Halloween House Decorating Theme Ideas

Here are some tips for turning your house into the spookiest haunt in the neighborhood.

Abandoned House

To turn your home in a creepy, deserted house:

  • Festoon windows with spiders and cobwebs.

  • Add a few broken-glass stickers to windows for a creepy abandoned haunted house.

  • Darken the porch lights with black lights or yellow bulbs.

  • Hang the porch swing crookedly.

  • Prop some scraps of wood across a couple of windows for a boarded-up effect.

  • If the first frost has already killed off your summer flowers, gather some dead stems for spooky arrangements.

  • For a haunted feel, add some flickering electric candles in the windows with spooky silhouettes on the glass.

Kid-Friendly Goblin House

Have your children lend a helping hand with these craft projects:

  • Carve or paint pumpkins to decorate porch steps.

  • Use sheets or plastic drop cloths to make white ghosts.

  • Make jack-o’-lantern scarecrows using old clothing, straw, and goofy hats.

  • Replace porch light bulb with a black light.

  • Decorate the porch with homemade decorations made out of white paper.

  • Make a “Halloween tree” with orange and black streamers, strings of orange lights, and homemade Halloween-themed ornaments.

  • Inflatable lawn decorations and battery-powered flickering “candles” make fun kid-friendly decorations as well.

Gory Scene

If you’re more into tricking than treating, try adding some of these creepy lawn ornaments:

  • Tombstones

  • Skeletons

  • Ghouls

  • Monsters

  • Rats

  • Spiders

Or, put together your own scary scene using old furniture, clothing and dolls.

Paint scraps of wood or cardboard to look like tombstones and hang scary-looking figures or silhouettes from the trees. Finally, use a smoke machine and scary sound effects on the stereo to creep out even the bravest of souls.