HALLOWEEN DECORATING IDEAS WITH SKELETONS
If you’ve seen our Ideas for Decorating for Halloween that are Cheap and Easy, you know that we really get into Halloween around here!
Now I have to admit, I like celebrating the idea of Halloween, the parties and games, more than the actual day of Halloween itself. I could absolutely do without trick-or-treating, haunted houses and the like.
For me, celebrating Halloween is more about the family traditions I grew up with, mainly revolving around our extended family party, the themed food dishes, games and of course the Halloween themed home decor!
This is something my own kids have grown up knowing and looking forward to. And this year, perhaps more than ever due to the pandemic, I’m looking forward to these traditional festivities and decking out our home to provide as much normalcy within our home as possible.
This pandemic has taken its toll on so many, in so many ways, and if I can provide even just a small amount of excitement and normalcy for my family right now, I’m gonna go all out!
So join me as I share with you some creative and fun Halloween decorating ideas that you can recreate for your own home this year.
Halloween Decorating Ideas For The Front Porch
When planning for Halloween home decor, it’s always a good idea to begin with your front porch.
This is the first opportunity to make an impression for your family, friends and other guests who will be coming over.
Utilize the outdoor space that you have to create an inviting and festive atmosphere.
To add a little variety and interest, try placing your decor in different areas around your home each year.
Last year, Mr. Bones could be found playing our piano, where this year he’s the first to greet you to our DEAD & BREAKFAST!
(I had to leave our DIY Denim Pumpkins out here as well… so many have commented on them, including our deliverymen!)
This year I couldn’t pass up buying this darling skeleton wreath for our front door from Walmart.
First featured in our Favorite Halloween Home Decor Finds post, and knowing my theme of Halloween decorating ideas with skeletons this year, it’s the perfect addition to our front porch.
(I will have to admit though, that I must be a better shopper. If I had read the description, including the size, I would have realized it would have been a little small for my door. I was sure surprised when I opened my package and saw that it was smaller than I had imagined. To remedy this, and make the wreath a little more substantial, I simply layered it on top of a burlap wreath.)
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Styling The Entryway With Skeletons
The next area of your home to greet your guests with some spooky decor is the entryway.
It doesn’t take much, maybe just a few pieces of art or decor as space allows.
Halloween Decorating Ideas For The Living Room
Unlike my Moms Batty Halloween Decor, where she added to her existing Fall decor… to decorate my house for Halloween, we pretty much cleared out everything else and started from scratch!
The only element that remains the same from my Fall home decor is the old chippy window above the piano.
To the side of the piano we’ve added a skeleton vignette with Dollar Tree skeletons! After adding a bit of paint on them and aging them, they look much better than a cheap plastic skeleton.
Halloween Decorating Ideas | Creating Family Portrait Silhouettes
Once the theme of skeletons was decided for my Halloween home decor, I knew I wanted to create a family portrait wall with skeleton silhouettes!
I wont say too much about them in this post other than I love the way they turned out and to keep your eyes peeled for a simple tutorial on how I created them on Saturday September 26th!
They’re simple and inexpensive to make and I can’t wait to share with you next week!
Other skeleton decor on the piano top helps to balance out the silhouettes hanging on the wall. Skulls and Spanish moss look quite eerie in these apothecary jars.
If you’re looking for skeleton decor this year, I found these darling “See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil” skeletons at Tuesday Morning. I love how their legs dangle over the edge of the piano!
More Spooky Scary Skeletons
This DIY skeleton X-ray poster was inspired while shopping in At Home a few weeks ago. There they had a much smaller version which included the head and torso.
After a google search, I found this image and had it printed at Office Max. Then I hung it on a small nail with this magnetic poster hanger.
To date, this was one of the most simple DIY’s I’ve made, and my kids think it’s so awesome!
Another little goodie I had to grab from At Home this year is this cool rotary skeleton telephone! I love how old and creepy it looks, and best of all it talks to you.
(On the way home, while driving over a bump or making a turn, it would start talking from the trunk. Startled us for a minute and gave us a good giggle!)
My kids are loving this addition to my Halloween decor this year!
Styling the Fireplace Mantel With Skeletons
The fireplace mantel is always a great place to display Halloween decorating ideas! Since our fireplace is relatively new this year, I was more than anxious to add even more creepy skulls and skeletons to the mantle for our first year with a fireplace.
These skeleton busts were also inspired by our trip to At Home. They were pretty awesome, but at $50 each, I knew I could make my own at a fraction of the cost!
These too will be featured in a tutorial on October 1st! You won’t want to miss this one, especially since it cost roughly $19 to make both of them! That’s a saving of nearly 80%.
A few more treasures found at our local thrift store are added on this side. I’m dying over this skull on the stack of old books! (No pun intended.) This little vignette legitimately looks so old, I love it.
The black creepy cloth and skull garland tie everything together.
The living room wouldn’t be complete without another life size skeleton friend! My 6 year old posed him this way to make it look like he’s yawning.
My hubby’s take on it is that we’re privileged to have Andrea Bonecelli performing in our home! 🤣
At Home is the spot for skeletons this year!
I couldn’t pass these up either!
Dining Table Skeleton Centerpiece
This open floor plan wouldn’t be complete without a creepy skeleton centerpiece on the dining table.
The Spanish moss and crows really top it off!
Halloween Decorating Ideas For The Bathroom
Lastly, if you still have some spare decor, why not surprise your guests by styling the bathroom?
Since my theme revolves around skeletons this year, my Mom was generous enough to lend me her creepy skeleton mirror!
My cousin drew this skull as part of a school assignment, and my Mom etched the image into the mirror, at the exact height you’d look into it.
This is always a favorite of mine and other family members!
To finish this half bath off, I added some art, and more skeleton decor to our toilet paper holder.
Thanks for joining me on my Spooky Scary Skeleton Halloween Home Tour!
We hope you’ve been inspired with new Halloween decorating ideas for your home.
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Can I ask what image you used for the skeleton print? Also, what did you get it printed on? Card stock? What size?
It’s such a great idea, I would love to make one of my own!
I had it printed at Office Depot. It’s 2′ x 6′ and it’s printed on poster paper, so it’s a little heavier weight. Good luck, we love how ours turned out.
You definitely have a knack for decorating for the holidays! I love all of it!
Thank you Shirley. It is something we definitely both love to do.
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ALL OF THEM ARE VERY GOOD…..
Thank you Billie Jean, we appreciate your kind words. Halloween can be so fun!