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Halloween Decoration Ideas And 2021 Trends

Lauren Nowacki7-Minute Read
October 20, 2021

A few months before twinkling lights, snowflakes and garland take over the neighborhood, homeowners take a more sinister turn in decorating.

Yes, before the holly and poinsettias, ornaments and reindeer, yards become overrun with pumpkins, spiderwebs, ghosts and ghouls as All Hallows’ Eve draws near. 

From ghastly to glamorous, there are several Halloween decoration ideas to fit the many ways people celebrate the spooky season. Looking for inspiration? Find some ideas for your style in the list below.

Halloween Decor Ideas By Space

Whether you want to decorate the interior or exterior of your home, there are many ways to spookify your space. Here are some of our favorite trends for 2021.

Outdoor Halloween Decoration Ideas

To help add a festive flair to your street, try adding these decorations to your porch and other outdoor areas:

Pumpkins: The quintessential Halloween and fall decoration. These come in many sizes and can be left alone, painted or carved into jack-o’-lanterns.

Spider or cobwebs: These can give off the impression your property is old, abandoned or possibly haunted. Or you could convince onlookers that your home’s been taken over by a giant spider.

Lighting effects: An easy way to add drama to your home at night is to use uplighting to illuminate your home in red, orange, purple or green. Give the feeling of dread by using strobe lights to make onlookers feel like they’re in a horror film. Just make sure your neighbors are OK with that and be courteous about when and how you use them.

Fall decor: Hay bales celebrate fall and work as great tables to hold pumpkins, lanterns and other Halloween decorations. Garland made with fall leaves and holding bats or spiders can be a simple way to frame your door. 

Halloween Door Decoration Ideas

Decorating your front door can spruce up your entryway, add the finishing touches to your front porch decorations and welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

Monster door: Making a monster out of your door is a simple DIY decoration. Simply cut out large eyes and a mouth, stick them to your door and see a monster come to life. You could also wrap your door in toilet paper to make a mummy.

Seasonal, Halloween or candy wreath: Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. They come in many colors and themes, so find one that fits your Halloween aesthetic. Consider one made of fall leaves or featuring Halloween ribbon. If your favorite part of Halloween is passing out candy, hang a wreath made out of the sweet stuff to alert trick-or-treaters that you have the goods.

Crime scene tape: For something a little more menacing, wrap your door in caution or crime scene tape to make it look abandoned or like the scene of an ongoing investigation.

Spooky decals: Adding an “enter at your own risk sign” or a creepy doorknocker can make your home feel foreboding, adding to the eeriness of the holiday.

Halloween Yard Decoration Ideas

Typically, yards give you the most space to decorate for Halloween and are basically a blank canvas for your creative, fun or even morbid ideas.

Fake tombstones: If you tend to celebrate the macabre side of Halloween, you might want to create a makeshift cemetery in your yard with fake tombstones. Another simple DIY decoration, faux tombstones can be made from Styrofoam, cardboard or pieces of wood. Add a funny twist by using punny names like “Paul Bearer” or “Ima Goner.”

Inflatables: Halloween inflatables are fun and don’t take too much effort, but they can be more expensive than other decorations. You simply buy your favorite ones, stake them down in your yard and turn them on.

Cornstalks: Cornstalks bring in the seasonality of Halloween and can be made into a scary display with the addition of a creepy scarecrow.

Indoor Halloween Decoration Ideas

Use these ideas to inspire your own indoor Halloween decorations to get in the holiday spirit.

Witchy accessories: Fill your shelves with items you may find inside a witch’s lair, like apothecary bottles for poisons or potions, spell books, skulls and black candles. Add to the aesthetic by placing an old broom in the corner and hanging a witch hat off the corner of a chair.

Halloween-themed pillows: Throw pillows are a simple subtle way to decorate a room for Halloween. There are so many different designs available – from black and white plaid or mystical prints to ghost– or pumpkin–shaped pillows or ones that read “Happy Halloween.” Toss them on your couch, chair or on the floor to add comfort as well as holiday spirit.

Halloween centerpieces: Dress up your kitchen or dining room table with a Halloween centerpiece. These displays are often the best place to incorporate different design trends and add sophistication and class to your decor. Simply group together a rich, dark Halloween fabric, a couple of candles, dark florals, small pumpkins and other spooky trinkets to build a stunning, festive eye-catcher.

Popular Themes And Trends For The Halloween Season

While we love the dark and disturbing side of Halloween, the holiday’s decor can also be classy (what’s more sophisticated than the color black?) and fit into the various decorating trends of 2021. Here’s just a sampling of how to blend it into your decor style.

Boho Chic

Boho, short for Bohemian, is an eclectic decor style that mixes various colors, fabrics and patterns. The color palette usually consists of natural colors mixed with jewel tones and hints of metallics. Chevron, florals, tribal prints and patchwork are all popular prints used in the boho style, which layers prints along with various fabrics, like silk, cotton, velvet and burlap. This decor trend is also big on trinkets – from DIY pieces and hand-me-downs to objects found in nature.

For a boho Halloween setup, create a centerpiece using velvet or burlap pumpkins to play with different textures and colors. Incorporate natural elements and give them an eerie twist by spray painting branches and leaves black. Finish the look with a few handmade pieces or Halloween trinkets found at the thrift store.

Black And White

Decorating with black and white can be spooky, but it’s also a way to keep your Halloween decorations looking more high-end. It is especially effective – and easy – when you already have white walls and pieces in your home. Hang black banners or garland from your fireplace and top the mantel with black, tapered candlesticks and faux skulls. For your walls, black bats, spiders, crows and cats add great silhouettes.

Pops Of Color

While one of the most prominent Halloween colors is black, other Halloween colors – orange, red, purple – are actually bright. That’s why adding pops of these colors may be a better idea. It keeps your decor from being too overwhelming on the eyes and adds bits of drama and joy. Halloween isn’t just a spooky holiday; it’s also a fun one!

To add pops of colors, start with a black base, then add small trinkets in various colors. For example, small pumpkins, candles, leaves and even fruit like pomegranates can bring in those reds, yellows, oranges and purples in a sophisticated and surprising way. For kid-friendly Halloween décor that brings in pops of color, make a balloon garland or consider colorful Halloween characters like green and purple monsters.

The Bottom Line: It’s Time To Boo-tify Your Home For Halloween

Decorating for Halloween is a fun way to express yourself and bring some joy to the day for your neighbors and family. Halloween decorations don’t have to be expensive; many of them can be DIY or found at discount stores. Make a plan and a budget, then carve out some time to carve out some pumpkins and deck your home out in the things that help you celebrate the spooky season your way.

For other decoration inspiration, regardless of the time of year, check out the Rocket HomesSM Homeowner Guide.

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Lauren Nowacki

Lauren Nowacki is a staff writer specializing in personal finance, homeownership and the mortgage industry. She has a B.A. in Communications and has worked as a writer and editor for various publications in Philadelphia, Chicago and Metro Detroit.