The Best Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is such a fun holiday and it is even more fun with decorations. Halloween decorations can really set the right atmosphere for your Halloween party. Make your Halloween as festive as possible with this list of some of the best spooky Halloween decorations.

Whether you want to decorate for a party, trick or treaters, or simply for yourself, read on.

1. Skeletons

Full sized Halloween skeleton sitting in a chair with cobwebs and 3 pumpkins
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Skeletons can help set a spooky atmosphere. My favorite skeletons are just the simple paper ones you can buy at the store for cheap. They are versatile in that you can hang them almost anywhere and you can usually position them anyway you'd like.

If you want to spend a little more you can even buy plastic full body Halloween skeletons with movable joints like the one shown in the photo above.

1. Witches

Witches also help set a spooky tone. The best witch decorations are window decorations - the ones that either light up or even simple window clings.

When I was about 4 years old I remember my mother putting up a large window cling of a witch on a broom flying past the moon. It has been over 50 years now and I still remember how much I liked that decoration.

3. Tombstones

RIP Halloween tombstone in yard during fall season
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Give your yard an eerie appearance with tombstones. Tombstones can really set the right Halloween mood for your Halloween party or simply for trick or treaters. No other Halloween decorations set an ominous feel as well as tombstones.

4. Zombies

Zombies are really popular lately with shows like "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead," & "Black Summer" increasing their exposure and popularity.

You can easily find zombie yard stakes or zombie garden statues to really set a creepy tone.

5. Bats

decorated bat, spider, and ghost cookies
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No spooky Halloween decor would be complete without bats. You can find these in a variety of forms - paper, inflatables, ect, or even cookies as shown above.

6. Ghosts

orange straws decorated with ghosts
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Given that Halloween is celebrated for All Hallows Eve, ghosts are what Halloween is really all about.

On All Hallows Eve, it is believed the souls of the dead to come back to earth and walk among the living. This is because the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is believed to be the thinnest then.

You can decorate with scary ghosts or friendly ghosts. My favorite ghosts decorations have always been just the simple ones made with tissue paper.

7. Spiders

spiders carved into lit pumpkins
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Spiders are a Halloween decoration staple. You can buy plastic spiders, or large inflatable spiders and webs for your yard or even carve them into your pumpkins as shown in the photo above.

Be very careful with Halloween spider webs around pets and small children. If the webs get eaten this can be very dangerous, or even fatal.

Sometimes spiders can be combined with other creepy items, such as eyeballs, for a really chilling effect.

spiders, eyeballs, gourdes, and other spooky Halloween decorations
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8. Lights

string of pumpkin halloween lights
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Lights are probably the most important decoration of all. You can do so much with lights and you can find them in all forms - orange lights, skeleton lights, pumpkin lights, ect.

9. Fog Machine

foggy road at night
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Nothing will quite set the mood for your spooky Halloween party like fog. With a fog machine you'll turn your whole yard in a creepy scene.

10. Pumpkins

Jack o lantern on wooden block surrounded by leaves a gourdes
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There is nothing that symbolizes Halloween as well as pumpkins. The good thing about pumpkins is that they come in a variety of sizes and you can carve your jack o lantern anyway you'd like. Pumpkins are festive for Halloween even if you don't carve them at all.

A Full Moon

full moon at night
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Not that anyone has any control over when the moon is full, however, a full moon on, or near Halloween, certainly adds to a chilling atmosphere. While there isn't anything inherently scary about a full moon itself, the full moon is often associated with erratic behavior as well as werewolves.