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Best Halloween Decorations Ideas - Witches, Skeletons, Ghosts, Cats - Oh, My!

Updated on December 4, 2014
Scary skeleton skull
Scary skeleton skull | Source

Favorite Halloween Decorations

With Halloween approaching, it’s time to think about what types of decorations you want to decorate your home. If you’re planning a Halloween party, you will need a variety of décor to make your home and yard festive.

If you are merely handing out candy to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, then perhaps you’ll just want to invest in a few key Halloween items for the front yard. There are several basic, timeless decorations you should consider.


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Halloween Skeletons

Scary, dangling skeletons are a key item in decorating for Halloween. I have a four foot cardboard skeleton that acts as the perfect Halloween greeter on a dark night, with hinged arms and legs that can be moved at angles as you wish.

Small skeletons work well, too, for posting all over the walls inside. .Plastic, cardboard, whatever--any kind works great.

My favorite skeleton is my skull (well, not literally mine) that is motion-activated, lighting up when people walk by it. Skeletons are great items to spread throughout your home for the holiday, inside and out.


Halloween witch and ghost
Halloween witch and ghost | Source

Halloween Witches

Of course a witch is an integral part of Halloween décor. From pictures of witches on the wall, to decorative witches’ hats, or figurines on the counters or floor, you must include witches in your Halloween party décor.

Outside, think about getting one of those witches that look like they just flew into a tree. Now, those are fun!


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Halloween ghosts decorations are a must!

Halloween Ghosts

Ghosts are also a staple as far as decorating for Halloween goes. They are great for indoors and outside. Attach cut-outs to indoor walls, and hang ghosts from ceiling fans. Outside, hang ghosts in the yard from trees to greet your guests or spook your trick-or-treaters.


Bloody hand!
Bloody hand! | Source

Bloody Stuff for Halloween

How could any Halloween be complete without blood?

Oh, yeah! Anything that looks bloody is a great effect on Halloween. There are many cool, bloody items and appendages to choose from! Bandages, body parts, candles dripping with blood—all of these have a ghoulish, eerie effect.

I have a hand dripping with blood that is one of my favorite Halloween decorations. While at times I clean out, clear out, letting the old stuff go and perhaps moving on to acquire new décor, I can't seem to let go of these bloody hands. They are ghoulishly delightful!

It doesn’t hurt to have a number of bloody body parts lying around to add to the gruesome atmosphere on Halloween night.


Halloween Graveyard

As morbid as it may seem to some, the cemetery look in the yard is very effective in spooking up your Halloween décor. Fake tombstones with R.I.P. easily turn your yard into a scary, Halloween night. Add some cobwebs, too, to spread throughout the yard and over the graves.

Any extra? Add to corners inside the house.


Scary black cat cut-out
Scary black cat cut-out | Source

Black Cats for Halloween

Having had two really cool live black cats in the past, I am partial to this decoration. To me, black cats are special with their dark, mysterious look. Throw some posters or cut-outs on your walls to include these lovely, stealthy creatures as part of your holiday décor.

I have some “scary” black cat stuffed animals that I distribute in key places around the house. Outside, you can put out a cat figurine or blow up figure to cross the path of those who dare pass in front of the infamous black cat.


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Cheap Halloween Decorations!

These decorations are a basic part of any Halloween décor. You can also dress things up by throwing some orange and black streamers all around. Streamers really make the atmosphere festive and are great on a budget, as they're pretty cheap! Mix streamers in with some of the more sophisticated Halloween decorations, and have the best Halloween party ever!

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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, CC! I like spoooooooooooooooooooky!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      4 years ago from Western NC

      Fun Halloween hub - it's so fun it's SPOOOOOKY! Haha. Nice work!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer, I'm so glad that you liked my interview. I heart you! :-)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Cogerson! I appreciate all that you said. I think I'm following you, too, although I don't visit often enough. :-) Thank you again so much!

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Just read your interview!! Very Good! I really like it......and you definitely have HEART, GF!!

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      UltimateMovieRankings 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Just wanted to say congrats on a very nice interview on the HubPage newsletter.....I become one of your followers...but I have been one of your followers for over a year now....congrats again.

      Interested and useful hub that I am voting up and across the board.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Random! Have a good time. Halloween parties are so fun. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      cat on a soapbox--Sounds like you do a great job! I wish I had time to throw a Halloween party. That would be fun. Oh, well. Maybe next year! Thanks for the great comments.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vellur, those are my favorites!!!! :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for all of the great suggestions! We're having a Halloween party this year, and I'll be using some of these ideas.

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      Catherine Tally 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Victoria Lynn.:) Love these ideas- makes me want to host a party! Ghosts, witches, skeletons, bats, black cats, huge spider webs, and jack-o-lanterns will always be favorites. We get a lot of very young children as trick or treaters, so we try to save the blood, gore, and frightening robotic ghouls for the older kids. We still toss a few bones and severed limbs in the garden bed for those who notice. Thanks for a fun hub!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Wow you are creative. The skull and the blood dripping hand is really spooky.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, dear Effer! My brother used to have some great Halloween parties! I would let him borrow some of my stuff. I used to decorate my own house some before I got too crazy busy with life. Maybe one day again, I'll have a Halloween party. Thanks for visiting! :-)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, I wish it were different, so I could do more of what I want to do. In time, in time. Thanks!

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      NEAT! Cool. Spooky and FUN!! I love the HAND...........I don't decorate for Halloween......we don't get any little ghosts and goblins knocking on our door for treats. We're on a major highway...TRICK OR TREAT, Vee!!!........UP++

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No sweat Vicki! My life is nowhere as hectic as yours is! :)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, I know what it's like to try to remember things these days! Thanks for the link. I'll have to read yours, too. So sorry I'm not keeping up very well. Just trying to squeeze out the hubs and articles I have to. I promise I'll do better later. Thanks for you're always wonderful support, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good job Vicki! I'll link it to mine tomorrow provided I remember. :)

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