Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Easy to make. Pound 2 sticks down through the blue jeans. Stuff jeans with newspapers. Attach a styrofoam ball to the top of the 2 sticks. (I stuffed 2 knitted beanie hats, much cheaper). Cover with a sheet and pin on the felt eyes. I have had so many comments about "my spooks".


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I did this years ago, but it was really fun, and met with a lot of excitement by those who came by for Halloween. I set up a 6 foot stepladder, close to the house and kind of apart from the light, which was on so kids wouldn't trip and fall.

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September 22, 2009

With a mailbox planter for a container to be seen by all who pass by or enter our home, I created this fun Halloween display. I used an artificial spider plant and painted it black, adding last year's harvest gourds and mini-pumpkins.

A decorated mailbox for Hallween.

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If you'd like to make some original decorations for your home this Halloween, have a go at creating a set of 'crazy heads'. All you need to get started are some polystyrene balls, together with a few basic materials that are easily on hand.

Crazy Heads, a halloween craft project

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Lightup indoor/outdoor Halloween tree.

Lit Spooky Tree Decoration

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Here is how I have our home decorated for Halloween. The sign reads "Attention all Witches, please leave your brooms by the front door."

Halloween Sign on Decorated Front Porch

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I thought you might like to see the pumpkin I painted for myself this year. I just used acrylic paint and decorated the top with a bow and berries. She sat on our front porch to welcome our guests.

Decorated and painted pumpkin.

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September 17, 2014

Our garden went nuts with zucchini and squash this year! I couldn't keep up with them.

carved zucchini and yellow squash

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One year for Halloween I made a "Spooky Tree" door decoration that was a huge hit with everyone who saw it, and it barely cost me anything! I wish I had a photo to show you, but hopefully you can picture it in your head.

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When my pink flamingos faded I decided to spray paint them black for Halloween decoration. Sorry the picture is a little blurry.

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For making graveyard tombstones, instead of buying them at the dollar stores, I made mine out of old pieces of plywood. My husband had some old pieces of plywood laying around. So I spray painted the outline of the tombstone on the plywood and my husband used his saw and cut them out, then I spray painted them with black paint.

Tombstones outside of home decorated with spider webbing, skeletons, etc.

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October 25, 2007

While working in our field, I noticed all these wild watermelons in various sizes growing in our field. With Halloween around the corner, I decided to use spray paint and decorate them to look like pumpkins.

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I'd like ideas for decorating my yard and house for Halloween. My kids are 9, 7, & 3. We've never decorated before and it means a lot to my kids. They're actually grieving over it every holiday. It's just that my husband always talks us out of it as it costs money and time.

I need ideas that are simple and that the four of us can do together with little help from my husband. My daughter had an idea to hang ghosts from some of our 9 maple trees in the front and to make our house (150 feet back from the road) look haunted. I need to know the best way to make homemade ghosts and how to hang them! Also, she suggested having animals and monsters peeking out from the trees. Other ideas welcome. Thanks bunches!

Susan from Essexville, MI


September 22, 20070 found this helpful

My husband had leftover plywood from a home project. He cut 6 "deadstones" (as our daughter named them) and 6 spikes which he nailed on the back. Each was painted grey and then he used stencils and black paint to write funny epitaphs, like RIP Disco with some dates, and other silly phrases. The adults walking the kids got a laugh as they could easily relate and the kids all just thought it was neat! His next plan is to build an old fashioned coffin -- big enough to lie in and be a ghastly corpse. Another time he stuffed old jeans and a plaid shirt with newspaper, set his boots on the ground and placed the "body" on the porch bench. He carved a pumpkin to look like a face and put a baseball cap on it. He set it in the bench next to the body and put one arm around it. It was hilarious! Kids and adults alike did a double take at the headless body. Later when the older kids came around, he added a cardboard hatchet with red paint on the blade. That too was a hit. There are many great things you can make from leftover stuff around the house. Start looking in the shed or garage and see what you can find. Only your imagination can hold you back! Have fun and good luck!

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When I was in grade school, one of our teachers made a marvelous "spook house" for us. We went into the darkened classroom and there were a bunch of scary eyes staring out at us. Turns out, she used glow-in-the-dark paint on black construction paper and painted the eyes herself. She may have had an inexpensive black light on them; it's been many years and I cannot remember this detail.
Another great source of ideas is the classic Tightwad Gazette books by Amy Daczyzn (or however you spell her last name.) In one of them, she describes how her husband made a "pirate's ship" out of scraps for a kid's birthday party. She also describes how they created a very original "robot" costume out of odds and ends, including an old dryer vent hose. These books should be in your public library.

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September 24, 20070 found this helpful

Like Trisch's husband, mine also made "deadstones" one year for Halloween; only since we didn't have any plywood, he bought that 1 inch thick, rigid styrofoam and used that. He used gray spraypaint and we wrote the "RIP" and other epitaphs with a wide-tip black Sharpie (permanent marker made to write on *anything*). Then we propped the deadstones up, using bricks or rocks, in our front yard. So if you don't have the extra plywood lying around, the styrofoam might be a little bit cheaper to buy. Have fun!

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October 9, 2006

I would like to decorate the front of a building for halloween but it's a very plain painted brick building. What could I use to stick decorations to the outside of a brick building? Just temporary stuff for 5-6 hours. I don't want to use screws or nails, I was thinking hot glue for small items that don't weigh much, any suggestions?

Madisonandco from KY


October 11, 20060 found this helpful

check out this site:
That may give you some great ideas!!!
How about the hooks that you use to hang up Christmas lights outside?? I've seen them but never have tried them.
Go to your local hardware store---ask them if they have any great ways to hang things outside for temporary use.
Good luck and have fun!!!

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