Halloween reveals the child in most of us. The air starts to chill, pumpkins appear on grocery store shelves, and before you know it, you’ve turned your porch into a mad scientist’s lab.
Every Macy’s to Target seller offers Halloween costumes, décor, and party supplies. But while you may love these animated Frankenstein inflatable decorations, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on Halloween decorations.
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party or just want to play tricks or treats in the neighborhood using your haunted house, you can spruce up your Halloween budget and still have the most impressive home on the block. Most of these craft projects use recycled materials or items that you already have in your home. You just need tools, some supplies, and your imagination to have a spooky Halloween this year.
Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Whether you’re going for a treat, telling ghost stories around a campfire, or throwing backyard parties, Halloween offers fun fall activities for everyone. With these inexpensive Halloween decorations, you can add a few simple touches to your front porch for kids or turn your entire yard into a spooky display.
1. Return the graveyard
This classic Halloween design idea turns your yard into a spooky graveyard. Use the revised materials to create a free graveyard. To create a haunted graveyard, cut various shapes out of cardboard and color them to look like aging tombstones. Once they are dry, you can place them on your lawn to make them look like a miniature graveyard.
You can also use tombstones to point out haunted paths for tricks. When they arrive at your front door, they must walk past the tombstones for an exciting Halloween night.
Flatten a few packing boxes.
Use Sharpie to draw tombstones. I made some rectangular, cruciform, and oval headstones to give the graveyard some variety.
Cut out the shapes with scissors.
Paint the shapes in dark gray and let the paint dry.
After drying, add expressions such as “R.I.P” at the beginning of each tombstone. Glue a wooden or plastic deck to the tombstone and plant it in the ground.
Using natural wood, you can partially waterproof the tombstones to last more than one Halloween season. The project works best if you use thin pieces of composite wood that you can buy at any home improvement store. Thin pieces are easier to cut and stand better in the grass.
Pro tip: You can mix white paint from the edges of a tombstone, or glue on fake moss found in craft stores to make them look older and more authentic.
2. Haunted trees
Bring your yard to life with this spooky craft. If you have trees in your yard, you can use oven-baked clay to give the trees a scary face. Just create a pair of eyes, nose, and mouth for each tree and attach them to the trunks.
Place your walkie-talkie or speakers next to the tree and play your favorite creepy soundtrack to draw even more attention to the haunted trees.
Buy an oven-baked modeling clay such as Fimo or a similar brand. Buy colored clay such as green, brown, or black to give your face more character and make each face more visible.
Create basic shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Use an oiled knife to cut out more details such as eyelids or teeth and bake them in the oven.
Use a removable putty or double-sided hanging tape to position your face on the tree.
Pro tip: You can buy clay glaze from most craft stores, which will prolong the lives of these people. The glaze adds a protective coating that protects them from rain.
3. Jack oh, reusable flashlights
Jack O’s lanterns are the staple decorations for Halloween, but some of us wouldn’t want to carve and carve pumpkins every year. Hobbies and craft workshops sell faux pumpkins that can be cut and lit. Best of all, you can store them for the next season.
Purchase a fake pumpkin from a hobby shop. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles, so choose the one that you think will fit your front door best.
Use the Exacto knife to cut a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and create a pattern in the front.
After you finish your design, use a small piece of sandpaper to gently sand down any uneven edges.