7 Fun and Spooky Front Yard Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Transform your front yard into the spookiest spot on the block this Halloween with these easy decorating ideas.
By: Camille Styles

Jumbo Swarming Bats

Spook the neighbors by adorning your front yard with everyone’s most feared nighttime creature: bats! Perfect for mounting in clusters onto a large tree trunk, these oversized bats make a big impact in just a few simple steps. Keep reading to learn how to make them. The more you make, the scarier they look.

Easy Instructions

To make the bats, you’ll need scissors, a hammer and nails (or tacks) and black poster board—one board per bat. Use a pencil to free-hand draw a bat outline onto the poster board and cut it out with scissors. Crease the bat cutout down the middle by folding the wings toward each other, then hammer the nails through the creased line to secure to the tree. 

Spooky Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins pop up everywhere this time of year, and it’s not uncommon that they don front stoops. Give your pumpkin patch an extra-creepy look by adding overgrown elements like moss, cobwebs and creepy crawlers. Best of all: not only is this decoration easy to make, but it’s just as easy to disassemble and reuse pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns.

Make Your Own

To make an overgrown pumpkin patch, you’ll need pumpkins in a variety of colors and sizes, store-bought cobwebs, preserved moss and small plastic spiders. Simply pile the pumpkins high near your front door, then adorn and embellish with the cobwebs and spiders to create an eerie scene.

Natural Twig Wreath

Wreaths are not only for Christmas. Instead of lush greenery, simple twigs and sticks can make elegant fall decor. Try bending the twigs in lots of different shapes and sizes for a totally new look.

Wreath How-To

To make a spooky twig wreath, you’ll need a hot-glue gun, ribbon or twine and sticks. Begin by creating a square or rectangle out of four large sticks and secure in place with hot glue. Build on top of the base shape by continuing to add twigs and gluing them in place until the wreath is filled to your liking. Loop ribbon over the top of the wreath and then hang from the wall or door.

"Bloody" Footprints

Let trick-or-treaters know that they’re approaching dangerous territory by marking the path to your front door with chilling bloody footprints. This porch decoration takes mere moments to make because it's as easy as walking a couple yards. Simply step into washable red paint with bare feet, then carefully take steps towards the front door. Make sure to carry your paint supply with you, should you need to redo your feet, and don't forget to have a towel waiting for you at the end of your walk for easy cleanup. 

Pumpkin Planter

Using a pumpkin to create a planter for fall flowers is the perfect way to add seasonal charm to your home. Simply purchase your favorite blooms from the grocery store or flower market, then instead of arranging them in a vase, use a large pumpkin.

Easy Instructions

A large pumpkin and a knife are all you’ll need to transform a gourd into a vase. Use the knife to cut an opening around the stem until it’s completely through the pumpkin exterior. Remove the stem and use your hands or a large spoon to scoop out innards. Either insert the flower stems directly into the pumpkin or place a water-filled jar in the pumpkin and arrange the flowers in there.

Hanging Ghosts

These small ghosts are adorable enough to hang in your doorway all month long. Sourcing materials is as easy as collecting toilet paper tubes and making a quick run to the craft store. This project is perfect for the kids to help make. 

Kid-Friendly Instructions

Cut 12-inch squares out of a yard or two of a gauzy white fabric. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto one end of a toilet paper tube, then press the glued end of the tube into the center of the fabric square.

Finishing Touches

When the glue is dry, flip the cardboard tube over allowing the fabric to fall and cover the sides. Use glue to attach two googly eyes to the front and a piece of twine to the back for suspending the ghost.

Halloween Hopscotch

The only thing better than decorations that are fun to look at are decorations you can play with! This version of the classic uses pumpkin cutouts instead of numbers makes it a lot more seasonal and interesting. 

Hopscotch How-To

Find a spacious area to set up your game and then simply use a roll of 1/2-inch masking tape to create a grid shape. A hopscotch board can have as few as three squares and as many as 11.  Use Halloween stickers, sidewalk chalk or construction-paper cutouts to illustrate a number in each grid.