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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When Should You Start Decorating for Halloween?
We asked the holiday experts for their perspectives on pumpkins, ghosts, and winged bat wreaths.
21 of Our Best Indoor Halloween Decorations
Lure in your guests with an entrance that transports all who dare to step inside.
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.
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.
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More Halloween Decorating Ideas

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.
Halloween Games: Pop Goes the Pumpkin
Looking to kick off Halloween with a bang, not a boo? This version of a classic carnival game also makes a festive wall decoration, and bursting the confetti-and-candy-filled balloons in this Halloween party game will make everyone explode with laughter.

12 Flowers That Would Make Eerily Beautiful Additions to Your Halloween Décor

Arrange something wicked, dark, and spectacular—perfect for the days leading up to October 31. From carnivorous cobra lilies to "Black Beauty" roses, any one of these floral varieties make a fitting accompaniment to the bubbling cauldrons, skeletal hands, and other traditional elements of home décor steeped in macabre.