40 DIY Halloween Decorations That Are Actually Cool (and Easy)

Wicked chic and on-theme.

halloween decor ideas
Sugar & Charm

Decorating for the holidays adds up, and Halloween tends to creep up on us quickly in all its wicked and campy glory, so you may be tempted to skip out on the pumpkins and cauldrons. But hold up: getting your spook on doesn't have to cost a ton. And more importantly, October 31st is the perfect excuse to host anything from a sophisticated dinner party to a coven gathering where you and your girlfriends ward off ghosts (of every kind), a trick-or-treating costume watch party, scary movie marathon, or family-friendly bash. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, you'll definitely be needing some Halloween decorations to set the witchy scene. So we've rounded up 40 DIY Halloween decorating ideas that are so easy, it's scary.

diy halloween ideas
Cheetah Is the New Black
DIY Chalkboard

Alicia Lund of Cheetah Is the New Black swathed her decorative marble fireplace in two coats of Benjamin Moore's chalkboard paint. Then, she simply drew a fun Halloween scene to work as a nice backdrop.

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pumpkin decorating ideas
Sugar & Cloth
Pumpkin Vase

Turn your pumpkin into a vase for a Halloween-chic centerpiece. Beyond the pumpkin, it's perfectly Halloweenie thanks to the dead flowers and figs used to fill the vase. Get the tutorial from Sugar & Cloth.

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easy diy halloween decor
Sugar & Charm
On-Theme Bouquet

If you're hosting a scary movie night, bring the on-screen horror to life with some spooky decor. An on-theme bouquet surrounded by pumpkins and a skull decanter for the table, and then some flying paper bats for the walls will do. Floor cushions promise extra seating—power in numbers when it comes to scary movie marathons. Find out more from Sugarand Charm.

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diy sage stick
Cheetah Is the New Black
Elevated Smudge Sticks

Yes, Halloween can be all about scary movies and funny costumes—or it can be about replacing bad bad vibes with a better energy. That's where smudge sticks come in. Want to kill two birds with one stone? Set up an arts and crafts table with beautiful florals for guests to make their own smudge sticks at the Halloween soirée. Then, your guests get to partake in the DIY project and have something to take home with them. Learn the steps for how to make an elevated smudge stick from Cheetah Is the New Black. (You should also give out these "smudge ya later, hater!" patches.)

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halloween bar cart decor
Sugar & Charm
Spider Web Bar Cart

Decorate your table with skulls, spiderwebs, then fill jars with candy. Is it weird that we think this looks insanely chic? Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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halloween cake decor ideas
ZAN PASSANTE
Spooky Cakes

Let the dessert do the talking. These cakes double as halloween decor while the skeleton serveware is actually chic enough to live beyond the grave of October 31st. And while that cake decorating looks pretty intense, it's actually as easy as hitting the print button. Get more details from Sugar and Charm.

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Sugar and Cloth
Unicorn Skeleton

How fun is this front porch Halloween decor? Sugar and Cloth spiced up a store-bought skeleton with seasonal florals, greenery, and a gold unicorn horn for a more whimsical as opposed to spooky Halloween decor.

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halloween party decor ideas
ZAN PASSANTE
Candy Lanterns

You may not have a giant candelabra on hand, but you probably have some summer lanterns (and you can always just use smaller candelabras). Refresh them for Halloween by filling them up with candy and placing them on top of faux spiderwebs. See more at Sugar and Charm.

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pumpking decorating ideas
Sugar & Charm
Paint Your Pumpkins

Opt for pinks, peaches, and burgundies in your centerpiece rather than the classic warm orange-y fall palette. Then paint your pumpkins white! (Faux pumpkins work, too.)

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DIY outdoor halloween decor
Jennifer Perkins
Trapped Witch Project

Jennifer Perkins got creative with some pool noodles, a rusty old shopping cart, and a pair of black pointy-toed boots. This DIY Halloween porch decor is the perfect balance between funny and spooky, and even better, it just requires a little resourcefulness.

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halloween wreath ideas
Cheetah Is the New Black
Brass Ring Wreath

Throwing a sophisticated grownup Halloween soiree? Adorn the walls with this DIY wreath dreamt up by Cheetah Is the New Black. It's much more moody and romantic than your average Halloween wreath.

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Zan Passante
Spooky Dessert

Your desserts can double as decor, too. Make these Halloween dirt cups (aka chocolate pudding topped with Oreos, chocolate chips, Belvita cookies, and edible flowers) from Sugar and Charm.

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Baskets of White

Keep it bright and neutral with all whites and light neutrals. An all-white color palette makes fall staples like pumpkins, baskets, and mums feel elevated and elegant.

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diy halloween garland
Sugar and Cloth
Fall Garland

Don't forget to spruce up the bar cart while you're at it! Learn how to make this gorgeous garland (also works for the fireplace or as a centerpiece) from Sugar & Cloth.

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easy DIY decor  for halloween
ZAN PASSANTE
Zombie Throw Pillow

This fun little throw pillow may look like an ambitious DIY project, but Sugar and Charm assures it's not. In fact, it doesn't even require any sewing!

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DIY halloween party decorations
ZAN PASSANTE
Haystack Buffet Table

Make a buffet table like Sugar and Charm's by stacking hay and covering it with fake spiderwebs. Then, hang some string lights, surround the spread with pumpkins, add a Halloween-inspired bouquet, and call it a day.

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Sugar and Cloth
Test Tube Invitations

Don't limit Halloween party decor to the big event itself. Make sure your invitations are just as spirited and fun. These DIY test tubes from Sugar and Cloth will do the trick.

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halloween table decoration ideas
Tell, Love, & Party
Use a Contemporary Tablecloth

A black-and-white striped tablecloth adds a contemporary playfulness to an outdoor Halloween dinner party. Then, glue little ants to your napkin rings to be freaky but not too freaky.

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DIY halloween wreath
Number 2 Pencil
Wiggly Eye Wreath

You'll need a lot of ping-pong balls, but the scary mass of watching eyes will be so worth it. Get the tutorial at No. 2 Pencil.

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Cheetah Is the New Black
Moody Flowers

Paired with inky black stemware and napkins, this moody floral arrangement by Cheetah Is the New Black set the scene for an elegant, grown-up Halloween dinner party.

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Zan Passante
Paper Bats

Frame a doorway with flying paper bats for a super simple but fun Halloween vibe at home. Learn how from Sugar and Charm.

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easy diy fall decor
casa watkins living
Display A Jar

Fill an apothecary jar with bright orange leaves—or if you're really feeling generous, Halloween candy! See more at Casa Watkins Living.

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halloween pennant banner
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Hang a Banner

Skip the traditional orange decor in lieu of another hue (pink, for example) and the result can be a lot more cheerful and unique. Round out the fireplace with a DIY pennant spelling out "Happy Halloween"—or another message from beyond the grave. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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square wreath for fall
Matthew Benson
Recycle Picture Frames

Fall foliage looks much sleeker on your door than it does scattered across the lawn. This wreath's square base changes up an otherwise traditional fall decoration. And you can keep it up on your door through Thanksgiving! Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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halloween entryway decorating idea
Brian Woodcock
Creepy Console Table

Start your party decorations at your entry way. With the help of some glue dots, eerie silhouettes can greet guests when they first walk in. Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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halloween cocktails 
Zan Passante
Smoking Cocktails

To find a balance between glam and gore, make some pretty and smoky cocktails that lighten the mood amidst the more morbid, Halloween-centric decor. These purple gin and tonics from Sugar and Charm are just witchy enough without being kitschy (perfect for anyone sick of the orange and black color combo, too).

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creative diy halloween decor
Kate Mathis
Brew Some Potions

Haunted pharmacy theme? Fun! Vintage apothecary bottles serve double-duty as vases for dried blooms. See more at Good Housekeeping.

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Sugar and Cloth
Octopus Ladle

This DIY octopus ladle from Sugar and Cloth looks elaborate, but it's surprisingly easy to make. Not necessarily the "cutest" Halloween decor, but that's not really the point.

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halloween mantle decor
Handmade Mood
Stack Odds and Ends

Draw the eye up on your fireplace mantel by decorating with themed objects, like broomsticks and witches' hats. Get the tutorial at Handmade Mood.

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halloween table settings
Julie Blanner
Repurpose a Skull

They're way less scary when you top them with a flower or plant. Maybe equally as scary when stuffed with greens. That's one way to get 'em on the table! See more at Julie Blanner.

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