Want to deck out your front yard with Halloween decorations without giving your wallet a scare?
This roundup of time-saving, budget-friendly outdoor Halloween decorating ideas has everything you need to treat your trick-or treaters to frightening fun.
1. Decorate your front door with a creepy-crawly wreath.
Who says wreaths are exclusive to the holiday season? Frighten your foes with spine-chilling Halloween door decorations that are guaranteed to make their skin crawl (and probably yours too!).
From clusters of plastic spiders and gauzy DIY cotton cobwebs to gnarled and twisted layers of spindly skeleton fingers, the creative options for Halloween-themed wreaths and entryway décor are endless.
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2. Spruce up your front porch with a gaggle of gourds—no carving needed!
While jack-o’-lanterns are often the quintessential Halloween mascot, let’s face it: Between scooping out the pumpkin seeds, scraping out every last string of pulp, and carving even the most basic of designs, they can sometimes feel like a lot more effort (and cleanup) than they’re worth.
Luckily, the portly pumpkin can still keep its spot as the star of the porch without all of the intricate knife work.
For a rustic autumn aesthetic, keep it simple by artfully arranging and stacking pumpkins of different colours and shapes.
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3. Give your house a haunted aura with a few well-placed window clings.
They say creepy clings and devilish decals are the windows to the ghoul—and they can be applied in a cinch to boot! Pepper your front windows with shadowy silhouettes of lanky-legged arachnids, or opt for more cartoon-like window art featuring cats, bats and witches in pointy hats.
While stickers are notoriously fun for littles, clings and vinyl decals have an advantage for parents: they can be easily removed and repositioned without leaving any tacky adhesive residue on those street-facing glass panes. It’s a win(dow)-win(dow)!
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4. Illuminate your outdoor area with ghostly flood lighting.
If your lighting budget is on the modest side, just swap out your porch lights with coloured bulbs. With pockets of your yard bathed in cooler-toned hues like blue, purple and green, you’ll channel the eerie, hair-raising atmosphere of a haunted graveyard.
Or, dial back the fear factor by using red and orange string lights along your railings and fence to give your trick-or-treaters a warm yet still wicked welcome.
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5. Sprinkle your lawn with ghoulish inflatables and sinister silhouettes.
With their cartoonish stature and often over-animated facial features, blow-up Halloween decorations can offer a livelier presence within your yard of horrors.
Ranging from spooky to downright silly, Halloween inflatables can be either an attention-grabbing centrepiece or a fun lawn accessory that contrasts the unsettling vibe brought on by any scary Halloween decorations.
Of course, Halloween lawn décor doesn’t have to be limited to inflatables: Deck the yard with props like tombstones, signs and extra gourds—and take advantage of any trees, hedges or landscaping that offer an easy way to hang some freaky flourishes.
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