Halloween party decoration ideas – 5 spooky looks adults and kids alike will love

Embrace the season of spooks, ghouls and things that go bump in the night with these fiendishly stylish Halloween party decoration ideas and makes

Halloween party decoration ideas
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Halloween parties and events are back in full force this year. This does, of course, mean that you have the perfect excuse to double down on Halloween party decoration ideas to make your home look more frightfully festive than ever.

Our edited selection includes Halloween decorating ideas that are both spooky and stylish. And, as you would expect, we have outdoor Halloween decor and Halloween window ideas, and table decor for indoors, too.

Halloween party decoration ideas

Planning is key when it comes to Halloween party ideas. Decide on any theme early on so that you can let your guests know what to expect when sending out invitations. It provides the opportunity to fill guests in on timings, what to wear (if fancy dress is expected) and what to expect in terms of food, which is helpful if there are any dietary requirements. 

But once you’ve picked a date and chosen a theme, organizing the decorative details of your Halloween party is the fun part, so take inspiration from our Halloween party decoration ideas, enjoy and let the spooky festivities commence.

1. Set the scene with a seasonal arrangement

black halloween porch decor

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It's where trick-or-treaters will be knocking and the first thing your party guests will see, so you'll want your Halloween door decor ideas to be frightful, fabulous, and a focal point. 

But whether you’re awaiting a knock on the door from little trick-or-treaters or getting ready to welcome bigger witches and warlocks for a fright night party, your Halloween party decoration ideas needn't be full-on scary. In fact, we favor an elegant feel for our front door Halloween decor.  

Traditional Halloween color schemes call for orange and black, but if you prefer an elevated front porch, go for a monochromatic color scheme. Decorating with black is subtly scary, especially if your home's exterior is a dark color, because your visitors may not even notice them all until they're standing a mere few feet away.

2. Provide delightful treats for guest 

Halloween party ideas toffee apples

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The most successful Halloween party food tends to be slightly out of the ordinary but delicious and relatively light. Heavy, awkward-to-eat dishes or anything involving too much last-minute preparation should be saved for another time. 

Toffee apples are a fan favorite when it comes to party food recipes for Halloween and fall. Look for small, preferably red-skinned apples and red lolly sticks for these fun and always-popular toffee apples. They're guaranteed to go down a storm with your guests, so make plenty. When you come to buy the ingredients for this recipe, get some extra apples and then at your party you can fill a large tub with water, tip in the apples, and play bobbing for apples!

3. Get creative with wall décor


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Creative Halloween craft ideas are a great way to curate a party on a budget, and they don't have to be intricate or complicated. Here, miniature ghosts have been mocked up using lace-edge table linens draped over polystyrene craft balls. These delightful Halloween party decorations will be sure to haunt your home this season. Attach them to the entrance of your house to ensure your place is the spookiest on the block. Take it one step further by adding ghoulish eyes in haunting hues. 

4. Use dark color to create a sense of foreboding 

Living room decorated for Halloween

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Dark color schemes are the epitome of Halloween party decorations, but that doesn't simply mean switching off the light and hoping for the best. Give a dark living room a  seasonal lift with bold hits of color by utilizing easy no-carve pumpkin ideas and by painting pumpkins for a decorative look that adults and kids alike will adore.

In fact, get friends and family involved by seeing who can create the best decorations. Learn how to carve a pumpkin, create a pumpkin planter, and more. Give the very best designs pride of place on the Halloween table.

5. Decorate your yard for the season

House with yard filled with Halloween decorations of every kind including skeleton on toilet seat and many tombstones

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Impressive Halloween porch decor is a must for anyone hoping to craft a spectacular display in the yard. The porch is a prime piece of real estate for creating a spooky scene, and there are plenty of ways to go about it.

For the front porch, pumpkins, skeletons, and Jack-o-lanterns are a must. Mix them in with bunting and fresh foliage for a fall-themed look, or add skulls to the setup to elevate the fright factor. Witches, ghosts, and bats can also make a welcome appearance at your Halloween party. 

What decorations do I need for a Halloween party?

A Halloween wreath will add a sense of occasion to any room and is perfect for a seasonal celebration – or just for making the everyday look extraordinary. Wreaths don't just need to be for front doors – they make wonderful decor elements inside rooms, on walls, furniture, and even the dining table centerpiece.

However, if you are after more traditional Halloween party decorations, look no further than pumpkins, skeletons, and ghostly figures. 'The best way to decorate for a Halloween party is to start slow,' says Lucy Searle, editor-in-chief, of Homes & Gardens. 'Layering is key to any Halloween party, it can be easy to go from sophisticated to tacky in an instant if you pile on too many decorations at once.' 

How do you decorate for Halloween on a budget?

Decorating for Halloween on a budget may seem impossible, but in fact, there is so much you can do with a minimal budget. Whilst it is essential to set an interior design budget and stick to it, it is also important to curate a Halloween party you and your guests will love and remember. 

The easiest and most cost-effective way to dress your home for Halloween is with the humble pumpkin. Picking up a paintbrush or grabbing a pot of glue can allow you to totally transform your pumpkin, either turning it into a Halloween showstopper or a nature-embracing piece of fall decor. 

If you are a dab hand at pumpkin carving, try crafting intricate shapes and ghostly figures into your pumpkins to up the scare factor for guests. Alternatively, use items from around the home, like dollies, tea towels, and brooms to curate a Halloween scheme that you can be proud to show off.

Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.