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Ghosts, witches and skeletons… oh my! Get your yard ready for the spookiest night of the year with these fun outdoor ideas.

In The Garden

Don’t have a garden? It’s not as hard as you think. Get yourself some dirt and mulch to get you started. For optimal results, we recommend the Garden Mix. If you need to fight some weeds while gardening, pick up some landscaping fabric

Pumpkin Patch

How To Do It: Place pumpkins in your garden to make it look like you have your own patch. Doing it this way avoids you actually having to plant and nurture your own pumpkins. You can get pumpkins from any local grocery store during the Halloween season. Check your local apple orchard as they often grow pumpkins as well.

pumpkin patch

 

Ghoulish Graveyard

How To Do It: Add gravestones, cobwebs, and skeletons to your garden to spook trick-or-treaters and house guests. 

halloween graveyard decor

 

Glowing Pavers

Paint stepping stones with glow-in-the-dark paint for an eerie curb appeal. If you want to take a more long-lasting approach, you can make your own stepping stones with glow-in-the-dark powder. The phosphorescent chemical recharges in the sunlight and can glow for anywhere from 30 minutes to 10 hours. 

What You Need:

  • Concrete mix
  • Stone mold
  • Glow-in-the-dark powder (with Earth Iluminate)

How To Do It: Add glow-in-the-dark powder to the concrete mix and make your stepping stones as normal. The recommended amount to use is about 15 percent powder to the concrete. 

 

Zombie Hands Coming From The Earth

How To Do It: Place plastic hands and other body parts in pots of dirt to make it look like they are growing. Standard black pulverized dirt will provide the most visually appealing yet affordable dirt for those zombie’s hands. 

A fun branch off of this idea is to serve cupcakes with the same theme. 

zombie cupcakes

 

On The Porch

Painted Pumpkins

How To Do It: If you’re short on time and don’t want to deal with the mess of carving a pumpkin, paint one instead. If you plan on handing out non-food items to trick-or-treaters, you can paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your step to signify to kids with food allergies or other conditions that they can come to your door.

painted pumpkins

 

Pumpkin Display  

What You Need:

  • Hay Bales
  • Wooden Crates
  • Pumpkins

How To Do It: Stack hay bales and crates to create a display for your porch or along the outside of your house. Fill your creation with pumpkins, plants and any other decor you can find. Feeling extra spooky? Add some lights or lanterns to the mix for when it gets dark. When it’s time to retire the decor, use the hay as makeshift mulch until spring rolls around.

 

Bloody Footprints

How To Do It: Step into washable red paint and walk up to your front door. For a greater effect, add some pretend bloody limbs by your walkway. Red lights and blacklights would be the icing on the cake for this gloomy walkway.

bloody walkway

 

Bubbling Witches Cauldron

What You Need: 

  • Cauldron
  • Hot Water
  • Dry Ice
  • Gloves / Tongs

How To Do It: 

  • Fill the cauldron halfway with hot water. 
    • To make bubbles, add some dishwashing soap. 
    • To give your “witches brew” a scent, add spices to the mixture. 
  • Add a few pieces of dry ice to create the smoking effect. You’ll want 10-15 pounds of dry ice total to keep your cauldron going all night long. You cannot touch dry ice with your bare hands, so make sure you handle it safely with gloves or tongs.

witches cauldron

 

Mummy Door

What You Need:

  • White Crepe Streamers
  • Black Construction Paper (1 sheet)
  • White Construction Paper (1 sheet)
  • Tape
  • Scissors

How To Do It: Start by wrapping the streamers around your door. When you’ve achieved the look you want, cut out two eyes from the construction paper and tape them to the door. 

zombie door

 

Poison Apples

How To Do It: Place a basket of “poison” apples next to your front door as an offering. This can be as easy as setting a basket of apples and a fake bottle of poison next to it. 

 

Welcome (Or Not) Mat

What You Need:

  • Old doormat or carpeting square
  • Paint

How To Do It: Paint a message on the doormat to dare visitors to enter. Use this along with other fun ideas on this blog post, such as the bloody walkway. If you prefer functionality and less work, a higher-end Halloween entry mat may be just what the doctor ordered.

 

Boarded Up Windows

How To Do It: Attach real or fake boards to your windows to make it look like your house has been abandoned. Or go the easy route and pick some premade ones up at Walmart for under $20.

window board decor

 

Potions

How To Do It: Decorate old jars and containers to look like potion bottles. 

potions

 

Scarecrow

What You Need:

  • Wood Planks (2)
  • Hammer & Nails
  • Small Bucket
  • Newspaper
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Clothing (we suggest an old flannel, overalls and a hat)
  • Straw (1 bale)
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Glue

How To Do It: 

  • Nail the wood planks together in a cross-shape.
  • Line the bucket with burlap and begin to fill it with wads of newspaper. Continue to do so until the bucket is packed tight with newspaper.
  • Place the end of the plank where your scarecrow’s head will be into the bucket of the newspaper.
  • Use twine to tie the burlap around the newspaper and top of the plank. This will be the scarecrow’s head.
  • Remove the bucket and turn your scarecrow upright.
  • Put the flannel on the scarecrow. Tie the ends of the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt with twine and fill it with straw.
  • Place the overalls on the form. Tie the ends of each leg with twine and fill them with straw.
  • Use the Sharpie to draw a face on the scarecrow’s head.
  • Glue the hat on top of your scarecrow.

 

Spider Webs

What You Need:

  • Clothesline (100 feet)
  • Ceiling Hooks (3)

How To Do It:

  • Attach the ceiling hooks to the top of your porch, about 1’ from each other.
  • String one length of clothesline from the middle ceiling hook and tie it to a porch railing.
  • String another length of clothesline horizontally across the first string, so they make a cross-shape. Tie a knot at the center point.
  • String two more lengths of clothesline from the remaining ceiling hooks and tie them to the railing diagonally, so they form an “X”.
  • Take the rest of the clothesline and tie one end to the center knot, then begin to tie knots as you circle around the center. Your web will begin to form.
  • Add a spider to your web if you would like.

 

Window Silhouettes

How To Do It: Use a stencil to trace silhouettes onto black construction paper. Cut them out and place them in your windows. 

 

Yard Decor

Pumpkin Planters

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin Treat Buckets
  • Dirt

How To Do It: Fill pumpkins with Garden Mix Dirt and whatever plants you want. While Target sells the weatherproof pumpkin planters, you can make a fun project out of it by carving out a pumpkin and doing it organically.

 

Lit Pathway

How To Do It: Line your walkway with small candles or lights (to stay on the safe side).

small candles

 

Mason Jar Luminaries

What You Need:

  • Mason Jars
  • Paint
  • Tea Candles (1 for each mason jar) or string lights

How To Do It: Paint your mason jars however you would like and place a tea candle or string lights in each. It’s dead simple. If you want inspiration, or just would prefer to buy premade ones, look on Etsy

mason jar luminaries

 

Glowing Ghost Luminaries

What You Need:

  • Empty Milk Gallons
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Tea Candles (1 for each milk gallon)

How To Do It: Draw a face on each milk gallon and place a tea light inside for a simple glowing ghost. 

ghost luminaries

 

Bonfire Pit

What You Need:

  • Concrete Pavers or Bricks
  • Crushed Gravel
  • Water
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Fire Pit Bowl

How To Do It:

  • Clear an area for the pit and dig down about 7”
  • Pour the pit just over halfway full with crushed gravel
  • Add a small amount of water and pack the gravel down
  • Lay the first row of concrete pavers around the edge of the pit, adding construction adhesive to each block
  • Add a second layer of pavers, staggering them from the first layer so that there are no gaps
  • Insert the fire pit bowl

bonfire

 

Hidden Treasure

How To Do It: Bury various prizes and treats in a sandbox and let the kids hunt for their treasure.

 

Quicksand Pit

What You Need:

  • Sandbox
  • Sand
  • Water

How To Do It: Fill the pit ⅔ of the way full with sand and fill the remaining ⅓ with water. 

 

Glow In The Dark Paint On Your Boulders

Boulders are a fun and quick way to show your neighborhood that your yard is a big deal. Getting them delivered is a breeze and it can quickly transform a flat terrain to a fun landscape. 

What You Need:

painted boulders

 

Skeleton In A Wheelbarrow

How To Do It: Fill a wheelbarrow with dirt and place skeleton bones in it, to look like a skeleton was dug up from the ground. You can use either screened sand (easier to work with) or black pulverized dirt (more economical) or come by and pick up some free tailings and screenings.

skeleton wheelbarrow

We’d love for you to drop by and pick up some of these products for yourself. But, if you’d rather have us bring them to you, we’d be happy to do that. Feel free to purchase and order your delivery online or visit us in person.

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