Halloween Graveyard: Every year, I make a DIY Halloween graveyard in my front yard which the kids absolutely love! Between the lighting, the fog, and these graveyard decorations, creating a yard haunt is a fun (and slightly scary) way to celebrate the holiday.
Love Halloween? Call it a Halloween graveyard, cemetery or yard haunt… any way you look at it, it is the scariest Halloween house on the block! Creating a Halloween graveyard in your front yard lets you share your fun and freaky side with your neighbors. Halloween is supposed to be a entertaining “holiday”, not one to be taken seriously. A time when we can poke fun at our deepest fears and be a little mischievous. Don’t we all need a little more tomfoolery in our lives? So this year, join in the fun, break out the creative kid inside, and learn to make a DIY Halloween graveyard! We found some amazing families DIY’ing Halloween props and scenes that will blow your Jack O’Lantern display from last year out of the water. Bring it on, Halloween lovers!
Can I just say…Halloween is my favorite holiday. And I think this is why. I LOVE creating my own Halloween graveyard.
I have one in my front yard every year at Halloween, and everyone in my neighborhood knows it. They start driving by around the end of September to see what this year’s version will look like. And I don’t like to disappoint!!
Putting together a Halloween cemetery does take a little work but I think it is worth it…and so do all the kids in my area 🙂
Having done this for a number of years now, I have some decorations that work really well for creating an awesome yard haunt, so I thought I would share what I do.
Keep reading to find out my spooky Halloween graveyard ideas.
INSTALL HALLOWEEN TOMBSTONES
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This is the obvious part of a Halloween yard haunt…gravestones are required!
For the best effect, try to buy (or make) tombstones* of different sizes and shapes.
I have to admit that I buy mine. They are so inexpensive and I’m usually crunched for time, so I have never tried to make them.
Perching your animal props where you might normally find them almost makes them look real. Which I think makes it a little spookier.
Like sitting a fake crow on top of a tombstone. Wrap picture wire around its feet and stick it into the styrofoam to make the bird stay in place.
Or grouping different sized birds on a Halloween cemetery fence.
Or setting a plastic rat in the middle of your Halloween graveyard somewhere that people will notice him.
Or hanging bats from a tree.
Just make sure the props are positioned where people can find them, and are big enough for people to be able to see in the dark, like these skeleton flamingos*.
PUT OUT PUMPKINS
Pumpkins are another Halloween staple that I like to include in my Halloween cemetery.
Whether you use real ones or plastic ones, leaning them up against a tombstone is an easy way to include them.
Putting them out in groups of two or three, mixed in with a skull or two makes them look like they belong.
Playing Halloween cemetery sounds on a looping tape or CD will automatically make your graveyard seem scary.
For my graveyard, I like the Raven’s Hollow track from Midnight Syndicate’s Halloween Music Collection*. It sounds like you are outdoors in the middle of a forest somewhere. There are other options on the CD that are good, mostly organ or scary-music type soundtracks.
The haunted house sound effects are also pretty good in this Halloween Haunted House album* if you want more traditional haunted house type sounds (witches cackling, doors creaking, etc.)
Well, that’s how I put my annual Halloween graveyard together. Of course you are always free to add as many props and animated ghosts, skeletons, or ghouls as you can afford and have space for. It’s hard to go too over the top with a Halloween cemetery!
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