DIY Outdoor Halloween Decoration Ideas

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Create and design a festive Halloween yard display or make your own spooky lighting with these easy DIY outdoor decorations. Hang life-sized ghosts from trees to billow in the wind, create a magical glowing walkway with brightly shining glass jars or try any of these other fun and inexpensive Halloween decoration ideas.

Glowing Jars

Rather than purchasing expensive metal lanterns, or risking a fire hazard with jack-lanterns and paper luminaries, make these beautiful glowing jar lights with basic mason jars and glow sticks.

What You'll Need:

  • Glass mason jars
  • Glow sticks
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Snap a glow stick to make it illuminate.
  2. Carefully cut off the top, trying not to spill any of the liquid inside.
  3. Pour the glow-in-the-dark liquid into a mason jar, then seal tightly.
  4. Shake the jar to spread the glow-in-the-dark liquid around the inside, covering as much of the jar as possible.
  5. Set the jars outside along walkways, in landscaping or hang from trees to instantly create magically glowing orbs for functional lighting or pure decoration.
  6. The glow-in-the-dark liquid typically only glows brightly for approximately five to six hours, so plan to make the jar lights the night of a Halloween party or to greet trick-or-treaters.

Spooky Eyes

Startle guests, trick-or-treaters and passersby with these easy to make and extra creepy eyes.

What You'll Need:

  • Foam spheres from a craft store in varying sizes
  • Pennies
  • Glue
  • Black permanent marker or paint

Directions:

  1. Select varying sized foam spheres in sets of two to create your eyeballs. Large spheres can be used farther back in your yard or up in trees to be seen better.
  2. Paint or color one penny per eyeball black to create pupils.
  3. Glue the penny pupils onto each eyeball.
  4. Place the eyes in bushes, trees, planters and recessed areas of your home's trim to spook anyone who happens to catch a glimpse of these hidden, peering eyes.

Ready for Planting

Spider's Nest

Turn any tree, bush or potted plant in your yard into a frightening spider's nest. The farther away your nest will be from walkways, the street and your front door, the larger the webs and spider should be, for maximum visibility.

What You'll Need:

  • Several packages of white synthetic spider web
  • Plastic spiders in varying sizes
  • Glow in the dark webbing and a black light bulb (for a more dramatic effect)

Directions:

  1. Stretch out the store bought synthetic spider web until it is sufficiently thinned out, and able to reach across a bush, plant or large branch.
  2. Pick several trees or plants in your yard that are easily viewable to drape the spider web across. For Plants or trees that are farther away from where people will be passing by, make the web slightly thicker so it can be seen better.
  3. Place many small plastic spiders, or one very large one into the web, securely wrapping the webbing around their legs.
  4. Try pulling one section of web down from a tree branch to create a thin, but strong, string of web to hang a spider from.
  5. If you would like a brightly glowing web, many craft, party and drug stores sell glow-in-the-dark spider webs. Place these in front of landscape lighting that can be switched out with black light bulbs, as most glow-in-the-dark webs need black light to glow their brightest.
  6. Also, try creating a large ball of spider web, and hanging it from a tree branch. Push many small plastic spiders just under the first layer of the web to mimic the look of a spider's nest. Place one large spider nearby to appear as though it is guarding the nest.

Halloween Garage Silhouettes

Turn your garage door into an ominous Halloween setting with black shadow silhouettes of cats, witches and fence posts.

What You'll Need:

  • Two rolls of black two-millimeter foam
  • Strong magnets from a hardware or home improvement store (if your garage door is metal)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Print out templates of Halloween cats, bats and witch heads. The fence posts and witches' bodies are too large to print out, so they will need to be hand drawn onto the foam.
  2. Place the paper templates over the foam, and trace with a pencil. Press down firmly with the pencil to leave an imprint of the image's outline on the foam.
  3. Cut out the Halloween shapes.
  4. Hand-draw rickety fence posts, witch bodies and any other Halloween silhouettes you would like.
  5. Glue the magnets to the back of the top and bottom of fence posts, both wings of the bats, and sporadically throughout the witches' and cats' bodies.
  6. Stick the shapes onto the garage door, and they will be secured in place by the magnets.

Try these simple and cheap outdoor Halloween decoration ideas around your yard for a special autumn season sure to fascinate your friends and family. From eerily glowing jars lights to horrifying spiders' nests, create the perfect haunted yard display without breaking the bank, or a sweat.

Last Updated: October 8, 2012
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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