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Halloween Decorations Buying Guide

Whatever your Halloween decorating style -- a restrained smattering of pumpkins, an all-out embrace of the season, a scary spirit that's more fun than spooky -- there are holiday decorations to fill the bill. Check out all the types and product features available as you prepare your home for this favorite autumn occasion. 

Types of Decorations

Types of Decorations

As with most other holidays, the decorations you choose to use at Halloween are a reflection of how much (or little) you embrace the season. A few faux pumpkins can offer an elegant complement to a seasonal table, while jumbo inflatables supply a more whimsical attitude toward this ghoulishly great holiday. Whether you're attempting your first Halloween decorating foray, or you're an old pro at a scary setup, there are new types of decorations every year. They include garlands, inflatables, outdoor and yard decorations, vases and containers, candles and candelabra, linens, faux pumpkins, lights, Halloween images and figures, and animatronics and props. Take a look at what the season's decorating can offer.

Garlands

Garlands—made from cutouts of ghosts or pumpkins, for example, or autumn-color leaves—are simple decorations to dress up a doorway or mantel.

Inflatables

For years a Christmas staple, fun inflatables are now available for Halloween and usually placed outside. Most are overscaled, and figures such as witches and ghosts are typically more funny than scary.

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Gemmy Industries
$114.96 $239.56
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This spooky witch isnt afraid to lose her head. A perfect eerie door greeter for all your guests and trick-or-treaters, watch as h...er head drops down with glowing eyes for a festive freak-fest of frightful fun. Colors/finish: Black/ grey/ green/ purple Materials: Plastic/ fabric/ metal Quantity: One 1 Setting: Outdoor Dimensions: 66.14 inches high x 23.62 inches wide x 22.83 inches long Life-size Speaks spooky phrases Includes candy tray read more

Gemmy Industries
$54.96 $103.74
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Set the tone of your festive decor with these fun, kooky stacked white skulls. Airblown for a larger than life effect, these creep...y skulls will lend a fun, spooky touch to your eerie decor. Colors/finish: White/ black Materials: Fabric-polyester/ metal/ plastic Quantity: One 1 Setting: Outdoor Dimensions: 96.06 inches high x 32.68 inches wide x 32.68 inches long Lights up Self-inflates in seconds Includes everything needed for set-up read more

Gemmy Industries
$96.99 $140.38
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Bring in the animated Airblown fun this season with this animated spider decoration. This animated spider will set the tone to you...r Halloween experience. Includes: One 1 animated spider, all materials needed for set up Materials: Vinyl Colors/finish: Black, orange Setting: Outdoor Features incredible animation and lights up Self inflates in seconds Dimensions: 30.31 inches high x 81.5 inches wide x 65.75 inches long Imported read more

Gemmy Industries
$187.46 $277.02
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Lend spooky swashbuckling characters to your outdoor decorations with this animated skeleton pirate ship lawn ornament. Complete w...ith ragged skeleton pirates and a shipwrecked vessel, this airblown decoration self-inflates in seconds. Colors/finish: Black/ white/ tan/ brown/ red/ green Materials: Vinyl Quantity: One 1 Setting: Outdoor Dimensions: 100.39 inches high x 137.79 inches wide x 78.74 inches long Animated skeleton raises sword and captain turns head Self inflates in seconds Weather resistant design read more

Outdoor and Yard Decorations

There's a huge range of outdoor and yard decorations for Halloween, such as faux gravestones and ghosts. These can be used to create a scene outside or simply to accent the yard.

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Pillow Perfect
$32.04 $48.99
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This attractive pillow features a striking line pattern in a beautiful pumpkin colored pattern. Add the finishing touch to your ho...me decor with this throw pillow from Pillow Perfect. Set includes: One Throw Pillow Pattern: Cerva Color: Orange Cover closure: Sewn Seam Edging: Knife Edge Pillow shape: Square Dimensions: 18 inches wide x 18 inches long Cover: 100 percent cotton Fill: 100 percent virgin polyester recycled Care instructions: Spot Clean Only The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Burpee

Perfectly proportioned small pumpkins. Perfectly proportioned small pumpkins are 5 to 6" in diameter, 3.5 to 4" tall, with smooth,... orange skins and solid, dark green stems. Disease resistant. All-America Selections winner. GARDIN HINTS: For a head start in short summer areas, start seeds indoors in individual containers 3 to 4 weeks before outdoor planting time. Cultivate or mulch to control weeds. HARVEST TIP: For decorative use, pick pumpkins (with stem attached) when rinds are hard but before heavy frost. read more

Kittrich Corporation
$17.99
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Door covers are a great way to decorate the outside or inside of your home. This striking Halloween-themed stretchable door cover ...features a double-sided design so you can choose what side you want to display. One side has a an illustration of a jack-o-lantern with an orange face on a black background with the words, 'Happy Halloween.' The other side features a jack-o-lantern with a black face on an orange background. Either side will complement your decor and add the finishing touch to your Halloween decorations. Welcome guests with one on the front door as well as incorporating them on the doors inside your home. This stretchable door cover slips over your door in seconds and fits doors up to 82 Inch high. Constructed of durable indoor/outdoor fabric, door cover can be used again and again. Item #SDC-08553-08. read more

Grandin Road
$7.00 $15.00
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Our chic Pumpkin Decorating Kit invites you to skip the carving and add instant flair. Each kit beautifies up to three ordinary pu...mpkins in a snap Three 30" squares of black tulle Three styles of black and orange printed ribbon, 3 yards each Pumpkin not included A Grandin Road exclusive. read more

Vases and Containers

Halloween colors and patterns also pop up on vases and containers, such as big bowls to hold treats. Those containers and vases that are less overtly thematic—a plain black vase versus one festooned with pumpkins, for example—may have more use outside the season.

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Candles and Candelabra

Candles and candelabra are good items to use as Halloween decorations. They're fairly adaptable, working well on mantels and entry tables as well as tabletops.

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DII
$44.99 $45.00
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DII Spooks and Hoots Halloween Candle Light ?Set of 3 votive/tealight candle holders ?Bat measures 10.5 by 4.5 by 11.5 ?Pumpkin me...asures: 5.5 by 4.5 by 10 ?Owl measures: 6 by 4.5 by 10 ?Perfect for fall Dimensions(L x W x H):10 inches x 4.5 inches x 11 inches read more

DII
Grandin Road

Our Black Cat Candle Holder is so delightfully designed, you can leave this fanciful feline out long after Halloween. Another wond...erful creation from wildly popular designer, Patience Brewster Every Black Cat Candle Holder is a miniature masterpiece, impeccably handcrafted from initial drawing to application of the last thoughtful detail A true keepsake you and your family will treasure for Halloween?s to come Orange eyeglasses, a fuzzy tail, and polka dot high-heels are testament to the collector-quality detail Masterfully hand-painted, high-quality stone resin construction Holds one taper candle (not included) read more

Grandin Road

Our Battery-operated Harlequin Candles are perfect for adding a touch of flickering ambience to your Halloween ball, but the real ...magic is in the remote. A single, optional remote will control an entire room full of candles (sold separately) Crafted from real white wax, wrapped in harlequin-print vellum, our candles provide all the atmosphere you would expect, without the worry of an open flame LED turns on and off, manually, or use the automatic 4-, 6-, or 8-hour timer function Up to a 500-hour battery life Requires four AA batteries each (not included) A Grandin Road exclusive. read more

Barnes & Noble

Halloween Skull and Crossbone Floating Candles (set of 2). These Skull and Crossbones Floating Candles will be a hit this Hallowee...n. Perfect for use as decorations around the house or in your Halloween table setup, these candles have a burn time of 4 hours each. Packaged in a cello bag and tied with black raffia, they will also make spooky party favors! read more

Linens

A variety of linens may be used as Halloween decorations. Tea towels are good accents in the kitchen, while a patterned tablecloth is a spooky addition to a dining room.

Faux Pumpkins

Faux pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colors offer a range of Halloween decorating opportunities for homeowners. Some resemble traditional gourds, while others have more elaborate finishes, such as glitter.

Lights

Lights—often in shapes such as ghosts, pumpkins, and witches—are another staple of Halloween decorating. They can be used both inside and outside.

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DII
$44.99 $45.00
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DII Spooks and Hoots Halloween Candle Light ?Set of 3 votive/tealight candle holders ?Bat measures 10.5 by 4.5 by 11.5 ?Pumpkin me...asures: 5.5 by 4.5 by 10 ?Owl measures: 6 by 4.5 by 10 ?Perfect for fall Dimensions(L x W x H):10 inches x 4.5 inches x 11 inches read more

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Department 56
$13.79 $20.00
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Department 56 Halloween Village Collection Happy Halloween Lit Sign Lights, 2.87 Intricately hand painted Meticuously hand crafted... Since 1976 department 56 has created the finest designs making every holiday a special time for family and friends. Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. read more

Gemmy
$5.49 $10.97
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10-Count Incandescent Mini Orange Halloween String Lights 1 set of 10 lights Blinks and flashes A great addition to any Halloween ...decor read more

Kurt Adler
$29.50
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A unique decor choice for the holidays, the 24 ct. Warm White LED Harvest Light Set with 4 in. Spacing has a harvest theme in silv...er. It's lit by 24 warm white LEDs, and has 20 inches of lead wire to reach an outlet. About Kurt S. Adler Inc. The story of Kurt S. Adler Inc. begins after the close of World War II when Mr. Adler tried his hand at exporting general goods. Business grew, and European economies flourished so he turned his focus to importing. Ornaments were offered by the 1950s, and beautiful, handmade angels from East and West Germany found an enthusiastic audience in America. Adler expanded the line to glass ornaments from Czechoslovakia, hanging ceiling decorations from Germany, and miniature lights from Italy. The next decade, Adler started importing holiday decor from the Far East. Colorful snow globes and other animated items became a collector's favorite. In the 1980s and 90s, Fabriche santas, nutcrackers and other collectibles were ushered in. Recent additions include animatronics, fiber optic trees, interactive advent calendars, and synchronized musical decorations. Novelty light set. Harvest theme in silver. Warm white LED lights. 24 lights on ornament; Light spacing: 4 in.. For indoor use only. Green wire; Lead wire 20L in.. read more

Halloween Images and Figures

Typically smaller in scale than outdoor yard decorations, Halloween images and figures can be used in a variety of ways indoors—crows perched on bookshelves or spiders hanging from corners, for example.

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Lenox
$89.00
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"Twick or tweat!" Every Halloween party needs a well-dressed vampire to scare up some fun. Invite TWEETY to yours as an original w...ork of art by Lenox. Fancifully attired, Count TWEETY is the perfect picture of a Halloween vampire. The white vest is decorated with a blood-red sash. The high-collared cape adds drama, and two cute vampire fangs are accented with 24 karat gold. Every vivid color, from TWEETY's canary yellow body to the black and red of the two-toned cape, is painted by hand. read more

Department 56
$45.00
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Celebrate one of the most decorated films of all time with this keepsake figurine. Whether you fancy yourself a Good Witch, or a B...ad Witch, the craftsmanship on this piece is outstanding. Each Witch is dressed head-to-toe in her appropriate costume. Truly a collector's item. read more

Department 56
$28.99 $37.50
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Department 56 Peanuts Boo to You Too Figurine, 4.33 Inspired from the wonderful imagination of Charles Schultz and handcrafted to ...the delight of Peanuts fans everywhere.Spelling out BOO Woodstock and friends are dressed like ghosts and have really given Charlie Brown a good scare of Halloween fun in this ceramic figurine. Features:Intricately hand painted Meticuously hand crafted Enesco gift-manufacturing the most beloved home decor products for more than 50 years Weight: 0.49lb read more

Department 56
$32.79 $35.00
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Department 56 Peanuts Sneaky Snoopy Figurine, 3.15-Inch Department 56 Peanuts Snoopy Halloween Sneaky Snoopy 2012. Measures 4. Mad...e of dolomite. It comes mint in the box, ?Intricately hand painted ?Meticuously hand crafted ?Enesco gift-manufacturing the most beloved home decor products for more than 50 years Dimensions(L x W x H):3.15 inches x 3.54 inches x 7.17 inches Weight:0.73 pounds read more

Animatronics and Props

Halloween animatronics and props typically have both movement and sound to add realistic, sometimes frightening pieces to your holiday decor.

Product Features

Product Features

Not all animatronics are alike, nor are all faux pumpkins the same. But even so, with such a range of Halloween decorations available, the product features that will influence how and when items are used are fairly similar. What's important is that each consideration will affect the ease of use and, therefore, your enjoyment of the decoration. Those include setup and takedown, material, color and pattern, and durability. As you shop for the Halloween decorations that best suit your home and family, reserve some extra time to review each product's features.

Setup and Takedown

Elaborate Halloween decorations will have longer setup and takedown times than simpler items such as faux pumpkins. Make sure you thoroughly understand the time and effort required for each product.

Material

Halloween decorations are created from a variety of materials, including lightweight plastic for inflatables and heavy-duty ceramic for vases and containers.

Color and Pattern

Halloween decorations are typically colored and patterned with the standard hues of the season—black and orange—as well as iconic images—ghosts, witches, and bats, to name a few.

Durability

Particularly for items that will be used outside, review any pieces or parts that could be affected by rain, cold, or snow. Fading may also be an issue for decorations that are exposed to autumn sunshine.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

All decorations used at any holiday involve fairly similar purchase considerations, and that includes the pumpkins, witches, bats, and cats for Halloween decorating. For example, Halloween inflatables and Halloween linens must be cared for and stored properly to preserve their quality and prolong their life spans. Cost is also an important purchase consideration, as is seasonal adaptability, which will ensure that you get the most out of your Halloween decorations—even when all the trick-or-treaters have gone home for the night. Here's a short overview of the purchase considerations to take into account.

Care and Storage

Most Halloween decorations should be able to be easily cared for and stored—a light dusting, then placed in a cool, dark spot away from dampness and direct sun. Even so, make sure you understand how to prolong the life of each Halloween decoration.

Cost

Cost varies widely. Faux pumpkins and other small figures tend to be less expensive and, if taken care of properly, have a long decorating life. Animatronics are typically more expensive but last many years if maintained.

Seasonal Adaptability

Halloween decorations that are less overt in their colors and patterns may be able to be used longer into autumn, perhaps even through Thanksgiving.

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Entryways
$26.22 $34.99
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This mat is crafted of all-natural coir with non-slip backing to meet the industrys highest standards. It combines an artists touc...h with affordability to provide functional artistry for the home. Hand-made from all-natural coconut fiber which is an excellent dirt-trapper. Primary material: Coir Latex: No Pile Height: 0.50-inch Style: Outdoor Construction method: Machine-made Primary color: Orange Secondary colors: Black Pattern: Holiday All mat sizes are approximate. Due to the difference of monitor colors, some mat colors may vary slightly. We try to represent all mat colors accurately. Please refer to the text above for a description of the colors shown in the photo. Tip: We recommend the use of a non-skid pad to keep the rug in place on smooth surfaces. All rug sizes are approximate. Due to the difference of monitor colors, some rug colors may vary slightly. Overstock.com tries to represent all rug colors accurately. Please refer to the text above for a description of the colors shown in the photo. read more

Jack-O-Lantern Non-slip Coir Doormat
Pillow Perfect
$32.04 $48.99
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This attractive pillow features a striking line pattern in a beautiful pumpkin colored pattern. Add the finishing touch to your ho...me decor with this throw pillow from Pillow Perfect. Set includes: One Throw Pillow Pattern: Cerva Color: Orange Cover closure: Sewn Seam Edging: Knife Edge Pillow shape: Square Dimensions: 18 inches wide x 18 inches long Cover: 100 percent cotton Fill: 100 percent virgin polyester recycled Care instructions: Spot Clean Only The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Pillow Perfect Cerva Pumpkin Throw Pillow
Grandin Road
$12.00-$34.00
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One of our plump Straw Pumpkins is a great touch?three makes a statement. Add a group to your entryway, mantel, or tabletop displa...y. Crafted from real straw, each will add a natural element to your harvest décor Densely sculpted from packed natural straw strands, kept in place with thin, clear netting Supported by a sturdy wire base For indoor or outdoor covered display Each sold separately or in a set of three, one of each size read more

Straw Pumpkins
Grandin Road
$7.00 $15.00
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Our chic Pumpkin Decorating Kit invites you to skip the carving and add instant flair. Each kit beautifies up to three ordinary pu...mpkins in a snap Three 30" squares of black tulle Three styles of black and orange printed ribbon, 3 yards each Pumpkin not included A Grandin Road exclusive. read more

Pumpkin Decorating Kit
Grandin Road
$29.00 $69.00
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Our Vintage Headless Boy is a full 4 feet of haunting character destined to be the life ? er death ? of the party. Halloween revel...ers will be aghast when they spy the multiple LEDs that cast an eerie red glow around the neck Appropriately dressed to thrill in a period, black, faux-wool suit with silver buttons and a white satin, ruffled shirt Arms are posable, so you can position him in any manner you wish The versatile size makes our Vintage Headless Boy suitable for floor or tabletop display Stands on a metal rod with plastic base Requires two AA batteries (included) Easy assembly. A Grandin Road exclusive. read more

Vintage Headless Boy
Grandin Road
$59.00 $139.00
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In true Mark Roberts style, Party Witch is designed to be the life of your display. 21" Party Witch has all the right details: spa...rkling leggings, a velvet bustier, and a pointed zebra-print hat, all finished with sequins, lace, and faux feather trim Hand-painted resin face and hands Posable wired limbs and wings Stand her up on a moss-covered and spider-adorned Display Stand (sold separately) Arrives gift boxed with a limited-edition, numbered registration card read more

Mark Roberts Party Witch
Grandin Road
$59.00 $199.00
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Create a glorious Halloween display with a grand, decorative papier maché pumpkin?it?s a work of art that?s sure to steal center s...tage. Our noble decorative pumpkin is artisan crafted from hand-painted papier maché Adorned with a starched sash emblazoned with a haunting message Topped with an impressive golden metal crown Embellished with sparkling crystal and golden studs that ?drip? from the lifelike stem A Grandin Road exclusive. read more

All Hail All Hallows Eve Pumpkin
Hayneedle
$999.99 $1,499.99
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538 bulbs Long-lasting commercial LED bulbs Powder coat painted to last Folds for easy storage 159 inches wide x 54 inches tall Wh...ats Included 1 LED displayDescription About Brite Ideas Established in Omaha, Neb., in 1990, Brite Ideas Decorating, Inc., has become a holiday lighting industry leader, providing customers across the United States with durable, cutting edge lighting displays for both residential and commercial applications. Featuring a full line of innovative LED products and uniquely designed displays, Brite Ideas appeals to tradition, modern, simple, and even ornate tastes. It is their mission to promote excellence in the holiday lighting industry. With that in mind, Brite Ideas products go above and beyond the standard to create the best holiday atmosphere for you. read more

Brite Ideas Pumpkin Patch LED Display
Brite Ideas
$69.99 $89.99
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Whether you're welcoming the Great Pumpkin, or just decorating for Halloween, this 12 in. LED 3D Pumpkin Lighted Display - 72 Bulb...s is fun. This three-dimensional pumpkin is lighted with 72 bright orange and green bulbs. It stands 12 inches tall and makes a perfect display on its own or in a grouping. Its shaped by a strong powder-coated steel frame and comes complete with replacement bulbs and clips. About Brite Ideas Established in Omaha, Neb., in 1990, Brite Ideas Decorating, Inc., has become a holiday lighting industry leader, providing customers across the United States with durable, cutting edge lighting displays for both residential and commercial applications. Featuring a full line of innovative LED products and uniquely designed displays, Brite Ideas appeals to tradition, modern, simple, and even ornate tastes. It is their mission to promote excellence in the holiday lighting industry. With that in mind, Brite Ideas products go above and beyond the standard to create the best holiday atmosphere for you. read more

12 in. LED 3D Pumpkin Lighted Display - 72 Bulbs
Vickerman
$74.99 $119.99
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Make Halloween even more festive by draping the Vickerman 9 ft. Black Fir Pre-Lit Garland - Orange Lights over your doorway or dow...n the banister. This garland is nine feet long, which gives you plenty of length to hang or drape anywhere. Durable PVC construction ensures lasting beauty. This garland comes pre-lit with orange LED bulbs that lend sparkle to its fun gloom and doom. About Vickerman This product is proudly made by Vickerman, a leader in high quality holiday decor. Founded in 1940, the Vickerman Company has established itself as an innovative company dedicated to exceeding the expectations of their customers. With a wide variety of remarkably realistic looking foliage, greenery and beautiful trees, Vickerman is a name you can trust for helping you create beloved holiday memories year after year. read more

Vickerman 9 ft. Black Fir Pre-Lit Garland - Orange Lights
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