Best Outdoor Halloween Decorations for 2016

Hurray, it’s October again! Definitely the best month of the year and time to start thinking about decorating your house for Halloween. The Uk has been quite slow to catch up with truly scary outdoor Halloween decorations like the ones that have been available in the states for years, but the choice is growing every year and there’s now plenty of choice if you want to turn your front garden into a graveyard or turn your home into a haunted house for the evening.

Here’s our pick of the best outside Halloween decorations this year:

Giant Spider

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Most people are freaked out by spiders, especially GIANT spiders, so imagine how terrified your halloween party guests and trick-or-treaters will be when they see this realistic giant spider on the wall of your house. The spider is available in three sizes from 30cm to a massive 120cm and the largest size is currently on sale so you can buy a few for a very reasonable price!

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Giant Hanging Ghost skull

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This simple but very effective and scary outdoor Halloween decoration looks amazing when hung on the front of your house so that guests have to pass under it to get to your front door. This hanging decoration is 7 ft tall, easy to install and incredibly effective with its long flowing fabric.

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Halloween Ghost Projector

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Imagine having real ghosts flying around your house on Halloween! Well this is the next best thing and is really one of the most impressive outdoor Halloween decorations that I’ve seen this year. It consists of a weatherproof LED projector that moves automatically and has a number of interchangeable lenses to project pictures all around your house and garden. As well as the Halloween theme, there are several other lenses to choose from that are suitable for Christmas, summer, autumn, valentine’s day, birthdays and many other occasions. Perfect for any kind of party at home and you can also use this projector inside of course.

The system comes with a 6-hour daily automatically repeating timer and a super-long 16.4 ft cable so it shouldn’t be a problem reaching the nearest power supply, wherever you want to place the projector.

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Skeleton Dog

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If normal human skeletons are a bit boring for your taste, you might want to decorate your garden with this realistic looking skeleton dog with light-up red LED eyes. This 12 inch spooky Halloween prop also comes with an automatic timer so it will automatically light up for 6 hours out of each day. Suitable for outdoor use.

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Halloween Tombstones

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There’s nothing more easy and effective than adding a few tombstones into your garden to make it into a makeshift graveyard. These headstones are made from polyfoam but they look incredibly realistic. Just add a freshly dug ‘grave’ for full impact. When ordering, you get a random tombstone from the selection above.

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Spooky Misty Cauldron

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Now this is something that will really impress the trick-or-treaters when they come calling,especially if you add a few other witchy accessories like a broomstick and black cat and of course come to the door in a great witch costume!

This is actually a mist maker with LED lights but you get the cauldron for free. It’s incredibly easy to use – just fill the cauldron with normal water and submerge the mist maker inside. No messing around with chemicals or dry ice. There are red, blue and yellow LED lights inside, which make the mist look even more spooky.

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Inflatable Cemetery Arch

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Talk about making an entrance! This inflatable arch is impressive but not too scary so perfect for a kids party or if you don’t want the trick-or-treaters to be scared off coming to your house all together! the fact that it’s inflatable means it packs down easy to use again next year.

No need to worry about spending hours pumping this up – it’s inflated by a included electric fan in less than a minute. Works great in both the daytime and at night – there’s a lamp under the arch and the ghost’s face also lights up.

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Creeping Corpse Statue

This sculpture is something you could really have fun with all year round if you have a bit of a dark sense of humour or gothic taste – just put it in your garden and watch your guests do a double-take. This creepy statue looks like he’s clawing his way out of the ground and makes a great outside Halloween decoration.

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Wood Spirit Tree Sculpture

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Another spooky sculpture that makes a great finishing touch to your outdoor decorations and could be left out all year. Cast from crushed stone and resin, it looks just like the bark on a tree and is pliable so it can be wrapped around a tree trunk easily. Not too scary but a bit of a novelty that will definitely get people talking!

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Blood Splattered Halloween Sign

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You don’t need to put a huge amount of effort into decorating the outside of your house for Halloween – a few well chosen props can be very effective. This terrifying sign is a great example and is a great price so if you’re on a budget for your decorations, you’ll be happy to know you can still get a really scary and effective look without breaking the bank. The bloody gauze attached to the sign really makes it in my opinion!

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Stylish and Unusual Halloween Decorations and Tableware

You’ve still got a few days left if you haven’t sorted your Halloween costumes or decoration so don’t panic if you’re planning a Halloween party this weekend and have left things until the last minute. Most online shops offer next day delivery so you’ve not left it too late but now is definitely the time to get shopping!

I was browsing one of my favourite online shops, Not On The High Street that sells some of the most unique homewares from independent designers and noticed they have an amazing Halloween section! So if you’ve not done your Halloween shopping yet, this is a great place to head. Even better, they’re offering a 15% discount on orders over £50 – just enter the code LUCKYME at checkout.

Ok onto the fun Halloween shopping!

Day Of The Dead Bunting

original_day-of-the-dead-buntingThis colourful bunting makes a gorgeous alternative Halloween decoration if you want to get into the party spirit without being too scary or cheesy. See full details at Not On The High Street.

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Make your trick or treating that bit more fun with these spooky cotton skeleton and pumpkin bags, printed with a name and message of your choice. They also make great goody bags for a kids Halloween party. See full details at Not On The High Street

Fabric Pumpkins
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These cute pumpkins in a variety of different fabrics make cute non-scary decorations and look great grouped together. See full details at Not On The High Street

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What’s Halloween without a few bats? But forget those cheesy and cheap looking rubber bats and instead decorate your home with this gorgeously spooky hanging bat decoration. Works great on the wall behind your Halloween party food table or as a photo backdrop. Purchase from Not on The High Street

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It’s the little details that really make your Halloween party – like using these skeleton paper cups instead of plain white or plastic versions. Comes as a set of 8 and matching paper plates and napkins are available too. See full details at Not On The High Street.

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Lighting can make a huge difference to your Halloween decor and these atmospheric and artistic paper bag lanterns would look great on your food table or at the entrance to your home. These bags are made from flameproof paper and can be used with tea light candles, but battery-powered LED tealights are recommended. See full details at Not on The High Street.

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Photobooths where your guests can have their photos taken and see them on social media later have become very popular at all kinds of parties in recent years. These are always more fun when you supply a few props and this set of Halloween themed props are sure to be entertaining at your Halloween party. See Not On The High Street for full details.

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This is no cheap teapot, so probably not worth buying just for using at a Halloween party, but if you love Gothic style and homewares that are a little unusual, it will make a beautifully creepy addition to your home. See Not On The High Street for full details.

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How cute are these little bat lanterns? They are available with black, purple, or green wings and look great hung in a tree with teatlights inside to welcome trick or treaters. Full details at Not On The High Street

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These spider straws will finish off your Halloween drinks with style and spookiness and kids think they’re a riot! See the full details and order at Not On The High Street.

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Sometimes you need to really splash out and treat yourself and this spooky drinking set would be perfect for an adult Halloween party or to display and use as part of a Gothic tableware collection. See details and buy at Not On The High Street.

Halloween Bottle Labels

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If you’re on more of a budget you can still serve up impressive looking drinks with the help of these spooky graveyard bottle labels. Coke becomes “bat’s blood”, wine becomes “zombie juice” or “poison” and why not serve up some “devil’s brew” instead of beer. These are fantastic for both adult and kids Halloween parties and really add to the overall decor and ambience. Buy from Not on The High Street.

Trick Or Treat Bunting

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This gorgeous and sophisticated Halloween banner would look great as a backdrop or in your entry way and is a subtle way to add some Halloween decoration that isn’t too gory or scary. See full details at Not on The High Street.

Using Halloween Special Effects for a Spooky Atmosphere

Decorating your house with scary Halloween props can certainly make for a spooky party, but if you really want to scare your guests, consider going that little bit further and using the help of some special effects to turn your home into something straight out of a horror movie. Gear like fog machines, black lights and strobe lights are now much more affordable so you don’t have to break the budget to create a really impressive atmosphere at your Halloween party. Even something as simple as playing a spooky Halloween soundtrack can make a world of difference to the scary feeling and make sure your guests have a night to remember!

Fog Machines and Accessories

Creating a spooky fog is probably one of the most effective ways you can create a scary atmosphere. Why is fog so scary? Maybe because we associate it with outdoor places like graveyards and old castles in the dead of night. Or maybe because it hides what might be lurking underneath. Fog machines can be used indoors and outdoors and work best in low lighting, they can really help to make your Halloween props look real.61zv2XJgPBL._SL1000_ buy1._V192240163_This 1Byone fog machine is really affordable and is one of the bestsellers on Amazon. It creates a thick fog which is enough to fill a room the size of two garages. You can also change the density to produce a thicker or thinner fog. The best thing about this machine however is that it comes with a remote control so you can hide it behind a spooky prop in the garden and give trick-or-treaters the fright of their life when they come knocking on your door! All fog machines need fog fluid so don’t forget it when you order your machine. This 1 litre bottle of QTX fog fluid is very cheap, produces great fog, and it’s non-toxic.

Strobe Lights

Strobe lights are great fun at any nighttime party but add an extra dimension of spookiness at a Halloween party and work particularly well when used in conjunction with a smoke machine. Of course it’s important to remember that strobe lights can cause fits in people with epilepsy so you should always make sure none of your guests are affected by this kind of lighting and only use it for short periods at a time.415gwusqTeL

buy1._V192240163_This particular strobe light costs less than a tenner so you could easily buy a couple of them to create special effects at your Halloween party. They look great with a fog machine if you’ve set up a graveyard outside your house, creating a spooky flickering light. You could also set one up in an upstairs window behind a scary mummy or other figure to terrify guests and trick-or-treaters coming to your house!

Black Lights

Black lights, also known as UV lights, make white and fluorescent objects glow in the dark. These are always great fun at parties and especially so at Halloween when you can plan your costume to look extra amazing under UV light or set up props like skeletons that will glow brightly in the dark room.

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You can buy black light lightbulbs that go in your normal light fittings but they don’t work very well – you’re better off buying a fluorescent tube blacklight like this one that can be plugged in and put wherever you like in the room.
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buy1._V192240163_If you’re getting a black light, remember to have some fun with it! Black light paints like these can be used to paint on your walls or on Halloween decoration to create a vivid bright neon effect when the UV light is turned on.
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You can also use UV body paints like these ones to create some amazing special Halloween makeup effects in the dark or even just a simple costume – what could be easier than painting a skeleton onto a black tight fitting outfit?

Bubble Machines

Ok bubbles aren’t terribly scary! But they’re great for kids Halloween parties and they also look great with your Halloween special fx lighting. You can even use UV glow in the dark bubble fluid so that they glow under the black light!712G3iseV0L._SL1254_ buy1._V192240163_You can buy professional quality bubble machines but a small one like this is enough for a party at home and cheap enough that you won’t think twice about buying one. You can use batteries with this to put it in awkward corners, or you can plug it into the mains. It comes with a small bottle of bubble liquid but you’ll probably want to buy a bigger one if you plan on blowing bubbles for hours.

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How to Make Your House Scary for Halloween

We’ve already covered some frighteningly spooky ideas for decorating your garden and given you some inspiration if you’re decorating your house on a budget but now it’s time to turn to the interior of your house and make it a truly terrifying setting for your halloween party.

It can get rather expensive if you decorate your whole house for Halloween so it’s best to close off most of the rooms of the house and concentrate your decorating efforts on areas that will make the most impact like the hallway, living room and dining room or kitchen, depending on where you’re serving the food.

If your house is open plan, you can section off areas by hanging up sheets (white or black, depending on the look you’re going for) and these can also help to add to the atmosphere of a a spooky haunted house and can be decorated (with blood splatters, cobwebs etc).

When you’re buying decorations, it’s best to stick to a theme as a mishmash of too many different types of Halloween props will lose their effect. We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started but of course, it’s up to you to let your imagination run riot and come up with the haunted house of your nightmares.

Serial Killer’s Den

Many people simply don’t believe in ghosts and claim not to find Halloween very scary at all. However, injecting a bit of reality can make for the scariest Halloween ever. For a Halloween party that will scare the pants over even the most sceptical guests, take inspiration from some real life horror and turn your house into a torture chamber.

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buy1._V192240163_Of course there’s nothing to stop you leaving real knives and meat cleavers around the house with fake blood stains on them, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for safety reasons. It’s much better  to buy a few of these Halloween garlands and in dim light you won’t even be able to tell the difference between this and the real thing.

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A few body parts lying around will also add to the atmosphere and you could try sticking them under the sofa cushions to elicit some real screams. This severed arm looks scarily realistic, or try casually leaving this pack of human entrails on your kitchen counter and then asking one of your guests if they’ll help you to prepare the snacks:

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buy1._V192240163_Some severed fingers are also very effective scattered around the place or you could even hide them in the food or drink:

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These severed eyeballs are incredibly realistic and a couple incorporated into your Halloween decor are sure to go down with a scream:419vyuz+hQL

buy1._V192240163_If you have a large wall space to cover, the aforementioned sheets with blood splatters works well, or to really freak people out, consider one of these giant scene setters decorating kits that comes in separate sheets so you can use it to decorate several walls and windows:

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buy1._V192240163_To complete your serial killer look, set out your buffet table like an operating table with a white tablecloth and some bloody tools like hammers and knives covered in fake blood scattered around (fake ones if possible for safety!) Or to save yourself some time, just get one of these printed drips of blood tablecloths that looks scarily realistic:718jRSu24-L._SL1500_

buy1._V192240163_Don’t forget the bathroom! Most guest won’t expect the bathroom to be decorated so they’lll get a real shock when they come in and find something like this:

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This is an easy look to create, just fill the bathtub with water and food colouring, add liberal amounts of fake blood and hand prints and use this body parts scene setter on your bathroom tiles:

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Gothic Vampire Glamour

If the Halloween chop shop look makes you feel a bit queasy, you might want to look into something with a bit more class like a luxurious gothic vampire theme. Starting with a scene setter like this gothic mansion allows you to redecorate an entire room very cheaply and creates a very effective backdrop for your party:

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Next think about adding some accessories. It’s best to keep the lighting dim and add candles for a spooky atmosphere. Some candelabras around the room will really help to add to the gothic effect. You can either go for the cheap plastic Halloween version or invest in the real thing for a really impressive look:51FSvk+fA-Lbuy1._V192240163_517N6Xr8KcLbuy1._V192240163_No vampire lair is complete without some vampire bats lying around so you’ll also want to stock up on rubber bats and hang them from the ceiling:

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It helps to finish off the look by making everything look dusty and old and spreading fake cobwebs around liberally.

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Make the most of your Halloween table setting by using a rich red satin tablecloth and scattering the tablecloth with these gothic black rose petals:315adK-LI2L._SY355_buy1._V192240163_71vLY7SZ+sL._SL1500_buy1._V192240163_

Don’t forget that vampires love drinking blood and would be sure to have a bottle or two lying around. You could either fill old wine bottles with water and food colouring and make some “blood type” labels, or for a really special look, use some special vampire bottle props as decoration or for serving drinks:

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Freaky Halloween House of Horrors

Some of the scariest Halloween decorations don’t really fit into a particular theme but they’re the sort of things that might appear in your worst nightmares – freakish monsters, ghouls, evil symbols and things lurking in the shadows. Decorate your house with these Halloween props and welcome your guests to the freakshow:

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This large (3ft) rabid bat is sure to terrify visitors with its flashing red eyes and scary sound effects.

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buy1._V192240163_Want to shock and terrify your guests? This lenticular portrait looks like a normal old painting from one angle and then when you move, it turns into the horrifying zombie portrait on the right.

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buy1._V192240163_Ready to send guests running and screaming from your home? This life-size spinning, laughing ghost-witch with light-up red eyes looks terrifying hanging from a doorway.

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buy1._V192240163_Visitors aren’t even safe from fright when they go to the bathroom – this terrifying decal makes it look like a zombie is trying to escape from your toilet.

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buy1._V192240163_you can’t go wrong with a few severed heads hanging around. This one comes in three variations and looks particularly terrifying in a dark room with the door left slightly ajar…

How to Make a Halloween Pumpkin Lantern

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A pumpkin Jack-o-lantern is one of the most effective Halloween decorations you can make yourself and it also has the bonus of being very inexpensive and easy to make. Supermarkets start selling pumpkins in early October but it’s best not to buy them until a few days before Halloween or they will start to rot.

Pumpkins can be expensive, especially if demand is outweighing supply (there was a pumpkin shortage last year due to bad weather and many supermarkets sold out well before Halloween). If you manage to buy one on offer, keeping it in the fridge until you’re ready to carve will help it last longer. Pumpkins are also much cheaper in markets and from discount supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi. If they do happen to run out of pumpkins again this year there’s nothing to stop you carving a jack-o-lantern out of a different vegetable. Turnips are actually more traditional and squashes and even beetroots can be carved into impressive lanterns too.

Choosing a Pumpkin

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Large pumpkins are great for decorating the house but if you want one to carry around as a lantern, it’s best to choose the smallest you can comfortably carve. Look for a pumpkin that’s as round as possible, although some more unusual shapes lend themselves well to creating spooky faces.

Look out for any soft spots, bruises, cuts or other damage to the pumpkin that will make it rot faster. Pick one that feels firm and heavy and that has an even orange colour all over. It’s a good idea to put the pumpkin down on a flat surface to check it will sit steadily after you’ve carved it.

Designing your Jack-o-lantern

If you’re happy with a basic and simple scary face, you can easily draw it on the pumpkin and get carving. If you’d prefer a more impressive or complicated jack-o-lantern, it’s best to look at a few pictures first to base your ideas off. I’ve included some photos of some amazing jack-o-lanterns I’ve found around the web to give you some inspiration:

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If you’re carving a complex design into your pumpkin, draw or print out the picture first and then use this to trace around – you can take a craft knife or small sharp kitchen knife or pin and prick it through the paper and the skin of the pumpkin to form a dot-to-dot guideline for you to cut. For simple designs or if you’re confident drawing straight on the pumpkin, just use a sharpie or other permanent marker to draw the design before you start cutting.

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If you have any Halloween cookie cutters, this is also an easy way to create your design as you simply need to press them into the flesh of the pumpkin and then cut around the line.

You can also buy pumpkin carving kits that come with tools to help you create your designs and stencils to cut around.

How to carve a pumpkin

Start by slicing the top off your pumpkin. Draw a circle on the top of your pumpkin, the same size that you want the lid to be. Remember that this needs to be big enough to fit your hand inside. Use a paring knife to cut around the guideline at an angle, pointing in towards the centre of the pumpkin. Remember you need the lid to rest on top of the pumpkin without sliding off. If your pumpkin is small and you’re not going to be carrying it around, you can just cut the top straight off. Cut all the way round in a gentle sawing motion until you can remove the centre piece. put this to one side.

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If your pumkin isn’t level on the bottom you may also want to slice the bottom off your pumpkin so that it sits straight. The easiest way to do this is with a bread knife or long serrated knife. Cut straight across in a sawing motion, being careful only to remove a thin slice. When you’ve finished cutting, this piece can be discarded.

Now it’s time to scoop out the flesh from your pumpkin. Use the scoop from your pumpkin caring kit if you have one, or any spoon will do. Start by scooping out the seeds and the stringy stuff from the middle of the pumpkin and put this to one side. Don’t throw it away as pumpkin seeds can make a tasty snack.

Next, use your spoon or scoop to scrape down the insides of the pumpkin to remove some of the soft flesh. Be careful not to make the sides of your lantern too thin, as this will weaken the pumpkin and it may collapse. Aim to make the sides about an inch thick. You can check the thickness by inserting a pin into the pumpkin in different places.

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IF you’ve not already marked out the guidelines for your design do it now. Decide whether you want to cut the design all the way through, or just carve part of the skin away to form a design on the surface of the pumpkin. The second option will create a more complex and sophisticated look and allows you to create designs with shading as the light from the inside of the lantern will be brighter where you have carved the skin thinner. Here’s a pumpkin I carved a few years ago using this technique:

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If you’re just partially carving through the thickness of the pumpkin, use a craft knife to remove the skin and then a small spoon or other tools to scrape away the flesh to create your desired design.

IF you’re cutting all the way through, use a small saw blade, the pumpkin cutters from your kit or a small, thin knife to pierce all the way through the flesh of the pumpkin and then cut out your design with a sawing motion.

You can also create some beautiful and intricate designs by using a drill to make holes in the pumpkin in patterns.

Once you’ve finished cutting your design, rubbing vaseline over all the cut edges will help your pumpkin jack-o-lantern to last longer. If you’re creating a small lantern for carrying around trick-or-treating, pierce holes in either side of the pumpkin near the top (not too near) so that you can tie on a string handle.

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Jack-O-Lantern Safety

It’s traditional to place a candle inside pumpkin lanterns but if you want to avoid the risk of fire, you could use a small battery-powered electric candle like these ones. These are great especially for lanterns that children will be carrying round as there’s no risk of fire or injury – you probably saw the stories in the news last year about how most commercial halloween costumes are highly flammable. I love these little electric tea lights because they look just like real candles, especially when they’re inside a lantern – they even flicker just like real candles! They also come in different colours which can make for some impressive and spooky effects inside your lantern (blue always works well).

If you do decide to use real candles, go for tealights or small votives and wrap them in aluminium foil if they’re not already in a holder. Use a small blob of melted wax to secure the candle to the bottom of your lantern. If your lantern is small and the lid is close to the flame of the candle, or you’re using a design that isn’t cut all the way through the pumpkin, you’ll need to cut a chimney hole in the lid for ventilation and for smoke and heat to escape.

The Best Halloween Garden Decorations in the UK

Decorating your home for Halloween should be more than just hanging up some streamers and putting a pumpkin lantern in the window. The first impression people get when they come trick-or-treating or arrive at your party is the front of your house and your garden and you’re really missing out on setting a spooky atmosphere if you don’t decorate your garden for Halloween.

Some of the most effective decorations I’ve seen for Halloween are for use outside – think about making your house look so scary that people will be scared to come to the front door! This is how you really turn your home into a creepy haunted house for the evening.

A graveyard in your garden

One of the scariest ideas I’ve seen for Halloween is turning your front garden into a graveyard. This can be truly scary at night especially if you add some atmospheric lighting and creepy props.

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How to recreate this look at home? First you’ll need some gravestones. You can make these yourself out of polystyrene and paint if you want, although it’s much quicker and easier to buy them ready made. This set of five gravestones is great value for money and looks really authentic. Buy a couple of sets for a really impressive look:

51-otKH3xeLbuy1._V192240163_To make the graves look really authentic, put them in the ground at random angles so it looks like they’ve been there a long time and are starting to deteriorate. Scattering dried leaves all over the ground is the perfect finishing touch. Luckily you can get these easily and free at this time of year – just go to your local park and gather them up. You’ll probably want to collect them over a few days so you have enough to cover your whole lawn. If you really want to terrify passing trick-or-treaters, you can lie down in the leaves and get up when they walk past!

You could also add an entrance sign for your graveyard like this one; “Last Stop Cemetery”

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buy1._V192240163_Next consider adding some extra spooky props to your graveyard. These skeleton stakes are perfect as once they’re in the ground, it looks just like a skeleton is trying to dig its way out of the grave!

41Ag15qf28Lbuy1._V192240163_If your budget is a little higher, you won’t regret splashing out on a full skeleton – just imagine how terrified your visitors will be when you see one of these lying in a makeshift grave! What’s special about this skeleton is that it’s battery operated and the skull lights up and blinks on and off spookily.

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buy1._V192240163_You could also scatter a few skulls around, maybe one half-buried. These life-size skulls look very realistic and make a fine Halloween prop.

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buy1._V192240163_To make your graveyard look even more spooky, add some fake cobwebs hanging from the trees and between the gravestones. This stretchable spiderweb is very cheap so you can buy lots of it and each packet comes with a plastic spider – add a few more for extra effect.4119vD3dNrLbuy1._V192240163_In terms of lighting, for this look, the darker the better. Candles suit the mood and don’t light up the scene too much. As normal candles are a fire risk, it’s a good idea to invest in some electric flameless candles like these. They come with a remote control and a timer and look very realistic:

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buy1._V192240163_These LED solar jars are also very effective if scattered around on the ground and hanging from trees. As they’re solar powered, you don’t have to worry about batteries and they’re a really versatile outdoor light that you can use at any time of year, not just Halloween – they’ll look really beautiful in your garden when it’s returned to its normal state!

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buy1._V192240163_Finally, if you can fit it in your budget, a fog machine will really make a world of difference in creating that spooky graveyard atmosphere. Fog machines these days are very compact and much cheaper than you might think, for example this one is currently less than £30.

Festive and fun outdoor Halloween decorations

You don’t have to make your garden terrifying if you’re trying to create an impressive look for Halloween. If you’re hosting a party for kids or expecting lots of young trick-or-treaters it’s probably not a good idea to create the graveyard look above as it might be a little too scary for your younger visitors.

Instead you can create a fun look with novelty lights, friendly ghosts, funny pumpkins and other not so scary Halloween symbols.

If you’re going for this look, the lighting is probably the most important part. Fairy lights always work well and you might want to think about what colours or designs will work best with your garden and your other garden halloween decorations. plain white fairy lights are fine, but orange or green versions work even better for halloween. You could also use a rope light to guide the path to your front door for trick-or-treaters, like this one:

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buy1._V192240163_you can also get fairy lights in novelty shapes for halloween, which should be put in a prominent place like around the entrance to your house. Try eyeballs:

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buy1._V192240163_ghosts:

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buy1._V192240163_or pumpkins:

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buy1._V192240163_novelty lanterns like the ones below also help to light up your garden and brighten things up. Don’t forget to add some traditional carved pumpkin jack-o-lanterns too.

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buy1._V192240163_Once you’ve got your lighting sorted, you can choose some other fun props to place around the garden. Remember to keep it funny rather than too scary. Something like this giant spider is a good choice – kids know spiders are supposed to be a scary Halloween thing but this one has a face that’s too funny to be scary. These are also so cheap that you could buy several of them if you have a large garden. Maybe construct a giant spiderweb out of string or spray-paint one on your lawn:

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buy1._V192240163_These pumpkin bags are a really simple, cheap and easy Halloween garden decoration and they’re also useful for collecting fallen leaves and other garden waste. Don’t use normal black bags when you can use these fun Halloween ones that double up as an outside decoration!

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buy1._V192240163_These hanging ghosts are a cute idea if you have trees in your garden and they also look funny instead of scary so you won’t run the risk of terrifying any neighbourhood kids:

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buy1._V192240163_A fun sign at the entrance of your garden can also show that you welcome trick-or-treaters and you’re getting in the Halloween spirti:

3137EvWVgJLbuy1._V192240163_If you’re looking to make a big statement, something like this giant inflatable ghost is eyecatching but as it’s not realistic, it’s not too scary. You can also get these giant inflatables as a witch and other designs.

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Cheap Halloween Party Decoration Ideas

If you’re planning a Halloween party this year, you don’t need to blow your budget to create a spooky atmosphere. Halloween decorations are easy to make yourself and supplies can be bought very cheaply. If you’ve got kids, getting them to help you make the decorations is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy together and the result will be scary enough to impress all the witches ghouls and ghosts that attend your party.

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Getting the lighting right is one of the key aspects to creating a spooky Halloween atmosphere. You need enough light to see by but basically, the darker, the better!

Carving some pumpkin jack-o-lanterns and displaying them in your window, at your front door, and as a Halloween table centerpiece is a traditional, cheap and easy way to create a Halloween atmosphere in your home.

If you don’t have time to carve lots of lanterns out of pumpkins, or you just want to add to the overall effect, Halloween paper lanterns are also really effective. I love these paper bag lanterns that are really cheap and effective and made from special flame retardant paper. You could also make your own out of normal paper bags but don’t put proper candles inside as this could be a fire risk – use a torch or some electric tea lights instead.

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In addition to lanterns, candles always look very spooky on Halloween but they can be a fire risk. Make sure you put all candles in suitable holders or use battery-powered LED candles instead. These come in various different colours so you can create some really atmospheric looks:

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Remember you don’t want to make your house too scary if you’re hosting a party for young children! If this is the case, create a festive mood by hanging up lots of black and orange balloons and make some easy party streamers and garlands out of black and orange crepe paper.31a3I3gAH-Lbuy1._V192240163_If you’re hosting a Halloween party for older children, teenagers or adults, then you can have a bit more fun and make your house as scary as you dare! Creating a haunted house atmosphere inside your home is much cheaper and easier than you might think.

Fake cobwebs are very inexpensive and effective. This one even comes with a free spider included! You simply stretch it out until it’s web-like and drape it over the area you want to look cobwebby. One packet covers up to 40 square feet!4119vD3dNrLbuy1._V192240163_Another very inexpensive decorating idea is to put up some spooky portraits on the wall, or cover the pictures in your existing frames with scary pictures. These Gothic Mansion Portraits are very cheap and easily transform any home into a spooky haunted house. Alternatively you could create your own portraits using photos of family members, edited to look like zombies or vampires – Picmonkey has a free online set of Halloween tools to do this easily using your own photos.

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Halloween table decorations

It’s worth putting a bit of thought into how you display your halloween party food. Of course the most effective way to make your Halloween feast look good is by making creepy-looking food. Check out this post for some ideas and inspiration.

As already mentioned, a pumpkin jack-o-lantern makes a great table centerpiece and you can also use hollowed out pumpkins for serving soup and other savoury dishes.

A simple black table cloth is often very effective or you could use a special printed Halloween tablecloth like this cobweb one or even this one dripping with blood:

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