Clever, Cute, & (Not Too) Scary: DIY Halloween Decorations That Won't Frighten Kiddos

Clever, Cute, & (Not Too) Scary: DIY Halloween Decorations That Won't Frighten Kiddos

Beth Callaghan
Oct 15, 2014
(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

Is decorating for Halloween an epic affair in your house? I've always wanted to put up some big decorations for the holiday but never seem to get much further than carved pumpkins. If your kids are little, there's an added wrinkle that some Halloween decorations might frighten them. We found a few clever outdoor decorations that should be cute enough not to scare little ones, but still bring some festivity to your Halloween.

1. Undead Pumpkins, from Martha Stewart. I love the idea of using ping pong balls as eyes on these pumpkins, especially since you can let your kids do the drawing and make any crazy eyes they want.
2. Eyeballs in a Tree, from The Princess and the Frog. By painting eyeballs onto two beach balls and sticking them up in a tree, you can create this goofy looking creature. Lots of expression can be communicated with simply eyes, so it's easy to make this guy look sweet instead of imposing.
3. Monster House, from Nifty, Thrifty, and Thriving. If you tailor the look of your monster to the fright level of your children, this decoration can make a big impact and is easy to construct.
4. Flamingo Skeletons, $14 for two at Pink, Inc. A fun take on the kitschy lawn decoration.
5. Paper Bag Monster Door, from Home Jelly. If you don't want to turn your whole house into a monster, you can cover the front door with paper bags to make a door monster.

Do you have any cute decorating ideas that won't startle little ones? Let us know in the comments!

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