DIY Halloween Decor {Create a Simple Spooky Town}

*Disclaimer – I was compensated for this post but the ideas and opinions are my own.

If you’re big on decorating for the holidays but don’t want anything overkill for Halloween I have a cute DIY Spooky Town that you can put together in a short period of time.

 DIY Spooky Town

I’m participating in a Celebrate the Seasons with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and our theme for October was #spookyspaces.  I’m not a big fan of Halloween. I don’t decorate for it and whether or not my kids go trick or treating is a decision we make yearly (more on that later on in the week). But I took on the challenge by asking a friend of mine if I could take over a space in her house and create a spooky space on her mantle.

I got my main supplies from Jo-Anns and a few others from local shopping establishments. To pull off your own spooky town here’s what you will need:

Wooden Tree Cut Out

Foam Bats

Small Plastic Pumpkin Pails

Wooden Birdhouses

Battery Operated Teal Lights

Google Eyes

Skeleton Garland (dollar store)

Tall Votive Holders (dollar store)

Paint (i used spray paint on hand – you can use craft paint too)

Foam Stickers

Scrap Piece of Wood


Hot Glue Gun

Foam Board

Plastic Halloween Rings

Spooky Eyes Printable (download link available below)

Welcome to Spooky Town Printable (download link below)

Spooky Town SuppliesHere’s what I did to create the spooky town. The first thing I took care of was all of the painting I had to do. I stuck foam Halloween stickers on the votive holders and spray painted them all black. I spray painted the wooden tree and the birdhouses (that I got for a buck each at Jo-Anns) black also and I spray painted the plastic pumpkin pails white.

Secondly I created a bunch of spooky eyes with my graphics program and cut them out once they were printed. {Click HERE to download YELLOW and HERE to download WHITE.} Once they were cut out I took my foam board and just randomly glued them all over the board. I also glued the foam bats randomly on the board too.

halloween decor

Next I created the “Welcome to Spooky Town” sign using my graphics program as well and printed it out on some printable canvas I had on hand. I stuck it on a scrap piece of wood and painted the wood black. I hot glued some white ribbon on the back of the sign and then hung it on the tree.

easy halloween decor

{You can download the sign printable HERE.}

Once I had all of that out of the way, I staged “Spooky Town”  on my friend’s mantle. I separated the skeletons from the garland and stuck them inside the pumpkin buckets. I took the legs off this poor little guy below, stuck is body in the pumpkin pail and stuck his legs under it. Now that I wrote that all out it does sound kind of morbid! He didn’t seem to mind though. (snicker snicker)

halloween skeleton

I put the tea lights inside the votives which lets you see more clearly the cutouts from the stickers I put on them before I painted them.

DIY spooky town

Halloween VillageAnd one black and white picture tossed in for good measure!!

DIY Halloween decor

If you plan to do any shopping at Jo-Anns this month, I have a 50%  coupon for you to use. Just right click, save as and print out when you are ready.

JoAnn 50% off coupon

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