35+ Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Create the Creepiest Yard on the Block

Get in the spirit and give your neighbors something to talk about with these thrilling Halloween outdoor decorations.

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September 15, 2022

There's a distinct chill in the air, the ghosts and ghouls have come out to play and Halloween is on the way! Get in the spirit and create the creepiest (or chicest) yard on the block with some thrilling outdoor decorations. Below, we share all of our favorite themes — from gorgeous enchanted forests to giant arachnid attacks — and reveal exactly which pieces will help you pull them off. Happy haunting!

Enchanted Forest

Set the scene for a bewitching Halloween and turn your exterior into an enchanted forest. Start by flanking your door with pre-lit trees, then fill your forest with faux crows, hanging bats and flashing eyes. Use orange pathway lights to lure trick-or-treaters and their parents in at night.

Wicked Witch's Cottage

Charm the entire neighborhood by transforming your home into a witch's cottage. All you need is a circle of crones, a bubbling cauldron and an all-seeing doorbell to evoke thoughts of Hocus Pocus. (But you can certainly dial up the magic with black pumpkins, a punny doormat and broomstick pathway lights.)

Arachnid Attack

Give your neighbors the heebie-jeebies in a big way this year by covering your home in giant spiders. Stretch an oversized triangular web over your porch or garage, then wrap your bushes, banisters and columns with faux cobwebs. Complete the creepy-crawlie display with fuzzy spiders and an oh-so-fitting "EEK!" outdoor light.

Grim Graveyard

Summon all the spirits (er — children) to your door this Halloween by creating your own "Grim Graveyard." Use a metal fence to designate the cemetery, then fill that dead space with clawing groundbreakers, faux crows and foam tombstones. If it were up to us, we'd definitely splurge on that "Beware" tombstone.

Haunted Mansion

When in doubt, decorate your home like a haunted mansion. Cover the windows with tattered black fabric, flank the front door with Gothic urns and style the rest of your outdoor space with peculiar finds, like stacked skulls and animated gargoyle props. And of course, finish everything off with a "Foolish Mortals" doormat.

Ghost Infestation

If this spirited display doesn't make your neighbors want to call the Ghostbusters, we don't know what will. Dress your home for Halloween (and delight trick-or-treaters) with inflatable Slimers, Marshmallow Men and silly specters. To keep the look light and fun, add playful props like corn stalk bundles and "Boo!" luminaries to your front steps.

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