Halloween Decoration Ideas

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Halloween Decoration Ideas for the home or office. With Halloween approaching, you've decided you want to go all-out for the holiday and scare everyone in your neighborhood with some awesome decor? Excellent! This list includes outdoor Halloween decorations and indoor ones, so you can go for the total creepy effect everywhere. Obviously most of us don't have the time for tons of DIY Halloween decorations, but some of these are pretty quick and really easy. And yes, you can always purchase ready-made Halloween decorations from stores to save tons of time.

Making your own Halloween decorations can be a great way to get everyone in the family involved in a fun, holiday project. Just be sure that little ones are closely watched - some projects involve using scissors, glue guns and the like. Halloween pumpkin carving is a perfect activity for everyone that results in some killer Halloween decorations, too!

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    Halloween Spider Webs

    Spider webs are a great way to decorate for Halloween quickly. You can purchase ready-made, spooky Halloween spider webs or you can make your own. Obviously the store-bought spider webs are faster and much, much easier! Hang the cobwebs inside and out: toss them over staircase banisters, over fireplace mantels and hang them from light figures indoors, or hang them from trees and off of porch railings outside. Add some plastic spiders and/or bats to the cobwebs for added effect!

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    Giant Hairy Spiders

    Here's a fun and easy Halloween decorating idea that really doesn't involve a lot of actual labor: Make giant, hairy spiders using large, disk-shaped magnets and black pom-poms for the body, and bumpy pipe cleaners for the legs. All you really need to put everything together is some good tacky glue. Allow about two hours for the glue to dry before you start putting the spiders out in frightening spots.

    If this seems like too much work, never fear: You can always just buy a monster hairy spider decoration (you have a ton of choices!).

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    Carved Halloween Pumpkins

    A well-carved pumpkin makes for a fantastic Halloween decoration. You'll want to carve a Jack-o-Lantern for the front porch area, where trick-or-treaters are sure to see it - but you can also carve additional pumpkins and place them throughout your home. You don't have to be an expert carver to make a great, carved pumpkin: Use Halloween pumpkin carving templates to guide you and you can't go wrong!

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    Black Crows

    Add some black crows to the bare branches around your house, to give visitors a chill when they drop by. You can find good-sized, plastic, feathered ravens or crows at many Halloween stores, both brick-and-mortar and online (some might even have light-up eyes!).

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    Spiderweb Doormat

    Here's a cute and easy DIY idea. Take a round doormat (or cut a 3x4 rectangular one into a circular shape with a 36 inch diameter.) Draw your best spiderweb design with chalk on the mat, cut a clothesline to fit on top of your pattern and use heavy duty glue to attach the pieces together. Now that's crafty!

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    Pumpkin Candy Dish

    Sure, you can purchase pumpkin candy dishes to use for Halloween decorating, but why not make one of your own? If you're already planning on doing a little pumpkin carving this Halloween, just grab an extra pumpkin. Make sure it's very deep and wide, then hollow it out (you know, take out the innards). Clean the pumpkin well, place a bowl inside and fill it with candy corns and other Halloween treats. You can also fill the bowl with a great Halloween-themed dip and use it as a focal point for your Halloween party table spread.

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    Halloween Tombstones

    Nothing says super creepy like having your own graveyard, right? Adding some tombstones to the front yard, near the walkway or curb (where guests or passers-by will be able to get a good look), is a great way to decorate for Halloween. You can make your own foam tombstones (personalizing them!) or you can purchase ready-made tombstones to save time. Some tombstones might even be glow-in-the-dark and many have lights to make sure everyone sees them.

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    Pumpkin Spider Votives

    Carve up some mini-pumpkins and fill them with tea lights to make the spider's body. Add black pipe cleaners for the spider's legs and voila! A super quick and easy, whimsical Halloween decorating idea come to life! Consider using flameless tea lights - no mess, and they'll last much longer.

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    Halloween Goblet Centerpiece

    Need some inspiration for your Halloween holiday table? You can put together a really cool-looking Halloween centerpiece pretty easily. For a gothic Halloween look, assemble a bunch of goblets and use tea lights to add some nice lighting. If you don't have a lot of black goblets lying around, you can grab some cheap, thrift-store glasses and spray paint them, or you can purchase some gothic-looking goblets online. Add a gothic candelabra to the table and you've got a fantastic setup!

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    Snakes Under the Doormat

    If you are expecting Trick-or-Treaters this year, give them a spook with a subtle pile of slithering snakes under your doormat. Create various lengths of snakes by cutting them in two; arrange at the edge of a thick plastic-foam board and glue to the edges. Set the board underneath a doormat.

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    Halloween Airblown Inflatables

    Inflatable decorations continue to gain in popularity, and they're an awesome way to decorate for Halloween! You can find all sorts of fun, spooky airblown inflatables to put in your yard for the holiday. Got a thing for Frankenstein? There's an inflatable for that! From spooky black cats to grim reapers, a lot of today's inflatables light up and some even have sound.

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    Rat Silhouettes

    Eek! This just screams Halloween! Sketch or trace a rat pattern on to plywood, cut them out, sand, and paint them black. Screw vertically aligned U-brackets to the back of each rat. Prop up the rats by slipping each rat's U-brackets over a plant stake pushed into the ground.

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    Wheelbarrow of Bones

    Put your wheelbarrow to work during the graveyard shift. Punctuate a heap of dirt with plastic bones and watch the trick-or-treaters' reactions.

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    Spooky Eyeballs

    These unblinking eyes are sure to make guests do a double take. Select plastic-foam balls in varying sizes and draw large pupils using a permanent marker. Use a toothpick or stick to hold eyes together. Attach the pairs of eyes to a dark-color bench or fence to help them pop.

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    Halloween Pinatas

    Ah, the pinata! A sure way to liven up a Halloween party, especially one for the kiddos. This is a really simple Halloween decoration: so many great Halloween pinatas are available for purchase in stores and online for the holiday. Making your own can be very, very time-consuming, so unless you've got absolutely nothing else to do (not likely), spring for the store-bought pumpkin pinata (they aren't that expensive).

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