16 Awesome DIY Decorating Ideas for Your Halloween Party

Halloween is coming! If you’re hosting a party this year, impress your friends with these festive, affordable, and easy decoration ideas!

1. Digital Decorations from AtmosFX


Sure, we put ourselves at number one because well, Gourdy made us do it. There is nothing worse than pouting pumpkin puppet running around the office playing pranks. Most likely, there will be some forthcoming videos of those soon. In the meantime, get some beautifully animated digital decorations from AtmosFX and take your Halloween party to the next level in fun. Use their projector or yours to make walls, windows, picture frames, and 3DFX® Forms come to life with frightful wraiths, singing pumpkins, possessed portraits and dozens of other characters.


For some easy how-to articles on getting started with digital decorating: click here.

However, don't stop here. Numbers eight and thirteen will blow your mind!

2. Cheesecloth Ghosts

Cheesecloth Ghosts

What do you get when you mix mannequin heads, cheesecloth, glue, and a little paint? Some specters that are quite terrifying (yet very affordable).

For instructions, click here.

3. Monster Door Makeover

Monster Door

Give guests a surprise by turning your ordinary door into a monster by reusing ordinary grocery bags!

For instructions and more, click here.

4. Skull Centerpiece Floral Arrangement


Most of us consider skeleton decorations outside, but for a moment, imagine them front and center, as a piece of art; a centerpiece, if you will.

For instructions and more, click here.

5. Milk Jug Ghosts

Jug Ghosts

Have some milk jugs heading to your recycle bin? Instead, wash ‘em out, draw faces on them with a Sharpie, and put a battery-powered candle in each.

For instructions and more, click here.

6. Floating Candles (like the ones at Hogwarts)

Floating Candles

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Light up the night, hallway, or great room with this awesome floating candle idea.

For instructions and more, click here.

7. Broom Parking Sign

Broom Parking

With a couple hooks from a hardware store and your home printer, you can make sure attending witches have a designated place to park their brooms.

For instructions and more, click here.

8. Zombie Barbie Parade


Don’t throw away those dolls your kids have outgrown, these gals would look great marching across your yard, or across your dinner table! You can also built an affordable mini-horde by picking up inexpensive dolls at thrift and discount stores.

For instructions and more, click here.

9. Glowing Eyes (made out of toilet paper rolls)

Tube Eyes

This idea is so easy, it’s a wonder people don’t do it year-round. These eyes look great at night and your trick-or-treaters will get a scare from whatever is watching them in the hedge.

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10. Skeleton Buffet

Bony Buffet

Serve your guests a frightfully bony buffet, with meat and cheese picked from the bowels of a skeleton.

For instructions and more, click here.

11. Zombie Gingerbread Cookies

Ginger Zombies

It’s not quite Christmas yet, but but break out those cookie cutters early to add some adorably spooky and seriously tasty gingerbread zombies to your party spread.

Get the recipe here.

12. Monster Marshmallows


These ghoulish little snacks are easy to make and sure to impress guests.

For instructions and more, click here.

13. Ghost Hand Punch

Hand in the Punch

Give yourself a hand for this awesome party idea, literally. Fill a clean, food-grade, rubber glove with the concentrate of your favorite drink and freeze it. Remove it from the glove once it’s frozen and place in your punch bowl for a spooky surprise.

For instructions, click here.

14. Dracula's Dentures


This easy and eye-catching snack will make your guests all smiles using just marshmallows, sliced almonds, and a little frosting!

For instructions, click here.

15. Tombstone Toss


Asking yourself what to do after your guests arrive? Try this new take on a familiar game.

For instructions and game rules, click here.

16. Horror Movie Trivia


Spice up your party these free horror movie trivia games! 

For a selection of free games, click here.


-By Jennifer L. Jacobson, For AtmosFX

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