35 Easy Un-BOO-leviable DIY Halloween Decorations That Are Wickedly Creative

There’s no better time to show off your creativity than Halloween. When you think of Halloween, easy Halloween costumes and the best Halloween candy you can’t wait to scarf down are usually the first things that come to mind. But just like it’s the one time of the year when you can dress up in your favorite funny DIY Halloween costume, why not also get creative with DIY Halloween decorations for your home? Whether you’re partial to gory Halloween decorations (witches, anyone?) or prefer to keep it cute and simple, like these crafts for kids, you can land on the right ideas to delight your family, party guests, and trick-or-treaters.

These crazy Halloween decoration ideas are spooky and will give the perfect Halloween vibes that will ensure that every inch of your house will look unique and festive this season. Not to mention scary good.

To get inspired, click through for 35 standout Halloween decoration ideas, including fun DIY projects as well as unique items that you can easily snag at your favorite retailer.

Witch’s Broom Chandelier

Add texture and ambiance to your dining room with this wicked piece. Start with a plain broom, then fill mason jars with black sand and battery-operated black candles, and attach them to one side of the broom with black twine. Balance it out by adding a watchful faux feline on top of the other side with black wire.

Effortlessly Eerie Living Room

These decorating tricks are so easy, it’s frightening. Take a page out of Miss Havisham’s book and use sheet-draped chairs to give your room the look of ruin. Then, string a cheesecloth “cobweb” across a mirror and secure curly willow branches in candlesticks with museum wax.

Scattered Ravens

For a killer entrance, perch artificial ravens on tall branches with pumpkins as their base.

Broomstick Door Décor

Welcome fellow witches with this coven-inspired broomstick door idea. It’s really simple to pull off if you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween design.

Make the Door: Drill a small hole in the handle of two large outdoor brooms. Hammer five small nails in the front door. Hang two brooms, right sides up, through holes. Hang a third large broom and two small “witches brooms” by threading the bristles over the remaining three nails. Add black plastic Grecian urn planters and a “Spirit Board” doormat.

Scary Crow Wreath

Give your guests the creeps from the moment they walk in with this black ensemble. Get the look by spraying a grapevine wreath with flat black paint, attaching cardboard crows all over, and then displaying your eerie masterpiece with a patterned ribbon.

Bubbling Witch’s Cauldron

Make your Halloween punch come to life with this spooky setup. First, tuck battery-operated LED lights into a grapevine wreath, style tissue paper flames on top, and then add a cauldron. For added heat, fill your pot with dry ice and your favorite Halloween cocktail.

Bubbling Cauldron

Easily add spooky fog by simply adding dry ice (available in grocery stores) and a little water to a cast-iron Dutch oven.

Wine Bottle Candlesticks

An eerie flicker is a must at any Halloween gathering. Paint wine bottles with matte-black spray paint. Once dry, insert an orange taper candle in each opening.

Creepy Spiderweb Wall

Add layers of creepiness to a Halloween buffet with sticky-looking spider webs and eerie black painted branches. Simply stretch fake spider web material across the buffet wall, wrapping it around and through branches that have been spray-painted black.

Giant Balloon Spiders

What’s the opposite of curb appeal? That’s what you’ll get when you place an oversize arachnid on your front door.

Make the spider:

Make the body: Blow up one large black balloon for the body and
one smaller black balloon for the head. Tie the two balloon knots together to form the spider.

Make the legs: Wrap eight lengths of unfurled wire hanger or 12-gauge craft wire with black faux fur, holding in place with hot-glue. Twist ends of four lengths together, creating bundles of legs. Repeat with the remaining four lengths.

Assemble the spider: Wrap a black pipe cleaner around twisted ends of leg bundles. Wrap pipe cleaner around “neck” of spider where balloons are tied together. Wrap the fishing wire around the leg to hang.

Hanging Cage Prop

Give your neighbors a light fright with these outdoor “cages,” simply made from stacked plastic laundry baskets. For the full spooky effect, stash a few skeletons inside.

DIY Bat Branch Centerpiece

Backyard twigs and branches from an easy base for this bat centerpiece.

Skull String Art

If you’re looking for a simple and refined DIY decoration for your house this Halloween, look no further!

Black Candle Display

Use ebony tapers to spook up a beautiful candelabra.

Phantom Presence

Keep up ghostly appearances with this witty reflection. Draw a figure on the back of a sheet of frosted window film. Cut out the silhouette, as well as its eyes and mouth, with an X-Acto knife. Apply the film to a mirror, smoothing as you go.

DIY Chalkboard Tombstones

You can build your own tombstones for under $20 using a template, saw, plywood, and chalkboard paint. Apply three coats and get creative.

Magic Potions

These potion vessels are sure to spook your guests.

Black Paper Flowers

Take typical harbingers of good cheer to the dark side. This shadowy floral arrangement is made from inexpensive crepe-paper streamers.

Skull Centerpiece

Give your Halloween table an otherworldly touch that would make Morticia Addams proud. Put a cup inside of a faux skull (make sure it has a removable top), then use tape to create a grid on its rim. This will help your flowers and greenery to stay put. Fill ⅔ with water and place your large flowers and greenery in the grid. Complete the arrangement by adding your delicate flowers. To help your floral centerpiece last longer, be sure to remove any leaves or extra stems that sit below the waterline.

Feather Wreath

Give a feather wreath a dark twist by covering a grapevine wreath form with black spray paint. Add a bit of craft glue to the ends of craft feathers and dress them up with glitter. Once they’re dry, dip the quill of each feather in glue and tuck them into the wreath form. To finish the look, use wire to attach a faux black crow.

Black Magic Frame

Coat a vintage frame in black spray paint and let it dry. Print butterfly images and Halloween-appropriate calligraphy art (think “Beware!”) on card stock. Cut them out and place them on your frame. Use ribbon to hang your new creation.

Crescent Flower Wreath

Add your leaf bats here for October, and once November comes remove them, but still keep this autumnal wreath up. To create, start with long skinny grass on the two ends of the crescent shape you are forming to mark the end. Hot glue them into place. Fill in the middle with a mix of all the dried flowers you have collected making sure to mix in more grass and long skinny shapes between the flowers to keep it balanced. Hot glue each thing you add to ensure it is secure. Finish the wreath off by attaching a ribbon around the top or just hang it on a hook on your door or wall.

Vampire Bat Leaves

A great one for the kids to try! All you have to do is gather some leaves, spray them with matte black paint and use a white marker to draw on little faces.

Macrame Ghosts

These friendly little ghosts can be created totally last-minute. Begin by painting embroidery hoops with black paint and let dry. Cut equal lengths of macrame cord about 50” long (you will need 12 – 14 pieces of cord per hoop).

Follow the instructions below for simple knots or make your own:

  • Lark’s Head Knot: hold 2 pieces of cord together and fold in half. Wrap the folded half around the embroidery hoop and pull all 4 tails through the loop. Pull tight to secure. Repeat around the top of the hoop.
  • Square Knot: Start by creating Lark’s Head knots with one cord each across the top of the hoop. Starting with leftmost piece, wrap it over the next 2 cords to the right. Then take the 4th cord and wrap it behind the previous two cords on the left, tucking it through the space between the first 2 cords. Pull to tighten. Continue across the embroidery hoop.

Skeleton Face Candy Packaging

Once you create these little skull candy holders you can place one at each table setting as a sweet surprise for your guests. To make, spray paint all of the egg boxes white inside and out and let them dry completely. Cut the skeleton face templates out of black craft paper with scissors or a craft knife or make your own! Glue on the paper face pieces using a light layer of tacky glue and make sure you securely press down the pieces since the egg is round.

Googly Eye Produce

Fruit and veggies, like eggplant, broccoli, and kiwis, can easily become Halloween decor with the addition of plastic googly eyes.

Cobweb Cover

For a hauntingly easy decoration, string a creepy crawling cobweb over any piece of artwork you have hanging on the wall.

Branch Centerpiece

Just spray paint tree branches with as many layers as you need so they’re completely covered. Then, let them dry and place them in a vase. The best part? This Halloween-themed centerpiece is practically free since the materials come from your own backyard.

Snake Wreath

Spook the neighbors with this snake-laden wreath. To make it, weave plastic snakes, from large to small, between the wreath’s twigs, repeating until you use all of the rubber snakes. Use hot glue as needed to attach them to the wreath.

Eerie Place Settings

Combine dark plates with bright accents for a tablescape that’ll spook (and delight!) your guests. Be sure to place menus in skeleton hands and serve festive foods in colors like black and green.

Framed Silhouettes

Replace family photos with cut-out silhouettes of Halloween’s very best, including the Grim Reaper, Frankenstein, and Count Dracula. Stick ’em in frames, and then hang them on the wall or use them to dress up your mantel.

Batty Staircase

Your staircase is a focal point in your house, so you might as well give it the Halloween treatment. Weave twigs through the banister, and then scatter paper bats throughout to up the spook factor.

Your usual wall art just won’t do for a haunted house. Have your kids pose for spooky portraits before framing the black-and-white prints in tilted frames.

Webbed Windows

Use candlelight to create dark shadows in the corners. Here, ghostly white tapers in a flea market candelabra enhance the creepiness of cobwebs and flying bats.

Witch Legs

Fill a few wooden crates with poison apples (don’t forget the witch legs) and wait for visitors to be scared out of their minds.

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