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30 Creepy Outdoor DIY Halloween Crafts

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Want to decorate your outdoor spaces for Halloween? Find lots of ideas here, including this mouse-filled pumpkin!

Want to decorate your outdoor spaces for Halloween? Find lots of ideas here, including this mouse-filled pumpkin!

Scary, Creepy, and Cute: DIY Outdoor Decorations for Halloween

Do you like decorating outdoors for Halloween? Do you like scaring the ghosts and goblins that come "Trick or Treating" to your door?

Then you'd probably enjoy making your own decorations and finding a bunch of ideas for your yard! I've spent considerable time searching and finding websites that show great pictures and have easy-to-understand instructions for the best outdoor Halloween crafts available. I think you'll be pleased with the number and variety of projects shown here.

How Do I Make That Mouse Pumpkin?

To make the Mouse Motel shown above, go to the Martha Stewart site. Make it like the photo above, or try out the new model featured on her site.

This witch template can be decorated any way you like.

This witch template can be decorated any way you like.

1. Witch Template

When you visit the Good Housekeeping site, you'll find this printable witch template. It makes a great Halloween decoration for a door or wall. Consider using a bit of glow-in-the-dark paint to outline or highlight the witch.

Turn beach balls into giant eyeballs! BOO!

Turn beach balls into giant eyeballs! BOO!

2. Eyeballs in a Tree

You'll use huge beach balls to make these eyeballs in a tree. The tutorial for making this Halloween project is found at the princess & the frog.

Would you believe these eyes were made from a toilet paper roll?

Would you believe these eyes were made from a toilet paper roll?

3. Glowing Eyes

These glowing eyes are super easy to make using cardboard rolls from TP or paper towel rolls. For all the directions for making these glowing eyes, go to Fab Art DIY.

Hang these cute ghosts from a branch or the eaves, and they'll appear to be flying.

Hang these cute ghosts from a branch or the eaves, and they'll appear to be flying.

4. Levitating Ghosts

I really like the looks of these little ghosts. For the directions on how to make them, go to DIY Network.

Make a signpost with a spooky message.

Make a signpost with a spooky message.

5. Halloween Lantern Sign Post

We'll help you find your way in the neighborhood with this Halloween lantern sign post. But, beware!

Cover your house with a colony of bats!

Cover your house with a colony of bats!

6. Flying Bats

Turn your porch into a bat cave with these bats from Martha Stewart. You'll find the directions there, too.

You can practically hear this cat hissing at you.

You can practically hear this cat hissing at you.

7. Black Cat

If you are the superstitious type, you might not want this black cat to cross your path. But, if you want to put a scare in the little goblins, go to HGTV and make a few black cats for your front walk.

Posing skeletons as though they're climbing your house is scary—and a little bit funny.

Posing skeletons as though they're climbing your house is scary—and a little bit funny.

8. Climbing Skeletons

Can you imagine a low spotlight shining on these spooky guys in the middle of the night? Day or night these guys would spook me out. To make your climbing skeletons, go to instructables for the directions.

Try one of these writhing wreathes for your door!

Try one of these writhing wreathes for your door!

9. Creepy Crawly Wreath

Hang this on your front door and it'll for sure scare any guests that arrive. Find the tutorial for making this wreath at Craft Your Happiness.

To decorate your banisters, perch a group of owls on top of them.

To decorate your banisters, perch a group of owls on top of them.

10. Halloween Banister Owls

Spook your friends with Halloween banister owls. Whooooo's afraid of a few black owls?

Turn a regular old jar into a glowing face!

Turn a regular old jar into a glowing face!

11. Painted Jar Luminaries

Group these painted jar luminaries on your front steps or down the sidewalk to create a welcome to your guests. Go to CRAFTS BY Amanda for the instructions.

Your visitors will really feel welcomed by this spider-covered sign.

Your visitors will really feel welcomed by this spider-covered sign.

12. Framed Spider Welcome

Here's a perfect way to decorate your front porch: a framed spider Welcome!

Here's another take on a spooky wreath. This one is covered with spiders.

Here's another take on a spooky wreath. This one is covered with spiders.

13. Spiders Wreath

If you look really close you'll see a lot of spiders on this spider wreath. It's a good thing it's meant to be hung outdoors.

14. Fairy Glow Jars

If little spiders aren't doing it for you, try making this gigantic one!

If little spiders aren't doing it for you, try making this gigantic one!

15. Giant Spider in Webs

You'll find all the information that you'll need to make this giant spider and spider web at Mom Endeavors.

This upside-down witch will warn your guests of the scary sights they're about to encounter.

This upside-down witch will warn your guests of the scary sights they're about to encounter.

16. Enter If You Dare

Welcome your guest with a warning. You'll find the instructions to make this witch warning at The Tiptoe Fairy.

Yikes! Make your guests flinch with this alarmingly bulbous spider egg sac.

Yikes! Make your guests flinch with this alarmingly bulbous spider egg sac.

17. Creepy Spider Egg Sac

You can find a great tutorial for making this creepy spider sac at The Tiptoe Fairy.

Another idea for a pretty-yet-creepy luminary is a glowing witch's hat!

Another idea for a pretty-yet-creepy luminary is a glowing witch's hat!

18. Floating Witches Hat Luminaries

Hang floating witches hat luminaries on your porch so the goblins have to duck to miss them.

Combine two scary monsters in one with these mummy-ghost hanging decorations.

Combine two scary monsters in one with these mummy-ghost hanging decorations.

19. Mummy Ghost

Double the scare with a mummy plus ghost hanging. The tutorial for making this Halloween project is found at Consumer Crafts.

You could make these jars as luminaries or simply scary, spider-covered decorations.

You could make these jars as luminaries or simply scary, spider-covered decorations.

20. Spider Jar

One of the jars has a flameless candle in it, but both could be made that way. Find the instructions at Momdot.

Set the spooky mood with candles that flicker eerily.

Set the spooky mood with candles that flicker eerily.

21. Flicker Candles

A very cool, tutorial on how to make these flicker candles can be found at HalloweenForum.com. Pictures and directions, just click on a photo to get a close up of the step and written info.

Here's another option for making a Halloween-themed sign.

Here's another option for making a Halloween-themed sign.

22. Halloween Signs

An easy Halloween craft. Use the suggested sayings or make up your own. Go to AllFreeCrafts.com for the directions.

You can never have enough bats!

You can never have enough bats!

23. Bats, Bats, Bats

Use cheesecloth for the spider web and make these super easy bats from poster board or cardstock. You'll find the instructions at the Woman’sDay site.

Decorate your "Beware of Giant Spiders" sign with . . . a giant spider, naturally.

Decorate your "Beware of Giant Spiders" sign with . . . a giant spider, naturally.

24. "Beware: Giant Spiders" Sign

The sign alone should scare folks, but adding some giant spiders will definitely do the trick. The directions for this project are found at Woman’s Day.

This is another eyeballs-themed craft. This time, the eyes are especially creepy-looking!

This is another eyeballs-themed craft. This time, the eyes are especially creepy-looking!

25. Spooky Eyes

I'd love to have these spooky eyes near my front door to greet the little ghosts and goblins that come Halloween night. See how easy it is to make these spooky eyes by going to Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons. I think I would add some solar lights near by to make them visible at night.

Make an even bigger ghost to hover over your yard.

Make an even bigger ghost to hover over your yard.

26. Life-Sized Ghost

HGTV will show you how to make this life sized ghost. Boo!

This wreath of skulls will give your front door a fearsome appearance.

This wreath of skulls will give your front door a fearsome appearance.

27. Skull Wreath

An outdoor wreath to decorate your door with black painted skulls. Very nice project. Go to Tried & True for the directions.

How cute are these monster stakes?

How cute are these monster stakes?

28. Monster Man Stakes

I think I would cut a circle at the top of the monster heads and fit them over cheap solar lights to make them scary at night. Go to Someday CRAFTS for the directions.

Give your jack-o'-lantern a new spin with some glow-in-the-dark paint.

Give your jack-o'-lantern a new spin with some glow-in-the-dark paint.

29. Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins

Day or night, these pumpkins will catch your eye. But it looks sort of scary when you see glow-in-the-dark pumpkins.

30. DIY Halloween Ghost Glow Balloons

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CharMarie on September 29, 2013:

Love your lens! I love Halloween, and I love making crafts with my little grand-daughters! Thanks for the great ideas!

qikey1 lm on September 27, 2013:

More great ideas! I love being able to use stuff I can find around the house!

LunarCityLauren on September 25, 2013:

Great lens! lots of really creative ideas!

mommateaches on September 21, 2013:

You have tons of great ideas!

anonymous on September 19, 2013:

These are great! I needed some new ideas.

anonymous on September 18, 2013:

Great ideas. Halloween is my favorite holiday. To complete the ambiance, check out the Halloween music I write. Haunters love it. Spook on!

anonymous on September 18, 2013:

@anonymous: I love pumpkin patches,they're a great placeto let your imaginationrun wild.

TommysPal on September 17, 2013:

I bet Halloween is a lot of fun at your house. I usually don't decorate now that my son is grown. But looking at your lenses has got me thinking. Thanks!

Fiorenza from UK on September 17, 2013:

Some good ideas though the mouse hotel would probably end up with the real deal inside it in this neck of the woods!

supersiva on September 17, 2013:

Its halloween fun when skeletons dance around you, monsters mock at you, goblins stare at you. Thanks for sharing these outdoor crafts.

Beatriz from Portugal on September 17, 2013:

Loved all your ideas. Great lens.

ghoststorylover on September 16, 2013:

Very wonderful ideas here! :) It's hard to choose which ones I like best!

Kerry Voronoff from Sydney, Australia on September 16, 2013:

wow, thanks for the list of links, there are some great ideas here.

SamanthaHaupt on August 09, 2013:

These ideas are so cool! Decorating for Halloween is one of my favorite things to do, it's one of my favorite holidays! I'll be using some of your ideas this year for sure, thanks for sharing!

anonymous on October 09, 2012:

These are awesome ideas. I love decorating for Halloween. Thanks for sharing

poutine on September 30, 2012:

Lovely decors.

dunky400 on September 01, 2012:

I was just brought back in time with these safe and fun Halloween crafts. Thank you so much for bringing safe and family friendly crafts in mind. Great crafts and new ideas.

cassieann on September 01, 2012:

What great ideas. I especially love the luminary glass jars and the pumpkins with mice. Never thought of that one.

wrapitup4me on September 01, 2012:

Well now, I like the window silhouettes for sure. And the jar luminaries - I can think of some designs that would be nice for all year round. And the cheesecloth spiders - well, that might make a great April's Fools' Day prank, eh? I'm bookmarking this lens.

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on August 31, 2012:

awesome outdoor delights, thanks

LivingLikeCrazy on August 31, 2012:

Really exciting ideas. Thank you so much!

anonymous on August 24, 2012:

Oh what fun I had seeing the Halloween crafts! You found some really unique things to make! Blessed by an Angel!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on August 24, 2012:

great job - there's a few outdoor Halloween decorations I haven't seen before. *blessed

Stephen Bush from Ohio on August 24, 2012:

SquidAngel blessings. A creative collection of ideas.