Boo-It-Yourself Ideas for a High-Spirited Halloween Home

The signs of fall are everywhere. The turning leaves, the nip in the air, the profusion of pumpkin-spiced everything, and (gasp!) the sudden apparition of big-box Halloween stores on every corner. And that means you could stroll in for some cheap plastic skeletons, fake cobwebs, and joke tombstones to strew across your yard, but what if you want to take your Halloween decorations to the next level?

If you really want to give your neighbors pumpkin to talk about it, you’re going to have to get creative. So, whether you’re an HGTV-level crafter or just a spirited enthusiast with a dream (or a nightmare?), grab your glue gun. It’s time to get spooky.

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"Heads Will Roll!" Jack-O'-Stack

When it comes to pumpkins, go big or go home. Leave the single, scraggly-toothed gourds to the neighbors and create a stack of playful (or terrifying) creations to show that you’ve come to chew bubblegum and rule Halloween … and you’re all out of bubblegum. (Until it’s time to hand out treats, that is.) Get the details >

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Wrong-Way Witch

Maybe the weather conditions were poor, or maybe her GPS coordinates were off. Maybe she just slacked off on her flyer’s ed classes. Whatever the cause, this little monument will give your neighbors a chuckle while also establishing your yard as a no-fly zone for brooms. Right witch way>

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Screamy Scenery for Boo-tiful Photos

Everyone wants the perfect Halloween shot for their Instagram profile, so why not make sure your home is the (paranormal) hot spot for the “pics or it didn’t happen” crowd? Best of all, you can tailor the design from whimsical (for the little ghouls and goblins) to terrifying (for the hardcore horror enthusiasts). Find out how >

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Pretty Pumpkin Planter

Not every Halloween craft needs to inspire horror and dread in everyone who sees it. Sometimes you just want something cute, like this clever way to show off your succulents. Of course, if you want something visually appealing AND blood curdling, just claim that the tiny pumpkin inhabitants are cuttings from “The Little Shop of Horrors.” (Bonus: You can get guests to clear out with a quickness if you claim to hear a cry of, “Feed me, Seymour!) Get crafty >

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Charbooterie Board Snack Plate

Once you’ve transformed your home into a spooktacular masterpiece, you might be inspired to invite friends over for some costumed revelry, and that means food. But you’ve come WAY too far for a mundane spread of chips and dips. Cement your claim as King (or Queen) of Halloweentown with this wild and tasty assortment of snacks that will tantalize your guests and keep everyone in the mood to do the Monster Mash until dawn. (Of course, you’ll need to make sure the vampires clear out well before then.) Fire up the cauldron >


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