Love Halloween? Call it a Halloween graveyard, cemetery or yard haunt… any way you look at it, it is the scariest Halloween house on the block! Share your spooky and mischevioius side with your neighbors this year and make your house a highlight for trick-or-treating.

Go all out this year with a DIY Halloween graveyard!

Halloween is supposed to be a entertaining “holiday”, not one to be taken seriously. A time when we can poke fun at our deepest fears and be a little mischievous.  Don’t we all need a little more tomfoolery in our lives? So this year, join in the fun, break out the creative kid inside, and learn to make a DIY Halloween graveyard!

What we looked for

Now on to the inspiration! We found some amazing families DIY’ing Halloween props and scenes that will blow your Jack O’Lantern display from last year out of the water. We looked for super cool, completely haunted scenes as well as some simpler, easier projects. So there’s something for every level of DIY. Bring it on, Halloween lovers!



Halloween Fence and Pillars

Every haunted cemetery has a spooky fence and ominous entrance, right? So get your yard looking like it’s straight out of a horror movie by starting with these elements.

Haunted cemetery archway entrance

From ‘Instructables‘, make this Halloween cemetery archway with plywood, foam board and lighting to create a spooky entrance to your graveyard. Step by step instructions and even a video of the finished project!


Easy foam cemetery entrance pillars

Also from ‘Instructables‘, these cemetery entry pillars are made from foam… But he has a great tip on how to keep the wind from taking these away! Loving the red handprints and dollar store skeletons. Good tutorial with easy to follow photos.


Cheap and easy Halloween graveyard fence

Need an easy and cheap Halloween graveyard fence? Go on over to ‘Ehow’ and find out how they did it with PVC pipe and 1×4’s.



Halloween Tombstones

Next, time to start filling in your haunted scene. No Halloween graveyard is complete without tombstones! Tombstone yard decorations are amazingly easy to DIY, just check out these ideas we found and you’ll see.

Wooden Halloween Tombstones

Try these DIY Halloween tombstones from ‘Ryobi’ and Jenna at ‘House of Wood‘. These have a base to keep them upright as well.


Foam insulation Halloween tombstones

Foam insulation is easy to work with, making this a great DIY if you want to avoid breaking out too many tools. Make this version of a Halloween tombstone from foam insulation sheets with this tutorial from ‘Instructables‘.


Use some scrap wood to make faux tombstones

Alternatively, if you have scrap wood laying around, put it to use! These awesome DIY tombstones are from ‘Sawdust Girl‘. She made these just using scrap wood and paint. She even shows you how to transfer the words onto the “stone” so you can paint it!


DIY Halloween Props

Feeling  a little extra? Time to add some creative props to really bring your halloween graveyard over the top!

Halloween coffin decoration

A little macabre? Perfect for Halloween is this DIY Halloween coffin made from pallet wood, from ‘Instructables‘. Full tutorial on making this money saving project. Pay attention to the lighting, it’s key for the creepy look!


Halloween mausoleum decoration

If you really want to go above and beyond, build a whole structure. Take this mausoleum, for instance. This is an amazing DIY Halloween prop. From ‘Raven Manor‘. This tutorial is complete with framing plans!


Halloween Creatures

Now that the scene is set, who’s haunting your halloween graveyard? It’s time to add some characters into this scene.

DIY Halloween ghosts

What graveyard or cemetery is complete without inhabitants? This graveyard ghost from ‘Martha‘ is a pretty simple project, but makes a big impact in your yard haunt. Easy to find and inexpensive supplies.


Skeleton scene

Ok, so I have a thing for skeletons, especially when placed in funny or unexpected scenes for Halloween. While these skeletons themselves aren’t DIY, the scene idea is! Photo by  ‘The Martha Project‘.


How to pose your Halloween skeleton decorations

Want to know how to pose skeletons into these scenes? Go check out the DIY skeleton lawn decor from ‘Helpful Homemade‘. Love this gravedigger!


Skeleton burial scene yard decoration

From ‘Halloween Forum‘, this forum user had one amazing Halloween haunt! This is a great example of what you can do with skeletons and the posing technique to create spooky scenes. Remember, lighting is key!


DIY zombie yard scene

You don’t need full skeletons to make an impact, in fact sometimes the unknown is even scarier. For example, though you only see the hands from this zombie pit, but your imagination can fill in the rest! This photo was found on Pinterest and doesn’t seem to have an existing source. We did find an almost identical project video tutorial at ‘YouTube‘.


Final touches to your Halloween graveyard

Finally, your Halloween graveyard is looking great. You’ve got the scene set, the spooky creatures in place, but what’s missing? Sometimes the final details make all the difference! Lighting is key, and spooky details like cobwebs and fog can take your yard from looking like it’s decorated to looking like it’s truly haunted.

Halloween decor lighting

First, like I said, lighting is key. Check out how spooky this purple lighting by Entertaining Diva is! Although your decorations are probably already looking great, adding some spooky lighting really completes the look.

purple lighting for halloween graveyard

DIY fog chiller for the spookiest fog

Ever wondered how movies or haunted houses get that perfect fog that spookily creeps along the ground? Well, all it takes is chilling the fog as it is pumped through the fog machine. You can actually create your own DIY fog chiller pretty easily, just check out this tutorial by the Hallmark Channel

low lying halloween fog


That should get you started making an amazingly spooky Halloween graveyard! If you enjoyed this post, you will love our post on DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas or Fall Decorating : 10 Way to Make Your Home Fall Cozy! Also jump on over to our sister site OhMeOhMy and check out more creative DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas and our post on Instagram Worthy Painted Pumpkins! Now get ready for the next season with these DIY Reindeer Christmas Decorations and Awesome DIY Christmas Yard Decorations over at TGG!

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