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50 Unique Halloween Decorating Ideas for 2018

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2018

Halloween is a special time of year: it’s spooky, fun and full of creativity. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party, hosting trick-or-treaters or getting your house in the Halloween spirit, you need just the right decoration.

To help with your planning, we’ve compiled 40 Halloween decorating ideas, from unique pumpkin designs to festive food to scary set-ups for your front porch. No matter your crafting ability, you’ll find easy DIY ideas for every space in your home.

Use our generator to view indoor and outdoor Halloween decoration ideas. Once you have your decor picked out, look for Halloween gifts and accessories in our Halloween-inspired collection.

Instructions: Click through the buttons to sort by type of Halloween decor project. Click any photo for a larger view.


Line your fence or porch with a simple ghost garland. Make these DIY Halloween decorations using old cardboard and string.

Source: 504 Main

Prepare Halloween pretzel treats using melted colored chocolate and M&Ms. Design them with different colors for a festive look.

Source: Butter With A Side Of Bread

These cookie bat treats only require four ingredients: peanut butter cups, sandwich cookies, cream cheese frosting and edible eyes. Whip up a spooky batch for your Halloween party.

Source: Chelsea'S Messy Apron

Instead of carving a jack-o-lantern this year, decorate your pumpkin with black bats for an easy DIY.

Source: Chelsea'S Messy Apron

These wiggly eye monster cups add festive flair to any Halloween party. Create them in black or orange.

Source: Cutefetti

Create string art that's October-inspired. Different than other Halloween decorations, this skeleton piece can be used year after year.

Source: A Beautiful Mess

These handmade Halloween decorations double as tasty treats. Bake marshmallow web cupcakes for your next costume party.

Source: Handmade Charlotte

Light up the room with mummy lanterns. Make these easy Halloween decorations with glue and a few simple supplies.

Source: Hi Sugar Plum

Put a haunted spin on marshmallow treats with a ghost-shaped design. This Halloween dessert pairs well with a cup of hot chocolate.

Source: Home Is Where The Boat Is

Create these spider web decorations using trash bags. Hang them near your windows or along a main wall.

Source: How About Orange

Place paper pumpkins in your home during the fall months. These homemade Halloween decorations are colorful, simple and reusable.

Source: I Heart Naptime

Set these Halloween tin can luminaries on your porch or front steps for trick-or-treaters. Surround them with small pumpkins for a black and orange ambience.

Source: Jolly Mom

For a classy Halloween dinner party, decorate your table with gold-painted pumpkins and greenery like eucalyptus leaves.

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Looking for easy Halloween decoration ideas? Create cut-out signs and shapes with black and white paper.

Source: Just A Girl

Dress up your couch with a mummy pillow. No sewing is required for this craft.

Source: Handmade Mood

Excited for Halloween? Create a countdown calendar out of wood blocks, paint and scrapbook paper.

Source: Just Another Hang Up

Bring the Halloween spirit to every room in your house with spooky hand soap and sanitizer.

Source: Little Bins For Little Hands

Paint a candy corn themed pot and fill it with real candy corn. Decorate your tables and mantles with this easy DIY project.

Source: Live Laugh Rowe

With silver and gold liquid gilding, create pumpkin decorations for your mantle, desks and tables.

Source: Lolly Jane

Construct a hand-painted pumpkin topiary. Place it in your entryway or dining room for a festive fall look.

Source: Lucy Designs Online

These spider web sacks can hang from a ceiling fan or light. Use string and plastic spiders to make these easy Halloween decorations.

Source: Modern Parents Messy Kids

Stay clean this Halloween with DIY soaps. Flavor them with fall scents like pumpkin, apple or spiced orange.

Source: Mom Makes Joy

Add a spooky feel to your kitchen, entryway or staircase by hanging bat paper chandeliers.

Source: My Paper Crane

Greet your guests in Halloween style. Sprinkle these easy DIY bats across your front door.

Source: One Good Thing By Jillee

Make a fake graveyard on your front porch with chalkboard tombstones. Create an orange and black ambience by arranging pumpkins next to the tombstones.

Source: Rogue Engineer

Throwing a party and need Halloween decorating ideas? Design your food display with a black and orange table runner or tablecloth.

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Increase the color in your Halloween decorations by using small painted pumpkins, like these pink, black and gold ones.

Source: Ruth Eileen Photography

Use dryer vents to create white and orange pumpkin decor. Paint them two different colors to bring texture and variety to your outdoor piece.

Source: This Mama Loves

For easy Halloween decorations that make a fun craft for kids, line a string with pumpkin faces made of paper.

Source: Tinker Lab

Bring sparkle to your outdoor decor with a glitter pumpkin. Use a stencil for your design or go freehand.

Source: Unoriginal Mom

Set up festive table decor with an array of Halloween-colored cookies and candies. Layer your surface with black and orange placemats.

Source: Wants And Wishes Design

Offer a unique treat at your Halloween party by preparing bloody white chocolate apples.

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Take your Halloween decorations outdoors. Create yard monsters using googly eyes and your bushes and shrubs.

Source: A Girl And A Glue Gun

Turn your desserts into fun Halloween decor by creating frosted cupcakes that look like bats.

Source: Big Bear'S Wife

Sipping from something festive brings extra life to any drink. Make these Halloween straws in black and orange using plastic spiders.

Source: Blissful Roots

Build a fall ambience outside with pumpkins and gourds of varying sizes. Complete the scene with shelves and baskets.

Source: Brumley & Wells

Let spiders crawl along any door or wall in your home. Make these magnetic Halloween decorations to fool partygoers or trick-or-treaters.

Source: Deliacreates

Bring an eerie feel to your porch with floating witch hat luminaries. These DIY Halloween decorations only require a few materials and a few minutes of work.

Source: Polka Dot Chair

Using paper, glue and balloons, create homemade Halloween decorations for your parties and events. These colorful 3D balloons are a simple way to dress up a party.

Source: Small Fry Blog

Choose black as your main color for your table decor arrangement. Design a bat branch centerpiece to complete the look.

Source: The Sweetest Occasion

Add a colorful accent to any table with this easy to make brownie brittle Halloween bark.

Source: Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Decorate a mason jar with orange tissue paper to create a Jack-O-Lantern. The orange glow will set the mood on those dark October nights.

Source: Red Ted Art

Sweeten your drinks with a spooky syringe of raspberry pureé. This clever addition can be used in your favorite holiday drink.

Source: Self Proclaimed Foodie

Repurpose your old glass bottles this Halloween by transforming them into magic potions. The simple addition of metallic paint and old fashioned labels creates the perfect prop for a sorcerer's lair.

Source: Sadie Seasongoods

This DIY Halloween wreath is made out of cupcake wrappers! Find especially spooky wrappers at your local grocery store to make your own unique design.

Source: MomDot

Beware, any dead house plant could come back in the form of a ghost plant! Give your mantle a haunted feel with these ghost cacti.

Source: Misako Mimoko

Light up the dead of night with these ghostly lights. Simply add tea bags to fairy lights to create a spooky atmosphere.

Source: Fall For DIY

Create a cute spider pom pom garland that can be hung on any blank wall. If you want to add color to a space, make them in a variety of Halloween tones such as green, purple or orange.

Source: Liz On Call

Equally spooky and delicious, these pumpkin ghost cakes are a fun addition to the Halloween decor.

Source: Ashlee Marie

Embrace this holiday’s obsession with candy by decorating your home with these easy to make candy corn vases. Fill them with orange, yellow and white flowers to finalize the look.

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