How to Throw an Amazing Halloween Party on Your Deck or Patio

If you haven’t begun planning your Halloween party yet, its time to start! Whether you’re putting on a haunted house for your neighbors or just having a party with your friends, these Halloween decorating ideas can help you transform your backyard – and your deck – into a spooky spectacle that will haunt your guests.

Flaming Pumpkins

You don’t have to be a carving artist who can scratch a masterpiece onto the face of a pumpkin in order to take your jack-o-lantern to the next level. If your carving skills limit you to traditional designs, upgrade your candle to a roll of toilet paper soaked in kerosene or some other slow-burning fuel.

flaming pumpkins


Instead of lighting a fire in your fire pit, you could place a flaming pumpkin in the pit instead.

Watch this video to see how it’s done.

Ghost Encounters

Ghost decorations are also great because they’re classic and relatively easy to make. These ones look like they’re coming up through the floor. You can have your ghosts coming up through the floor of your deck around chairs, your grill, or peaking out from behind potted plants.

ghost decorations



Nothing says Halloween like a creepy graveyard. You can make one under a tree, or turn a garden bed into an overgrown graveyard. Add some large spider decorations crawling over the stones, fake cobwebs, or a skeleton or zombie arms as if the dead are trying to crawl out of the ground.

Halloween graveyard


Skeleton Grin Candles

If you can get your hands on some old x-rays from your dentist (or, perhaps, make your own out of wax paper and pencil) these skeleton grin candles will make excellent decorations to scatter around your deck. Be sure to use battery-powered candles.

Skeleton xray teeth candles


Decorate Your Patio Table

Your party will without a doubt have a table area where you’ll spread out all of your tasty Halloween treats. This could be a good opportunity to gross out your guests with some festive Halloween table decorations.

This idea can easily be done with items you might have around your home. Or if not, they can easily be purchased at a low cost.

Specimens in jars


Find some jars, throw in some plastic animals, insects, eyeballs, fingers, etc., and fill the jars with an icky-colored liquid. You could try using green tea or apple juice.

Spooky Punch Bowl

What’s a Halloween party without punch? There are lots of ways to make a festive punch bowl. Here’s one we found interesting.

Halloween punch bowl


These hands also function as ice cubes to keep your punch nice and cold. Learn how to make them here as well as get a tasty recipe for Halloween punch.

Festive Food

Even your food can add to your Halloween deck décor. Get ready to get creative in the kitchen. Here are some fun ideas for Halloween goodies.

Cobweb Cookies

cobweb cookies


Dracula Cookies

Dracula cookies


Spider Cookies

Halloween spider cookies


Happy Halloween, everyone!