21 Halloween decoration ideas you need to try at home

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Photo credit: Getty Images

What do you do when the last of the summer blues start to slowly creep up on you? You get your weeny on, of course. When the days start getting darker and the nights start getting colder, one of the only things that gets us through is planning our annual Halloween bashes and getting our Wednesday Addams on. This October 31st is going to be an extra special one, too, because Hocus Pocus 2 is being released. Yep, you heard that right, the iconic 1993 film is back for round two almost 20 years on, and we couldn’t be any more excited! Themed party, anyone?

So, if this news has brightened your spooky spirit a little bit, and the thought of going into full-on party planner mode is getting you buzzed, we’ve got just the thing for you. Once you’ve got your food and drink sorted, DIY Halloween decorations should be next on your list with these handy (and really quite easy) Pinterest tutorials. Whether you're after minimum effort with maximum reward (hello, spider ice cubes) or fancy getting your craft knife out and doing some real GCSE design and technology style, we've got you covered with these ideas.

Halloween ideas from Pinterest

Spider ice cubes

As if this one needs explaining - all you have to do is put plastic spider toys in your ice cube trays before filling them with water and sticking them in your freezer. Hey presto, scary drinks. Be sure to hold onto your plastic spiders for next year to be eco-friendly.

Napkin holder fangs

Is this the easiest Halloween decoration idea of all time? Stick a pair of fangs under your napkin at a dinner party and you're good to go.

Toilet roll faces

If you've got trees or bushes outside your house, this is GREAT. Cut pairs of eyes in cardboard loo rolls, snap a glow stick to put inside, and position them in your hedge for when it gets dark. GENIUS.

Bin bag spider webs

OK OK so this might have appeared in our Halloween Pinterest fails, but if you follow the right pattern, these are well effective. All you need is a bin bag (make sure there are some left for cleaning up, though!) some scissors, and lots of patience.

Pumpkin drinks holder

Scoop out the insides. Stick in a bowl. Fill with ice and booze. The *perfect* low stress Halloween decoration if you're just having a few friends over for dinner. A centrepiece that's actually functional = winning.

Blood dripping candle

Use a red candle to drip wax over an old wine bottle to act as a blood splattering. When you later light your actual candle, it'll be super effective.

Wall bats

HOW GREAT do these look? Super easy too. Find a bat shape template and cut absolutely loads (more is more in this case) out of black cardboard, before folding down the middle and sticking to the wall using double-sided tape.

Mummy jars

Old jam jars come become your best friend at Halloween. Wrap in muslin cloth or crepe paper, stick on some googly eyes and whack a light inside. This literally couldn't be easier or more effective - plus you can have your jars back at the end to use for something else.

Tin can luminaries

Slightly more fiddly put really great if you can be arsed. Use a drill to make holes in an old paint can in whatever design you fancy, put some fairy lights inside and wait for it to get dark. Oooh.

Eyeball wreath

Whether you stick googly eyes on ping pong balls or buy your spooky eyeballs already painted, all you have to do is glue gun them all to a ready-made Christmas wreath wherever sees fit. Such a cute end result.

Syringe shots

Plastic play syringes. Alcohol. Drinking games. Done.

Ice cube hands

THESE ARE SO FUN. Use a plastic glove or an unused washing up glove, fill it with water or your beverage of choice and tie a rubber band really tightly around the end. Put it in the freezer and whenever necessary, cut the glove off.

Hanging ghosts

All you need is white paper or card and some clear wire or thread to create these cute hanging ghosts. Cover your ceiling in them indoors or hang them from the trees in the garden. Perfect!

Floating candles

It's giving Harry Potter great hall vibes and we can't get enough. Involving recycled toilet roll tubes, spray paint, tea lights, hot glue, and few more crafty items, you'll be able to give the illusion that you've got floating candles around the house. This super easy tutorial has got a video version, too, so you can follow the steps and pause when you need to!

People will think you really went to Hogwarts, just sayin'.

String spider's webs

Get those paper mache skills back in action. Once you've got a blown up balloon, start to cover it in sticky string until it forms a hard web. Then, pop the balloon inside, and adorn your new creation with fake spiders.

Spider lights

Get saving your jars now for this quick and easy weeny decoration! You'll also need some frosted glass spray, cotton wool, a battery-powered tea light, and of course, some fake spiders! Once you've soaked the jars and all of the labels have come off, let them dry and then spray them with the frosted glass spray. Let that dry, and then pop the tea light at the bottom. Grab some cotton wool and fill the jars so it looks like a web, and then place the spiders on top and in between so they can be seen through the glass.

Ghoulish pompoms

We all learned how to make pompoms as Christmas decorations, but what about at Halloween too? This tutorial helps you make them into ghosts *and* mini pumpkins, to create the coolest DIY garland.

Eyeball stones

This one might take a bit of foraging, but totally worth it. All you need is some rocks and some hardwearing paints, so you can create some eery eyeballs to leave around the front of your door.


Halloween candles

This is *so* impressive. Anyone else getting Kat Von D vibes? All you'll need are some pool noodles, a glue gun, rubber bands, and flameless candles.

Start by grabbing a few noodles and cutting them into different sizes (like on the image) and wrap some rubber bands around them so they stay together. Then, use your glue gun to drip hot glue down your 'candles' so it resembles candle wax, before gluing the actual flameless ones to the top of each noodle.

Whether you want to leave your creation as is, or go even spookier and spray paint the fake candles black and add some extra detailing (fake spiders, blood, the lot), you've got some cool Halloween decor regardless!

Hocus Pocus wall-hanging

There's literally a Hocus Pocus-themed decoration - it's meant to be! OK, while this one might be a little trickier than some of the others, if you're a hardcore fan and have some spare time to invest, you'll definitely wow all of your guests come October 31st!

Paper pumpkins

This one's described as a 'craft for kids', which is probably the level of DIY we're at. These ones involve painting a paper plate white and then cutting a pumpkin design into it, before putting in front of a fake candle for a glowing effect. Clever.

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