47 Eerie Outdoor Halloween Decorations
DIY Monster Wreath
Raven Front Porch
Black birds and a classic monochromatic color scheme mean this eerie entrance is ready for Halloween. Hang artificial crows from fishing line and use removable adhesive hooks to attach them to the front door. Use our free template to cut a tree from flexible contact paper but be sure to check on the door's edge to make sure the paint doesn't peel off when you remove the contact paper. Finish your Halloween front porch with mums, faux pumpkins, and lanterns.
Stacked Pumpkin Tower
Spell it out! This Halloween pumpkin decoration is made with string art, faux pumpkins, and glittery spiders. Create your string art and add faux spiders to a trio of pumpkins. Glue them together, place in a plain grapevine wreath, and fill in gaps with dried moss.
Cold Hands Wreath
You've heard of cold feet, but how about cold hands? This wreath is simple to make but stands out among other Halloween door decorations. Paint a collection of plastic skeleton hands with metallic spray paint, then mount to the edges of a chalkboard base. If desired, write a spooky message in the middle.
Halloween Door Cover
Black and White Pumpkins
Black is the new orange. Make these pretty Halloween porch decorations by painting around a stencil on a real or faux pumpkin, then outline the stencil shape with crafts nails. Weave string in and around the nails to create a spiderweb effect.
Scary Spider Webs
Attack of the giant spiders! These Halloween yard decorations are oversized and perfect for decking out your front porch. Made with braided yarn, these large webs can be reused year after year. We can even show you how to make your own giant spider decorations to go with the webs.
Halloween Twig Wreath
Giant Halloween Spiders
Huge DIY spiders are bone-chilling when hung with twine, wire, and exterior adhesive hooks. Nearly seven feet across, these gargantuan creates will turn your home into a house of horrors. Make them with faux fur, black foam tubes, and half sphere wire forms from a florist's supply shop.
Related: Learn how to make the giant spiders.
Classic fall foliage looks less friendly when it's painted an unnatural shade. Black spray paint transforms basic leaf garlands into eerie Halloween outdoor decorations. Wrap them around a banister, porch rail, or pillar.
Quoth the Raven
Make a pile of pumpkins a little scarier with faux animal skeletons. This raven, for example, contrasts well with a pile of pretty painted pumpkins. Set up your display at the base of a planter or on a porch step.
Outdoor Paper Lanterns
This outdoor Halloween display is so simple—and the kids will love helping with this project. Decorate an assortment of paper bags with stickers, paint, tape, and vinyl, then arrange them on the front porch or line them up your driveway to welcome trick-or-treaters. Choose battery-operated tea lights for worry-free lighting on Fright Night.
Let your Halloween outdoor decorations talk back. These stylish pumpkins were painted a sleek black, then lettered with metallic sheets and decorative tacks. Stack pumpkins horizontally or vertically to spell out spooky sayings.
Halloween Farmhouse Porch
Typically inviting farmhouse style takes an unnerving turn with a mass of mischievous mice and a ghostly greeting that says it all. Don't let the natural country charm fool you; this particular porch screams, "Beware!" A few metallic elements add a touch of chic to this country scene.
Editor's Tip: Keep the ladder, corn stalks, and pumpkins but replace letters and mice with pretty fall decor so this setting can greet guests when Thanksgiving rolls around.
This festive Halloween wreath is the perfect blend of spooky and stylish. Orange chevron ribbon dresses up a basic straw wreath, but the real star is a trio of glittery bats perched on the bottom. Hang using patterned burlap ribbon.
Wooden Spider Wreath
This creepy-crawly Halloween wreath is made with plain wooden beads. A quick coat of black spray paint transforms it into a scary spider. Add the spooky creature to your fall front door and prepare for the screams!
One bird: Not a big deal. A whole flock of them? Well, that's a scary Halloween yard decoration. Assemble a collection of faux ravens arranged in a variety of poses on your fence, porch banister, deck railing—even your roofline! Secure with cable ties and black duct tape.
Think of the spooked responses from passersby when a crowd of whiskered pests marches up your front walk. Trace an oversized rat outline on a large piece of paper, then transfer to plywood. Cut out the rats, sand, and paint them black. Screw vertically aligned U-brackets to the back of each rat. Prop up each rat by slipping the U-bracket over a plant stake pushed into the ground.
Ensnare trick-or-treaters with this crafty Halloween porch decoration that resembles a spiderweb. To make, cut a 3x4-foot lightweight black mat into a 36-inch-diameter circle using heavy shears. With chalk, draw a spiderweb design onto the mat. Cut clothesline into pieces to fit your design, and singe the ends of each piece to prevent fraying. Use heavy-duty white glue to attach the clothesline pieces over the chalk lines.
You can display outside Halloween decorations without going to great lengths to be scary. Pumpkins—the most treasured symbol of the season—used to be bland and basic, but new types and shapes add visual and graphic texture. Stack several pumpkins on top of each other to create a no-carve pumpkin display; accent with potted seasonal flowers and tall dried cornstalks. For a little bit of an eerie vibe, add a faux raven or large spider.
Colorful Skull Luminaries
Play with all the colors of Halloween with neon painted luminarias. To make these Halloween lights, dab glass paint onto clean glass jars using a sponge. Use a few coats, smoothing the final coat with a paintbrush. Draw or print skull clip art onto contact paper, remove the backing, and adhere to the dry jars. Dab on a few thin coats of black paint and remove the stencils when done. Insert tea lights and line your walkway come trick-or-treat time.
Flying Bat Display
Ominously animate your Halloween yard with colonies of airborne bats. Enlarge and trace our bat patterns onto black foam-core board and cut out; poke two holes into each bat for black cable ties to hold it onto a branch. Stick tall limbs into the ground or into sand-filled buckets. Place the largest bats high on the branches and smaller ones toward the bottom, making sure each cable tie is tight. Keep the Halloween theme going throughout the house with more fun DIY bat crafts.
Upside-Down Witch Halloween Urn
This easy-to-make Halloween porch decoration looks like a wayward witch landed headfirst in a moss-filled urn. To recreate this DIY witch decor, dress bendable mannequin legs in striped hose and buckled shoes. Place upside down in a tall urn filled with moss by your front door.
Give your visitors a frightful hello with a welcome from these bare-boned greeters. Pose several Halloween skeleton decorations on the porch and on the roof, securing them with fishing line. Add props as appropriate to your Halloween aesthetic—scary or whimsical.
Toxic Spill and Insects
Poisonous it is not: This "puddle"—meant to look like a toxic spill—is actually hardened white glue. Outline a desired shape on a melamine sheet; fill in with glue and let dry. Using a font of your choice, create a "poison" label and attach to an empty bottle. Remove the dried glue puddle from the melamine, place it and the bottle where desired. Attach plastic insects with more glue. Add this scary Halloween decoration to your front porch, deck, or stairs.
Spooky Garage Door Decor
Scary Halloween decorations should start with your garage door! The key to creating this scary scene is a combination of black vinyl and card stock. Turn on your Halloween lights so the zombies glow during the night.
Mummy Hands Wreath
Halloween wreaths don't have to be complicated to make! A simple masking tape technique is all it takes to create a pair of spooky mummy hands. Add them to a plain grapevine wreath and finish with faux spiders and webbing.
Candy Corn Front Porch
A fun color palette and playful vibe suggest a handful of yum is most certainly just a knock away. Greet trick-or-treaters with this bright Halloween front door. Make your own wreaths by wrapping foam forms with yarn. Add our free printed message to set the scene.
Editor's Tip: Make the stacked candy corn displays! Simply remove the stems from three faux pumpkins, then drill holes in the bottom and top of two and the bottom of the third. Paint then slide onto a dowel set in floral foam.
Snakes Under the Doormat
Guests will step back in fear, thanks to a slithering mass of snakes. Spray-paint rubber snakes glossy black. Create various lengths of snakes by cutting them in two; arrange at the edge of a thick plastic-foam board and glue to the edges. Set the board underneath a doormat.
Easy-to-find supplies and a few minutes are all it takes to create this elegant, holiday-theme wreath. Cut enough spiderweb fabric to cover an embroidery hoop; secure with hot glue. Attach a plastic spider with another dab of hot glue; tie a bow made from black ribbon and hang.
Bat-and-Cat Garage Door Design
Think of your garage door as a giant canvas on which you can place a multitude of outdoor Halloween decorations. This temporary artwork is made from removable black cloth tape (in 2- and 3-inch widths) and black crafts-foam sheets cut into spooky shapes. Simply use loops of tape to press the silhouettes into place on the garage door.
Kids can help create this whimsical, colorful wreath with a hidden surprise—spiders! Start by assembling materials: 40 to 50 plastic-foam balls (1 inch, 1-1/2 inches, and 2 inches wide); fuzzy black and plain black, green, purple, and orange yarn; a 12-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF) wreath form; seven 12-inch-long black chenille stems; and googly eyes. Wrap and cover one large, two medium, and two small plastic-foam balls with fuzzy black yarn, using hot glue to secure. (These will be your spiders.) Wrap the remaining plastic-foam balls with the black, green, purple, and orange yarn. Tie four lengths of black yarn to the wreath, spaced evenly, to create eight spokes. Weave a continuous spiral with a long length of black yarn to create a spiderweb. Hot-glue the yarn-covered balls to the wreath, then attach the fuzzy yarn balls. Cut the chenille to create legs (eight 3-inch pieces for the large spider, sixteen 2-inch pieces for the medium spiders, and sixteen 1-1/2-inch pieces for the small spiders); insert into the yarn balls and bend to form legs and feet. Hot-glue the spiders to the yarn balls and hot-glue eyes to the spiders.