19 Best Halloween Yard Ideas to Vamp up the Spooks

Ghosts, scarecrows, and skeletons—oh my! With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to pick out decorations to make your yard the spookiest on the block. From pumpkin patches to mini-cemeteries and haunted houses, there are dozens of Halloween yard ideas to get others into (or possessed by) the Halloween spirit.

Whether you’re on a budget or excited to let your imagination run wild, Halloween is the perfect holiday for getting crafty. It’s also the perfect chance to put your decorative abilities on display and give trick-or-treaters a scary treat. So if you want to take your yard to the next frightening level, take a look at some of our favorite Halloween yard ideas!

Creepy Crawlies

Adding some creepy crawlies to your Halloween display is a fantastic Halloween yard idea. Who doesn’t run for the hills when they see a slimy insect or hairy monster?

1. Yard of Spiders

Spiders are creepy. Period. And having a bunch of plastic, eight-legged insects in your yard is a surefire way to scare trick-or-treaters. If you want to amp up the Halloween fun, you can buy inflatable or plastic spiders and scatter them in your bushes and flowerbeds or place them on your deck. (Make sure not to mistake them for actual spiders, or things might get too spooky).

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2. Spiderwebs

A spider without its web is… well, it’s still a spider, but it’s not quite as scary! To really leave an impression on your Halloween guests, you can take fake webbing and drape it around your bushes, making it look like your spiders are alive and busy.

If you want to make this webbing yourself, cut several strands of yarn, shape them into a web, and use a brush to cover the whole web in wet flour. You can also buy webbing online or at your local Halloween store. Some of it even glows.

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3. Bats and Spooktacular Trees

Your trees shouldn’t be left out of the Halloween fun, and there are several ways to get them looking festive. An easy trick is to cut out bats from black paper. You can then punch holes in a bat’s legs, loop string through them, and tie the bat upside down from a tree limb; this will make it seem like bats are hanging from your branches, silently watching your visitors.

You can also buy creepy decorations that will make your tree look like it’s come to life. Give it two eyes, a mouth, some arms, and voila! You have a human-like, terrifying tree.

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4. Scary Crows

As scary as spiders and bats are, sometimes, all your yard needs for that frightening Halloween touch is a flock of creepy birds. In fact, birds make a great addition to your yard, no matter what time of year.

Like with your bats, you can attach these birds to your tree and make it look like they’re watching your visitors. You can also place them around your deck or roof, ensuring trick-or-treaters will spot one before making away with their candy.

You can buy these birds online or create your own with paper cutouts to put in your windows. If you’re going to add crows to your yard, don’t forget to include…

5. Haunted Scarecrows

Scary crows are nothing without a frightening scarecrow. These scarecrows can have jack-o-lantern heads and be made of straw or filled with cotton. If you want your yard’s focus to highlight the crows, make your scarecrow look terrified to be around them. Or if you’re up for a trick of your own, dress up as a scarecrow, stand perfectly still, and jump out when your guests arrive.

6. Black Cats

In real life, black cats are some of the sweetest, cutest cats you’ll encounter. But superstition and old wives’ tales have led us to associate them with bad luck and general spookiness. Naturally, this means you’ll want to fill your yard with as many black cats as possible.

Of course, we’re not talking about real black cats – you’ll want to use ceramic or plastic statues instead. But if a real black cat happens to walk by and wants to hang out, well… it basically means you’ve won Halloween.

7. Creepy Dolls

Like spiders, dolls are a common fright point, one which you’ll want to exploit this Halloween. All you’ll need to do is collect several dolls and place them in random spots around your yard. If they’re old and tearing or cracked and grey, that’s even better!

For an extra dose of creative fun, you can use your dolls to tell a story. Maybe they’re summoning a monster or hiding a body. Or maybe they’re possessed by the spirits inside your own home…

Getting Your House Involved

Some Halloween yard ideas will spill over to your house. We’ve already mentioned putting cut-outs in your window or spiders on your deck, but here are some Halloween yard ideas that will put your home in center-stage.

8. Caution: Crime Scene

A fun, easy way to liven up your yard is by covering it in yellow caution tape. You can string this tape around your bushes or use yard spikes to place it directly into your yard, and you can have it extend to the edges of your home. Of course, you’ll want this tape to surround an equally spooky crime scene. We recommend including a friendly skeleton to smile ghoulishly at all passerby.

For an added touch, you can buy fake, plastic wood and tape it across your windows. This adds an extra “don’t enter” effect, and it can even create a haunted house vibe. Speaking of…

9. Haunted House

If your house is naturally haunted, you have a head start on this next idea. But for those of us with normal, non-haunted homes, our yards will require some sprucing up.

A unique and easy way to make your house appear haunted is by putting scary window stickers or construction paper cutouts on the inside of your windows. Trick-or-treaters will look up in awe, wondering if they’ve seen a ghost.

You can also set up projectors to cast ghostly images throughout the night. These images won’t be visible during the daytime, but that’s a nonissue, since everyone knows that ghosts only appear at night.

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10. Boneyard

Creating your own personal cemetery can take your yard from Halloween-novice to Halloween-expert. You have three options: cover your yard with bones, cover it with headstones, or do both! You can even personalize the tombstones with the names of fictional characters or you and your friends. Whether you buy these tombstones or make them yourself, you’ll want the names to be large and easy to read. And to make the display less morbid and more fun, you can always include funny epitaphs.

For an extra touch, add bones to your deck or place them inside your windows; this way, it will look like the skeletons have come back to life and made their way inside your home.

The Halloween Fantasy

Halloween isn’t just about the creepy crawlies — it’s also about dressing up in costumes and believing in the fantastical for a night. So, don’t feel like your yard is limited to monsters and things-that-go-bump-in-the-night. Your Halloween yard ideas can also be sweet, whimsical, and downright cute.

11. Fairy Garden

If you want your yard to be more of a treat than a trick, you can glow up your yard with fanciful creatures, like fairies and elves; you can even include their tiny houses. As a plus, you can reuse these decorations for other holidays, like Christmas. Just make sure to use good lighting for that extra fantastical feeling.

12. Garden Gnomes

Garden gnomes are a fun way to add a little whimsy to your yard. You can choose scary gnomes or cute, trickster ones, and you can place these gnomes besides black cats or in trees or pumpkins. A gnome can be a good way of saying, “Hey, it’s Halloween, but don’t forget that it’s also Fall!” And once the holiday is over, you can keep those gnomes up as decorations all the way through Thanksgiving.

Quick Halloween Add-ons

If you’re reading this article the day before Halloween, you’re running low on time, and you’ll need some quick Halloween yard ideas to get your yard ready. Or maybe you’ve already put up all your supplies but want an extra dose or two of fright. Either way, here are some DIY suggestions that you can make and put up quickly.

13. Eyes… Eyes Everywhere!

If you’re limited on time this year, a simple, inexpensive way to make your yard truly chilling is by covering it in eyeballs. Place them in trees, toss them in shrubs, and set them beside your flower bed. You can DIY these eyeballs by taking any round object and painting it white. You can also buy eyeball-shaped candies and hand them out to your guests.

14. Glass Ghouls

An easy way to spice up your yard is by painting glass jars with creepy faces and filling them with colored liquids. You can also put a candle inside your jars, which will make the faces glow. These jars are easy and quick to craft, and they’re a fun way of making your yard just a bit more ghoulish.

15. Specimen Containers

If you have some extra jars leftover from your glass ghouls, here’s an easy trick to make your yard a bit scarier. You’ll start by filling each jar with dyed liquid. Then, find some creepy objects that look like body parts. If you have some leftover eyes, they’ll work great here, but any fake body part will do!

16. Balloon Faces

If you have some balloons and markers lying around, you have all you need for this next decoration. First, take a marker to each balloon and draw a funny or creepy face. Next, fill the balloons with either air or helium – if you have helium, the balloons will float, and you can easily tie them to your fence where they’ll hover above your visitors. But if you don’t have helium, you can tape these balloons to a tree limb or house beam where they’ll eagerly greet your guests.

Using What You Already Have

There’s an unspoken competition each Halloween to have the spookiest, creepiest yard. But if you don’t plan ahead, spooky can also mean expensive. Fortunately, we have some Halloween yard ideas that are cheap or completely free.

17. Repurpose Your Leaves

Fall is a time for jumping in leaves, raking leaves, and just generally being surrounded by lots of leaves! Instead of throwing those leaves away, why not stuff them in a ghost or pumpkin-shaped bag? This way, you’re able to clean up your yard and create something frightening to scare your neighbors.

You can buy these bags online, but you can also take a normal trash bag and use paint to draw on a face. Either way, you’ll be left with a less messy yard and a fantastic new Halloween decoration.

18. More Fun with Leaves!

Not only can you use your leaves to fill bags, but you can also paint them white and add tiny ghost faces. Cute and creepy, these leaves might seem like a simple addition to your yard, but they can also be the perfect finishing touch.

19. Killer Pumpkins

Carving jack-o-lanterns is a fun way to bond with your kids. It’s also a way to take your yard to the next level. This next Halloween yard idea involves assembling several themed pumpkins. You can carve these pumpkins yourself by printing out and following templates (but bewaaaaaare: it’s gonna get messy).

Whether you decide on scary or kooky pumpkins, these decorations are quintessentially Halloween, and your yard isn’t complete without them.

Final Thoughts

Decorating your yard this Halloween doesn’t have to be a hassle. It can be a fun, creative venture that will be as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests. Whether you want your yard to terrify your neighbors or delight trick-or-treaters, we have the tricks to get the overall look you desire. And by following our Halloween yard ideas, decorating will become a real treat.