Our home is filled with wickedly fun DIY witch décor that makes for a festive outdoor Halloween scene. This apothecary Witch Shop uses a lot of items already around the house like jars, potions, candles, and lanterns. I also include additional ideas for your spooky haunt.
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I looooove Halloween. Outdoor decorating for Halloween is one of my favorite activities of the season. The jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, the feeling of tingles running up your spine wondering what’s lurking in the dark of your favorite scary movie- I love it all!
…except spiders. Nope. No way. We have developed a respectful relationship. They stay away and no one has to see my panic shuffle moves.
Creepy good. Crawlie Bad. Ok?! Hence, you will not see any spiders in my decor although cobwebs get a pass.
This year’s Halloween witch decorations have all of my favorite things! So, I thought I would take thee on a bewitching tour of how I put this together.
I am building towards a theme of a witch’s potion shop. Some years, I like to dress up to greet the trick-or-treaters, so this seemed like a natural extension of that. It’s like a creepy apothecary shop with a bit of witch flair for potions and spells and bubbling cauldrons. What is better for the theme than a group of witches in a séance with this easy Outdoor Witches build?
DIY Witch Decoration Ideas
I know that the arrival of Hocus Pocus and the diabolical Sanderson Sisters are going to put a more colorful spin on season. So excited! They are so colorful, and a themed version would be wonderful with adding colors beyond orange, black, and white. You can get creative with purple, green, and gold or silver.
For this witch motif, I include several cheap decorations or stuff I have around the house such as:
- Witch Hats
- Broom sticks
- A new doormat
- Candlesticks – even better if they are vintage.
- Potion jars – Use leftover food jars or mason jars and add Halloween labels like these.
- Melt candles in old wine bottles
- Cut black vinyl into shapes like bats or black cats and use command strips to hang or attach them.
I kept my basic fall decorations like the mums, bales of hay, and the corn stalks. I am not a fan of redecorating for every season and every holiday, so I try to incorporate things to keep the flow. Scarecrows work well with this theme as well.
Of course, I had to include the DIY pumpkin topiaries (you can find the tutorial here). The Boston ferns will probably die as soon as it turns cold, but they remind me of a lion’s mane or giant moss tendrils as they nest the topiaries.
*Time Saving Tip: The lights and decorations for this entire scene are on an automatic timer like this one so that I don’t have to mess with them every night and we have less wires streaking through the yard.
A small graveyard peeks out from the front bushes warning visitors what might befall them! Insert witch cackle!
Layering a ton of repurposed items for special touches is the secret to any budget friendly themed porch scene. A simple repeating collection of candles and black and white vases that are from my Halloween Party Decorations. You can find similar iridescent pumpkins here. It’s amazing what you can come up with when you shop your house!
The weather resistant lanterns (here is the Halloween lantern tutorial) greet the
victims… I mean trick-or-treaters. They also light the path. How cool with these be with a fog machine?!?
Previously, I shared how we built this DIY Yard Sign. It’s like my absolute new favorite item in the whole glorious show!
Outdoor Decoration Ideas
Some of these we already have, but they don’t show up well in the daylight pictures.
- A Bubbling Cauldron with a Ring of Dancing Witches
- Singing Jack-o-lanterns with a digital effect (we have a full tutorial on how to setup window projection decorations for Halloween night)
- Vinyl bats (vinyl is waterproof)
- This set of spooky eyes to peer out from the window above the door.
- Window decal ghouls in the Windows (I cut my own out of black poster board)
- A fog machine for going down the steps (here’s the tutorial for how to setup a fog effect ).
- A large birdcage with ravens and bones strewn about.
I’ve been collecting this stuff over the last few years, but if I had to make it all this year, I would say it would cost less than $400 total. The pumpkin topiaries were kind of expensive and the sign post cost $47, but most of the rest was shopped from our house and scrap wood from the garage.
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Halloween Decorations Video
I have included a video of our newest setup, complete with witches and projection. I may not be the best videographer, but I hope you enjoy how much the effects add to the scene.
More DIY Witch Decorations for Halloween
I have a lot of plans in the future for more witch themed decorations to go with my apothecary shop, so I wanted to leave you with a little more inspiration to use. These ideas below are just a start.
This tutorial shows you how to create an cheap and easy broom fit for the finest witch.
I was pretty amazed at this cauldron coming from an inexpensive plastic one.
Amanda, from Domestically Creative, makes some of the most fun and interesting crafts. These free labels are the perfect touch for your apothecary bottles.
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