22 Incredibly Spooky Last Minute DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

spooky last minute DIY Halloween decorating ideas

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’ve found yourself a little behind on your spooky decor this year, fear not! With a bit of creativity and some readily available materials, you can transform your home into a haunted haven in no time. Whether you’re hosting a last-minute Halloween party or simply want to get into the spirit of the season, these DIY Halloween decorating ideas will help you conjure up some ghoulishly good fun.

So grab your crafting supplies and get ready for some ideas to help you get inspired for some last-minute Halloween decorating. Underneath each of the images, you will find further details along with the sources to get the DIY tutorials. Happy Halloween!

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1. Flying Witch Decoration.

DIY flying witch decoration

Distracted drivers may occasionally veer off course, and if you happen to have a tree in your front yard, you can turn this mishap into a fun way to attract trick-or-treaters. Insert swimming pool foam noodles into the sleeves and legs of a black, long-sleeved shirt and striped tights, then secure the ensemble to your tree. Accessorize with a cape, wig, and a hat, and complete the look with a pair of black pumps. Anchor the entire creation to the tree using a transparent fishing line. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

2. Halloween Mailbox Decor.

spooky spider and a web on a mailbox for halloween

An easy last-minute decor idea for your mailbox. Simply attach a spooky spider and a bag of super stretch spider web that can be found at any Halloween, craft, or party supply store. (via Styleblueprint)

3. Spooky Halloween Spider Web.

spooky Halloween spider web

Welcome your trick-or-treaters with this large spider web, a simple and budget-friendly way to infuse the Halloween spirit into your front porch. Create this amazing oversized spider web with some thick white or black rope that can be displayed either indoors or outdoors. Enhance the spooky feel by attaching plastic or faux fur spiders to the web. Get the full DIY instructions at the provided link. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

4. Giant Spider Decoration.

giant spider decoration

This outdoor decor idea will add a spooky touch to your front porch. Giant spiders are an easy way to decorate your home for Halloween. There are a variety of ways to add spiders to the outside of your home, whether you add them to your rooftop, on top of your shrubs, or hanging out on your front lawn. This spiderweb was made using Christmas White Tinsel Garland with a large spooky spider that can be affixed using clips or fishing line. You can also use clothesline rope to create the spider web. (via Lynne-Anne Bruns/Flickr Creative Commons)

5. Lighted Pumpkin Topiary.

lighted pumpkin topiary

If you don’t have a lot of time to decorate your home this Halloween, this lighted topiary might be the perfect spooky touch to accent your front door. To DIY this Halloween decor, you will need five faux pumpkins (Michael’s or JoAnn’s), a dowel rod (1″ diameter, 60″ long), a brown plastic planter (similar can be found at The Home Depot), five strands of outdoor Christmas lights, a pencil and eraser, potting soil, scrap 2 x 4s, hay, black duck tape, and scissors. Get the full DIY tutorial at the provided link. (via DIY Candy)

6. Oversized Spider Take Over.

large spiders on the fireplace

These large spiders will make a great addition anywhere in your home, whether covering the exterior facade or scaling them down to bring the spooky fun inside. You may wish to add some large hairy spiders to the focal point of your home, your fireplace. These creep-crawly decorations are simple to create. These fun spiders can be made in three different sizes. The ones shown on this brick fireplace are the medium size. You can place them all over your fireplace and wall, perfect for a Halloween party! Get the complete DIY instructions at the provided link. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

7. Halloween DIY Ghosts.

Halloween DIY ghosts

Light-up ghosts are the perfect addition to your Halloween decor, as they can be used to decorate inside or outside. To make this simple DIY, you will need a tomato cage turned upside down and zip-tie the prongs together (optional). Add an 8″ styrofoam ball for the head, and affix it to the prongs. Wrap string lights around the tomato cage like you are wrapping a tree trunk (zip tie to secure) and plug into your wall or use battery-operated lights. Use a white sheet or 2 yards of fabric for the ghost. The eyes can be made by hot gluing black felt or using adhesive black vinyl. (via Pinterest)

8. Spider Web Door.

creepy spider web door for halloween

A spider web covers this festive Halloween door. Add some large creepy spiders along with some small ones. To create the web, use extra thick white yarn. You will need painter’s tape to affix the yarn to the inside edge of your door. The DIY spiders were made using styrofoam balls that were spray-painted black. The large spiders are made using 8″ styrofoam balls for the body and 3″ styrofoam balls for the head. The legs are made using three packs of giant chenille stems that are cut into 8 legs. Small spiders are made with 2″ and 3″ styrofoam balls and pipe cleaners for the legs. If you are short on time, purchase the spiders from a craft store. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Jane Can)

9. Hanging Witch Hats.

hanging witch hats on the front porch for halloween

Spookify your front porch by hanging witch hats from the ceiling of your front porch that illuminate when the sun goes down. All you need to make these are witch hats (this front porch has six), clear string or fishing line (roughly 3 feet per hat), battery-operated tea lights, wood beads (for a stopper), and outdoor command hooks — to attach the fishing line and floating hats to the ceiling). To get the full tutorial, check out the provided link. (R&R At Home)

10. Mummify Your Front Door.

mummify your front door for halloween

mummify your front door for halloween

Wrap your front door with white streamers to create a mummy’s tomb. Add some googly eyes for a fun, spooky twist. To create this creepy mommy, you will need a black plastic tablecloth, white crepe streamers, two yellow paper plates, two black paper plates, painter’s tape, clear packing tape, double-sided tape, and scissors. You will need to secure the tablecloth to your door with the painter’s tape. Create the eyes with the yellow and black paper plates, cut in half. Use double-sided tape to attach the black and yellow halves. Attach the eyes to the tablecloth with packing tape. Crisscross the crepe paper over your door. Attach the crepe paper to the tablecloth with double-sided tape. (via Deavita)

11. DIY Pumpkin Stack.

diy stacked pumpkin with a witches hat and string lights

Stack a trio of dollar-store pumpkin pails to create a DIY pumpkin topiary. Carve out the faces and spray paint the pumpkins first, using Rustoleum matte black, and rub them with some gold paint for a spooky look. Add some twinkle lights to each of the pumpkins. Use a remote control to turn them on at night. Stack them using a hot glue gun. Top it off with a witch’s hat. (via @kelsimsavage)

12. DIY Witch Leg Chandelier.

DIY witch leg chandelier

Create a spooky foyer with this witch leg chandelier. The materials you will need include an umbrella, black tulle, wire, striped stockings (party store), old shoes (from a second-hand store), spiders and accessories, LED lights (optional), and a hot glue gun. To DIY this project, cut strips of tulle and tie them to the inside structure of the umbrella. Stuff the tights with stuffing, old newspaper, or pool noodles, and stuff the umbrella handle into one of the legs of the tights. Tie the tights to the inside of the umbrella. Decorate the shoes with tulle, ribbons, glitter, etc. Attach the shoes to the tights with wire. You can also use LED lights for a spooky effect. (via Mike & Christy)

13. Spooky Hanging Bats.

spooky hanging bats

These paper bat cut-outs are a simple way to give your front porch a touch of spooky for your trick-or-treaters. When you suspend the bats from the ceiling, you can get creative by hanging them from varying heights using twine, string, or fishing line. To create these bats, you will need thick black paper, scissors, a ruler (or any straight edge), command hooks (to hang the bats), and a bat template. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Martha Stewart)

14. Glowing Jack O’ Lantern Totem.

glowing jack o' lantern totem

This simple DIY Halloween decoration can be created for as little as $10 using tools and materials you might already have! The supplies needed for this holiday craft include five plastic jack-lantern buckets (try Walmart or Dollar Tree), a witch hat, a mallet, a power drill, 1″ to 1 1/2″ hole drill bit, wire, a garden stake (at least 5 feet tall or at least 2 feet taller than you’re stacked plastic jack o’ lanterns), and a set of string of white lights. Get the complete how-to tutorial at the provided link. (via Scratch & Stitch)

15. Giant Creepy Eyeballs.

giant creepy eyeballs in the bushes for halloween

To give your trick-or-treaters a frightful scare, you will need a pair of green plastic jack-o-lantern buckets, a paint brush, white spray paint, aluminum foil, and black and red paint. Use the handle on the buckets along with some wire to affix these spooky eyes to the bushes. TIP: If you have a couple of beach balls on hand, you can also transform them into creepy eyeballs. (via The Today Show)

16. Halloween Witches Cauldron.

Halloween witches cauldron

This DIY witches cauldron can not only act as a simple last-minute decoration but can be used for your Halloween candy. Simply stack two plastic cauldrons (one upside down), add some witch’s legs using pool noodles (from the dollar store) covered with tights (from Joann’s) and witch shoe covers. Use packing material or tissue to hold the legs in place and top with pillow stuffing. TIP: If you want to add candy, find a bowl that you can set into the cauldron and refill as needed. You can also add a DIY chalkboard sign that says “Witch’s Brew”. You can also add battery-operated lights to illuminate the cauldron. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Princess Pinky Girl)

17. DIY Hanging Ghosts.

hanging ghosts with witch hats

Spook your trick-or-treaters with these hanging ghosts, the perfect last-minute Halloween decoration for your front porch. To make them, you will need witch’s hats, styrofoam balls, white fabric, adhesive black vinyl for the eyes, a hot glue gun, fishing line, and command hooks (to hang the ghosts from the ceiling). To make, insert a hole into the top of the witch’s hat to feed the fishing line through to attach to the command hook. Glue the sheet to the styrofoam ball. Glue the witch hat onto the head of the ghost. Be sure to have the fishing line tied through the hat before gluing the hat to the ghost head. (via Pinterest)

18. Witch’s Urn.

witch's urn front porch halloween decor

This Halloween DIY can be simple to make and a great way to reuse a summer flower planter (you can also purchase one from the Home Depot or Lowes). For the legs, you can use bendable mannequin legs or swimming pool foam noodles. Add striped tights, found in the Halloween section of your local Party City store or a Halloween Supercenter. The witch’s shoes can be found at Goodwill with embellishments added, such as and ribbon. You can also DIY your own with this Witchy Shoes video tutorial. Fill the urn with moss, enough to bury the legs. Add a broom nearby to complete the look! (via Birshykat)

19. DIY Floating Candles.

DIY toilet paper roll floating candles for halloween

These simple Harry Potter-inspired floating candles are made using toilet paper rolls. To make these, you will need paper towel (cut in half, about six inches long) or toilet paper rolls, white paper, white paint, LED tea lights, a hot glue gun, and fishing line. Here are the steps to make these: 1. Cut white paper circles to match the diameter of your rolls. 2. Affix these circles to one end of the roll using glue. 3. On the opposite end, punch two small holes directly across from each other. 3. Paint the paper towel rolls white. 4. For an added touch, use a hot glue gun to craft wax-like drippings. 5. Thread the fishing line through the holes and place the LED light on top. (via Glue Sticks & Gumdrops)

20. Pumpkin Trees.

hanging plastic pumpkins from trees

This simple last-minute DIY will bring the magic of Halloween to your neighbors and trick-or-treaters. All you need is some plastic jack-o-lanterns (dollar store) and twine to hang them at varying lengths. You can also add LED tea lights on timers to cast them aglow during the evening time. (via @glennhouserestoration)

21. DIY Tombstones.

diy tombstones for halloween

These DIY Halloween tombstones will help you to create a spooky graveyard in your front yard. To make these, you will need to cut the foam board into tombstone shapes (if the foam core is not black, you will need to paint it). Inscribe names onto your tombstones using a white paint pen. To make this extra spooky at night, add a fog machine. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

22. Halloween Candy Bowl Holder.

candy bowl holder for Halloween

This ghostly candy bowl holder is the perfect accent to your front porch. You can copy this same look by elevating a bucket on top of a side table and putting a white sheet over it. Add black vinyl adhesive eyes and a mouth for the ghost face. Get the tutorial at the provided link. (via Sadie Seasongoods)

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