Seasonal yard decorations are nothing new, but few giant Halloween decorations captured our hearts (or, actually, nightmares) like Home Depot’s massive 12-foot skeleton, which is so popular it’s perennially sold out way in advance of Oct. 31.
As the trend of giant Halloween decoration shows no sign of slowing down, we savvy consumers have wised up and are buying early — as in, we’re still sweeping sand from the beach out of our car — in order to compete with the most giant, obnoxious, scary, thrilling Halloween lawn decor in our neighborhood.
To get you into the Halloween spirit early, we’ve rounded up some of the best giant Halloween decorations the 2023 spooky season has to offer. Whether you manage to find the 12-foot skeleton that started it all in stock, or display something totally new, any of the following would solidify your house’s status as That House. Pair these nine ghoulish finds with your favorite last-minute DIY Halloween costumes for yourself and your family pets, and you’re ready to celebrate the season in style.
10 Giant Obnoxious Yard Decorations and Inflatables for Halloween 2023
12-Foot Giant-Sized Skeleton With LifeEyes LCD Eyes
Though lawn decor for Halloween has been popular for a while now, Home Depot’s Skelly (yes, it has a nickname) really took the trend to a whole new level and completely blew up across social media. We don’t want to freak you out, but Mashable reports Skelly is sold out online and, gasp, may not return in 2024! (Cue spooky dun-dun-dunnn music.) However, Home Depot shoppers are reporting that they’ve checked back online daily and hit their local stores multiple times before getting lucky and getting their own Skelly to love and cherish, so don’t abandon all hope just yet.
Skelly is water resistant, stands 12 feet tall, and has LED-illuminated eyes that move. It requires either four C batteries or you can plug it in. Be aware that two people are required to set this up, and Home Depot advises it will take the two of you about an hour to do so.
Why We Love It: C’mon, who doesn’t love Skelly? He’s America’s Halloween sweetheart.
Where to Buy: $299 at HomeDepot.com (limit one per order)
12 ft. Giant-Sized Towering Ghost
Another 12-foot-tall friend from Home Depot, this plug-in ghost has highly customizable blue LED light patterns so however you want it to flash and blink, it will. The company says it takes two adults (though three would be ideal) to help set it up, and it should take about an hour. Note that this sucker is heavy! Boxed, it weighs 84 pounds.
Why We Love It: It towers above the neighborhood, making for an imposing, impressive way for your household to rule the Halloween decor game.
Where to Buy: $349 at HomeDepot.com
The 17′ Blinking Black Cat
Look what the cat dragged in! This inflatable black cat, with green, glowing eyes, is nearly two stories high, with its underbelly a full 7 feet off of the ground. Conveniently, this inflates in a snap: three minutes, thanks to the integrated air pump. Though it’s lightweight at only 14.5 pounds, and folds up to 15 3/4″ x 14″ x 14″, the material is tear resistant, and the cat has eight stakes and four tethers so it won’t blow away.
Why We Love It: With it sitting so high up, you can position this cat over your driveway for kids to walk underneath on their way to ring your doorbell. If they dare…!
Where to Buy: $349.95 at Hammacher.com
5 ft. Inflatable LED Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters with Spell Book
Set up Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson in front of your house for a funny, not-too-spooky way to mark the season. With an easy, self-inflating setup and stakes and tethers to keep the ladies grounded, this 4.2 foot high by 5 foot wide design is a whole lot of wholesome fun.
Why We Love It: This is a nostalgic purchase, and perfect for all the fans of the original, beloved “Hocus Pocus” 1993 film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimi and Bette Middler.
Where to Buy: $149 at HomeDepot.com
Giant Halloween Spider Web With Giant Spider
Spin a web from your house with this 16-foot by 15-foot triangular spider web, complete with a giant black spider. This kit gives you everything needed to attach the sturdy web to your house in mere minutes.
Why We Love It: Though this is massive and alarming, it’s a great, wallet-friendly option, and easy to set up and take down, too.
Where to Buy: $24.98 at Amazon.com
Screaming Bride Ghost With Voice and Glowing Eyes
Serve lots of tricks or treats with this hanging animated ghost bride decoration. The 5 foot 2 inch ghosts feature red glowing eyes and voice animation. Their tattered robes sway with the wind, creating a spooky vibe unlike any other house on the block.
Why We Love it: For just $15 and change, you get a ton of bang for your buck with this ghoulish decoration.
Where to Buy: $15.99 at Amazon.com
55″ Sound Activated Halloween Animated Crawling Ghoul
Take visitors by surprise with this motion activated, battery-operated crawler that stays low to the ground until someone walks too close. Then, he’ll groan, his LED eyes will flash and he’ll slither forward and attempt to reach for them. All in all, freaky!
Why We Love It: The element of surprise is on your — and his — side here, so you’re bound to seriously startle some unsuspecting trick or treaters when he comes out of nowhere to drag them back to hell.
Where to Buy: $66.14 at BedBathAndBeyond.com
7 Ft Emmeline Animatronic
Another undead creature that reaches for unsuspecting visitors is this 7-foot floating woman, rumored to haunt her family’s farm forevermore. Get too close to Emmeline and she’ll begin screaming and flying towards you with her bony arms. Truly terrifying!
Why We Love It: Even though you know it’s pretend, it’s impossible not to be scared silly when you hear shrieking and see a ghost trying to capture you. A perfect addition to any haunted house you’re setting up.
Where to Buy: $279.99 at SpiritHalloween.com
Beetlejuice Sandworm Groundbreaker Prop
Another classic film gets its due. This time, straight from the silly scary Beetlejuice comes the Sandworm. Stake the three-piece plastic decoration into your lawn for an easy-to-assemble setup that looks like it’s really breaking through the ground to get you.
Why We Love It: This well-crafted, jumbo lawn decoration is like a nightmarish version of a plastic pink flamingo.
Where to Buy: $129.99 at SpiritHalloween.com
Haunted Hill Farm 5-Foot Moaning Lighted Zombie
This half-dead butler is five feet tall and makes all sorts of creepy moans and groans while he rotates his head and flashes his eyes at trembling guests. Easy to set up, with an included base, and he’s battery-operated with three AA batteries. You can even bend and position his arms however you like.
Why We Love It: Do the neighbor kids want their mini Snickers bars enough to take theirs off this guy’s tray? Let’s see!
Where to Buy: $69.99 at Lowes.com
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