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35 DIY Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Take your home's curb appeal from charming to alarming with our frightfully festive DIY Halloween outdoor decorating tricks (and treats!).

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Wicked Ways to Deck Out Your Outdoors

‘Tis the season to haunt your house inside and out. Gear up for All Hallows’ Eve celebrations by giving your outdoor spaces a monstrous makeover using our creep-tastic DIY decor projects. From levitating cauldrons and haunted tree ghosts to floating witch's hats and temporary tombstones — we’re covering all the bases to make your yard the creepiest (and cutest!) on the block.

Continue, if you dare, to check out our 30 best DIY outdoor Halloween decorations guaranteed to bewitch friends and foes alike this season. Or, if you'd rather buy than DIY, check out our shoppable guide.

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Photo: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith. From: H. Camille Smith.

Paint Your Pumpkins

Treat passersby to some serious eye candy in honor of All Hallows' Eve with a pile of painted pumpkins on your porch. Bring home pumpkins in varying sizes for dimension and costume the lot with your choice of 3-5 Halloween-inspired paint motifs. Here, ghostly-white, glitter leaves and sinister stripe gourds join forces with metallic rose and orange pumpkins beneath bone-chilling bare trees to haunt this front stoop.

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Photo: Flynnside Out. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Have a Hay Day

You know what they say — if you’ve got it, haunt it! Give your garden or porch bench a festive facelift just in time for trick-or-treating by surrounding it with three harvest-ready hay bales and pumpkins by the dozen. Disguise your existing outdoor cushions with our dreadful DIY skeleton pillow cover project, linked below, to complete the harrowing display.

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Show Off Your Hat Collection

Inform neighbors that the witch is in with a pointed hat display. Levitate your hats sans magic by threading some fishing wire through each hat's pointed tip. Secure overhead with outdoor tacks and dangle each hat at varying heights for the most bewitching results.

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