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It’s not too late to order decor for the scariest month of the year, and plenty of online retailers still have plenty of Halloween decorations in stock with enough time to arrive at your door. (That also pplies to Halloween costumes, whether you’re dressing up as a superhero or Squid Game character.) As celebrations return, many spooky holiday enthusiasts are looking to outdo last year’s decor or plan their first post-vaxx costume party.
If you’re looking for the best Halloween decoration ideas, we’ve rounded up a handful of suggestions and the bone-chilling accessories for pulling them off. Shop our recommendations below, ranging from frightening scenes inspired by TV shows and horror movies, to classic themes that never fail to send shivers down trick-or-treaters’ spines each year.
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Stranger Things-Inspired Halloween Decoration Ideas
1. C9 Multi-Color Christmas Lights
Recreate Joyce Byers’ iconic living room from Stranger Things season one with these durable multi-colored Christmas lights (though we can’t guarantee that you can communicate with anyone from the Upside-Down). Plus, you can bust them out again in December, making them a two-holiday decor accessory.
2. Demogorgon Inflatable
This seven-foot-tall Demogorgon inflatable will dare trick-or-treaters to cross its path — luckily, this air-filled creature is pretty harmless.
3. Unomor Black Creepy Cloth
Give your lawn or living room an Upside-Down makeover when you hang this creepy black cloth across your trees or doorway.
4. Grindstore Leaving Hawkins Tin Sign
Measuring 12 inches long and four inches tall, this faux-weathered tin sign will recreate Stranger Things‘ Indiana town of Hawkins in your own front yard.
Classic Haunted House Halloween Decoration Ideas
1. Halloween Spider Webs
You can never go wrong with classic spider webs, and this kit (which includes fake arachnids) will cover 1,400 square feet of walls, windows, shrubs and other indoor and outdoor spaces. They’re great for dressing up your home as The Haunted Mansion, the Addams family’s abode or any other frightful residence from the big or small screens.
2. Reusable Halloween Cobwebs
For a more eco-friendly Halloween spider web option (as polyester cobwebs aren’t recyclable or compostable), try these reusable webs made from weatherproof poly/cotton fabric. The two-piece handmade decoration set includes four-by-four foot and six-by-four-foot webs.
3. “The Haunted Mansion” Fred Tombstone Decoration
If you’re looking to recreate Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” ride, this 24-inch tombstone decoration will turn any porch or front line into a graveyard.
4. Theefun Fog Machine
Eerie fog is the ultimate finishing touch to any haunted house, and this fog machine produces unscented clouds of spookiness automatically or at your command with the wireless remote. Don’t forget to pick up a jug or two of Halloween fog juice, too.
5. Flickering Antique-Style Flameless Candles
Whether you’re setting a spooky table or turning your yard into a haunted mansion, these flickering flameless candles offer an antique-inspired vibe at parties and front lawns. Available in sets of three, six, eight and ten, the battery-operated lights come with a remote for easy controlling. (Don’t forget to pick up AA batteries, like Amazon’s best-selling rechargeable ones.)
Nightmare Before Christmas-Inspired Halloween Decoration Ideas
1. Animated Jack Skellington and Sally
Bring The Nightmare Before Christmas to life with animated moving figures of Jack Skellington and Sally. Both motion-activated characters sing and sway to the tune of each of their songs from the Disney film as trick-or-treaters walk by; Jack stands at 78 inches tall and Sally is six feet tall.
2. Zero Halloween Hanging Prop
Don’t forget Jack’s floating best friend, Zero! The ghostly canine with a playful pumpkin nose measures 33 inches high by 10.75 inches, and can be hung from tree branches, porches and doorways.
3. Oogie Boogie 3.5-Foot Inflatable
Let Oogie Boogie fill your Halloween guests’ dreams to the brim with fright. This self-inflating villain from The Nightmare Before Christmas is 3.5 inches tall, 17.3 inches wide and 32.3 inches deep, and is illuminated from the inside to help guide visitors to your door (or his lair).
It-Inspired Halloween Decoration Ideas
1. TGone Pennywise Doormat
Let Pennywise welcome guests and trick-or-treaters and place this creepy It-inspired mat at your door. It’s available in sizes from 16-by-24 inches to 24-by-32 inches, and there’s still time for it get delivered by Halloween.
2. Pennywise Red Balloon Lamp
This red balloon lamp will keep the spooky spirit alive long after Halloween. Place it outside during the scary season to add to your It-inspired outdoor decor, and keep it on side tables after Oct. 31 when you want to add a creepy touch to your interiors year-round.
3. It Losers’ Club Sign
Horror superfans will appreciate this 12-inch round Losers’ Club sign inspired by It. Made of tin, this movie merch can be hung on your front door or walls — don’t forget to fold some paper boats and display them nearby.
Spooky Chic Halloween Decoration Ideas
1. Pumpkin Luminary
Prefer a more Martha Stewart-esque approach to your Halloween decorating? Try this illuminated white pumpkin made of powder-coated metal (also available in orange) that adds an elevated look to harvest-inspired indoor or outdoor decor. It works best with a battery-operated three-inch candle.
2. Urban Stems The Pom Wreath
This 20-inch wreath‘s blood drop-like pomegranates give it a spooky-yet-stylish finishing touch. It’s filled with dried hydrangea and larkspur to add chic sugar-and-spice-inspired colors to your front door.
3. Flameless Flickering Candles
Keep the flames alive safely during Halloween and beyond with these electronic candles, which measure three inches wide by four inches tall and come in a set of six. The included remote control lets you customize the brightness, and the “burn” mode, and you can also set a timer so the candles will turn off automatically after two, four, six or eight hours.
4. LED Burlap Leaf Halloween String Lights
These burlap leaf string lights are great for giving your fall decor a rustic touch. They measure seven feet long and have 10 warm white LED bulbs.
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Taraji P. Henson