25 DIY Halloween Decoration Ideas to Try This Year

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The month of October brings cooler weather, scary movie marathons, festive costumes and delicious treats. Embrace this spooky time of year by decorating your home with frightfully fun Halloween decorations. Skip the store-bought goblins and ghouls and elevate your Halloween crafts with these terrifyingly terrific Halloween DIY decoration ideas.

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Spooky Witch's Jar/Potion Bottles

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Transform your home into a scene straight out of ​Hocus​ ​Pocus​ by making these spooky witch's potion jars. Display them at a Halloween party or fill them with goodies to hand out to trick-or-treaters.

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Dryer Vent Pumpkins

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If you're looking for something a little less spooky and more traditional, give these quick and simple dryer vent pumpkins a try. They can be easily customized to fit the style of your outdoor Halloween decorations, and you get to skip the messy pumpkin-carving process.

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Pumpkin Piñata

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Everyone knows the best parties have a piñata. This festive pumpkin piñata is sure to be a hit (pun intended) with kids and adults. And until you break it open, this pumpkin makes for some vibrant home decor.

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Witch Running Into a Tree

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Contrary to popular belief, not all witches are skilled broom pilots. Add some humor to your outdoor Halloween decorations by building this funny tribute to the broom-school dropouts.

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Cardboard Tombstones

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There are few things more terrifying than walking through a haunted graveyard on All Hallows' Eve. Transform your own yard into a ghostly graveyard by making these simple cardboard tombstones.

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Cemetery Fence

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Naturally, you are going to need a spooky fence to protect your ghostly graveyard. Follow these instructions to complete your backyard cemetery. This is a simple, but effective, way to maximize the returns on your easy DIY Halloween decorations.

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Scarecrow

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There is nothing more quintessentially Halloween than a traditional scarecrow. Keep those pesky crows away and add a little creepiness to your garden with this fun scarecrow DIY project.

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Hanging Branch Centerpiece

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Transform your dining room into a horrific vampire's lair by creating this eerie hanging branch centerpiece that will drive dinner guests batty. Throw in some fabric or paper bats to complete the picture.

Creepy Halloween Floral Arrangement

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Dress up autumn's beautiful flowers with some creepy plastic spiders to create a one-of-a-kind Halloween floral arrangement that is elegantly eerie.

Head on a Platter Serving Tray

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Guests will get a dose of tricks and treats when you serve them this platter with a ghastly mummy head as the centerpiece, simply by following the straightforward tutorial.

Halloween-Themed Switch Plates

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Don't forget to spruce up your light switches this Halloween. Check out some of these fun ways to disguise ordinary switches and turn them into whimsical decor elements.

Ghost Illusion for a Haunted House

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Create a bone-chilling optical illusion that will have friends and guests running for their lives. This genius haunted ghost illusion will guarantee you the title of scariest house on the street.

Spider Centerpiece from Flowers

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Not all spiders have to be scary. Utilize autumn's bold and beautiful flowers to create this not-so-scary floral spider centerpiece. Just follow eHow's simple tutorial to become the ultimate fall crafter.

Ghost Face Picture Frame

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Made with items you probably already have on hand, these ghost face picture frame DIY Halloween decorations give the illusion that ghosts are traveling through the walls of your home.

Chicken Wire Ghost

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Take your haunted house theme outside by adding some ghastly ghouls to skulk your yard with this chicken wire ghost project. This easy DIY Halloween decoration looks artfully professional and requires little more than cutouts.

Pumpkin-Shaped Floral Arrangements

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Try a new take on the traditional pumpkin and Halloween jack-o'-lantern by creating these elegant and charming pumpkin-shaped floral arrangements. This fun floral Halloween craft makes a delightful centerpiece and can be used to decorate your favorite outdoor space.

Spooky Mason Jar Globes

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These spooky mason jar globes are easier to make than you might think. Use them as centerpieces, display them on shelves or give them away as gifts. They can even be used as candle holders to boost the creepiness factor.

Boo Tray

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Surprise guests with this clever boo tray. It's perfect for displaying Halloween treats and can be made in just a few quick steps. As far as Halloween crafts go, you can't do better than this minimal elegance.

Spell Book

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Every witch needs a terrifying spell book to keep track of all those potions and elixirs. Create your own spell book that is sure to impress guests and trick-or-treaters. Don your witch hat and practice your best cackle to complete the quick Halloween costume.

Spiderweb

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If you have some old yarn, scissors and tape available, you have everything you need to make this quick and easy DIY spiderweb. Hang it by your front door or outside to create an eerie atmosphere in your home.

Fake Cobweb

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You see fake spiderwebs sold in almost every store in October, but do you know all the different ways you can use it in your home? Check out some of these creative ways to decorate with spiderwebs. With a little work, your home will be crawling with cobwebs.

Fake Spiders

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Invoke a case of arachnophobia in your guests by displaying these DIY spiders around your house. Add them to your fake spiderwebs for the maximum spook factor.

Packing Tape Ghost

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Hang this crafty life-sized ghost made of packing tape and plastic cling wrap to a tree or from your ceiling for a ghostly floating spirit sure to creep out (or delight?!) everyone.

Tea Light Ghouls

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Kids, this one's for you! These battery-operated tea light ghouls are the perfect DIY for kids, young and old, to make for Halloween. While they may try to appear sinister, we personally think they're pretty cute.

Shrunken Apple Heads

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Apples are abundant in the fall, but rather than using them in traditional harvest recipes, try carving them into these monstrous and grotesque dried apple shrunken heads instead. You could hardly do better than these for a last-minute Halloween decoration.

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