Last Minute Extra-Spooky Halloween Decorations

Put together a DIY haunted house, if you dare

Create a space that will have your Halloween guests looking for an escape. Eyeballs, hairy-legged spiders and dripping, melty blood? “Oh my!” is right.

DIY Mini Ghost Town

DIY Mini Ghost Town

Create the look and feel of a haunted table top town with basic bird houses or inexpensive holiday town figurines painted black. Gather a group of pieces in different shapes, colors and sizes in a well-ventilated area, then update them with two coats of black spray paint. TIP: Flat black paint gives the pieces a more aged, worn look whereas gloss finish creates a more polished, glam look.

Wicked Welcome

Greet visitors in a ghoulish fashion. This group of dangling ghosts will send chills down guests’ spines and this eyeball wreath is sure to take them by surprise.

How-to: Scary Googly Eyes Wreath

Dark + Moody Lighting

The glow of blood-dripping candlesticks will force guests to reevaluate their safety and your sanity. We love how they take a pretty, delicate spin on horror decor. 

DIY Bloody Candles

Shifty Shadows

Craft foreboding and spooky shadows for your window to ensure all passersby experience a true fright. 

How-to: Halloween Window Silhouettes

Mantel Madness

Make your mantel moody, morose and magnificent with dressings of the deadliest holiday of the year. We think this printable bloody "beware" banner serves as a particularly beauitful addition to the living room. 

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer

Rennai Hoefer

Deadly Details

Nothing spells “spooky” quite like the presence of (faux) human skulls. Stick them on the fireplace or dangle them from the chandelier. Whoever comes across them will be frozen with fear. Even crazier? Baby doll-head planters. It's the stuff of nightmares, folks. 

How-to: Creepy Doll-Head Planters

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Photo By: Rennai Hoefer


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Creepy Crawlers

Make space for creepy, crawly spider decor and you can be sure that arachnophobia will be alive and well in your home. What better way to add fun to cocktail hour than to stick a gigantic, hairy spider on your bar cart

How-to: Create a Spooky Spider Bar

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer

Rennai Hoefer

Eerie Glowing Gourds

Carve out a sinister smile for a jack-o'-lantern that is hopelessly haunting. These stabbing psycho, scary skulls and flaming beast pumpkins are enough to keep us up at night!  

Devilish Deck Decor

Extreme Pumpkin Carving: Alien Monster

Alien Monster Pumpkin

This Alien Monster pumpkin is out of this world.

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Always Watching

Get your home Halloween ready in a flash with a decor idea that couldn't be simpler and incorporates everyone’s favorite crafting material: googly eyes! Simply purchase googly eyes in a variety of sizes, then adhere them in pairs anywhere and everywhere. From tiny eyes on glassware to larger ones on plants and furniture, this fool-proof project will have guests constantly looking over their shoulder and feeling like they’re being watched.

Bat Cake Toppers

Give a seemingly plain cake a scary makeover by topping it with handmade bats in flight. There's no animal quite as creepy as these little blood suckers, and when grouped at varying heights, they make a sweet coconut cake instantly edgier. Keep reading to see how to make these paper cake toppers.

What You'll Need:

To make bat cake toppers, first download this printable template. Cut out the bat shapes, and use a pencil to trace onto black card stock paper. Cut out the traced bat shapes, crease down the middle to add dimension, then use glue to adhere to top of a skewer, popsicle stick or straw.

Scary Monster Bunting

Using paper bunting to deck out your party space is nothing new, but have you ever noticed how much those pointed pennants resemble teeth? At this year’s Halloween bash, adorn a bare wall with bunting as usual, then add oversized eyes just above to give the banner an entirely different look. Guests will shudder upon first seeing the scary face, and best of all, it couldn't be easier to make. Keep reading to learn how.

Sharpen Your Teeth

Cut 8-inch tall paper triangles out of white card stock paper. Then use craft glue to attach the pennants to a long piece of twine, ensuring that the pennant corners are touching. Allow the glue to dry, then hang the banner.

Assemble the Eyes

Using 12” x 12” sheets of card stock paper found at the craft store, cut out two gray semi-circles and two purple “eye lids.” Then cut two black circles out of card stock, and use craft glue to attach all the components together as pictured. Once dry, adhere the eyes to the wall using double-sided tape to bring your monster to life.

Creepy Candlesticks

Add ambiance to your Halloween decor with a look that’s at once both creepy and romantic. Black taper candles can be found at just about any craft store, and when they’re set in repurposed vintage glass bottles instead of classic candlesticks, they’re instantly spookier. Light the candles ahead of time so that when guests arrive, the wax is already melted and dripping over the sides of the bottles.

Eyeball String Lights

Though it might seem like October is a few months too early to break out the Christmas decorations, those twinkling string lights actually have a place in your Halloween decor. Keep reading to learn how in just a few easy steps, you can use acrylic paint, a sharp edge and ping pong balls to transform classic Christmas tree lights into a frightening display of bloodshot eyeballs.

Get Started

Begin by using a sharp knife or box cutter to carefully notch an “X” into each ping pong ball. If your balls have a brand logo on them, score the “X” where the logo is.

Make It Realistic

Create the eyeball design by first painting a larger blue circle, about 3/4” in diameter, on the side of the ball that’s opposite the “X.” Once dry, create a pupil by painting a small black circle in the center of the blue circle. And once that’s dry, use a fine paint brush and red paint to draw squiggly “bloodshot” veins.

Put It All Together

Once all paint is dry, simply insert each individual string light bulb into the cut “X.” The ball should stay in place, and when the lights are plugged into a power source, the glowing eyeballs will have guests shaking in their boots.

Black and White Splattered Balloons

Nothing says “party” quite like a bunch of balloons, so why not dress yours up for Halloween with a coat of paint? A great way to involve the kids in party prep, these splatter paint balloons are fun, interesting, and above all, easy!

What You'll Need

All you’ll need to create these painterly decorations are white helium balloons, black acrylic paint and a large paint brush. In an outdoor space, liberally dip the paintbrush in black paint, and flick towards the balloon. Repeat until the splatter design is to your liking, then allow to dry.

Dead Flower Bouquet

Flowers aren't typically the first thing that come to mind when we think of Halloween decorations, but with just a bit of preparation, they’re the perfect addition to your creepy party or tabletop. To dry flowers, simply hang upside down in a dark, dry space for 1-2 weeks. Once completely dried, arrange as you usually would in a vase, urn or vintage glass bottle for a hauntingly beautiful centerpiece.

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