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One of our favorite parts of Halloween (besides the candy and costumes, of course) is having fun with the decor—especially if our outdoor display inspires some friendly neighborhood competition. Whether you go for a theme with ghosts, witches, skeletons, black cats, or jack-o-lanterns, or you mix and match a little bit of all the above, you really can't go wrong.
Depending on where you live, trick-or-treating may look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't still go all out with your decor be it silly and kitschy or realistically haunting.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite outdoor Halloween decor from larger-than-life inflatables to lights, signs, and porch accessories.
Create your own haunted house in a snap with this fun 9-foot-high inflatable that lights up at night. It looks so fun for youngsters during the day who will be intrigued by all the Halloween characters and offers just enough fright when lit up at night. The Gemmy airblown scene self-inflates in mere seconds and deflates just as quick for easy storage, and includes everything you need to tether it to the ground.
While carving a pumpkin is a fun activity, those who don't care to make a mess will love these sophisticated metal luminaries that look charming in the daylight and magical in the moonlight. Available in short or tall and orange or white options, snag a cluster of these metal pumpkins and you'll have your own patch. They have an open bottom to easily add in your own votive or flameless candle that illuminates the pumpkin through carved slats.
Add a festive decoration to your door with this eye-catching Halloween wreath from the National Tree Company. This wreath features an assortment of black and orange pumpkins, glittery gourds, and ball ornaments arranged on a twisted black branch. Gold spider ribbon is used as a finishing touch. It measures 20 inches in diameter, and it can be used indoors as well.
If you’re looking for a new lawn inflatable or want to get in on the trend without blowing your budget, this cute little ghost with a witch hat is great pick. Coming in at about 3.5 feet, the blowup isn’t so big that it'll take up your whole lawn, but it's still large enough to be eye level with kids. The adorable ghost inflatable runs on an AC adapter and has four stakes to keep her safe and sound if a gust of wind strikes. What we love best is she isn’t too scary, so it's a great option for families with young kids.
Greet guests, family, and trick-or-treaters with this spider web-shaped doormat that not only looks festive, but traps dirt, grime, and mud before it has a chance to make it into your home. To finish off your front door look, just add a wreath or flag and you're ready for the season.
If you don't have much of a front yard, these "window-crashing" ghosts can add some ghoulish fun inside and out. They securely adhere to both sides of your window with hidden suction cups and a window cling that looks like broken glass. Each ghost has a subtly different expression on its face, ranging from surprised to anxious to angry. If you want to expand the pack, it's easy enough to separate their parts across six windows of your home, but they really look the most convincing when together.
Stagger these metal luminaries along your front steps for an eerie effect that'll also light your path. Spelling out "Enter If You Dare," your display will have guests think twice before knocking on your front door. All you need is twinkly battery-operated LEDs (as pictures) or flameless votives to light their Halloween-appropriate bat, spider, and crow motifs.
Garden flags are a small, simple way to add some Halloween to your outdoor décor. Measuring 12 x 18 inches, this double-sided flag is made of weather-resistant and washable burlap and the design features traditional holiday motifs like a black cat atop a pumpkin with a garland of candy corn across the top. Buy a few to line the pathway to your front door or just stick them by the shrubs in your front lawn for effect.
Looking to outdo every other yard in the neighborhood? You're going to want to pick up this giant 12-foot skeleton which is taller than most single-story homes. The skeleton is so large, it's only available in store, but you can buy online and pick up in person. Installation should only take an hour with two people, and it has a metal frame and ground stakes that'll resist inclement weather. The skeleton's LCD eyes run on a timer so they'll automatically light up and blink in a way that's sure to send shivers down your spine. Be sure to install a smoke machine for the ultimate spooky atmosphere. And if you want something a little more life-sized, be sure to check out his poseable 5-foot companion.
Looks like this little witch missed her target and crashed landed in your front yard! The Crashing Witch Bashing Betty can be installed around a tree, on a porch column, or alongside the paneling of your home for a spirited effect. She inflates within minutes and deflates for off-season storage. For added effect, point a spotlight her way.
This giant sandworm inflatable rises almost 9 feet in the air but included stakes and tethers make sure he won't slither away. Whether your trick-or-treaters are familiar with Beetlejuice or have yet to see the iconic film, this animated monster is sure to impress most any passerby.
These skeleton yard flamingos are an unexpected and spooky twist on a classic yard ornament. Whether you live in a tropical climate or not, they'll add some festive flair to your lawn. The 22-inch-tall flamingos come in a set of two, so you'll want to pick up extras if you're interested in a whole flock.
This pair of witch legs is an easy and inexpensive way to dress up your front lawn or garden before trick-or-treaters descend. Since they stake into the ground, they're super easy to install and take down. Prop up a broom nearby and you'll have a festive scene.
Project a Halloween scene onto your house with this handy slide show light that will shine a spooky bats and ghosts in black and white or a pumpkin, bat, and ghost in white and orange on your home. When it’s not October, this set also has six Christmas slides and four other holiday celebrations including Easter, Valentine’s Day, and more. This is a great option for streets that mean business when it comes to holiday decorating.
Nothing says Halloween quite like a haunted graveyard. Create your own with this frightening selection of decorative tombstones. Perfect for displaying in your front yard and scaring away any visitors who dare step onto your lawn, these tombstones have stone or wood finishes for a realistic look. It's made from styrofoam with metal stakes, so it might need more support during windy weather, but most reviewers say they're easy to use and add just the right amount of fright to their yard.