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Scary Skeleton Decorations for Halloween or Year-Round Fun

Updated on December 16, 2015

Spooky Halloween Skeleton Decorations

What would Halloween be without a few scary skeletons rattling around your house and yard? A spooky skeleton is one of the iconic images we most associate with Halloween.

Your Halloween decorating wouldn't be complete without at least one or two skeletons to create a delightfully creepy atmosphere in your house or yard. Add a skeleton at your door to gruesomely greet visiting Trick-or-Treaters as they tentatively tip-toe up to your "haunted" house, or bring in a few skeletons to mingle with the other guests at your spook-tacular Halloween party.

Here are a few of my favorite Halloween skeleton decorations to get you started on your search. I hope you enjoy looking through them!

Decorative Skeleton Garland for Halloween

Skeleton Garland
Skeleton Garland

Halloween Garland of Skeletons

You can start your Halloween decorations with a few of these Halloween Skeleton garlands. They'll look ghoulishly festive above entryways, windows, along tables, or fireplace mantels, giving your haunted home the perfect macabre touch!

Each paper garland is about 10 long, with 16 skeletons. They have movable limbs so they can jump around when disturbed, as if they're dancing to some ghoulish beat.

Skeleton Computer Toppers
Skeleton Computer Toppers

No Evil Computer Toppers

These three wee "No evil" macabre Skeleton Computer Toppers are perfect for sitting on your computer as you plan your ghoulishly clever Halloween activities. Then they can move to your mantel to add more "life" during your Halloween party.

These are sold as a set of three: Skeleton Hear-No-Evil, Skeleton Speak-No-Evil, and Skeleton See-No-Evil.

They're small - a little less than 3" tall, but will provide a huge amount of fun to your Halloween celebrations!

Skull With Cigarette Poster

Skull With Cigarette - Painting by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh and others of his time (late 1800's) certainly weren't aware that cigarettes caused such health problems, but this skeleton is the perfect poster child for advertising the dangers of smoking. And it makes a great addition to your Halloween décor.

This skeleton skull with cigarette poster would look great as a centerpiece painting over your mantel or on a bare wall.

See Poster of Painting By Vincent Van Gogh on AllPosters.

Bag of bones
Bag of bones | Source

Bag of Bones - Disarticulated skeleton

This skeleton has come apart! You can artfully place these 28 bones around your Halloween graveyard or to add more spookiness to your house. These bones aren't life-sized, but they're artfully done. There's an assortment of bones, from 6" to 12", and you may get a few representative bones of more than one skeleton. (Think "mass grave" -- difficult to pull one full skeleton together -- you get parts of the skeleton, and not all the pieces)

Fun Express Bag of Skeleton Bones - 28 Piece Set
Fun Express Bag of Skeleton Bones - 28 Piece Set

Assorted plastic "bones", for Halloween decorating. Smaller than life-sized.

 
"Skela-mingos" - skeleton flamingos
"Skela-mingos" - skeleton flamingos | Source

Skeleton Flamingo Pair - Skelamingos!

Nothing says kitsch more than a pair of pink flamingos in your yard. And a pair of skeleton flamingos, or Skelamingos, makes for perfect kitschy Halloween yard décor. You'll amuse your friends and neighbors with these delightfully tacky and spooky birds!

These Halloween flamingos are made from molded black plastic with the skeleton bones painted on. You might enjoy these so much that you want to keep them up longer than the Halloween season, especially if you have a touch of the macabre in your personality.

Dancing Skeleton
Dancing Skeleton | Source

Halloween -- A Boundary Between Life and Death

Skeletons represent death

The origin of Halloween goes back at least 2000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the start of their New Year. Samhain (pronounced 'sow-in') represented the division between summer, culminating with a plentiful harvest (life), and the cold, dark winter which was often associated with death.

The Christians tried to supplant this Celtic celebration by replacing it with All Saint's Day, or All-Hallows Day. The evening before was called All-Hallows Even (evening), which was eventually shortened to our familiar "Hallow-e'en" or Halloween.

Halloween is still often celebrated as an evening to celebrate life and to remember the dead, and what better image to represent the dead than a skeleton?

Skeleton Door Panel

Your guests will be delighted by this friendly skeleton greeting them during the Halloween season. What a welcoming sight! This black mesh curtain includes skeleton, pumpkin, and spider web design.

At night, this skeleton can be backlit by the lights on in your house, but he also adds a friendly Halloween touch during the day as well.

(There are a couple similar panels sold by the same company, including a witch design and a spider design, if you prefer something besides a skeleton.)

Halloween Welcome Floor Mat

Here's a fun indoor/outdoor floor mat to greet your guests during the Halloween season. This cheerful, smiling skeleton welcomes all who enter. The background is of two spooky black wind-blown trees against an eye-catching orange-yellow background.

The mat is functional as well as entertaining to look at, and can be used for home, office, dorm, or boat. Washable, 2' x 3'

Stan the Skeleton
Stan the Skeleton

Stan, the Life-Sized Skeleton

Not your ordinary Halloween skeleton!

Stan's the Man! The Skeleton Man at least! What could be more perfect for your Halloween party than a life-sized skeleton mingling with your guests?

I can envision Stan wearing an elegant top hat, or a slinky boa around his neck. Or maybe his own skeleton t-shirt. Or just keep him in the closet, waiting to greet anyone who needs to hang up a coat.... that could get a spine-shivering Halloween shriek out of someone!

Plastic Human Skeleton Model "Stan", 66.9" Tall

Stan is the standard plastic skeleton that's used in schools and hospitals for teaching purposes, but I know he'd like to escape academia for a while and live it up at your next Halloween party. He's about 5 1/2 feet tall, and comes with his own roller stand (Stan on a stand).

He also comes with his own dust cover, to keep him in pristine shape when he's not out partying.

"Macabre" refers to a ghastly or gruesome atmosphere.

Skeletons epitomize the macabre aspects of death and Halloween.

Skeleton Bathroom Décor

Don't forget your bathroom décor at Halloween! There are many fun skeleton and skull decorations that would be perfect.

See A Halloween Bathroom - Skeleton and Skull Accessories for the perfect additions to your Halloween decorating. There's a friendly skeleton toilet paper holder, a skull toilet bowl brush, skull and bones bathroom rug set, and a fun skeleton-on-the-john door cover.

Dancing Skeleton Mugs on Halloween

I love this Dancing Skeleton mug from Zazzle! These skeletons look so very joyous in their danse macabre! You might want to have a few of these mugs around for your Halloween festivities.

Just a comment on prices for Zazzle items: Since they're unique compared to much of mass produced mugs you can find in Target or Walmart, you'll pay a little more for them. But they're quality custom products that you can't find anywhere else.

Enjoy Your Skeleton Decorations!

Have fun putting together your Halloween skeleton decorations during this delightfully creepy time of year!

Will You Decorate With Ghoulish Skeletons This Halloween?

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Love those evil and spooky decorative skeletons for Halloween! Also, I love the Zazzle mugs!

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      Cavedweller 5 years ago

      you got some great finds on here!

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      hamstring 5 years ago

      totally terrifically terrifying! I love the ideas for desk decorations at work!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great halloween skeleton lens. Love the "No evil computer toppers". Blessed.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Some cute funny ideas here, I love the Skeleton on john!

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Oh, yea... the skull bathroom brush is a winner! xoxo

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      lol! I love the toilet brush:)

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      You've found some of the most clever skeleton designs. The flamingos are hilarious! Love rug, too. The skeleton in the bathroom made me smile! Good finds!

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @JoshK47: Thanks, Josh. I certainly had fun looking around to find these items!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Some very fun features here!