Few things are more exciting for a trick-or-treater than going up to a house that is detailed with awesome Halloween decorations. Whether you use complicated props like swooping ghosts or simple, classic decorations, such as glowing jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows and Indian corn, your house will enjoy visitors. A haunted farm, complete with fun Halloween decorations, also makes a great setting for outdoor parties in good weather.
Plan your outdoor Halloween decor. Choosing a theme makes it easier to choose decorations, and is generally more effective. Turn your front lawn into an old, foggy cemetery, a fortune teller, or a crazy scientist's lab.
Themes are easier to work with, but don't let it stop you from throwing anything at you and mixing things up. It helps to lay out your design on paper, to get an idea of what to go there. If you use pranks and gags, try to set them up where guests have to walk past them to be surprised by them.
There are some very realistic garden props out there, available for purchase Halloween specialty shops, home furnishing halls and online Halloween shops. Foam-filled rubber sculptures of ghouls clawing their way out of the grave are very effective. Some other ideas are: bloody body parts, tombstones, glowing skull, gargoyles and faux-dungeon doors. Yard decoration kits are also available.
With some time and creativity, you can make your own outdoor Halloween decorations of reliable cheap goods. Make gravestones out of cardboard or foam. Craft ghosts in white fabric and hanging them from the trees. The possibilities are endless!