10 Scary DIY Halloween Yard Decorations

Updated: Apr. 19, 2024

These creepy Halloween decorations will get you in the mood for Halloween.

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Zombie Head

Keep zombies at bay by having one on your door. It’ll let the other zombies know to stay away since there’s a zombie already there. This Halloween door decoration will encourage trick-or-treaters to stop by. Swap it out for a fall wreath after Halloween. P.S. Make sure your house stands out on Halloween with these Home Depot smart holiday lights.

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Zombie Garden Statue

You’ve heard of The Walking Dead, but do you know about the crawling undead? This ravenous stone/resin zombie is emerging from your front lawn in search of brains to feast on, but he’ll settle for the terrified reactions he elicits when he casts his menacing gaze on passersby. Add some DIY Halloween projects to complete your yard’s look. Like this? You’ll be sure to get a kick out of these Halloween animatronics and this fire pit skull, too, then.

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Cocoon Corpse

A caterpillar in its cocoon is preparing to become a butterfly, but this cobweb-wrapped dead body is just preparing to scare the bejeezus out of your neighbors. The 7-foot corpse comes with hooks for hanging from an awning, a tree branch, or any other spot that can support less than a pound.

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Realistic Hairy Rats

Scatter three of these furry rodents on the porch after dark, then invite a few friends over and prepare for some serious shrieking. As if the straggly hair were not enough, each 5-inch rat looks up at you with a pair of beady eyes and two little fangs.

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Giant Spider

Arachnophobia is an understatement when it comes to a 6-1/2-foot spider on your front lawn. This hairy beast can’t be stopped—it comes with secure attachments, so it can even survive strong wind and rain. It’s very adjustable, too; twist it into a different position each day to really freak people out. Another spider decoration idea? Try carving one into your Jack-o’-lantern!

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Giant Bloody Window Posters

You won’t find these window treatments at Bed Bath and Beyond (maybe Blood Bath and Beyond…we couldn’t resist)! This 2-piece plastic mural broadcasts ominous warnings to onlookers through an obscured window with bloody silhouettes pressed up against the glass. It’s a classic Halloween window decoration.

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Tree Ghost with LED Flashing Eyes

Enlist the trees on your property to scare the wits out of everyone who walks by. A plastic face—camouflaged to look like bark—adheres to the tree trunk and uses 2 AA batteries to make the red LED eyes light up.

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Zombie Garden Gnome

This evil little creature with light-up eyes isn’t your mother’s garden gnome. Like a pint-sized extra from Night of the Living Dead, he’s a flesh-eating version of the classic lawn ornament—so watch your ankles! P.S. Like this? You should check out this Sinister Steve Halloween decoration, too, then.

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Scariest Monster in a Box

This DIY monster in a box falls on the elaborate side, considering it uses pneumatics to spring the monster from the box. This project used an air compressor for the pneumatic air supply. The electrical design might take some additional work but it’s spelled out pretty well.
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Mouse Trap Decoration

If you want to see a jump out of someone, this giant mouse trap is sure to do the trick. Don’t worry, it isn’t actually spring-loaded but those who get close enough might think otherwise. The wood from this project came from a bathroom remodel. You never know what you can make out of a pile of old wood.