Hall-Haunting Halloween Decorating Ideas
Set the scene for a spine-tingling Halloween party!
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Creepify your front door for an "enter at your own risk!" look
Make their spines tingle from the moment they arrive in front of your house. Create your spooky front door scene with Halloween decorating ideas like complementing your cobwebs with scary signs, terrifying tombstones, grim reapers and other fantastically creepy creatures!
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Try a clever way to keep ghoulish guests on the ground floor
This spooky staircase Halloween decorating idea lets guests know your upstairs is off-limits! We draped black cheesecloth and black leaf garland across several lower stairs and added hair-raising black rat cutouts. To complete the look, line up small flameless candles along each step.
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Hang up lanterns for an eye-catching display
Even simple Halloween party decorating ideas can be striking. Hang assorted orange and black solid and patterned lanterns (or fans) in strings that go from ceiling to floor for an eye-catching display. This effect would also work well against a plain white wall; used in a hallway, it's a friendly way to block off certain parts of the house.
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Send shivers up their spines with a skull centerpiece!
Add some mad scientist style to your Halloween decorations with this mysterious skull-under-glass! Start with a creepy cranium, decorate it with a bit of black tulle, and place it on an ornate black charger with a white paper doily. Get creative with plastic spiders and black fabric roses around the skull and cover it with a glass vase. Make it even more macabre with dreadful little bones sprinkled on top – spooky yet sophisticated!
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Take a step back from scary
To create a not-so-spooky Halloween scene that won't scare off younger trick-or-treaters and party guests, keep lighting a bit brighter and mix in friendly fans and fluffy decorations with your creepy critters and characters. Using eerie-n-cheery paper cutout silhouettes on the walls and stairs is one of our fave Halloween decorating ideas!
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Set up a gory garden graveyard
Trade your roses for tombstones and transform your flower garden into a graveyard! Spread a jute roll over the ground and "bury" faux gravestones at different angles with creepy leaf scatter for the look of a haunted cemetery. Make it even more creep-tastic with a couple of spooky cemetery fences. Are you trying to keep people out...or keep something in?
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Transform your fireplace into a haunted Halloween scene!
As the main focal point in just about any space, the fireplace is the perfect area to make a big impact without a monstrous amount of Halloween decorations. Click the pics above to see thrilling and chilling ideas like a torture chamber mantel with horror-ific chains and meaty body parts, or a zombie apocalypse scene complete with toxic green goo and bloody weapons. Go gothic with Victorian-style lace and cobwebs, or make it kid-friendly with DIY ideas monsters of all ages will love!
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Boring mantel? Nevermore!
Just a few pieces of Halloween décor can transform a cozy fireplace into a midnight dreary mantel. Drape the mantel ledge in black gauzy fabric with a scattering of skulls, pumpkins and spiders on top and stretch spider webs around the logs, bricks and stones of the fireplace for an aged, moth-eaten look. Looming ravens and crows add to the ominous aura of your Halloween decorations, especially when they're "picking" at the bones of a dismantled skeleton!
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Shine a sinister light on these tortured bones!
Add easy special effects to your torture chamber with some well-placed skeleton props and a colored light bulb! Using foam skulls, plastic bones and mini skeletons, place the remains of your "prisoners" in the grate of your dismal dungeon. Creepify the cell with cauldrons, shackles and cobwebs, then cast an eerie glow over the gruesome scene with a red fluorescent light bulb underneath the grate.
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Don't let them in!
Create the ultimate zombie apocalypse display that's better than braaains by "boarding" up your fireplace with faux-weathered planks. Zombies are notoriously messy eaters, so make sure there are a lot of body parts strewn about. To finish off this undead Halloween decorating idea, place a noxious-looking green fluorescent light bulb in the fireplace grate so the green glow seeps out between the boards and casts an eerie glow over your fellow survivors.
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Cast a spell with an eerie entrance
Spookify any entrance or porch with ominous lighting and fog! Use Halloween decorating must-haves like a fog machine, custom banner, room roll (this one looks like a wicked woodland setting!) and strobe lights to make an archway or doorway look like it leads to a chilling chamber of Halloween thrills. Creepy deco + a foggy setting will give your guests the willies the moment they step inside – boo!
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Transfix trick-or-treaters with spooky lighting
Even if your house isn't haunted, you can use eerie colored light to cast a spectral glow that adds other-worldly dimension to scary signs, making it one of the highest-impact Halloween decorating ideas. A well-placed strobe light can transform your front lawn into a supernatural labyrinth!
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Kids will love a funny boneyard
Especially if you're planning a daytime monster bash for children, show your sense of humor as you're planning your Halloween decorating ideas. A skeleton relaxing in a tomb can make for a spine-tingling and funny way to welcome guests to your party.
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Give any room the look of a haunted mansion
Need a Halloween decorating idea for a large open room? Hang up the Gothic Mansion Room Roll to transform the area into a haunted mansion. Set up a table with glasses and trays that are ready for serving food and drinks. Add subtly spooky decorative touches to the table with black leaf table sprinkle and black picture frames (with mysterious phrases inside!).
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Hosting a Halloween event of epic proportions? Create a haunted mansion for your ghouls and ghosts to enjoy with our hall-haunting Halloween decorating ideas! Get inspired with these unique Halloween decorating ideas using tombstones, skeletons, ravens, crows and – of course – spider webs. Our Halloween decorating ideas show you how to make a spine-chilling entrance on your porch, create horror scenes in your fireplace and "dig up" faux graveyards! Creep over to our spook-tacular Halloween Ideas page for lots more galleries and inspiration!