Peek-a-Boo!: The Best DIY Halloween Décor

If the thought of preparing for Halloween gives you the chills, we’ve got just the thing to exorcise your decoration demons. From ghastly ghosts to zombie hordes, these easy DIYs will haunt your house in no time.

Cheesecloth Ghosts

This project is a perfect cost-effective way to decorate a large space without spending a lot of money. Cheesecloth ghosts are easy to make and will create a spooky presence in your hedgerow or as a haunted perimeter.

The Barbie Horde

Photo: CraftsbyAmanda

If you’re glued to the television for each episode of The Walking Dead, this is the perfect Halloween decoration for you. The Barbie Horde can be used to line walkways, create a scary focal point, or zombie-up your garden in October.


  • Old Barbies
  • Gray and white spray paint
  • Dye powdered or liquid: brown if you have it, or a mixture of colors
  • Craft paint: brown-black, white, red, reddish-brown
  • Paint pens: yellow and gray

1. Mix dye into a large tub. Dip in doll clothing.

  1. Dip each doll’s head into the dye mixture and place it on a towel to drain.
  2. Remove all the clothes to a separate towel and drain the dye tub.
  3. Use paint mixtures of black and brown, and red and brown.
  4. Dab the brush into the paint and dab off the excess onto a paper towel. Rub the clothes to make them look dirty and blood-stained.
  5. Spray each doll with gray primer (gray spray paint will work too), including their hair. Add white as needed for skin tone.
  6. Decorate the dolls using red and black.
  7. Use yellow and gray paint pens to do the eyes.
  8. Dress and set into the ground using popsicle sticks glued to their backs.

Milk Jug Ghosts

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Here’s a crafty way to recycle your milk jugs that’s great for kids! These light-up ghosts are perfect for a freestanding wall, or bunched together near a focal point on your patio.


  • Empty milk jugs
  • Sharpie marker
  • Pencil
  • Knife or X-acto knife
  • Rocks
  • Mini lights


  1. Clean out your empty milk jug.
  2. Draw out your Halloween face using a pencil and then complete the face with a permanent sharpie marker. If you need ideas for Halloween faces, look at these 25 printable Halloween face templates here.
  3. On the opposite side of the face, cut a three-sided opening flap just about 2 in. wide and 2 in. tall.
  4. Place a few rocks in the bottom of your milk jugs to weigh them down. Otherwise, they will be so light that they will fall if someone bumps them or if they are placed outdoors in the wind.
  5. In the same opening, add part of the string of lights. Then, lead the lights to the next opening.


Combine these frightful crafts with some beautiful jack-o’-lanterns, and you’ll have the most hauntingly spirited house on the block. Need more Halloween inspiration? Take a look at these digital decoration ideas.