These top picks will get your home Halloween-ready in a flash.

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Are you already getting excited about decorating the house for Halloween? You’re not alone. If you’re anything like us, you’ll agree that the best thing about summer ending—in addition to the impending arrival of cozy sweaters, mugs of hot chocolate, and lounging by the fireplace (or pumpkin spice-scented candles)—is that Halloween is right around the corner. According to a 2015 report, Americans favor Halloween over all other holidays besides Christmas and Thanksgiving (that includes Fourth of July, New Year’s, Easter, and even birthdays). 

One of the best parts of the Halloween fun? The decorations. But if you’re strapped for time and unable to DIY on your own, we’ve done the hard work so that you don’t have to. To get you even more in the mood for this spooky holiday, we’ve chosen 17 of the best Halloween window decorations. They’ll let visitors, neighbors, and passers-by know that Hallows’ Eve is nigh—and perhaps give them a bit of a fright!

Scroll down to read more about each Halloween window decoration and where you can shop them. 

Best Value: TMCCE 107-Piece Halloween Window Clings

Amazon

What better way to get in the holiday mood than to spend some time decorating? This decoration set will keep you busy and get your Halloween creative juices flowing. With a whopping 107 spooky pieces for under $10, comprising of spiders, webs, and bats of different shapes and sizes, you can have a blast arranging them any which way you please. One five-star reviewer wrote, “These stick sooo well without leaving any residue and you can move them around a few times without the sticky stuff wearing out. The clear part of the stickers is very clear too so you don't really see it around the image.”

Buy It: $10.59; amazon.com

Best for Kids: Fun Little Toys Halloween Window Gel Clings

Amazon

This 73-piece set of Halloween-themed window clings includes a kid-friendly mix of witches, pumpkins, bats, haunted houses, and more. They’re easy to apply to glass windows—just peel and stick—without causing any damage. If you have little ones afoot, it won’t frighten the living daylights out of them either.

Buy It: $12.95; amazon.com

Most Unique: Impact Innovations Halloween Lighted Cat on Moon

Amazon

If bats, pumpkins, and spider webs don’t do it for you, try this charming light-up silhouette on for size. It sticks to the windows with suction cups (no adhesive necessary!), which means they’re easy to remove and keep using for years to come. One shopper raved that the decoration is “very distinctive, easily seen and clever, “ while another praised its “not kitschy at all” design. 

Buy It: $21.54; amazon.com

Best String Lights: Pumpkin LED Lights

Bed Bath & Beyond

Low-key but definitely still Halloween-y, you can’t go wrong with a set of pumpkin lights. Hang these little fellas from Bed Bath & Beyond across a window for a cute and festive display. With 10 LED jack o’ lanterns that provide an atmospheric orange glow, this battery-operated set of string lights is a Halloween steal at under $9.

Buy It: $8.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

Best Strobe Light: LightShow Chasing White Ghosts Strobe Spotlight

Amazon

This Amazon’s Choice product projects swirling ghosts wherever it’s pointed. For outside or inside use, setup is as simple as plugging this little LED projector into an outlet. The ultra-bright LED technology means that the “flying ghosts” can be seen from quite a distance. “Worked much better than I thought it would,” reads a five-star review. “Bright and sharp projection. Ended up buying a second one, I like the first one so much.” At under $20, it won’t put a d

Buy It: $19.43; amazon.com

Best Window Lights: Northlight Lighted Spider Halloween Window Silhouette Decoration 

Macy's

If you’re not into all the horror, blood, and guts, but still want show you’ve got the Halloween spirit, this light-up spider could be just what you’re looking for. Equipped with 35 bulbs that give off a subtle but distinct orange-yellow glow, this window silhouette from Macy’s will fare perfectly even if you decide to put it outside. The company also offers glowing bats, white ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns if spiders aren’t your thing.

Buy It: $24; macys.com

Best Door Swag: Heritage Lace “Going Batty” Door Swag

Bed Bath & Beyond

This “Going Batty” window and door swag from Heritage Lace at Bed Bath & Beyond is something you’d most definitely find at Morticia Addams’ house—the only difference is that hers would be made from real bats, of course. It’s a subtle Halloween touch that can be enjoyed from both sides of the window, and it’s easy to install. Simply string onto a curtain rod and you’re good to go. 

Buy It: $34.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

Best for Windowsill: AllState Stacked Pumpkins Decoration

Nordstrom

For something a little more charming and a little less gore-forward, opt for this quaint LED stacked pumpkin decoration to adorn your windowsill. The crackled glass pumpkins have soft twinkling lights, and they’re stacked on a trio of witches’ spell books to give off that distinct Halloween vibe while still looking sophisticated.

Buy It: $39.99; nordstrom.com

Best Farmhouse Rustic Style: Bat on a Branch

Uncommon Goods

This hand-crafted hanging bat will add a unique touch to your Halloween home decor. Made from a durable, age-accelerated steel which gives it a vintage, rustic look, you can hang it right outside the window to spook people both inside and out. “This frightening little bat will hang in my foyer year-round,” wrote one happy shopper. 

Buy It: $40; uncommongoods.com

Best Sound Effects: Lighted Ghostly Tattered Curtain Halloween Decoration

Wayfair

Why stick to just visual effects when you take things up a notch and add sound to your spooky Halloween decorations too? This fake window with tattered curtain has an unnerving ghost shadow, and comes complete with ghostly lights and haunted house sound effects—perfect for ramping up the scare factor. Although it can’t be used outside, it’s perfect for bringing a creepy vibe to a Halloween party inside. 

Buy It: $66.99; wayfair.com

Best Under $5: Bloody Hand Drips

Spirit Halloween

Blood is a surefire way to creep people out—even if it’s fake. These bloody handprints from Spirit Halloween come complete with realistic dripping “blood” and look great stuck to a window or a mirror. They’re easy to apply and remove, and at under $5, this item is an extremely affordable way to create a spooky atmosphere.

Buy It: $4.99; spirithalloween.com

Best Investment: Primitives by Kathy Hanging Skeleton Decoration

Nordstrom

There are a lot of cheap Halloween decorations that are great fun, but unfortunately most of them will need to be thrown out after just one use. This well-made spooky skeleton with movable joints from Primitives by Kathy at Nordstrom is built to last (it’s made from plywood and metal), so you’ll have it for many more Halloweens to come. At 50 inches long, it can take up a fair bit of space in the window and be admired from far away.

Buy It: $99.99; nordstrom.com

 

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