With October right around the corner, it’s officially time to kick off your hunt for all the spooky Halloween décor you’ll need to get your home ready for any ghosts and goblins that might appear at your door. Whether you love causing a fright with heart-stoppingly realistic decorations trick-or-treaters will marvel at, or you prefer something more cute than fearsome — think smiling pumpkins — there’s no shortage of incredible Halloween décor ideas to be found online.
When to Shop for Halloween Décor
Though it may seem like we’ve got plenty of time before the big day, much of the best stuff tends to go fast. Americans were projected to spend $2.7 billion on Halloween decorations in 2018, according to an annual survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, so you’ll want to get a jumpstart on the competition!
The best Halloween deals won’t come until the day after the holiday (womp, womp), but you can also mark those calendars now to stock up for next year.
How to Decorate Your House for Halloween
When it comes to Halloween décor, you can go all out with large inflatables that take up every corner of your yard (think tombstones you would find in an eerie graveyard), or keep things simple with a few indoor candles and mantle centerpieces to supplement your own DIY creations.
Many master decorators also opt to stick to a theme. Maybe you want to build a shrine to your favorite Hollywood movie monsters, or you’re going for a more general autumnal motif that features tons of leaves and pumpkins. Either way, decking your home out for the season is sure to get you — and your guests! — in the holiday spirit in a hurry.
Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor Halloween décor and whatever your budget, these are sure to bewitch you all season long. Keep scrolling for FIRST’s picks for the best Halloween décor ideas of 2021 … if you dare!
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Cutest Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $34.95, Amazon
These adorable foam pumpkin lanterns will help light the way for all who arrive at your doorstep, with each smiling jack-o'-lantern clad in an adjustable witch hat. They can be used indoors and outdoors, though some Amazon reviewers noted that they might be better suited for indoor use due to their light weight. They require three 1.5 volt batteries.
Best Classic Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $24.99, Spirit Halloween
These stacked inflatable pumpkins are a timeless way to add a little Halloween fun to your front lawn. This four-foot stack will give your property a vibrant glow for all the crisp fall nights ahead. They come with an adapter, stake, rope, and instruction manual for setup.
Easiest Halloween Décor
Where to buy: From $36.38 (Originally $44.99), Amazon
If your décor style is more glam than ghoulish, check out this glittery Halloween wreath, which comes in two styles: a black spider-inspired design and the pictured black and orange pumpkin one above. Reviewers say it looks even cuter in person, adding a chic, festive touch to your front door.
Best Halloween Door Décor
Where to buy: $8.99, Amazon
What better way to welcome trick-or-treaters (or even the neighborhood ghouls!) than with this adorable wooden hanging sign? Warn them that "the witch is in" and have your candy bowl ready! "Love the quality, not flimsy and a nice size," writes one happy customer.
Spookiest Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $15.95, Amazon
This pack of five foam tombstones pays homage to those that have gone before us in an eerily realistic way. Each one reads “R.I.P.” and features iconic Halloween ghouls, like a skull and crossbones, skeletons, the grim reaper, and bats. Metal stakes to secure each tombstone into the ground are also included with purchase.
Reviewers note that these tombstones are able to withstand high winds, with one writing, “They are light in weight and small in size. Even if they are light, they will resist the wind and hold the ground firmly. ... [They] will not be easily blown.”
Most Unique Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
Who says trees are only meant for Christmas? This glittery table-sized tree adds a sophisticated-but-spooky element to your indoor décor with its battery-operated purple LED lights and bat decorations."If you love Halloween and need a tree to decorate, this one is definitely the one!," notes one Amazon reviewer. "I absolutely love the bats!!! They are a perfect addition to my theme."
Best Light-Up Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $14.99, Amazon
This festive Halloween set is battery-operated and features ghosts, bats, and pumpkins, making them the perfect addition to your holiday décor. Hang them in your garden, on your lawn, porch, door, trees, fence, or any other area you want to illuminate.
One recent reviewer raved, “I came across this product when searching for Christmas lights. I love the cute design. ... We are a family with kids, so I want to do some cute Halloween decorations instead of those scary or creepy ones. These lights are perfect. It can be flickering or stable. They are easy to hang, I can put them anywhere I want, indoors or outdoors. Really happy about my purchase.”
Scariest Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $24.99, Spirit Halloween
If you truly want to freak out your Halloween guests (as well as your neighbors!), look no further than these light-up skeletal remains that will make everyone wonder what else might be lurking beneath your property. A head, two hands, and two legs are included with the set for placement in covered areas, and it runs on an included battery.
Best Licensed Halloween Décor
Where to buy: both $16.99, Spirit Halloween
For those that love a good theme, Spirit Halloween has two kitschy doormats for your front stoop to go along with your Hocus Pocus candles. One features Winifred’s famous catchphrase of "Oh look, another glorious morning!" and the other design features all three sisters. Both are sure to cast a spell on all those who pass by your home on Halloween night!
Best Mantlepiece Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $15.90, Amazon
If you've got a mantelpiece to dress up, look no further than this 35-piece set, which will cover all your bases on the fireplace front … and then some! You'll get a long lace spiderweb table runner, a round spiderweb table cover, a fireplace scarf, and 32 3D bats for your walls or hard surfaces, giving you plenty of bang for your buck.
Best Inflatable Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $169.99, Amazon
The party will be swinging before your guests even walk in the door with this 8.5-foot inflatable haunted house featuring a skeleton, a ghost, skulls, and a graveyard that will make a spirited statement in your front yard. You'll get an inflator fan, ground stakes, and tethers with purchase, so you won't have to worry about huffing and puffing, and it deflates back down for storage.
Best of all, it's great for Halloweenies of all ages, with one reviewer writing, “I am 6-foot [tall] and the entrance of the house is about that height ... I could ... walk through it with no problem.”
Best Outdoor Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $15.99, Amazon
Even the most brave of souls are oftentimes creeped out by spiders, so this giant hanging arachnid with glowing eyes and a squeaking voice is just what you'll need to give guests the heebie jeebies in a hurry. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, this terrifying eight-legged creature can be easily hung from your front porch, ceiling or drapes.
One recent reviewer praised this purchase, calling it “nicely made with fleece material that has a creepy fuzzy look. My younger kid ran away from this thing ... Sturdy and at a great price! Very easy to set up on your door if you're wanting to do so.”
Best Indoor Halloween Décor
Where to buy: $69 for three or $20 each, Etsy
You may not be able to light the actual black flame candle to bring back the fictional Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus, but you can certainly snatch up this irresistibly scented trio of homemade candles inspired by them. Winifred’s features a black licorice scent that smells like “green lightning, a torture chamber, vanity beyond compare, another glorious morning, and 'Booooooooooook,’” while Sarah’s is a love-scented candle with notes of “a lucky rats tail, incantations sung across the night, boys will love me, and amok amok amok.” And Mary’s? Pumpkin, with undertones of “shish-ka-baby, a calming circle" — and, of course, children.
You can buy each one individually for $20 or get a wooden gift box featuring all three for $69, making this a must-have for fans of the Halloween children’s classic.