Sick of the usual Halloween jack-o'-lanterns and fake spider webs?

Dazzle your guests with these quirky and ghoulishly delightful Halloween home makeover ideas instead.

With Halloween right around the corner, we've put together some budget-friendly, time-saving tips so you can get wicked with your interior decorating.

Our DIY projects, inexpensive Halloween decoration ideas, and creative use of color, lighting, and props will help create a delightfully spooky yet sophisticated atmosphere – minus the horror of an empty wallet.

So, How Can I Decorate the Inside of my House for Halloween?

Hot Glue my friend!

Create Sophisticated yet Eerie Vignettes

Think beyond the traditional Halloween decor, and turn your living space into a sophisticated haunted haven with these unique vignettes:

DIY Halloween Decorations: Deco-podge Jack-O-Lanterns

DIY Halloween decorations are family-friendly projects that are loads of fun to make!

Reinvent the classic pumpkin jack-o-lanterns by upcycling everyday items like old newspapers, comic books, or sheet music.

Apply Mod Podge or any craft glue to a layer of paper on a craft pumpkin and voilà – you've got yourself a timeless, elegant, and intriguing centerpiece. Mix them up with a painted pumpkin or glitter pumpkin!

Chic Cemetery Decor

Looking to create a Haunted House this year? Incorporate mini graveyards into your space by using foam tombstones and creating a dark mossy landscape.

Arrange these mini-scenes on bookshelves or mantels, and watch your home elegantly morph into a haunted house.

Stay on theme by incorporating vintage photos, antique trinkets, and tarnished silverware into your vignettes mounted against black construction paper.

Light Up the Night

For an extra ghostly glow, fill glass jars or apothecary bottles with various colored water and a few drops of glow-in-the-dark paint.

Arrange your jars in a dark corner or place them on windowsills. Add a few pumpkins to create an element of mystery and intrigue.

Halloween Decor Don'ts and Practical Safety

🎃 Don't overdo the gore

Focus on creating a spine-chilling atmosphere without terrifying your guests (and yourself) - and especially the little kiddos who still think Halloween is spooky and scary.

  • But there are exceptions: I mean, there's no need to scare the bejeebers out of trick-or-treaters that come to your front door. But as far as I'm concerned, if I am throwing a haunted house Halloween party, I'm gonna dial up the gore - know what I'm saying?
  • Haunted House or BUST!

🎃 Keep costumes and decorations away from open flames

As most are made of highly flammable materials.

  • Well, that's a given. Here too if little ones are wearing a poofy costume, they may not notice if they brush up against the fireplace, a candle or other open flame out in the yard.

🎃 If using candles, opt for LED versions

Not only are they safer, but they also last longer and are more eco-friendly.

  • There are many different cool candle options! A red candle or even white candles will make your front porch or your house spooky surrounded by orange lights lying below fake cobwebs and Spanish moss - or you can use a black light!

Going Green with Halloween Decorations

Save your wallet and the planet with these sustainable decoration ideas:

🧙 Consider using natural elements:

Like fallen leaves, gourds, and pumpkins as decorative accents. You can paint pumpkins and gourds with images of ghosts and add eyes to them, hot glue the autumn leaves onto a spider web, and decorate your front porch, or place a white cloth over pumpkins and make them spooky ghosts. The possibilities are endless!

🧙 Recycle and repurpose materials for your DIY projects:

Think old clothes for costumes, plastic bottles for creepy lanterns, and egg cartons for bat decorations to make your house a Haunted House. Trick-or-treaters will love coming to your door, as long as it's not too scary!

🧙 Opt for reusable or eco-friendly materials

When purchasing new decorations, make sure to store them properly for use in years to come. As Halloween is our favorite holiday, we have collected lots of decorations over the years and we love to decorate our Haunted House and reminisce about old pumpkins, spiders, and fun ghosts just like we reminisce about our Christmas ornaments and décor!

So, when it comes to creepy-spooky-scary Halloween decorations, don't be afraid to think outside the coffin – or budget.

With a little creativity, you can make your house a bewitchingly beautiful Halloween haven that's eerie, spooky, and scary (you can always go the elegant route too...boring) while staying kind to your wallet and the environment.

Finding the Perfect Decorations

Decorating your home can be overwhelming, especially when there are so many options available.

Here are some tips to help you find the perfect decorations that suit your style and budget:

👻 Look for festive items in thrift stores:

And online second-hand stores – they usually have great deals!

👻 Consider renting or borrowing decorations:

Especially if you won't be able to use them again.

  • For example, in the weeks leading to Halloween, my sister and I usually trade off from year to year - one year she has a party at her house, the next we throw a party at our house, and we borrow each other's Halloween decor items. If I want to decorate a Halloween table with pumpkins and if I am short pumpkins, she brings hers over.

👻 Get creative and think outside the box:

Try making your own decorations with everyday items like paper, paint, hot glue, etc.

  • For example, instead of making festive orange candles, make black ones. Cut out figures of bats, spiders, or witches and tape them to the inside of a lampshade. Cut up paper market bags and make a paper chain with scary drawings. Save your paper toilet roll holders and decorate them with pumpkin faces. Make ghosts out of old gift wrap tissue paper.

👻 Focus on creating a cohesive theme that flows throughout your home rather than random pieces scattered around.

  • Well...yes and no - I think it's fun to decorate different rooms in different themes.
  • The bathroom could be decorated as a Halloween blood bath with severed heads and body parts.
  • The living room could be dark and spooky lit with candles and decorated with black flowers, in black vases, on the coffee table and dining table.
  • The kitchen could have orange lights and pumpkins, Halloween flowers, and spiders.
  • The family room can have a ghost hanging here and there.
  • The windows can get different cutouts.
  • The front porch though - that's for trick-or-treaters - so you can have a fun Halloween decor out there that's not too scary filled with Halloween pumpkins and Halloween flowers hanging from the front door and windows.
  • The yard can have orange lights hanging from the trees and ghost figures billowing in the breeze pointing the way for the trick-or-treaters.
  • And don't forget to decorate your yard out back - your guests might venture out there...if they dare!

Gosh Halloween is fun! So, have fun, have a good time, and don't be afraid to go all out.

Make sure to plan ahead – shop early to avoid any last-minute rush or disappointment.

And remember - the most important part is to make your home a haven of joy and celebration!


And That's It!

So now that you have an idea of how to begin your Halloween decorations, below you will find some Halloween how-tos to make things a little easier.

Remember, the Halloween holiday is not just about a pumpkin here or there, not just about Halloween flowers by the windows, it's about letting your imagination soar!

And if you think ahead, you can even leave some stuff out as you decorate for Thanksgiving!

Now go forth and haunt your home with style!


Happy haunting! 🎃🏚️🕸️


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