Trick out your home with the creepiest – and cutest – Halloween decor this year. These DIY creations feature the best of the best (a.k.a. goblins, ghosts, and mummies!) and will impress trick-or-treaters and party-guests alike.

Craft a Piñata

Double the purpose, double the cuteness.

Get the tutorial at Make and Tell »

 

Plant a Centerpiece

Add some life into this grim and ghoulish holiday with an array of succulents. So trendy!

Get the tutorial at Succulents and Sunshine »

 

Blow Up a Balloon Backdrop

Every memorable party has a photo station, so why don’t you make your own? Bonus: This is a backdrop and photo prop all in one.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built »

 

Give the Bar a Lift

Wrap large helium balloons with tulle. Tie ribbon at the base and trim the skirt as needed. To dress up ordinary liquor bottles, print retro labels on sticker paper and attach.

 

Make Funny Faces

Let your front stoop do the talkin’ and show off your sense of humor with these no-carve pumpkins.

Get the tutorial at Pretty Providence »

 

Weave a Web

String a creepy crawling cobweb over artwork or a mirror you already have for the eeriest undead effect.

 

Dress Up a Plain Pillow

Proof that your house can still stay minimalistic and chic during one of the more extravagant holidays.

Get the tutorial at Eighteen 25 »

 

Decorate Lanterns

Cut cute faces out of black paper, and Mod Podge them onto a string of white lights with paper lanterns.

 

Blacken Plants

Apply black spray paint liberally to a faux plant. Top it off with black sand.

 

Upcycle an Old Wreath

This monochromatic mummy wreath will match any color front door color, especially black and red.

Get the tutorial at Pretty Providence »

 

Keep a Watchful Eye

Here’s one way to let trick-or-treaters know that you’re keeping an eye on them.

Get the tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous »

 

Dip Candles

Shave orange crayons into melted candle wax, stir, then dip white candles into the mixture to coat. Let dry.

 

Festoon a Pumpkin

Trade spooky for sweet by adding fresh blooms to a hot pink squash. Snip stems about one to two inches from buds, drill small holes in the painted rind, then stick in the buds. Keep the centerpiece fresh for the party by periodically spritzing with water.

 

Fill Existing Jars

The latest apothecary jar trend: adapting them by the season. Here, a blogger fills her traditional container with bold, colorful leaves for autumn.

See more at Casa Watkins Living »

 

Warm Up the Room

Carved with flickering flames, these clever pumpkins are absolute fire. Avoid any literal fires by trading real candles for battery-powered illumination instead.

Get the tutorial at Country Living »

 

Hang a Garland

DIY a fun and festive banner by cutting flag shapes out of thick construction paper, spelling out your message and attaching to the mantel using ribbon or twine.

 

Craft Creepy Crawlers

Light the way with these spidery candle-holders. Scoop out mini pumpkins and add tealights and pipe cleaners for big bugs you’ll actually love spotting around the house.

 

Punch Up Pumpkins

Flowers in fall shades transform any hollowed-out gourd into a wow-worthy centerpiece. The secret to a long-lasting display? Tuck a water-filled vase inside.

 

Light a Candelabra

A squat, scooped-out pumpkin makes the perfect holder for tapers in a hurricane adorned with trailing ivy.

 

Dish Out the Punch

Filled with cider, a hollowed-out pumpkin becomes an organic punch bowl. Plus, it’s one less dish to wash during post-party clean-up.

 

Branch Out

To show off the beauty of autumnal berries, simply drill small holes into pumpkins and insert branches.

 

Dress the Windows

Use candlelight to create dark shadows in the corners. Here, ghostly white tapers in a flea market candelabra enhance the creepiness of cobwebs and flying bats.

 

Up Your Curb Appeal

For a killer entrance, perch ravens on tall branches with pumpkins as their base.

 

Cut Out a Costume

Trick out your jack-o’-lanterns in these bewitching handmade masks. Just download one (or all three!) of our easy cut-out templates.

Get the tutorial for Halloween Pumpkin Masks 

 

Stack a Topiary

Wow trick-or-treaters by piling heirloom pumpkins on planters. To create a gilded wreath for the front door, snap up faux mini pumpkins (they’re lighter than the real deal!) and spray with metallic spray paint. Once they’re dry, attach pumpkins to a wreath form using hot glue.

 

Perfect the Tabletop

Dress up the dinner table with a fast autumnal centerpiece. Just coil wire vines around gourds’ stems, then weave in a faux ivy garland for extra greenery.

 

Set the Mood

Put mini pumpkins to work as votive holders for a flickering fall table. Snap off each pumpkin’s stem, and position a candle in its depression. Cover with a clear glass hurricane shade and insert floral U-pins to hold the shade in place.

 

Assemble a Ghostly Figure

Give “dressed to kill” a whole new meaning with a pumpkin-headed specter. Carve a grimacing jack-o’-lantern, then carefully attach it to the top of an old dressmaker’s dummy. Drape the mannequin with tattered-looking cheesecloth and position in the foyer to greet your guests.

 

Save Time With No-Carve Pumpkins

These familiar faces are dead ringers for cut-out lanterns, but they’re ready in less than five minutes. All you need to do is freehand the features with washable markers (just wipe off and restart if you’re not satisfied with the design), then finalize the sketch with a black permanent marker.

 

Light a Pair of Leafy Lanterns

Carving out a fall garland is easy with our printable template. Plop the pumpkins atop a pair of planters for a festive welcome.

Get the tutorial for Pumpkin Lanterns »

 

Hang a Supernatural Photo

Don’t splurge on a frame to create this haunted portrait. A plastic ceiling medallion from Amazon will be cheaper, and it’ll look like the real thing.

 

Weave a Tangled Web

Recycle (clean) baby-food jars as spidery votives with this easy DIY. For each candleholder, dip 48 inches of yarn into a one-part Elmer’s glue, two-part water solution. Squeeze out excess; wrap strand around the jar from the top down. When dry, add an LED tealight.

 

Hand It Over

Protruding from a lace parasol, a disembodied hand tests the fearlessness of trick-or-treaters — are they brave enough to grab candy from such a spooky server?

 

Darken Your Door

This moldering wreath looks like it came straight from the crypt. Craft it fast with ebony flowers, a stuffed raven, bone-white branches and a gnarled grapevine base.

 

Gild a Gourd

A sugar pumpkin stars in this elegant centerpiece, which doubles as a vase for autumnal floral favorites.

 

Do a Literal Witch Craft

Use our free template to cut out a simple silhouette (and some twinkling Styrofoam stars) that will delight trick-or-treaters.

Get the tutorial »

 

Sink Your Teeth Into This

Chocolate cookie walls and candy decorations make this haunted house frightfully delicious.

Get the tutorial for Halloween Haunted Cookie House »

 

Suspend Outdoor Lanterns

Light the way for trick-or-treaters with these whimsical luminaries — or hang battery-operated tapers from the ceiling just like Harry Potter.

Get the tutorial at Polkadot Chair »

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