooky greeting.

Keep It Cohesive

The same prints and patterns found in Jenny’s Halloween tablescape were added to the tree to keep this child-friendly look a continuous theme throughout her home. Patterned, wired ribbon hung vertically from the tree, is a malleable filler for spare branches. Spooky twigs and witch feet from the craft store floral department tops the tree for a final cohesive touch.

Frankenstein’s Monster

The corner of your dining room is the perfect place to display a smaller tree. Here, a 6-foot purple tree is decorated with vintage Halloween masks, neon skeleton hands and topped with a bust of Frankenstein’s monster. To complete the look, an assortment of colorful faux pumpkins serve as a tree skirt.

Frankenstein Tree Details

The large, thrifted Frankenstein topper rests on a collar of metallic green spray picks at the top of this purple tree. The branches display a collection of vintage Halloween masks from the ’60s and ’70s.

Get Creative With Ornaments

Save money by covering your tree with a mix of new, vintage and handmade ornaments. Hand-painted black and white cubes, zombie fingers, fly swatters and glittery Christmas ornaments also decorate the tree.

Play a Game

Looking for a fun new game to play at your Halloween party? Try musical chairs around a Halloween tree! Even without ornaments, the orange, yellow and white combo screams “Happy Halloween.”

Craft Your Own Ornaments

Decorate your Halloween tree with some delightfully spooky DIY stencil ornaments. These easy-to-craft ornaments are made with common craft supplies and can easily be customized and personalized to your liking, making them the perfect way to spend an afternoon. No sewing machine required!

Black Mask Tree

Punch up a black tree with layers of color, texture and unusual adornments.

Black Mask Tree Details

Vintage masks, honeycomb spiders and store-bought accordion pumpkins meld perfectly with neon ornaments and paper garlands that were purchased from the scrapbook aisle of the craft store.

Festive Topper

Carnival masks with lots of plumes and feathers add a festive touch reminiscent of Mardi Gras.

Spider Skirt

Finish off the look with a spider web tree skirt.

Orange You Glad It’s Halloween

Orange is the new black when it comes to holiday trees. When decorating any tree, it’s always a good idea to mix colors, size and texture. These custom ornaments from crepe paper streamers keep things interesting.

Craft a Paint Chip Pumpkin Garland

Paint chips are the perfect material for a DIY Halloween tree garland. The festive shades of orange and yellow mimic the hue variation seen in actual gourds and are easy to find at your local hardware store. Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below.

Fortune Tellers

The Crafty Lumberjacks Dennis Setteducati and Andrew Boza decorated a celestial, fortune teller-themed Halloween tree with hand-painted purple lights, tarot cards, gold stars and spooky skulls.

Ornaments of the Occult

Spooky skeleton hands display beautiful antique tarot cards on the fortune teller-themed tree.

Fun, Not Frightening

Who says Halloween has to be scary? Make your Halloween decor fun and whimsical by incorporating bright, punchy color and not-so-scary decorations. Here, white holiday ornaments are painted to resemble colorful eyeballs to adorn colorful, kooky tabletop trees.

See the Lights

Give string lights a spooktacular Halloween makeover with ping pong balls and a little craft paint.

Witch Legs

Get creative with your tree topper. Here, a pair of upside-down witch legs add a touch of whimsical fun to this black tabletop tree.

Make Your Own

Learn how to make your own bewitching tree topper with our step-by-step instructions below.