Tis the season for bats, pumpkins, witches and ghosts - that's right, Halloween is fast approaching! You've probably already considered decorating the inside of your house, but displaying outdoor Halloween decorations will seriously up that wow factor.
From outdoor lights to pumpkin inflatables, there are plenty to choose from. That's why we've put together this guide with helpful tips and spooky garden decor ideas to inspire you. So read on for our ranking of the top 10 best outdoor Halloween decorations in the UK, from Amazon and Argos.
Lack of weatherproofing means that your indoor Halloween decorations can't be used outside. Luckily, there's a whole array of goodies designed for the outdoors, but how do you know which ones are best? We've put together these tips on how to choose the best Halloween theme, as well as practical advice for decorating the garden.
There's a wide variety of designs available, from decorations that look like they're straight out of a horror film, to whimsical pieces that will delight the kids. To keep your family and friends entertained, you should pick out a suitable theme.
You don't want to decorate your garden with anything too scary if you have young kids visiting. Instead, opt for comical decorations that will put a smile on the whole family's face. After all, Halloween is meant to be a fun time for everyone.
Consider investing in large colourful inflatables or Disney-themed decorations that are sure to appeal to young eyes. Blow-up decorations will usually also come with fun, colour-changing lights, which will keep kids enthralled.
Even though fun outdoor decorations are suitable for children, adults should assemble them and supervise children at all times. That's because many of these decorations contain small parts, wires and sharp edges, which could present a danger to a child if they're left alone.
Are you throwing a grown-up Halloween party? Kick it up a notch by creating a hair raising experience for your guests. Realistic props in your front or back garden that play on common fears are sure to get their hearts racing, like skeletons, clowns, spiders and cobwebs.
If you've invited guests that are hard to scare, consider adding a sensory element. You could opt for a curtain outside your front door that will brush against their skin in the dark, or skeleton hands protruding from the front lawn that'll grab onto their ankles!
Of course, a horror theme isn't everyone's cup of tea. Alternatively, you could opt for more sophisticated decorations like red fairy lights, projectors or stylish lawn stakes. They have a mature look, but still offer a hint of spooky fun to mark the occasion.
Choosing Halloween decorations is a lot of fun, but you'll need to think about the practicalities of your purchase. Freestanding decorations are okay to display in sheltered areas, but if you're placing them out in the open, look for ones that come with ground stakes or wall attachments that'll stop your spooky decor blowing away.
If the decoration needs to be hung, you need to make sure you have a suitable fixture to hook it over. Fake spiders webs and fairy lights are fairly versatile and can be draped over anything from a bush to the fence. However, curtains are more of a challenge as you'll need something overhead to hang them from, like an arch or tall tree.
Many decorations come with lights that need to be powered by solar energy, batteries or the mains. So you'll need to think carefully about which ones best suit your outdoor space.
Eco-friendly solar lights are a particularly good idea for the garden. They harness the sun's energy to power-up during the day, and automatically switch on at sunset. You won't have to pay extra for batteries or electricity and they'll still work effectively in autumn, even though the days are shorter and there's less sunlight.
When choosing decorations that are mains powered, you'll either need to keep them close to your house so you can plug them in, or invest in a waterproof extension lead. You might want to consider battery-operated decorations instead, as you can place them in any position, without having cables running everywhere.
Now it's time for the fun part - our countdown of the top 10 best outdoor Halloween decorations in the UK. Remember, you don't have to choose just one, having more decorations will create a better effect!
|Dimensions||H 5 x W 5 cm (spiders), H 5 x W 20 cm, H 4 x W 16 cm, H 3 x W 12 cm, H 2 x W 9 cm (bats), 10 m (caution tape)|
|Recommended For||Adults and kids|
|Dimensions||H 40 x W 11.4 x D 11.4 cm|
|Dimensions||H 18.5 x W 13.5 cm (head), H 36.8 x W 9.5 cm (hands)|
|Mount||Stake, wall attachment or free standing|
|Dimensions||5 m (cable)|
Solar Lights Outdoor Garden String
Fake Skeleton Head and Hands
Nightmare Before Christmas Lawn Stake
Halloween Spider Web Decorations
Cast Colourful Spooky Patterns onto Your Walls
Solar Powered Party Lights for Added Atmosphere
The Dead Are Rising This Halloween
A Holiday Celebration With the Pumpkin King
Turn Your House Into a Chilling Haunted Mansion
|Recommended For||Adults||Adults||Adults||Adults and kids||Adults|
|Mount||Stake, wall attachment or free standing||Hanging, stake||Stakes||Stake||Hanging|
|Dimensions||5 m (cable)||L20 m||H 18.5 x W 13.5 cm (head), H 36.8 x W 9.5 cm (hands)||H 40 x W 11.4 x D 11.4 cm||H 5 x W 5 cm (spiders), H 5 x W 20 cm, H 4 x W 16 cm, H 3 x W 12 cm, H 2 x W 9 cm (bats), 10 m (caution tape)|
Halloween only comes around once a year, so you might as well enjoy it while you can! Why not take a look at our selection of the best indoor decorations to make the inside of your house looks as good as your garden? We've even included guides to the best couples' and kids' costumes, so the whole family can enter into the spirit.
We hope you've enjoyed reading our tips, and perhaps picked out some spine-chilling products from our ranking? Your new outdoor decorations will add that extra special touch to your celebrations, and help you to get excited for the spookiest day of the year!
Author: Rosa Fairfield
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