Unique DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween parties bring out the weird in everyone — in a good way. Your Halloween party decorations should live up to the festivities. Don’t let your decorations fall short because of a lack of inspiration. Here are some decoration ideas that are not only scary but are captivating as well.

The Scary–Sometimes the best recipes are delicious and scary. All you need for intimidating pickled brains are a clear canister or jar, cauliflowers, water and a dye to color the water. If you want edible pickled brains (geesh, we never thought we would ever type that sentence for this blog), follow this recipe.


  • 1 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 3 cups white-wine vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
  • 5 or 6 red pearl onions
  • 2 to 3 heads cauliflower


  1. Place cauliflower in a large glass heatproof jar or canister, positioning florets against the glass; set aside.
  2. Fill a large pot with 8 cups water. Add both vinegars, sugar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions. Bring to a boil.
  3. Carefully pour boiling liquid over cauliflower; let cool to room temperature. Cover and transfer to refrigerator. Let chill overnight or up to 1 week.

The Elegant–What can we say? Martha Stewart knows how to construct classy Halloween decorations. This “infested” Halloween bouquet is sure to be a beautiful addition to your party decorations. Here are directions on how to make this frightening centerpiece.


  1. Use permanent glue to attach vinyl bugs to rose petals.
  2. Paint vinyl snakes using black acrylic paint; let dry.
  3. Use floral wire to create anchors for coiled snakes: twist 1 end around the snake’s middle. Insert other end in vase.
  4. Secure centipede (or other big bug) to vase with poster putty.

The Unique–Why go through all the trouble of carving pumpkins when you can have spider paper lanterns! This  fun craft project only needs a few materials and doesn’t take long to make. Rumor is that if you stare at the paper lantern long enough, the spiders start to move.


  1. Cut out several spooky shapes from black paper or cardstock with scissors or a craft knife. Our cutouts were of things like rats and mice, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies.
  2. For the red accent on the black widow, cut an hourglass shape out of the spider’s abdomen area and tape a piece of red tissue paper over the cutout on the back side.
  3. Punch a small hole in each shape with a hole punch or cut a hole with scissors or a craft knife.
  4. Slip the legs of a brad through the hole and attach the cutout to the outside of the lantern by poking the brad through the paper lantern and separating the legs of the brad.
  5. Insert a hanging bulb style fixture.
  6. To disguise the cord, sew a tube of fabric at least two times as long as the lamps cord. Insert the cord and bunch the fabric together.

The Effortless–This decoration is so easy, yet it gives the eeriness every Halloween party needs. All you need are white sheets, white sheets and, you guessed it, white sheets.

The Creative–You are an original. You thrive when you have limited materials for your party decorations. You are not traditional, so why should your lanterns be traditional? Use your recycled milk jugs to create an eerie ghost-lit walkway. Go crazy and get creative with the faces. Your guests will know this is an amazing Halloween party before they walk in the door.


  1. For this project, you need several milk jugs, some black construction paper, and enough artificial candles to fill the jugs.
  2. Wash and dry each milk jug.
  3. Once dry, use a knife to cut a small hole in the bottom of each jug.
  4. Make ghost faces for each jug by cutting out a pair of eyes, a nose, and a mouth from the black construction paper.
  5. Turn the jug so that the handle faces the back. Glue the faces onto the front of the jug and place an artificial candle inside.
  6. Line the jugs along your walkway and turn the candles on. The jugs light up, illuminating the faces.

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