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The garden does not just have to be a place of sunshine, bird song and rainbows. Occasionally in life it is also good to celebrate the darker side!
Whether you have a Halloween party coming up or a death metal party, scary, zombie or Halloween décor can be just the tonic! If so the front garden or backyard can set the perfect stage for incoming guests. Give everyone that comes near your home a real scare to the senses.
Large bubbling cauldrons, scary garden statues and zombie garden gnomes are just some of your options. Why not read further and discover some truly exciting and terrifying delights for your backyard here.
Halloween garden decor
Halloween is celebrated by millions every year and it is an occasion that celebrates all things scary. Originating from the Christian feast of ‘All Hallows Day’ which is a focused around remembering the dead.
It is also thought that Halloween has deep Gaelic roots also with the autumn season being associated with death. Either way Halloween is a time to celebrate all things scary! Typical activities include ‘trick or treating’ bonfires and of course fancy parties. Very much like Christmas, Halloween has become a time to ‘out compete’ your neighbours!
Some of the best ways to do this is with scary front yard decor! From giant pumpkins to zombie statues to scary ornaments the choices are endless! There is something really fun and exciting about Halloween as it is such a break from the norm!
Whether you are organising a Halloween party or just like darkness and everything evil we have some treats for you here! We have put together 26 scary, zombie or Halloween garden and backyard decor for you here.
It is theorised that pumpkin carving was brought to the United States by early Irish settlers. Vegetable carving was a very common tradition of Gaelic regions where vegetables were carved into faces.
These faces were often rather grotesque and scary looking and illuminated with candles. These lanterns were deliberately made to look scary and were thought to scare off evil spirits! These ancient traditions evolved into the pumpkin carving we see today.
Traditionally basic pumpkins are carved with simplistic eyes a nose and a wide open mouth. However in recent years pumpkin carving has become a little bit of a fine art.
Intricate and complicated carving has led to some really impressive and even brilliant Halloween pumpkins. Creating impressive pumpkin carvings is not that difficult if you have the correct tools and some time. Below we have linked to this excellent pumpkin carving kit to get you started!
Zombie garden decor
Zombies are a fictional construct which have evolved in popular culture typically in horror movies. The original word ‘Zombie’ was coined in the 1800’s and is thought to originate from the Kongo region in Africa.
Here it was known as Vumbi or a corpse with a ghost or corpse ‘without a soul’. The zombie has been adopted by many horror movies making them now typical of anything with a dark theme.
One of the earliest zombie movies was ‘Night of the living dead’ with a more recent example being the very well known ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. There is a whole range of scary, zombie decor for Halloween parties or your garden. We have put some of these for you below!
Zombie garden gnome
Whether you want to freak out your guests at a Halloween party or simply want people to think you are messed up. This zombie garden gnome is certain to give your guests nightmares.
With its crazy facial expression and dislodged eye it is sure to raise some eyebrows. This gnome can be a great way to greet your Halloween guests in the front yard! Perhaps it can also be a scary garden ornament eyeing up your guests sausage at the family barbecue. I mean it really is just despicably wrong!
Sinking zombie statue
We are not sure what is more disturbing about this 31 inch zombie garden statue! This scary yard ornament has a life like look with a typical zombie grey, skin colour.
Is it rising from the grave or sinking into the ground? Perhaps you have to decide for yourself! This zombie ornament is perfect for guests to discover lurking in the flower border or by an outside, seating area.
If you want to create a perfect entrance to a Halloween party perhaps place one on the front yard, lawn. Even better light it up with some solar garden 'up lighters'. Perhaps even the ‘trick or treaters’ will be far too scared to come by your home this Halloween.
Halloween yard signs
What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with some scary lawn signs. These come in a wide range of styles and shapes and have a multitude of slogans and verses. These scary signs are a great way to greet your guests if you are putting on a Halloween themed party. We have put some of our very favourite which just push down into your garden lawn below.
Thinking Bigfoot statue
Bigfoot is not always associated with Halloween or scary themed subjects in general. However people who have run into him have become paralysed by fear. If anyone came across a 9 foot tall monkey man the size of a cow they would probably be a little scared to.
Even though science generally plays down the existence of Bigfoot there are many credible reports! Bigfoot actually holds a reality that monsters might actually be real! Even though it is likely these Wild men would be shy and reserved the idea is a little scary. Hence this thoughtful Bigfoot statue will make the perfect scary garden ornament at any time of the year.
Zombie arm statue
When it comes to scary things for the garden you can't beat zombies rising from the grave. Zombies have a terrible habit of waiting until Halloween comes around and then coming to life.
This can make a real mess of the manicured lawns and landscaping! However for a Halloween garden party or for scaring your neighbours it is the perfect scenario. This zombie statue consisting of two arms will put the fear of god into your neighbourhood or garden guests.
There has always been something really spooky about graveyards! Somehow the idea of hundreds or even thousands of dead bodies just gives you the willies every time!
Some of the scariest graveyards are those with large stone tombstones covered with low fog and a full moon. We can’t guarantee you will have a full moon or any fog for that matter. However these garden tombstone ornaments are perfect scary décor for any dark themed gathering.
If the sound of floating fog sounds too good to be true you can think again. You don’t have to wait for weather conditions to provide you with spooky conditions; you can make your own!
This fog machine simply plugs into your mains power and pumps out low lying fog! It can be controlled by remote and has countless colour settings. This is perfect for a Halloween party and particularly effective used alongside scary lawn ornaments.
If you are trying to evoke a particular atmosphere in a garden or outdoor space sound can be an effective tool. This is especially so if you want to create a scary environment! These rock garden speakers are resistant to outdoor conditions and can go completely unnoticed.
You can download scary sounds such as evil laughing and lighting strikes simply download these to your smart phone. Then you can connect the speakers via Bluetooth and play what sound you want on command! This is really great for the front yard when unsuspecting people walk past. Oh the fun!
When it comes to scary decor you really want something that going to shock and make impact. There is probably little else which can do that than with this life size hanging corpse.
This abomination will simply hang around and gently sway in the breeze. If you want to alarm your Halloween guests or just want to upset the neighbours this could be the one!
Everyone loves spider’s right? These amazing Arachnids come in thousands of species and help you to keep pests under control! Ok ok they are horrible!
The way they scurry around with that impossibly, quick run, there is no doubt that spiders put the fear of God into people. Consequently if you really want to scare your guests why not try this extra large spider! Its evil eyes and long legs are just what everyone likes especially at Halloween.
Giant spider webs
If spiders were not enough there is always something very spooky about spider’s webs in the backyard. That’s probably because you know the moment you catch it a huge spider will jump out to intercept you!
Well a build up of spiders webs also known as ‘cobwebs’ are a typical of scary decor and haunted houses. Hence why not create a haunted house of your own? These giant spider webs are a great way to turn a normal home into a haunted Halloween haven.
Full body skeleton
Skeletons are fascinating! Not only do they stop us collapsing into a sloppy jelly of fat and muscle they also look really creepy. This is probably why they have appeared in popular culture and movies for years.
In such films the skeleton is usually portrayed as a hardy entity with evil intents such as in ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ other good examples of evil skeletons include films like evil dead 3.
This full body skeleton makes perfect scary decor inside and out. Perfect for Halloween parties or even summer barbecues if you like that sort of thing!
Bats have been associated with dark themes for centuries. Not only is this due to bats living in caves they also look very scary. These rather odd flying mammals have leathery wings and huge teeth making them look formidable.
These acrobatic flyers can swoop down low just over your head when walking in the evening. Even though you may not have any living nearby these bat window stickers will enable you to feel their presence.
No trespassing sign
Although Halloween can be a fun time for everyone trick or treaters can take it too far. This is why it is always a good idea to make sure they are warned.
A simple sign which shows the dangers of upsetting you is sometimes all you need! This scary garden sign does just that and is a great way to keep those pesky trickers at bay. On the other hand if you hate all people all year round why not keep it up all year?
Green man plaque
The Green man is found throughout many ancient cultures especially in northern Europe. Depicted on ancient monuments the green man is thought to be the spirit of the woods.
Many English pubs are named after this spirit which can appear as a scary face on the bark of trees. Many have speculated the Green man was actually a type of wild man or wild people who lived in the forest.
Either way when you start to see faces in trees it’s probably time to change your drink! This Green man plaque therefore is certainly one for a scary garden experience.
Zombie window backdrop
There are few products on the market currently which can scare people as much as this backdrop. The crazy face and blood stained hands is enough to make any one need a change of underwear.
This scary piece of artwork is extremely lifelike and will make passers-by have a second and third look. However be warned, you will probably make all the kids in the neighbourhood have nightmares or cry!
Perhaps this is just the desired effect! This backdrop fixes to the back of your window and is perfect for Halloween parties.
Beastie zombie figurine
When it comes to scary decor you do not have to go far until another zombie makes an appearance. This small zombie figurine cut out is great for wall mounting both inside and outdoors. Whether you are planning a Halloween garden party or just a little strange this is a great prop for any event.
If you genuinely want to put the fear of god into your guests why not try these three hanging Dracula's. These ghostly, dark spirits have long dark cloaks which float and move on the breeze.
This makes them seem to be alive and especially good for front yards and gardens. Although they don’t actually look much like Dracula's more like very evil and deranged clowns!
Halloween decoration packs
If you really want to go over the top with your Halloween decor this year why not get a decoration pack? These have all kinds of scary goodies for the home and garden.
From zombie, lawn decorations scary window stickers and haunted cut outs. There are multiple Halloween decoration packs to choose from so we have placed some of our favourites down below.
Ravens are large scavenging birds similar to crows but much larger. These glossy, black, avian creatures have always been associated with dark and sinister themes. The most famous ravens are those which live at the Tower of London.
It is said that if they were to ever be removed from the tower it the building would crumble and fall. Ravens have been represented in horror stories such as the crow. Hence these rather remarkable little raven props are perfect spooky décor for the home or yard.
Black Panther garden ornament
There are few creatures on the earth which look as menacing and ghostly as black panthers. However the ‘Black Panther’ is a blanket term for two types of big cats, jaguars and leopards.
Both these spotted cats can be born in a completely black form called melanistic. Melanistic cats are rarer than their spotted cousins making them even more mysterious.
What better way to add some scary garden decor than your very own outside panther. These models are lifelike and made of very durable polyresin.
This rather terrifying hanging witch is perfect for porches or outside patios during Halloween or any other occasion. At 6 feet tall she is actually quite intimidating and scary to walk past.
With her glowing eyes she will lunge towards you and cackle. Just plug her into the mains power and watch her freak out your guests. This scary witch is not for the faint hearted so best left for only the most fearless of Halloween goers.
Grim reaper statues
There is something rather disturbing about the grim reaper at the best of times! However this stunning model on a throne of bones is the ultimate scary ornament. It can be placed either outside in the yard or indoors. This is perfect for gothic themed parties and Halloween gatherings.
Fire pit cauldrons
Cast iron Cauldrons have always been associated with witchcraft and magic potions. The classic image of a witch leaning over a large cauldron stirring seems familiar to all.
However, most Halloween parties or scary events rarely embrace these excellent gadgets. This camp fire cauldron comes with a hanging tripod and lowering chain. This is perfect for warming up mulled wine or stirring up magic potions!
This makes the perfect accompaniment for the backyard at any time of year but especially at Halloween!
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Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.