Halloween Decorating Ideas

Enhance your Halloween haunted house with our ideas for outdoor and indoor decorations, centerpieces and tabletop ideas, crafts and clip-art templates to get into the spooky spirit.

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Plaster Hands
Those wiggling, groping appendages at the end of your arms seem to have a life of their own, and the sight of other people's hands causes you to break out in a sweat. On Halloween, consider taking your fear in hand and making five-fingered candleholders and tabletop decorations. These are made of plaster and get a ghoulish gray cast from a brush with black gouache.
Plaster Bones
The "Flintstones"-size femur and the heap of humeri posing as logs in the fireplace are made from newspaper wrapped in plaster cloth, papier-mâché style.
Hanging Bats
On Halloween, welcome trick-or-treaters in hair-raising style by turning your front porch into a bat cave. These fluttering winged critters are easy paper decorations.
Haunted Mirror with Ghost Hands
This Halloween, create an entrance that transports all who dare to step inside. Entwine your sconces with hissing snakes, place dramatic black calla lilies in vessels dark as tombstones, and unleash the ghost who's been trapped behind the glass.
21 of Our Best Indoor Halloween Decorations
Lure in your guests with an entrance that transports all who dare to step inside.
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31 of Our Best Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Cast a spell over your entire neighborhood with these outdoor Halloween decorations, which are designed for front porches, backyards, sidewalks, and driveways.
Fun House Mirrors
Offer a distorted view of reality: Gently curve a couple of inexpensive mirrors (concave for a skinny look, convex for a fat one), and secure them to foam board.