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Growing up there was always that one house where all of the trick-or-treaters had to go to – and not because they handed out full-sized candy bars — but because they had the most amazing outdoor Halloween decorations.
If you want to delight and spook all of the kids who pass by your house on Halloween, you have plenty of options. With an endless array of Halloween decorations on the market, we’ve narrowed down the field by choosing 10 decorations that will make you the talk of the neighborhood.
Attention all arachnid lovers, no Halloween is complete without OCATO’s giant web and spider. The web is constructed out of strong, polyester threads with hand-knotted joints — so, no glue that would likely deteriorate in inclement weather. It is easy to install and can be used outdoors by simply installing a hook on your house or a tree, finding an external line to expand the web, and anchoring it with ground stakes.
The black furry spider has scary red eyes and a hairy body that looks and feels real. Sure to scare even the bravest trick-or-treaters!
- Easy to install
- Stores easily
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This realistic skeleton will scare the pants off your party-goers. Install alone or with a few of his bony friends, to instantly turn your lawn into a graveyard. His hinged jaw can be left open for a screamtastic approach or closed for a more sinister look.
- Easy to install
- Fully refundable
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These bats are a must-have for Halloween. Their simple silhouettes create a subtle effect that is brought to life by their three-dimensionality. Their wings even flap in the breeze. There’s definitely strength in numbers with these little guys.
A whopping fifty-six bats come with each order. They are easy to install and come with more than enough adhesives, just in case you need to reapply.
- Range of sizes
- Easy to install
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Although these flickering fence post cap lights are quite gorgeous year-round, add them to a plethora of Halloween decorations and you’ve got yourself some seriously spooky ambiance. A safe alternative to real flames, these lights may even fool the devil himself.
No need to hardwire, they are equipped with rechargeable lithium batteries in addition to their solar panel. After fully charging on a late October day, these lights will automatically turn on and emit light for approximately 8 to 10 hours. Simply install them on a post, fence, deck, or anywhere else your telltale heart desires.
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Move over Halloween candy, this little projector may end up being one of the best holiday investments you ever make. Equipped for several holidays, this projector lights up with 10 color wave lights and 16 slide patterns, making it useful all year round.
For Halloween, you can light up the sky with a spooky ghost, pumpkins, or a skull and crossbones. The red and orange color wave features provide a fiery ambiance, while the blue and white look like smoke and the purple like something out of a mad scientist’s laboratory. If you prefer less frightening decor for the littlest monsters on your block, there is also a slide with four rather adorable Halloween characters — Frankenstein, a pumpkin head, a mummy and a vampire.
- Remote control
- Automatic timer
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Calling all witches and wizards! Create a festive atmosphere with these purple and orange light-up, hanging witches hats. Each hat is accompanied by warm white string lights that will brighten up your Halloween. You can adjust the brightness and switch through eight light-up modes, including a steady light, waves, sequential, slogs, flash, slow fade, twinkle, or a combination of them all for a magical evening.
- 8 settings
- Remote control
We figured we would throw these cute — but not so little — guys onto our list just in case you are looking for an epic outdoor Halloween decoration that’s not too scary. These inflatable pumpkins will happily attract trick-or-treaters and greet them with their super bright LED smiling faces. The inflatable comes with ropes and stakes to ensure safety and stability.
- Built-in LED lights
- Stable design
- Easy to use
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If you want to get some serious bang for your buck, this monster face will decorate a huge area for very little investment. His eyes, nose, and bloody fangs can be placed over your garage door, in your windows, or on your eaves. It’s a simple, affordable way to become known as “the house with a face” by the neighborhood kids.
- High-quality PVC material
- Easy to install
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Boo! Go big or go home. Although this spooky, 12-foot, inflatable ghost will thrill and delight your Halloween partygoers, his creepy face and massive size may frighten the littlest trick-or-treaters. Thankfully, it’s fully equipped with several safety features including an extended cord, ground stakes, fastened ropes, built-in sandbags, a plug with UL certification, and bright built-in LED lights that will help illuminate your yard as they run up to your door to gather their goodies — if they dare!
One tip to make sure you’re getting the most out of your ghost: Make sure you remove any built-up rainwater off of the uninflated ghost after a storm. The fan might not be strong enough to lift the ghost off of the ground if there is the added weight of the rain on it.
- Extended cord
- Ground fasteners
- Bright built-in LED lights
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We decided to save the most terrifying for last. If you’re going for some serious, realistic scare factor, look no further. Straight out of a zombie apocalypse, this undead guy is downright creepy and certainly not for the faint of heart.
Don’t let the hefty price tag scare you. This guy is hand-casted with real crushed stone bonded with a high-quality, durable designer resin. He may even outlive you — he is undead, after all! Think of it as an investment for many, many Halloweens to come.
- High quality
- UV resistant paint
How to Decide on the Best Decorations for Your Yard
With so many decorations available, it can be hard to narrow down what you want. But it can be difficult to create an attractive, cohesive yard without giving some thought to what you’re doing. These questions will help you decide what to buy.
What’s Your Budget?
Creating an extravagant yard for Halloween is going to require a significant investment. You’ll need to come up with an overall figure you feel comfortable spending. From there, look at how much each purchase will require of your budget. Thankfully, most decorations on the market are energy-efficient, but you may also want to consider the amount of power and energy it will take to light up or inflate your decorations.
Do You Have a Theme?
Ghosts and goblins? Witches and wizards? Do you want to go with one cohesive theme, or do you want a Halloween extravaganza? If you’re not quite sure what look you’re going for, go online for inspiration before making any major commitments.
How Many Outdoor Outlets Do You Have?
Before you get too carried away with the outdoor lights or blow-up decorations, you should take a look at your outlet situation. You don’t want to be shocked when you go to set up your decorations and you find you have 15 plug-ins with only a single yard outlet to work with. Plan accordingly so you don’t overload your electric capability.
Am I Overdoing It?
If you want to be THAT house, you might think what you have is never enough. But if you have a tiny yard, it doesn’t take a lot of decorations to fill up your lawn. To make sure you’re not acquiring more decorations than you have space for, keep an eye on what you have and where it will go.
Do You Want It To Shine at Night or 24/7?
It’s fun to buy Halloween decorations that have a ton of lights because they really pop at night. And that’s fine if you only want your yard to come alive after dark. But if you want it to look epic no matter what time of the day it is, you should also focus on the non-twinkly decorations, like blow-ups, a faux graveyard, or adhesives.
Do You Want Long-Lasting Quality or Cheaply-Made Decorations?
It can be tempting to head to the nearest store and stock up on a ton of cheap Halloween decorations. The problem is, many of those items won’t survive the harsh outdoor weather. They’ll last for one season if that. It could be cheaper in the long run to choose decorations that will last many years, instead of one season.
Do You Have Storage Space?
Once Halloween is over, it’s time to take down all of your decorations. Your new witch, ghost, and goblin friends will be stuffed into storage until next year. Make sure you have space for all your decorations, or you’ll regret getting them.
This Is Your Year
Ready to have the most incredible house in your neighborhood this Halloween? With some planning and a lot of time, you’ll be scaring the kids on your block for decades to come.