30 Outdoor Halloween Decorations For Your Own Haunted House

Your curb appeal is about to be so good, it's scary.

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John Kernick

The entire neighborhood stops by on October 31, so fix up the front porch with these easy DIY ideas. You'll save some money on decor, and have a spooky-good time creating them, too! Feeling ambitious? Go for a bonus round of Halloween wreaths and DIY decorations.

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Candy Bucket

If you aren't going to be home (or don't want to answer the door) on Halloween night, fill a pail up with candy and put on top a bale of hay. Add a skeleton and some pumpkins and you're ready for trick-or-treaters!

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Pumpkin Topiary

Stack craft pumpkins on top of each other and fill with twinkle lights for an unexpected, but seriously fun, topiary.

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Floating Pumpkins

Make pumpkin lanterns out of paper maché and hang them on white string so it looks like they're floating. Light them up with battery-operated tea lights.

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Witches Legs

Stuff a pair of tights with paper and add some red, glittering shoes. Ding, dong...

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Skulls

Line your front steps (or walkway) with skulls. If you want something a little more colorful (and less spooky), paint them into sugar skulls!

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Wicked-Witch Inspired

Hand-paint a sign, add some black shoes, throw in a broom and you've got a wicked witch-themed porch. Do one better and add a sound bite of "I'll get you my pretty" playing on loop.

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Bales of Hay

Create your own mini pumpkin patch with bales of hay, pumpkins, and cornstalks. If you're feeling extra spooky, throw a black cat in there.

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John Kernick
Go Gold

Mini pumpkins get a glam upgrade thanks to a metallic paint job. Opt for faux pumpkins for a wreath that'll last for years.

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Tie It Up

Scout the backyard for supplies before whipping up a rustic ornament. Bound together with , a bundle of pine cones, wheat, or twigs looks extra festive.

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Bring Out the Classics

A festive door hanger, bale of hay, and dangling bats = peak Halloween.

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Eye Trick-or-Treaters

Skip the spooks and opt for a funny take on Halloween decor. Peering out from behind topiaries and bushes, styrofoam peepers can keep an eye on everyone who walks by.

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Go Monochrome

An all-white color palette makes fall staples like pumpkins, , and mums feel totally elegant.

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Cut Out Bats

Fill up any bare spot in your display with a flurry of wings. Place them on top of lit-up windows for eerie silhouettes once dark falls.

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Cast a Spooky Glow

Light the way up the front walk or porch steps with painted pumpkins featuring cut-out "panes."

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Arrange Tall Branches

Drill holes in pumpkins and stick branches in them. The bare branches will cast eerie shadows at night for a dramatic entrance.

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Set Up a Zombie Graveyard

The walking dead can come straight out of your backyard with these clever pumpkins. Position them in front of fake tombstones for a truly creepy cemetery.

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Pumpkins on Pumpkins

Think beyond the front stoop and stick mini pumpkins in unexpected places, like on top of window sills.

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Personalize a Pumpkin

Guide trick-or-treaters by decorating a pumpkin with your house number. Or show off hometown pride using a decal of your favorite state.

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Preserve Fall Foliage

Collect the prettiest leaves from your backyard to create a fluttering mobile. Foliage for days.

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Spell It Out

Use a drill to punch out a phrase on hollow pumpkins. The trick to a supernatural glow? A bundle of Christmas lights tucked in each gourd.

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Dress Up Your Doorway

Pumpkin pillars, glowing luminaries, and a grapevine wreath deck out this entry. Short on time? Stick some gnarly branches on top of the doorframe for instant impact.

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Gilded Gourds

Don't wait until Christmas for glam decorations. These metallic pumpkins shine thanks to .

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Michael Partenio
Cut Out a Silhouette

You don't need magical powers to nail this DIY. The flying witch comes courtesy of a free template for easier cutting.

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Michael Partenio
Prop Up Jack-O-Lanterns

Now that your summer flowers have run their course, repurpose a pair of planters as a spot for pumpkins. Copy these carved garlands using a free template or try one of our other carving ideas.

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Kate Mathis
Make a Flowery Wreath

These aren't your traditional blooms. Black roses on top of a grapevine wreath still look glam, with just the right amount of goth.

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Line Them Up

Line a with mini pumpkins for an adorbs display, no carving required.

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Hang Your Hat

Nope, it's not witchcraft. An invisible fishing line holds up these paper caps, and they look even more magical lit up with LED lights.

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Lead the Way

Point out spooky attractions near and far with a homemade sign post. Other potential destinations? Amityville, Elm Street and Frankenstein's Castle.

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Practically Functional
Use a Secret Symbol

You can't get any further from orange than teal, but the blue hue has an important role come October 31. The helps out trick-or-treaters with food allergies by signaling a house with other kinds of goodies.

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Get Lit

Halloween decor is literally as easy as recycling some tin cans. Add some mini pumpkins because fall.

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