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15 Under $30 Amazon Finds That Turn Your Home into a Haunted House

Snag these killer decorations that will take your house from homey to haunted—without costing a horrific amount of money.

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Halloween is without a doubt the spookiest time of the year. From jack-o’-lanterns to menacing zombies, Halloween is the perfect time to transform your home from pleasant to scary with these inexpensive Amazon finds. For more inspiration, check out these theme parks with the spookiest Halloween celebrations.

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Ghostly portraits


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Frighten unsuspecting guests by nestling this black-framed photo amid other family photos. From one angle, people see a vintage black-and-white photo of a young girl. But view it from another angle and her sweet face turns demonic. For more frightfully good ideas, check out these 30 cheap Halloween DIY decorations for the spookiest holiday ever.

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Spooky spiderweb


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Cast an eerie nighttime glow over your home with a luminous stretchy spiderweb that’s covered with spiders. Durable and weatherproof, the web can be hung outdoors, stretched above a front door, or across an archway. It looks equally scary indoors, where you can increase the fear factor by stretching it over a reflective surface, like a mirror. Drape the rest of the furniture in white sheets, and your haunted house is ready for guests. For other fears, here’s why people are afraid of the number 13.


Eerie eyeballs


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Transform that autumnal door wreath or a faux-flower centerpiece into an unnerving decoration with these eyeballs that always look like they’re following you. Simply stick one into the center of each flower bloom, then sit back and watch people freak out. And for the little monsters in the house, don’t miss these easy Halloween crafts your kid will love to make.


Creepy corpse


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The last thing guests expect when they open the closet door to stash their coats is a cocooned corpse to greet them. Just wait for the screams. Perhaps even better, there’s no DIY involved here; just buy the 72-inch decoration, hang it, and you’re done. In December, turn to Amazon for great gifts for anyone on your list.

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Otherworldly eyes


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The eyes are the windows to the soul—but in this case a soul-eating monster. Apply these removable and reusable glow-in-the-dark stickers around the house in unexpected places, such as bathroom mirrors. Or stick them on a background of cardboard and hang them outside in the trees and bushes. The cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels is perfect; now tuck it within the foliage. Why do we love being spooked so much? Find out why we celebrate Halloween in the first place.


Bloody stains


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Turn your guest bathroom into a gruesome crime scene with strategically placed “bloody” footprints. For added effect, stretch a length of crime-scene tape across the doorway. When the party is over, snip the tape, peel off the stickers, and store them all away for another year. No muss, no fuss…even though it sure looked like it. Here are 3 easy ways to make your own DIY blood.


Severed-finger soap


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No need to call a doctor—or a forensic investigator—these artfully displayed fingers are actually bits of soap, making them functional and frightening. Arrange a few bars of decorative hand soap in your soap dish, then artfully drape the soap “fingers” over it. Your haunted house will be the best on the block! These are the spookiest towns to celebrate Halloween in America—is your town one of them?

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The perfectly spooky glow


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Cast a creepy, Halloween glow across your entire yard with color-changing floodlights. More effective than a rotating light show, this device offers 16 color options, all controllable by remote. Alternate among flash, strobe, fade, or steady-on modes to achieve your desired effect. The device can be used to decorate for multiple holidays, with a simple change in color options. Here’s the real reason Halloween colors are black and orange.

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An alarming zombie


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This zombie is coming for you! No outdoor graveyard scene is complete without this terrifying addition. Arrange it over a mound of leaves, and it looks like it’s emerging from the ground. Not sure what to dress up as this year? Here are the 24 most popular Halloween costumes for 2019.


Freaky floating body parts


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These plastic “severed body parts” can be slipped into a liquid hand soap dispenser. Suspended in clear soap “embalming fluid,” it will look like a creepy science experiment. Add an eyeball, ear, or finger to various soap dispensers around the house or drop all three into a glass lab beaker and tuck it away with the rest of the bottles on the beverage table; that’ll give someone a scare! Here’s the scientific reason why we like getting scared so much.


Regurgitating jack-o’-lantern


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This may look like an unassuming foam pumpkin, but with a bit of craft, you can turn it into a show-stopping table centerpiece that looks like a jack-o’-lantern spewing food. Simply carve out your pumpkin’s face, including a wide mouth, then place a bowl of food inside the mouth. Not into carving? Check out these 51 simple no-carve decoration ideas for pumpkins.


Strange specimens


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Swap out summery pink-flamingo yard decorations with their spookier cousins. These black-and-white skeleton flamingos will add a cool, spooky vibe to your home—one that you might be reluctant to part with once the holiday is over. Here are 10 scary facts behind the world’s most adorable animals.


Your very own menacing monster


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What’s that ominous-looking creature peeking out of your window? These waterproof reusable stickers of bulging eyes, flaring nostrils, and blood-soaked fangs turn your garage, bay window, front door, or car into a monster’s den. This is a great last-minute option for tricking out your Halloween house. To trick out yourself when there’s no time to spare, try one of these 17 genius ideas for last-minute Halloween costumes.

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Supernatural welcome mat


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If you’re looking for a festive welcome mat to signal the days leading up to Halloween, this is it. This sturdy mat will provide an unassuming welcome to any visitor, and yet adds a nice complement to the spooky decorations around your home. Haunted homes are still homes, after all. For more inspiration, here are 15 of the best haunted houses in America.


Haunted candy dish


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To offer a real trick with your treats, you need this motion-activated skull-shaped snack bowl. When trick-or-treaters reach for a handful of candy, a tiny skeleton hand will pop out from behind. The sensor will also activate the skull’s flashing eyes and spooky sound effects. This Halloween decoration can be used year after year. When it’s time to break down this year’s haunted house, check out these 8 brilliant Halloween decoration storage ideas you never thought of.

For more fun facts, costume ideas, traditions, candy inspiration, spooky entertainment, and updates on how October 31 will look different this year, check out our Halloween Guide.

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Jamie Novak
Jamie Novak is a globally recognized professional organizer who regularly contributes to She has more than 20 years of experience covering the home-organizing industry. Novak wrote Keep This Toss That: the practical guide to tidying up, a top selling book for Reader's Digest. She’s been seen on HGTV, QVC, and national morning talk shows. Her work has appeared in magazines from Better Homes and Gardens to Real Simple. Connect with Novak at, @JamieNovak, or using the hashtag #KeepThisTossThat