The best outdoor Halloween lights – for eye-catching illumination and inviting seasonal character

Ensure your yard has both creepy and cozy curb appeal with our selection of the very best outdoor Halloween lights to buy right now

The best outdoor Halloween lights. Pumpkin lanterns, decorated front door, hanging candle lights.
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When planning decorations for your outside space for Halloween, lighting should be at the very top of your list. 

Not only can the right lighting uplift your outdoor Halloween decor ideas with a beautiful glow, but many of the best outdoor Halloween decorations combine illumination with fabulous decoration; helping your home really stand out from the crowd for the spooky season.

From traditional jack-o-lanterns to more contemporary neon signs, garlands, and string lights, there's no point in decorating the outside of your home for Halloween if no one can see it, right? Plenty of outdoor lighting ideas will ensure your home is dressed to impress (and spook) this Halloween.

The best indoor Halloween lighting ideas

Give your home's exterior a Halloween makeover at the flick of a switch with the best seasonal lighting buys from our favorite brands.


Porch decorated with pumpkins and halloween deor

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The most traditional and popular Halloween decorating idea of them all, you can't beat decorating with pumpkins.

Of course, pumpkin carving ideas and pumpkin painting ideas on a freshly picked pumpkin will always make for a fun Halloween craft, but dressing your outside space with a collection of eye-catching pumpkin lights will help to create a cozy and warming glow with this spooky squash.


Metal pumpkin lanterns

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Perfect for placing beside a front door or for lighting up your porch for Halloween porch decor, lanterns have a wonderfully cozy, traditional feel and can work well in Halloween schemes of all styles. Shop some of our favorite lantern designs below.


Halloween maple leaf light-up garland

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When many of us think of garlands, we picture beautiful, rustic creations crafted from fall flowers and foliage, but there are also many other modern garland designs that can bring both a natural accent and eye-catching illumination to your outside space.


Halloween porch decor with lanterns

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Just like our favorite light-up garlands, some of the best Halloween wreaths feature intricate twinkling lights and can uplift your Halloween door decor with a warming, soft glow.

String lights

String lights

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One of the easiest ways to decorate the outside of your home for Halloween is with a set of string lights. Perfect for wrapping around porch railings, illuminating trees and hedges, or adorning doors and windows, these lights may be small, but they sure can create a wonderful illumination.

Fun lights

Candle floating lights

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And finally, Halloween is all about embracing unique and entertaining decor, so if you're looking to add a few new fun additions to your yard to spook the neighbors and the trick-or-treaters, there are plenty of lighting decorations that can do the trick.


How do you light up outside the house for Halloween?

As we have explored in this piece, there are so many creative ways you can light up the outside of your house for Halloween. 

From more traditional pumpkins and lanterns to floating candles and neon signs, no matter the style of your Halloween scheme, there will be lighting ideas to suit. 

When decorating the outside of your home for Halloween, decide on your theme first. Are you thinking more scary and spooky or cozy and cheerful? Once you've decided on a style, this will help you choose the right kind of lights and decor for your space. 

Don't forget to embrace Halloween window decor too, lanterns, pumpkins, garlands and more can all be placed on the inside of your window, working to light up both the inside and outside of your home.

If you really want to go big and bold for your Halloween lighting ideas this year, a lighting projector that casts seasonal motifs upon your external walls will be sure to spook (and impress) the neighbors. Some of our favorites included this skeleton projection light from Amazon and this color-changing projection light from The Home Depot, which features six seasonal slides.

Zara Stacey
Managing Editor

Zara is the Managing Editor at Homes & Gardens. She joined the brand in February 2022 as an Interiors Content Editor, specializing in writing content on interior color trends, decorating ideas and design inspiration. After studying English Literature at University, she worked as an Ecommerce Website Editor, Content Writer and Buying Intern at multiple independent businesses within the luxury retail and lifestyle sectors. She enjoys nothing more than discovering new trends, brands and products, whether that be in fashion, interior design or lifestyle.