5 DIY Halloween Decor Ideas


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A Witch Lives There
Some pumpkins and hand-painted signs combined with an antiqued fence make for a pretty spooky haunted trail.
Some pumpkins and hand-painted signs combined with an antiqued fence make for a pretty spooky haunted trail.
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If your childhood neighborhood had a house no kid would go near, you know what it looks like: It's dark and overgrown, and there's a broom by the door.

Dark and overgrown might be tough to pull off, but brooms and other witchy paraphernalia are a DIY cinch.

Wrap some string-lights around a bunch of broom handles and plant them on either side of your walkway so trick-or-treaters can see where they're going (make sure to run the extension cord out of the way of little feet). Use some sturdy twine to hang a flying broomstick from a tree. Up-end one in a planter on either side of the door for a witchy entry -- you can even stick some fall-colored flowers into the brush if you're going for that kind of Halloween.

And for that iconic, cone-shaped witch hat, cut a rectangle of black cardboard and roll it into a cone, putting a few staples into the overlapping edges to keep them together. Hang a few from a tree, upside-down, using string and fill them with candy for a great surprise when the kids come by. Or arrange a bunch of gourds and tiny pumpkins around the base of a hat for a spooky centerpiece. Or cut some tiny holes in a few of the cones and use them as lampshades.

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