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One of the best parts about Halloween is getting to build a horror movie set right in your home. It’s especially fun when you’re using scary Halloween decor to set the stage for a haunted house party. With so many different Halloween decorations out there, the possibilities are endless for what types of themes you decide to bring into your home. Below are some top ideas for ghosts, monsters and other scares to place in your house this Halloween.
Because we all have different levels of gore we can handle, these ideas vary from spine-tingling to more abstract ideas like silhouettes. You should be able to get a few ideas for the type of scary Halloween decor you’d like in your decorations this October.
One of the most popular items in scary Halloween decor is the spooky ghost or ghoul. Some of these can be truly gross for spine-tingling frights. These tend to have highly detailed levels of decay, like a deep-sea skull full of holes and barnacles. Others are more abstract and leave what could be inside that hood to the imagination. Still others have special effect glowing eyes, making them good for parties with low lights or for hanging outdoors for trick-or-treaters. Here are a few examples so you can find something that fits just how many frights you’re able to stomach in your home.
Glowing eye effects add a level of spookiness. Image: Grandin Road
You can go for a theme, like Davy Jones’ Locker, with this deep-sea skull. Image: Grandin Road
Hanging spooky figures with hollow heads are a popular Halloween decoration. Image: Grandin Road
This metallic ghostly specter is a surprisingly upscale addition to a shelf. Image: Wayfair
Skeleton ghouls with glowing eyes are a solid choice for adding frights to your home. Image: Target
A favorite of Halloween, all manner of monsters can invade your home with these pieces of scary Halloween decor. A great aspect of monsters is that you can go as wild or as tame as you want. You can opt for a few black spiders or go full-on horror show with some realistic zombies coming out of your front lawn.
It’s worth mentioning Target’s 2018 Dark Wonder Decor Collection, since one of the items below is from this line. This is a unique collection that combines a chic style with spooky Halloween decor. If you want a feeling of high class and style with your seasonal decorations, check it out here.
From Target’s Dark Wonder line, a spider can add a subtle spooky accent. Image: Target
Gargoyles are a fun Halloween monster in that they can cling to anything. Image: Wayfair
You can go for the scariest Halloween decor using this zombie with glowing eyes. Image: Target
This Halloween monster combines frights with a pumpkin fall decor theme. Image: Target
It wouldn’t be Halloween without Frankenstein’s monster. Image: Amazon
Are you not feeling the monsters, gory detail and ghouls that will haunt you in your dreams? You can still work with scary Halloween decor. These silhouette designs give that Halloween spookiness while keeping more of the details up to the imagination. Some even have cute elements, like black cats along with scary witches.
These tend to work well in yards, since they’re bigger pieces, although it’s possible to hang some on indoor walls. Take a look below to get some inspiration for using spooky silhouettes that get the imagination going.
This skeletal tree with a spooky owl screams Halloween. Image: Grandin Road
Form a whole spooky scene with this design. Image: Grandin Road
Make it look like a witch and her familiars are stalking across the lawn. Image: Grandin Road
This is a spooky addition to any wall space indoors or out. Image: Wayfair
A skull and crossbones is a good design for a Halloween pirate theme. Image: Wayfair
Using the macabre in scary Halloween decor
And finally, if you’re in the game for maximum scary Halloween decor, you’re probably going to venture into the realm of the macabre. The official definition of macabre is, “Disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury.”
These elements tend to feature body parts that have been separated from their owners and spooky skeleton designs. Heads may be on platters, hands might come out of the wall, figures might be holding their own heads or skeletons may be rising from the ground. It’s the ultimate in scary Halloween decor, so take a look below for some spooky Halloween inspiration.
Have a head on a platter at your dining table for some dark humor. Image: Grandin Road
Offer a hand or two for hanging coats or hats. Image: Grandin Road
Nothing’s more macabre than a skeleton holding her own head. Image: Wayfair
Skeletons coming out of the wall are sure to add Halloween frights. Image: Wayfair
This would be a good addition to a garden, as it will look like the skeleton is coming out of a grave. Image: Wayfair