36 fun Halloween decorating ideas
Whip up a happy holiday with pumpkin carving ideas, spooky plants, and tricks the neighborhood will love
Show off a traditional Halloween message in a highly unusual way. Jackie Ortega, owner of San Francisco's Craft Gym, says this project is easy to pull off once you know the secret.
Create a spooky trio of glossy black cats to watch over trick-or-treaters at your door. All you need are a few pumpkins in feline shapes ― long or pear-shaped for the body, small and round for the face.
Invert a glass globe that normally goes over an electric ceiling light fixture, tuck a tea light inside, and you've got a glowing Halloween lantern.
Choose a globe that fits over the porch light and you can greet trick-or-treaters in an orange glow.
Get the how-to: Make globe lanterns
String your Halloween lanterns along your entry for a proper greeting to the neighborhood goblins.
A Sunset favorite: meandering patterns add a whimsical storybook appeal to your arrangement.
Repeat a single leaf shape for a quilted look on hollow pumpkins. (Tip: long, thin grooves at a 45° angle work best.)
Create a centerpiece-worthy embossed effect with no candle or seed scooping required. Arrange multiple silhouetted pumpkins along the center of an outdoor table. We added stones and leaves to complete the setting.
Tiny pumpkins ― or any small gourds ― can be colored in minutes with acrylic paints or permanent markers. The secret to their jewel-like sparkle is a finishing glaze applied after the paint or ink has thoroughly dried.
To decorate your patio or porch this month, try plants instead of plastic pumpkins or gossamer ghosts. Combine black foliage with orange blooms in pots of similar hues like ebony and persimmon.