10 Adorably Scary Halloween Decorations to Make With Kids

Fall is officially here, which means it's Halloween countdown time, people! It's time to get crafting on outdoor decorations to spook up your yard. And, since Halloween can never come too soon for the kids, enlist their help to turn your front yard or porch into the envy of the block.

To help you get into the Halloween spirit, I've gathered 10 outdoor decorating projects that can all be created using basic craft store supplies and materials you already have on hand. Crafty Halloween decorations that are inexpensive, kid friendly and easy to craft? Nothing scary about that, right?

Turn Faux Pumpkins Into Friendly Felines

Black Cat Pumpkins

Black Cat Pumpkins

Pumpkins, paint, felt and pipe cleaners are all you need to craft a whole litter of these lucky black cats. You can use fresh pumpkins if you prefer, but these carve-free kitties are so cute that faux pumpkins are a better bet so you can display them year after year.

Make This: Black Cat Pumpkins

Or, a Wicked Witch

How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

Magic up this not-too-scary witch for your front porch using a faux pumpkin and inexpensive supplies from the craft store. Create a friendly witch to welcome Halloween guests or a scowling witch to keep mischief-makers at bay.

Turn Foam Sheets Into Friendly Bats

Hanging Bats for Halloween

Hanging Bats for Halloween

These hanging bats are a snap to craft. Just trace our free printable template onto craft foam sheets, cut out and add googly eyes for a weatherproof decoration you can hang from low tree limbs or your home's eaves.

Make This: Hanging Bats

Or, Foam Boards Into Weathered Tombstones

Spooky Tombstone Yard Decorations

Spooky Tombstone Yard Decorations

Whether you choose to add funny sayings or be deathly serious with traditional designs, our step-by-step instructions make it easy to give new foam sheets an ancient appearance.

Make This: Foam Tombstones

Turn Trash Bags Into Giant Spider Webs



A little creative folding and cutting turns an item you probably already have on hand — black outdoor trash bags — into weatherproof decorations you can reuse year after year.

Or, Make Spider's Nest Luminaries

Spider's Nest Luminaries Wrapped in Gauze

Spider's Nest Luminaries Wrapped in Gauze

Light the way to your front door with these glowing spider's nests. Just wrap large and small Mason jars with white medical gauze or cheesecloth, securing the fabric's ends with hot glue or safety pins. Hot-glue a few plastic spiders to the gauze, then fill each jar with a flameless candle.

Turn Cheesecloth Into Ghostly Draperies

Cheesecloth Apparition Draperies

Cheesecloth Apparition Draperies

These billowing, tattered draperies are sure to add an eerie, haunted-house vibe to your front porch. Dip them in a tea bath to give the new fabric a stained, timeworn effect. 

Make This: Ghostly Draperies

Or, a Levitating Ghost

Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Give trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests a startle with this life-size (or at least afterlife-size) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground. 

Make This: Life-Size Ghost

Craft a Cheery Front Door Greeter

Pumpkin Totem Pole

Pumpkin Totem Pole

Add felt faces to stacked faux pumpkins for a friendly front porch decoration to welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests. 

Or, a Wreath to Keep an Eye on Visitors

You're Being Watched

You're Being Watched

Make this playful wreath for your front door to keep a watchful eye on trick-or-treaters, ghouls, ghosties and anything else that goes bump in the night.

Make This: Googly-Eye Wreath

30 More Halloween Kids' Crafts

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From handmade decorations to DIY party favors and creative ideas for pumpkins, we have 30 Halloween kids' craft ideas to keep your little ghouls and ghosties busy.

Hanging Foam Bats

(Cute!) Mummy Candy Cans

Pretzel Skeletons

Licorice Broomsticks

Craft Some Creepy Crawlies

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

Black Cat Pumpkins

Easily Carve Pumpkins With Cookie Cutters

Trick-or-Treat Bags

Glam Up Your Pumpkin

Paper Princess Crowns

Candy Topiaries

Craft a Sweet Necklace

Pumpkin-ize Your Family

Glittered Party Favor Bags

From: Marian Parsons and Kim Stoegbauer

(Cute!) Owl Pumpkin

Mini Bat Pumpkins

Halloween Headbands

Make a Haunted Fairy House

Jack-O'-Lantern Grin

Embellish Pumpkins With Ribbon

Craft Cute Favors

Peekaboo Pumpkins


Make Your Own Shrunken Heads

Creepy-Crawly Napkin Rings

Ooey-Gooey Caramel Apples

Carve a Pumpkin

Make It Sparkly

Popcorn Party Favors

Pin the Spider on the Web Game

Billowing Hanging Ghosts

Light the Way

Specimen Art

Trash-Bag Spider Webs

Dead-Branch Centerpiece

Next Up

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Giant Rat Outdoor Halloween Decoration

Create a giant rat cut-out for your front yard to give trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests a fright.

Black Cat Outdoor Halloween Decoration

Create an arched-back black cat cut-out for your front yard to give trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests a fright.

Kids' Halloween Costume: Candy Dots

In a pinch for a clever homemade Halloween costume? No worries, you can quickly whip up this sweet costume for your child.

Make a Headless Horseman Figure for Halloween

Give trick-or-treaters a scare by constructing a near lifesize headless horseman door greeter who points the way to the candy.

Giant Raven Outdoor Halloween Decoration

Create a foreboding larger-than-life raven cut-out for your front yard to give trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests a fright.

How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

Looking for a pumpkin project that doesn't involve carving? Create this witch pumpkin from start to finish with items from the craft store.

"Blood Stained" Halloween Party Invitations

Get your party guests and vampire enthusiasts in the mood for a spooky Halloween gathering by sending out easy-to-make "blood-stained" invitations.

How to Make a Haunted Terrarium for Halloween

Add a little Halloween "spirit" to your kitchen counter. All you need is a large glass jar, basic craft supplies and a little imagination. This easy project is perfect to do with kids, they'll love coming up with ideas for spooky details.

Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Banister Owls

Create owl silhouettes from plywood then temporarily attach them to your front porch for a sophisticated (and spooky!) outdoor Halloween decoration.

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