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Outdoor Halloween Decorations Buying Guide

Remember the days when Christmas was the only outside decorating event? Not so anymore: Homeowners have embraced a host of holidays, including Halloween, and a range of styles, from spooky to charming. Dive in at your own home with our guide to Halloween outdoor and yard decorations.

Types of Decorations

Types of Decorations

For some people, Halloween is a not-so-scary holiday, a time to embrace smiling pumpkins and witches that cast harmless spells. For other homeowners, this autumnal celebration calls for a scarefest, with a chance to enhance their outdoor spaces with ghoulish scenes and spine-chilling figures. Fortunately, there are Halloween outdoor and yard decorations that fit either style—and everything in between. As you begin to create your hair-raising—or whimsical—outdoor scenes, consider the various types, such as animatronics, inflatables, props, lights, faux pumpkins, wreaths, and fog machines. Then have a great time welcoming friends and family to autumn's celebration.

Animatronics

These lifelike creations—usually scary Halloween characters such as zombies, witches, and ghosts—typically have motion sensors that activate arms, legs, and other body parts, as well as trigger noise capabilities.

Inflatables

These oversize Halloween outdoor and yard decorations are most often more whimsical in nature—happy ghosts, smiling pumpkins, not-too-scary witches.

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Rubies Costumes

These 84" inflatable Jason Voorhees decorations are a great finishing touch to any Halloween Horror theme! This is an indoor/outdo...or lawn decoration powered by a continuous fan - Just plug it in and scare the neighbours! Great on their own, even better with the other horror icons like Freddy Krueger and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre - and with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters! read more

Oriental Trading Company

Inflatable Spider Ring Toss Game. This creepy cobweb crawler will add some frightful fun to a kid's haunted house party! Also idea...l for a Halloween school carnival this 2 ft. inflatable vinyl spider comes with four 6 1/2 orange and black plastic rings. read more

BonTon Stores

These brightly glowing ghosts are ready to hit the road in their hot rod and do some haunting! This Airblown inflatable of three s...pooky pals gearing up for a fright gives your outdoor decor maximum impact with minimal effort. You just stake it down, plug it in and watch it inflate! It comes with stakes and tethers for quick and easy set up, and collapses down for off-season storage.  Includes: black spot light, stakes, tethers and inflatable Lights up Self-inflates in seconds Weather-resistant Collapsible Imported read more

BonTon Stores

Give them a huge fright this Halloween with this colossal pumpkin reaper! Standing at 14ft tall, this Airblown inflatable gives yo...ur outdoor decor maximum impact with minimal effort. You just stake it down, plug it in and watch it inflate! It comes with stakes and tethers for quick and easy set up, and collapses down for off-season storage. 14' Includes: stakes, tethers and inflatable Lights up Self-inflates in seconds Weather-resistant Collapsible Imported read more

Props

Props are all the outdoor and yard decorations used to add character and depth to outdoor Halloween scenes. They may include items such as faux gravestones, witches, cats, and cauldrons, for example.

Lights

Halloween lights are typically found in the colors of the season—orange, purple, green—and may also have shaped bulbs, such as pumpkins or ghosts. They may be used to decorate trees, shrubs, rooflines, and doorways.

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Impact Innovation

Ghosts, goblins and things that go "bump" in the night, wouldn't it be more fun if things went "bright" in the night. Since 1998, ...Impact Innovations Lighted Window Decorations have created glittering holiday magic for young and old alike. Unlike many standard lighted window decorations, Impact Innovations uses a unique clear framing system that allow its 43 sparkling mini lights to show through both sides. From witches, bats to ghosts and jack-o-lanterns, there're plenty of spooky Halloween themes from which to choose and whether it's Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, you'll find a festive, fun and oh-so-twinkly lighted window decoration to add just the right touch of holiday magic of your own. All Impact Innovations lighted window decorations are UL approved, require no batteries or assembly and come with a handy suction cup for ease of hanging. Expertise in design and product innovation has made Impact Innovations the premier trendsetter in the seasonal decor industry. They invite you to discover their clever collections of Gel Window Clings, Vinyl Window Clings, Lighted Shimmer Window Decorations, Red Velvet Flocked Bows and more, available on Amazon. read more

Kmart
$34.84 $40.99
at Kmart

Halloween Decorations - Add a scary touch to your outdoor Halloween decor with this Skeleton Prop. This eerie skeleton is equipped... with a head, torso and arms that appear to come right out of the ground. The skeleton's eyes light up for an added scary effect. Ideal for spooking trick-or-treaters as they walk to your door for candy. It is also an excellent accessory to add to any costume or Halloween party as well as any haunted house. Ghosts, Vampires and Skeletons Oh My! read more

Kmart
$16.99 $19.99
at Kmart

Halloween Decorations - What a creepy addition to your graveyard display! 24-inch tall tombstone has a gargoyle with light-up eyes...! Realistic stone-look polyfoam tombstone is a great decoration for your next party, home haunt, or haunted house! Included are 3 LR44 button batteries which are also replaceable. Add a bit of spookiness to your yard this Halloween! read more

Sears
$34.84 $40.99
at Sears

Add a scary touch to your outdoor Halloween decor with this Skeleton Prop. This eerie skeleton is equipped with a head, torso and ...arms that appear to come right out of the ground. The skeleton's eyes light up for an added scary effect. Ideal for spooking trick-or-treaters as they walk to your door for candy. It is also an excellent accessory to add to any costume or Halloween party as well as any haunted house. Ghosts, Vampires and Skeletons Oh My! read more

Faux Pumpkins

Faux pumpkins are designed to withstand weather conditions such as cold and rain. Some are less realistic—grapevine pumpkins that are pre-lit, for example—while others resemble real pumpkins, with the benefit of lasting from year to year.

Wreaths

Halloween wreaths used as outdoor and yard decorations may be scary or simply seasonal, using shapes and colors of the holiday to accent an entry.

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Plow & Hearth

Autumn Twig And Sunflower Owl Wreath - Halloween Decor. This artfully styled owl hanging adds a sunny, delightful touch of autumn.... With a body crafted of twigs, he's made with faux sunflower eyes, a pine cone beak and fall foliage feathers. He makes a warm autumn display on your indoor wall or door as well as outdoors in a protected area. Imported. Autumn owl wreath Great fall and seasonal accent piece Skillfully knotted twig frame adds dimension and texture Long-lasting faux fall foliage accent Display indoors or outside in a protected areaDimensions16W x 18H read more

Grandin Road

Faux foliage urn filler, swag, wreath, and garland in fall colors. All pieces are built on a grapevine base. Urn filler has a 5 op...ening for displaying bundles of tall twigs, wheat grass or pumpkins (not included). For covered outdoor or indoor display. Our New England Maple Leaf Urn Filler, Swag, Wreath, and Garland look as real as if you had gathered the leaves yourself, yet these lush pieces will last for seasons to come. A rich melange of variegated maple leaves is punctuated with lifelike berries and natural twigs. Plus, there's a shape to fit nearly any area of your home. . . . . read more

Hinterland Trading
$49.00
at Amazon

This beautiful black and orange burlap wreath measures 22 inches wide and is the perfect fall or Halloween door decor. This piece ...works well on a covered porch, interior wall, or mantle. hinterland Trading burlap wreaths are all hand made in the united states. Our craftspeople take great pride in their work and this is reflected in the wreaths' quality. We invite you to explore the hinterlands today!. read more

Plow & Hearth

Fall Harvest Wreath, 16 dia. Fall Harvest Wreaths have a cornucopia of brilliant color and is bursting with the texture and color ...of quince slices, Indian corn and faux acorns nestled in preserved maple leaves, natural golden wheat, safflower and flax pods on a natural twig base. Display indoors or in a covered area outdoors. Shipping Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery read more

Fog Machines

These machines are typically powered by electricity and used to accent Halloween scenes created with other outdoor and yard decorations, such as gravestones and animatronics.

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Kmart
$21.24 $24.99
at Kmart

Halloween Decorations - You can control your fog machine from a distance now with the Timer Controlled Fog Machine Prop. This remo...te is universal for all FORUM fog machines and is perfect for helping set the mood for the party. This remote can make the fog come out, for how long, and in what intervals. Control the atmosphere of the party with a prop like this. This does not come included with the fog machine, just the remote. read more

The Popcorn Factory

This adorable Jelly Belly dispenser is the perfect gift for any Jelly Belly fan. Push Mr. Jelly Belly's handle and the gears dispe...nse delicious handfuls of scrumptious Jelly Belly beans through the chute. The charming dispenser comes with a 1 oz starter bag and an additional 8 oz bag of assorted Jelly Belly beans. read more

VTech
$21.99
at Amazon

Make bath time fun time with Bubbles the Learning Whale by VTech. Surrounded by floating bubbles, children will learn about first ...words, colors, rhyming, sea animals and more. They'll have a whale of a good time with this playful bath toy as they pop their way to aquatic, learning fun! Make bath time fun time with Bubbles the Learning Whale by VTech. Playful rhymes and lively sing-along songs in this bath time bubble toy help develop early language skills while 5 sea animal buttons teach first words, colors, sea animals and more. The bubble whale's light-up mouth flashes with voice, sound and music responses for engaging play with 18 melodies, sing-along songs, sounds and playful phrases, engage your child as they have a whale of a time splashing and learning. This water-proof bath toy features a bubble spout for loads of bubble-blowing fun (bubble solution not included) and suction cups that allow for quick and easy mounting to tubs or walls. Splish, splash! It's learning fun in the bath. read more

Cricut
$39.99
at Amazon

Get your friends and family into the spirit of Halloween with the Trick or Treat cartridge! This cartridge is filled with children... in not-too-spooky costumes such as ladybugs, superheroes, vampires, witches and more. These Halloween-themed images are great for making invitations, party decor, gift bags and other festive projects. Use the latest Cricut cartridges to create unique and engaging designs for every occasion. The versatility of the cartridges will surprise even the most imaginative crafters. read more

Product Features

Product Features

There are literally hundreds of different products within each category of Halloween outdoor and yard decorations. That's part of the fun—deciding what to add to your exterior spaces, what style you favor, and how extensive you want your Halloween decorating to be. But even within that range and variety of decorating types and products, there are certain product features that will affect how your Halloween elements look and work with your home. Those include materials the item is made from, its power source, and setup and takedown time. As you begin your search for Halloween outdoor and yard decorations—or if you're adding to your collection—review these product features to ensure you find what best suits your needs and wishes.

Materials

A variety of materials is used to create Halloween outdoor and yard decorations; their one commonality is that all should be able to withstand weather conditions, including cold, snow, and rain.

Power Source

If your Halloween outdoor and yard decorations have light, sound, or movement, they will be powered either with electricity or batteries. Make sure you understand what the power source is. If your decor requires electricity, make sure its cord and your source can easily connect.

Setup and Takedown Time

Most Halloween outdoor and yard decorations are easy to set up and take down: a faux pumpkin only needs a spot by the door; a wreath needs to be hung. But other items, such as inflatables and animatronics, may require more time and effort.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Nowadays, some homeowners invest nearly as much time and effort in their Halloween outdoor and yard decorations as they do at Christmastime. That investment means any items you're thinking about adding should be thoroughly vetted, to make sure they complement what you already have. In addition, pay special attention to purchase considerations including durability, cost, storage, and cleaning and care. Each will affect your enjoyment and use of the piece. Here's your guide to getting started on your very own, just-you collection of Halloween outdoor and yard decorations.

Durability

The complexity of creation and the material of Halloween outdoor and yard decorations will influence the longevity of the items. To ensure yours last as long as possible, take a good look at how they're put together and whether they will withstand your yard's conditions.

Cost

The more elaborate a Halloween outdoor and yard decoration, the more expensive it is likely to be. But if it is well made, the cost may also translate into a longer life for the piece.

Storage

Especially for very large Halloween outdoor and yard decorations, storage may be an issue. If the item deflates, you will have less of a problem storing it safely. Review your home's spaces to ensure you can accommodate items such as oversize animatronics.

Cleaning and Care

After spending time in the elements, Halloween outdoor and yard decorations will likely need cleaning. Understand what's appropriate for your pieces—a light dusting and vacuuming, for example, or a damp cloth—and take care of each item before you store it for the next season.

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Balsam Hill Christmas Trees

Balsam Hill® 9' x 15" Autumn Leaves Garland capture the rich colors of autumn for your home this holiday season. Drape our autumn ...garlands over your door, mantle, or table to create a joyful and spirited display. Use indoors or in a covered area outdoors. Perfect for your seasonal decor, these pieces are overflowing with colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, and rustic twigs. Our autumn leaves wreath will accentuate your door, welcoming your guests with a cheerful brilliance. read more

9' x 15" Autumn Leaves Garland - Unlit
Oriental Trading Company

This is one scary Halloween pumpkin! This ghostly Hanging Pumpkin Man is the perfect Halloween decoration that is sure to turn any... home or front yard into a haunted house of horrors. Use the Pumpkin Man as scary decor to spruce up your Halloween party or scare and entertain trick-or-treaters as they approach your home. Hang indoors or outdoors for a frightfully fun Halloween! The face scrolls through an assortment of different colors when turned on or by activating the trigger on a 7 cord. Foam. Hangs approx. 5 ft. Batteries included. read more

Hanging Pumpkin Man - Halloween Decorations & Scary Halloween Decorations
Kennedy Mfg
$14.99 $29.99
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Radiance Canvas Prints feature country artwork on stretched canvas, backlit with a flickering LED light for a warm, inviting glow.... Jack O'Lantern is a spooky Halloween print of a grinning Jack O'lantern with a full moon and a silhouette of a church yard behind him. 12" square. read more

Lighted Canvas - Radiance Jack O' Lantern Wall Hanging Picture Halloween
Balsam Hill Christmas Trees

Balsam Hill® 65" x 14" Autumn Leaves Swag capture the rich colors of autumn for your home this holiday season. Drape our beautifu...l arrangement over your door, mantle, or table to create a joyful and spirited display. Use indoors or in a covered area outdoors. Perfect for your seasonal decor, these pieces are overflowing with colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, and rustic twigs. Our autumn leaves wreath will accentuate your home, welcoming your guests with a cheerful brilliance. read more

65" x 14" Autumn Leaves Swag - Unlit
Team Sports America
$24.49 $34.99
at Bealls Florida

Show your friends and neighbors how much you love the University of Florida Gators with the Forest Face from Team Sports America. ...5-pc. set is all weather resin & each piece has a durable hook for easy hanging on a tree, fence, house or to dress up a pumpkin. GO GATORS!, For the Home,Team Shop,Team Accessories read more

Florida Gators Forest Face by Team Sports America-No Size,
Team Sports America
$24.49 $34.99
at Bealls Florida

Show your friends and neighbors how much you love the Florida State University Seminoles with the Forest Face from Team Sports Ame...rica. 5-pc. set is all weather resin & each piece has a durable hook for easy hanging on a tree, fence, house or to dress up a pumpkin. GO NOLES!, For the Home,Team Shop,Team Accessories read more

Team Sports Florida State Forest Face-No Size, Red Multi
Oriental Trading Company

This is one scary Halloween pumpkin! This ghostly Hanging Pumpkin Man is the perfect Halloween decoration that is sure to turn any... home or front yard into a haunted house of horrors. Use the Pumpkin Man as scary decor to spruce up your Halloween party or scare and entertain trick-or-treaters as they approach your home. Hang indoors or outdoors for a frightfully fun Halloween! The face scrolls through an assortment of different colors when turned on or by activating the trigger on a 7 cord. Foam. Hangs approx. 5 ft. Batteries included. read more

Hanging Pumpkin Man - Halloween Decorations & Scary Halloween Decorations
WholesaleHalloweenCostumes

Add some traditional scares to your Halloween decorations with a Light Up Hanging Ghost Prop. This skeleton figure features a 5 fo...ot tall statue covered in beige robes. This scary statue looks like it is floating off the ground when hung from the ceiling of porch rafters. read more

Light Up Hanging Ghoul Prop
Evergreen Enterprises
$15.99 $32.00
at Stage Stores

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. Bring in the holidays with this handcrafted decorative flag. High quality construction with t...ight satin stitching for durability and UV coating to resist fading. Perfect house flag for the holidays to show your holiday spirit. Pole not included. read more

Outdoor Flags 2 ft. x 4 ft. Satin Spooky Pumpkin Flag 13A2980
Costume Discounters

Step up to bat and duck for cover this Halloween with the freaky Brown Light Up Bat decoration in your front yard! Includes brown ...bat with light up eyes, requites 3 AG13 watch batteries, which are not included. read more

Brown Light Up Bat -  Animated-Light-Up
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