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Halloween Decor: Skeletons

Updated on April 11, 2014

Fun And Amusing Things To Do With A Halloween Skeleton!

Halloween is such a fun Holiday. I love seeing all the cool decorations people come up with. And there's so many! Whether they are jack-o-lanterns, bats, spiders, ghosts, or wicked witches; I love them all! But what's Halloween without skeletons?

Over the years I've seen so many crazy and amusing skeleton decorations, and one of the greatest I've seen were pirate skeletons. Maybe I love them because I'm a huge pirate fan, but I think that anyone could get a kick out of them. I've put together my favorites in this lens and many other skeleton decorations. I believe that these can give people some good decorating ideas this year. I hope everyone enjoys this lens!

Photo Credit: Flickr

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle Of Rum! - YO HO!! YO HO!! A Pirate's Life For Me!

I love everything about this guy, he is too funny. And the old torn clothing look is awesome!

To get the old torn clothing look, you'll need some cheesecloth. Simply cut some pieces and tear them to make them look ratty. You can also rub them with dirt or stain them with coffee to make them even more grungy. Wrap the skeleton's chest with the grungy cheesecloth, but be sure you still leave a tattered look. If needed pull at the cheesecloth to make it tear and stretch to achieve the look you desire.

Wrap some strips of cheesecloth around the arms and legs and have them hanging for a more ragged effect. Don't forget to wrap a piece of cheesecloth around the skeleton's head as a bandanna. If you wish to glue the cheesecloth in place all you have to do is water down some glue and just "paint it" on with a paintbrush. Make sure the glue soaks through the cheesecloth to the surface of the skeleton for it to stick.

Purple Star!

This lens won a purple star, and I want to say that I very much appreciate it!

What's a purple star you ask?

It's an honor to receive, and it's a fantastic reminder that people love what you do. A wonderful pep that tells you your lens is one of a kind.

I love purple stars and cherish them!

Pose-N-Stay Skeleton

A better than your average skeleton prop. A must have for those who don't want a cheaply made skeleton. Stands on its own two feet and will stay in the position you put him in. You won't have to worry about flimsy joints that might pop off with this guy!

Dead Old Pirate!

If you're lucky enough to have a little pond in your yard, you have an excellent opportunity to take advantage of this cool idea. All you need is the skeleton, mud, and a torn up pirate hat. Just muddy up the skeleton's face and hat, and place it in your pond where people can see it.

If you don't have a pond you can always lay him against some rocks, or your porch stairs! Maybe even put a rum bottle in his hand, spread out fake doubloons near him, or anything else you can think of!

Old Pirate Hat

I wish I had this hat when I was a kid during Halloween. I always loved pirates and would dress up like one even though I was a girl. This was a time when girl pirate costumes were not popular. The only hat we found was the stupid cheap kind that had a skull and crossbones on it. This is a much more realistic replica of what the real pirates once wore.

Shiver Me Timbers! Pirates Ho! - Arrr me bucko!

This so reminds me of the scene in "The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" when the two pirates were dressed in women's clothing. That's an idea someone could use if they know where to find old fashioned clothing like that. And it's a great way to decorate and old rowboat you may have. Do you happen to have one in your yard? Or do you know someone who does? If you don't have a boat, you can still prop up your pirate buddies by your doorstep for the trick-or-treaters, and party guests to see! All you need to get this started is right here:

Everything is here except for the rowboat and oars!

16" Red Cotton 100% Handkerchief Hankie Hanky Mouchoir Solid Color
16" Red Cotton 100% Handkerchief Hankie Hanky Mouchoir Solid Color

Just like a pirate needs a parrot, he needs a bandanna too!

 
Jack Sparrow Pirate Sword
Jack Sparrow Pirate Sword

Perfect for showing off with your skeleton pirate!

 
Vintiquewise(TM) Old Style Barn Trunk/Box
Vintiquewise(TM) Old Style Barn Trunk/Box

Perfect for a pirate's treasure chest. Now all you need is some treasure!

 
Gabby Red Parrot by Douglas Toys
Gabby Red Parrot by Douglas Toys

Every pirate needs a parrot! Keep the pirate theme going with this cute guy!

 

"I Told You I Heard Something On The Roof!!"

Skeletons On The Roof!

This is super cool idea, All you need is a ladder, a few skeletons, lights, and you're good to go!

Be sure to be careful when using a ladder:

Make sure you use a ladder that rests against the eave of the house and that it is two feet or more above it. Have a trusted friend help you steady the ladder as well.

Halloween Lights To Show Off Your Rooftop Skeletons!

Decoration Poll

What's Your Favorite Halloween Decoration?

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Wait!! Let Me In! You Forgot Me!!

Goodness Gracious, He Lost His Head!

Who's Ready For A Ride?

"No Don't Do It! It's Not Worth It!!"

Enter At Your Own Risk!

Mmmmm Yummie!

Hanging Skeletons

Scary Skeleton Garland

I bought this a few years back and loved it. The skeletons are very cool looking, just like the ones in the picture above!

Dead Head

How To Age Your Halloween Skeleton - Some tips to make your new skeleton look like it just crawled out of a grave:

What You'll Need:

Soap

Wash cloth

Hot water

Dry towel

Newspaper or paint drop cloth

Latex gloves

Paper plates

Wide paintbrush

Brown stain

Acrylic paint in Nutmeg, Eggshell, Golden Harvest, and Black

Outdoor Waterproof Lacquer

  1. First wash the skeleton with hot soapy water, use a wash cloth to make sure that it's super clean.

    Dry completely with a fresh towel.

  2. Lay out newspaper or a drop cloth on the ground. Put on some latex gloves and squirt some Eggshell paint on one side of a paper plate and the Nutmeg paint on the other. Add a couple drops of Golden Harvest. Mix these three colors with your fingers to get your desired look. Be sure not to use too much Golden Harvest because it can quickly become too yellow. Spread the mixed paint evenly all over the bones with your fingers.
  3. Next put some of the Black acrylic paint onto another paper plate and paint the inside of the eye sockets and nostrils with a q-tip. Hang the skeleton to let dry.
  4. After the acrylic paint has dried, paint on some brown stain all over the skeleton and let dry again.

    For the finishing touches to make your skeleton look real:

    Use some sand paper and sand the "bones" anywhere you wish to get the look of an old, worn out skeleton!

  5. If you are going to keep the skeleton outside for a decoration you're going to need to put a coat of lacquer on it. This keeps the paint from running off if it's out in the rain. After you put the coat of lacquer on let dry completely before moving the skeleton.

Paints, Stain, and Lacquer To Fix Up Your Skeleton!

This Guy Drank Too Much Beer!

Yikes! Looks Like These Giant Spiders Had A Good Meal!

Just Chill'n In The Bushes!

A Cute Skeleton Short Cartoon To Make You Smile: - I watched this every Halloween when I was kid and loved it!

Which Skeleton Was Your Favorite? - Comments are welcome :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      What a great lens, such awesome ideas. Halloween is my favorite holiday, I love to decorate and this is full of some great ideas!

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      very fun ideas, may have to introduce in my decorations this year.

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      KathyZ1 3 years ago

      Interest lens. I really enjoy it.

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      pitlock 3 years ago

      For sure the skeletons on the roof, but it was hard to pick all good ideas. Makes you want to get crafty!

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      @anonymous: lol thank you!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      You have a great sense of humor! Thanks for all the ideas!

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      @LilyBird: You're welcome :)

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      LilyBird 3 years ago

      Dead old pirate and I told you I heard something on the roof are my favorites. Thanks for all the great skeleton decorating ideas!

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Pirate skeleton is my favorite in this lens post.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @darkflowers: same here lol

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I definitely am in love with the Dead Old Pirate skeleton, yeah I'm bizarre sometimes hahahaha, great Lens, I loved it! Beautiful photos too, I wish you a spooky Halloween ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was a fabulous lens post. I loved the pirate skeleton! If you would like to check out my Halloween music that "haunters" use for parties and outdoor displays, drop on by my page.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My skeleton cardboard cutout I usually hangup on a wall, pales in comparison to these gems, the skeleton on the back of the old hearse is a good one.

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      halfpintohoney lm 4 years ago

      There are some really great decorations here. Very different and creative ideas!

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      UKBusinesses 4 years ago

      My favourite is the one crawling on the roof! Really good

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      supersiva 4 years ago

      I like the hanging skeletons especially when they scare the hell out by falling on top of you.

      I also like dancing skeletons especially when they dance to mixed music from rap and rock to classics.

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      Jenny Rowling 4 years ago from London, UK

      I can't stop laughing at the skeleton that's looking out the balcony so casually :DDDDD

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @mybffpet: Mine too! :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @nonya222: hahaha lmao! You're too funny!

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      Beth 4 years ago

      My favorite is the one sitting on the barrel and drinking. Great ideas!

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      nonya222 4 years ago

      I love them all but the one on the roof reminds me of my brother. He doesn't have a rear end either.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @Elaine Chen: lol yah they can be quite fun! :)

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      first time I feel "skeleton" is not so scary

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What an awesome idea! Great job!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @LoriBeninger: You're very welcome, have fun decorating! :)

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Very creative. I have a life-sized skeleton for decorative purposes and you've given me tons of ideas! Thank you.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @CherylsArt: Mine too. :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: lol sometimes that happens lol!

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      @ghoststorylover: hehehe I think the images would have lurked in my subconscious and popped up like the pond pirate ;)

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      My favorites are the pirates. Cool!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: Hahaha, no, I think I was dreaming about them before, and my subconscious was satisfied after I made this lens lol. Thank you. :)

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      Hey ghoststorylover, congrats on your win! The pirate in the pond is great. But seriously, did you dream of skeletons after you finished this lens? ;)

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      josietook 4 years ago

      I love the skeleton climbing up the house.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @ebaybee: Thank you so much! :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @blue22d: Thank you very much :)

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      blue22d 4 years ago

      Great lens. Love the dancing skeletons. Enjoyed my visit.

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      ebaybee 4 years ago

      Congrats on winning the Halloween Quest! Great job!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @soaringsis: lol! Thank you :)

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      All skeletons were outstanding. My fav. was "hey, you forgot me". Congratulations on winning the contest.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Yah that is cute :)

      Thank you!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @NatureFan LM: lol thank you!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @girlfriendfactory: Thank you so much!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you! :)

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      You have some great photos and captions! Congrats on winning the $25 gift card - well deserved.

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      OMGoodness this was greatness! So many great ideas for my favorite holiday! I FB and Pinned it, too! Congrats of the GC ~ well deserved! :-)

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      NatureFan LM 4 years ago

      This entire lens is adorable. I love it!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I like the skeleton on the roof. You've got some great pictures. Congrats on winning the quest!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: That sounds very cool! That would get a lot of attention and smiles for sure! Thank you for visiting. :)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      I especially liked the one hanging on to the back of the car. A skeleton on the inside, looking out, might work equally as well. A really nice, concise and helpful lens. Thanks!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @Nightcat: Thank you so much :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @mathew31: Yah, I think that would be cool to find dresses like they wore and rip them up like that and put them on these skeletons. I haven't looked for the dresses yet, but I'll will.

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      mathew31 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love the two skeletons in the boat - it reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean too, even before I saw you say that!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Congrats on your win. :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thank you!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Awesome pirate remains. The ones on the roof are so cool. :) Thanks for the ideas!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @aidenw: Thank you very much, this has been quite a wonderful day!

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      aidenw 4 years ago from USA

      I know you make great lenses, and I can see why this one won the award. The pictures are just superb! I really like the pirate ones. Congratulations!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @Craftypicks: :) thank you!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @CharMarie: lol thank you!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @BestofHalloween: Thank you! I wasn't expecting it since I've seen so many great lenses out there! I'm very happy so many people like this lens. I enjoyed making it! :)

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      BestofHalloween 4 years ago

      Fantastic Halloween lens... great images. Congratulations on winning the Amazon gift card.

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      What a cute lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Love it!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @OhMe: Thank you :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Thank you very much :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @Nancy Hardin: lol I know, I just couldn't help myself. He looks like he's going to jump! lol

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @ChristyZ: Thank you, lol I had fun putting them together! :D

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations. I love your great photos.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      These ideas are terrific (and quite hilarious, lol)!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I got a kick out of the one who's going to "commit suicide," because it just tickled my funny "bone," since he's already dead!

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love your sense of humorous...fun lens!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @ChenB: Thank you! Yah that was a fun ride! :)

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      ChenB 4 years ago

      I love the one on the car, and the one in the pond comes a close second. Reminds me of the Pirates of the Carribean ride. Great job with this lens, very interesting and fun! Great photos!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you so much, I'm very happy I received it. When I put this lens together I wasn't thinking about a purple star, I was just having fun. I guess what they say is true; you do good work when you're having fun! Thank you for your kind words. :)

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations for the purple star, you deserved it, very out standing Halloween lens.

      Your photos are beautiful, to be quite honest it is one of the best halloween articles, I have seen for a long time. Thanks for all the ideas for future days.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @shewins: Yes, and I had fun making it. lol the pirate in the pond is real cute! :)

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      shewins 4 years ago

      Who knew a skeleton could be so much fun? I think I like the Pirate in the Pond the best. Hey that sounds like an episode of Bones.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you very much! :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very cool Halloween decor! I'm not much into scary stuff, but even I am tempted to put a skeleton in the bushes - or in a pond if I had one. Great ideas here!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The skeleton in the barrel. Great pictures!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      @tonyaalves3: lol thank you so much :)

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      OMgosh! This is tooo funny. Love your lens