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More Scary DIY Outdoor Halloween Decorations

It’s that time of year again: the season of goblins, ghouls and all other things Halloween. There are plenty of cute decorations you can put up, but Halloween is about being scared. Every year kids look forward not only to getting mounds of candy, but to getting scared as well. Every house is another chance to be scared and it’s a chance that only comes once a year. Due to my affinity for this adrenaline that I remember so specifically {you may remember our scary DIY decor post from last year}, and the belief that it’s better to create than buy, here are some scary DIY Halloween decor ideas to send the kids screaming from your house.

You may remember the ghost dresses from last year {here is another one made of chicken wire if you have some sculpting skills, and here is one made of packing tape if you’re really ambitious}. If you want a more realistic-looking ghost, this is for you. Cover a modeling head (can be bought at most craft stores) with cheese cloth. To really get the eerie indentation of the face, glue the cloth to the modeling head as you put it on.Be sure to pull it tight as you cover it to get the most facial features.

You may also remember the glowing eyes from last year which make the trees spookier. These eyes are meant to make your bushes a bit scarier. With just a toilet roll and a glow stick, you can scared or scary eyes glowing in your bushes. To make it a little bit more freaky, use a few different colors. The only thing creepier than glowing eyes staring at you is a multiple colors of eyes staring at you.

To make your porch foggy and creep the kiddos out, put a container full of dry ice and water in a jack-o-lantern. To make it extra cool, add a glow stick to light up the fog.

It’s possible to make an eerie grave without any dirt or sod. For this grave, you only need an old towel, some brown fabric dye, spray glue, mulch and some newspaper.   For specific instructions, check this out. To make it even scarier, add a tombstone, hand reaching out of the grave, or a toy that will move occasionally throughout the night.

Make your steps drip with zombie blood with this some glowing goo. You can either crack open a few glowticks and let them drip down your steps, or you can make your own with this instructional here. I love this one because it so different, spooky and a guaranteed kid favorite. Best of all, you can just hose your steps off the next day with water and possibly a bit of soap.

Spiders are always creepy, and are underused. Creep the kids out with this blooming baby spider sacks. Stuff a white stocking with cotton or stuffing to create the egg sack, and then adorn it with spiders for a finished look. The spiders should stick to it easily with the cotton and/or stocking. To make it a bit scarier, hang a few spiders off of the egg sacks (with thread or floss), so the kids will be touched by them as they walk though.

I’m an oldie at heart, and because of that, I find the tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen to still be one of the scariest elements on Halloween. Frighten the new generation with your own headless horseman. With some branches, string, fabric and of course, the flaming pumpkin, you can make your terrifying scarecrow. The taller, the better. That just mean it’s higher for them up to gaze up, which makes it all the scarier.

A creepy way to illuminate your porch {or home} is to create these blood-stained candles. All you need is one white candle, newspaper, and a red candle. For a complete tutorial, check this out.

Make your house infinitely creepier with these hands. With just some black construction paper/card stock, wax paper and glue, you can have a swarm of people beating down the door to get out of your house. Try a few different shapes {flat hands, fists, scratching} to make it more realistic. You can also use a strobe light to give the illusion of movement to make it even better. For a complete tutorial, click here.

To enhance the effect of holding people hostage in your home, try writing messages on your windows in blood. There are many ways to create fake blood that can be wiped right off. Add some red dye to mouth wash or corn syrup to make your own {obviously, mouth wash with more liquid, and corn syrup will more solid} and have fun writing messages and leaving hand prints around the house.


Have a happy Halloween and have fun with making these scary DIY outdoor Halloween decorations along with your other decorations. If all else fails, break out the silly string and spray the kids intermittently like my dad does.

  • Bonnie - October 9, 2012 - 2:56 pm
  • comatoast - October 30, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    I love all of the ideas. The only suggestion I have is your green links are hard to see. Happy Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • Dora - October 14, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Great Ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee - October 19, 2013 - 11:52 am

    Fantastic ideas! Looking forward to trying a few out! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Nathan - August 15, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Awesome, I’m totally trying some of these this year. Any other scary outdoor ideas?ReplyCancel

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