Haunted Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Halloween Decorations For Your Yard or Porch
Every year our family goes all out in decorating for Halloween! We started by just doing simple things, like a haunted graveyard or a giant homemade spider on the front yard. After that we tried our hand at various types of scarecrows sitting on the front porch near the door. The past few years though we've expanded our decorations to the vacant lot beside us, creating a "Haunted Halloween Walk" for my son and his friends to explore Halloween night! (If you don't have a vacant lot to use, you could use your front, back, or side yards! Or why not create a Haunted Halloween walk inside your house?!)
In addition to store bought decorations, we made stuff ourselves. I'll tell you about some of the things we made, in addition to sharing with you some great products!
What's your favorite holiday?
A Scary Hand for the Haunted Halloween Walk
How to Make a Scary Halloween Hand
The easier way to make a Halloween hand is to stuff a medical glove, add a dowel rod, and poke it in the ground.
This year my son and some of his friends got together to make arms like the ones in the photo above.
- They started by wrapping toilet paper around their arms.
- On top of this they wrapped masking tape and duct tape.
- Then they carefully...this was the hard part....cut the paper arm off of the living person.
- Next they stuffed medical gloves with small pieces of newspaper.
- Then they attached the gloves to arm.
- The next step was to cover the arm and glove with paper mache.
- Next they painted the arms and hands scary looking colors.
- The final step, which they have not completed yet, will be to attach fake fingernails!
Tombstone Cutouts - Yard Decorations For Halloween
One of the highlights of our decorations each year has been a graveyard in either the side yard or front yard. We started off making tombstones ourselves out of paper bags that we wrote catchy sayings on, but quickly progressed to store bought ones. Some years we leave it simple; other years we include a hand rising up out of the grave!
Tombstone - Scary Halloween Yard Decorations
To help this and other tombstones withstand winds, glue a wooden stake or two to the back and insert that into the ground.
Bones, hands, and other body parts for your graveyard or other locations
If you'd like, add a hand or other body part rising up out of one or more of your graves. You can also scatter a few bones around in the area.....or use them here and there on the haunted walk, if you're creating one!
If you'd like to make your own hands, try stuffing a plastic medical glove with cotton or stuffing.
What happened to him?!
For the dummy above, we made a head out of paper mache stretched over a balloon, and then painted a face on it. Once the head was completely dry, we stuffed old clothes with balled up plastic grocery bags, newspapers, etc. Although some of our dummies had legs and feet too, my son decided to make this dummy a bit different...so he designed "intestines" by using fake blood on the newspapers coming out from under the shirt.
Fake coffins can be placed outside in your graveyard, along the haunted walk, as a centerpiece on your table, or anywhere in the party room. Try sticking a skeleton or a doll inside and leaving the lid slightly ajar...
Larger coffins can actually hold a person...who moves a little when an unsuspecting party goer looks in. But hey, that's just plain scary!!
Fake Decorated Coffin
This one is small: 27.5" long x 10" wide x 6" high. It's a nice size to put on a table with a doll or food inside it.
Another Spooky Coffin - over 5.5 feet in length!
This coffin is 68 inches tall x 24 inches wide x 12 inches deep. It doesn't have a back to it. I'd be a bit hesitant to get too close to this one on Halloween night... There's no telling what might jump out!
This is part of an old Halloween costume draped over a gold styrofoam skull. You could probably also achieve a similar effect by carefully draping a piece of black cloth over some sort of head. In fact, although I don't think we took any photos of it, we did lay some black cloth over a few of our skulls which were hung from tree branches.
You can use creepy cloth for numerous things. Drape part of it over the tombstones or bushes in your graveyard.
It can be cut and used to make ghouls hanging from trees or on top of a stick you've stuck in the ground. Sometimes we use some sort of a head under the cloth (a styrofoam skull or a homemade papermache head, but the cloth can also be arranged without the use of a head under it to create a more wispy looking ghoul. You can use clear fishing line to make the "arms" stand out some, if desired.
You can also use creepy cloth to cover tables or furniture, or drape it around the railing of your banister or porch.
Please be aware that this creepy cloth has lots of holes in it!
Spider Web can be used in lots of places - both indoors and out!
Ever since our kids were little, we've created a spider web on the front porch for the trick-or-treaters to see. The image above welcomed the party goers to the Haunted Walk. Farther along the trail, we used it between some tree branches for more realistic looking spider webs..
Fog machines are great additions to a graveyard! We've also used them to create a spookier feel to a section of our haunted walk. The fog really adds to the mystery and magic of the evening.
Which type of decoration do you prefer?
For the party area!
Last year we arranged chairs in a circle around a firepit and let guests roast marshmallows and talk.
Will there be a place in the yard where your party guests will sit and perhaps tell ghost stories? If so, this might be a fun decoration for that area! If you have a fire though, make sure to keep this and other decorations away!
For indoor or outdoor use!
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