Unconventional Ways to Decorate Your House for Halloween

1. Creepy Decorations

To get your neighborhood into the Halloween spirit, consider these unconventional, creepy decoration ideas:

  • Firstly, replace real pumpkins with fake ones from arts and craft stores like Michael’s. They offer more longevity and are equally aesthetically pleasing.
  • Enhance your porch with potted Firecracker Dahlias, and complement them with solar lanterns for the evening.
  • Incorporate spooky signs and statuettes, such as gargoyles along your pathway to stir an eerie vibe.
  • Lastly, a “Trick or Treat” banner hanging from a pergola could create suspense.

Remember, you want to keep the spirit alive without terrifying the little ones. Trick-or-treating should be fun, not petrifying!

2. Jack-o-Lanterns

Want a quirky spin on your Halloween décor this year? Embrace the unconventional and charm your neighborhood with festive Jack-o’-Lanterns making your house the talk of the town.

  1. Ditch the old-school candles; opt for safer faux LED candles to light your Jack-o’-Lanterns. Remember, autumn leaves and paper decorations don’t mix well with open flames. Safety first, kids!
  2. Set the stage on your porch with a pumpkin carving station. Get creative with our free pumpkin carving stencils and kits.
  3. Consider using fake pumpkins, they look just as good and guards against quick rotting.
  4. Illuminate your porch with solar lanterns for an inviting glow and some additional spooky flair.
  5. Fill in spaces with thematic decorations like gargoyles or spooky pathway signs.
  6. Most importantly, ensure your exterior is well-lit signaling your Halloween readiness! Fail to do so, and you risk being bypassed by trick-or-treaters.”
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3. Halloween Music

  • Start by selecting a spooky soundtrack. Whether it’s the chilling Halloween theme or kid-friendly “Nightmare Before Christmas”, it sets a unique atmosphere.
  • Place a small speaker on a window sill or carry it outside if you prefer to greet trick-or-treaters, ensuring the music is audible.
  • For an extravagant twist, synchronize your Halloween music with light spectacles just like Christmas celebrations. Orange and purple lights with eerie music will enchant neighborhood kids.
  • Tip: Spotify offers fantastic Halloween playlists, or you could personalize your own. This year, don’t just decorate your house for Halloween, make it come alive with spooky music!

4. Costumes

Spice things up this Halloween by using costumes not just for dressing up, but also as unconventional home décor! This not only adds an extra layer of spook, but also makes your celebration way more memorable. Now, before you wonder where to start, here is our top-pick list of costume ideas:

  • Witch’s outfit
  • Pumpkin costume
  • DIY recycled attire
  • Last-minute superhero costume
Witch’s Outfit

Pros: Easily recognizable, adds to the eerie ambience.

Cons: Might be too common, lack of uniqueness.

Pumpkin Costume

Pros: Fun and festive, suitable for all ages.

Cons: Less scary, might be too big for small spaces.

DIY Recycled Attire

Pros: Supports eco-friendliness, sparks creativity.

Cons: Requires time and effort, complexity varies.

Last-minute Superhero Costume

Pros: Quick to assemble, popular especially with kids.

Cons: Might require additional accessories, less Halloween centric.

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5. Carving Contest

Introduction: Looking for an unconventional way to celebrate Halloween this year? Say no more! A pumpkin carving contest is a nostalgic, fun-filled activity that not only unearths your guests’ talents but also scores you some quirky lantern decorations for your house. Ready to give it a go?

Organizing the Contest:
  • Start by inviting your guests to bring their own pumpkins or have a bunch handy.
  • You can opt for design templates from Amazon or let participants show off their creativity with free-hand designs. The choice depends on your budget.
  • Ensure you have enough Sharpies for designing and newspaper or trash bags for clean-up.
Making the Contest Interesting:
  • To amp up the fun, save the pumpkin guts and roast the seeds for a spooky snack session.
  • Play a Halloween playlist to set the mood.
  • Don’t forget to have enough rubber gloves, large spoons, and carving kits to ensure hassle-free carving.

6. Haunted House

Turning your home into a haunted house for Halloween may seem like an unconventional way to celebrate, but it’s guaranteed fun and spine-chilling experience. By transforming your space, you can take your Halloween festivities up a notch.

  • Start by selecting a spooky theme for each room.
  • Get a few friends onboard for the fright and fun.
  • Use stickers or stamps to grant guests access to your scarefest.
  • Experiment with different lighting in creepy colors to create an eerie ambiance.
  • Decorate with ample fake spider webs and use dry ice for a supernatural effect.
  • Incorporate unexpected sensations like squishy or crunchy objects beneath the feet.

Expert Tip: Reward your gutsy visitors with large treat bags before they depart. Make attendees an integral part of your spooky spectacle.

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7. Parties

Looking for a festive, fun-filled way to spruce up your home this Halloween? Consider throwing a Halloween-themed party, an unconventional method that magically merges celebration and decoration.

  • Start with themed game night: opt for spooky scavenger hunts or Murder Mystery games.
  • Organize a virtual costume party for friends unable to make it in person.
  • For a family-friendly approach, host a backyard harvest festival featuring bobbing for apples, mummy sack races, and a candy-filled pumpkin patch.
  • Don’t forget the photography! Set up a cute, Halloween-themed backdrop for unforgettable photos.
  • If you prefer a low-key, eco-friendly event, arrange a costume-making contest or a dress-up game using recycled clothing.

Games, costumes, and festivities create the perfect Halloween decor, bringing both fun and fright to your home.

8. Treats

Want to add a fun twist to your Halloween decorations this year? Unconventional treats can spice up the traditional candy-filled Halloween.

  • Go for a “Trick or Treat” game: This adds an interactive element. Fill cups with a sweet treat or a challenge, then cover with orange tissue paper. Kids will love the fun surprise.
  • Consider alternative treats: Not all kids can have candy. Go for spider rings, stickers or vampire teeth for a really memorable and inclusive experience.
  • Opt for non-candy goody bags: These can be both budget-friendly and fun, including items like fidget toys, glow sticks, or temporary tattoos. This way, kids will get more than just another sugary treat.
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9. Halloween Sights


Get ready to transform your house into a rustic retreat that screams Halloween!

Step-by-step guide:
  1. Start by heading outside, take a walk or drive around your neighborhood to draw some inspiration from the spookiest houses.
  2. While you’re out, leave a bowl of candy on your porch for any early trick-or-treaters.
  3. Decorate your house with pretty pumpkins, fall leaves, and gourds.
    Expert Tip: These autumnal decors can last through the entire Thanksgiving period.
  4. Add a little scare factor by staging a surprise jump-scare experience for the trick-or-treaters.

Expert Tip: These autumnal decors can last through the entire Thanksgiving period.

Materials needed:
  • Pumpkins
  • Fall leaves
  • Gourds
  • Bowl and Candy
  • Someone to help with the scaring
How to use them:

Simply arrange the pumpkins, leaves, and gourds gracefully around your home, leaving a bowl of candy on your porch. Remember, tradition and unpredictability have always been the main ingredients of a fantastic Halloween celebration.

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