Decorating Your Lawn for Halloween


You've tidied and prepared your garden for autumn, your mums are thriving, and now you're wondering how you can spook it up a bit for Halloween. It's easy if you get creative with a combination of homemade horrors and store-bought scares. Even on a modest budget, you can create a showpiece Halloween lawn display.

Step 1

Arrange cornstalks as a backdrop for your decorations. Lean the stalks against an existing support (like the house) or attach them to plant stakes.

Step 2

Place hay bales in front of the cornstalks. They are part of the traditional autumn landscape and provide a platform for other Halloween decorations. Stand one on its end and place the other two lengthwise to provide a shorter profile.

Step 3

Make a spooky scarecrow. Stuff some old clothes with newspaper to create a body form. Stuff a scary rubber mask with newspaper and pin or tuck it into the neck opening of the shirt. Attach the scarecrow to a plant stake and push the stake into a hay bale to stand it in place.

Step 4

Create a cemetery look by placing faux tombstones around the lawn. Faux tombstones are widely available for purchase in October and add an instant frightful ambiance for trick or treat night. Make the display even scarier by purchasing faux arms and hands that look as though they are crawling out of graves when you place them in front of the tombstones.

Step 5

Carve up some jack-o-lanterns. Acquire some scary face patterns online or at your holiday shop, or design your own and carve them into your pumpkins. Place the carved pumpkins on the hay bales and near the faux cemetery, and use glow-sticks to light them up at night. Carve and place at least three to five pumpkins for your lawn display.

Step 6

Add some spider webbing. Decorative spider webbing can be strung on your shrubs, around your mailbox and hung off your scarecrow and tombstones. Toss some large plastic spiders into the webs.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 cornstalks
  • 4 to 5 large plant stakes
  • 3 hay bales
  • Old clothes
  • Newspaper
  • Scary rubber mask
  • Pins
  • Faux tombstones
  • Faux skeleton arms and hands
  • 3 to 5 pumpkins
  • 3 to 5 glow sticks
  • Faux spider webbing
  • Plastic spiders


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Who Can Help

  • Better Backyards
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About this Author

Diane Steinbach has been writing for a variety of professional, educational and entertainment publications for over 15 years. Her work consists of three books on art therapy including : "Art as Therapy: Innovations, Inspiration and Ideas" (Steinbach, 2005.) She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art therapy and behavioral science from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.