Spooky Decor: Inspiring Ways to Freak Out/Delight Your Neighborhood

First time in your new home and you're hoping to impress the neighborhood kids with extra spooky decorating? Maybe you've been in this neighborhood a couple of years now but you want this year to be special. Either way, we’ve got scary inspiration.

Scary Props

First up, a carriage to hell. This photo comes to us from Loving My Heart and Home Blog. These monsters and the carriage are all inflatable, so if you’ve got great lungs—or better, an air machine—you too can create this kind of horror movie scene with very little heavy lifting.

cool halloween decorating


Not as Hard as It Looks

Next, the mouth of hell: Just pink tinsel, tissue over the front windows, and a row of teeth connecting everything together.  The finishing touch: a painted tongue down the front steps and you, standing in a scary costume...in the middle of the mouth.  Photo from Loving My Heart and Home Blog.



Not everything has to be scary, right? Though this next photo, courtesy of Build Direct.com, does frighten us a bit. Who has time to carve this many pumpkins? And would this not be a fire hazard? But maybe a few less squash (or cheat and use the plastic version), lit with electric candles instead of flames, and you too could create a similarly magic effect.

creative use of pumpkins


Zombie House

With the popularity of the Walking Dead, Zombies are making yet another comeback (well, they are the undead!). Not sure how this front yard horror scene was created (mannequins? Dress forms?) but tombstones and well placed up-lighting add to the effect. Photo from Loving My Heart and Home Blog.

Zombie decor


Movie-quality Fright

Speaking of strategic up-lighting, in this photo from Build Direct.com we see a very impressive example. These homeowners seem to have put lights under some kind of tarp or garbage bags in the front yard, then piled rocks and dirt around the tarps to make it look like the original yard, only with apertures to allow the lights to shoot up. This effect, coupled with spooky accessories placed all over the front of the house, would scare fully grown adults, not to mention their already over-excited children.

Awesome halloween decorating

Feeling inspired? Get busy with the pumpkins, home-made tomb stones, and DIY monsters. We’d  love to see pictures of whatever you come up with. In the meantime, vote: Which house is the scariest or most impressive?

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert