Cute Halloween Ideas for Your Home

Family showing off carved pumpkins in front of their faces

Who says you can only celebrate All Hallows Eve on October 31? Embrace the spooky spirit all month long with eerily elegant décor, ghoulish (but delicious) recipes and festive activities to do with the whole family. We’ve searched the web and scared up some hauntingly cute Halloween ideas for your home. Take a look:

Indoor décor

Mother & son carving a Halloween pumpkin.

There’s no better way to prepare for Halloween than by decorating your boo-tiful abode! Whether you’re going the DIY route or purchasing your décor, there are plenty of creepy and adorable ideas out there. For instance, these floating witch hats are perfect for greeting guests (and trick-or-treaters!) at the entry. Add LED tea lights to set a spell-binding ambiance!

Looking to decorate your fireplace mantel? We adore this ghostly garland, which can easily be created with plastic balls, gauzy fabric (like cheesecloth), twine and a few other household items. To complete the look, drape the mantel with fake spiderwebs and accent with candlesticks.

These simple bat cut-outs are a great option for bringing Halloween to any room of the house. Attach them to walls, mirrors, doors or even light fixtures!

Outdoor décor

Young boy high-fiving a fake skeleton Halloween decoration on a front porch

Pumpkins are an excellent way to decorate your outdoor spaces for the holiday, but we’ve found several other clever ideas for bringing the spookiness outside! For instance, consider illuminating your covered patio or front porch with these adorable flickering pumpkin lights, or wrap a few trees in festive orange and purple string lights. For a creepy surprise, use glow sticks and empty paper towel rolls to create eerie glow-in-the dark eyes for hiding in the bushes.

This DIY spider wreath would make a spine-tingling addition to your front door—plus, it’s easy and affordable to make! Or, try your hand at making this grapevine bat wreath, which only requires three items and offers a more rustic Halloween look.

Still love decorating with pumpkins, but want to try something a little more unique? With minimal supplies, you can turn a boring gourd into a living succulent arrangement that’s pretty enough to keep out all autumn long.


Mother and daughter decorating Halloween-themed cupcakes

Hungry for more than just candy? Elevate your Halloween party with a festive charcuterie board! Go for a classic board with a Halloween twist, or try a kid-friendly version with candy corn, pumpkin-shaped cheese slices and ghostly strawberries.

We also love this mummified twist on jalapeno poppers. Requiring just a few ingredients (and some candy eyeballs!), these cute Halloween treats are delicious and fun to create with the whole family!

For a healthier snack, or even a weeknight dinner, try out these stuffed pumpkin peppers. Hollow out a few orange bell peppers, “carve” a jack-o-lantern face into them, then stuff with your filling of choice (veggies, rice, chicken, etc.) and bake for 30 minutes.

If the little ghouls and goblins are still eager for something sweet, these spider cupcakes and boo-nilla milkshakes are frighteningly tasty options. For a gluten-free dessert, Frankenstein rice Krispie treats are the perfect creature comfort.


Mother, father, son, and daughter wearing cute Halloween accessories

Even before the trick-or-treating begins, there are plenty of family-friendly activities you can do at home to celebrate! Do you have an annual pumpkin-carving tradition, but dread the mess? This year, try decorating your jack-o-lanterns instead! Use felt cut-outs to create silly or scary faces, get creative with stickers or glitter glue or even paint your own design.

Nothing says Halloween like spooky movies, so consider setting up an at-home screening of your favorite Halloween flicks. Grab the popcorn and cozy blankets, then set the ambiance by turning off the lights and lighting a few fall-scented candles. Or, if the weather is nice where you live and you own a projector, we’d suggest hanging up a white sheet and turning your backyard into a home theater.

If you’ve put a lot of effort into your costume, you probably want to memorialize it! Get the whole family involved and coordinate a Halloween photo shoot to capture your garb. Gather any relevant props and create a festive backdrop using black and orange balloons, fake spider webs, paper bats and other creepy decorations. This is also a fun idea for a Halloween party, if you’re hosting one!

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