Halloween can be expressed as a mathematical equation. Much like the Powerpuff Girls, Halloween is made up of three parts (plus an accidentally-added extra ingredient to the concoction — Chemical X). First, there are the costumes — not much of a holiday without pretending to be courageous heroes and nefarious villains! Next, of course, there’s the candy. Delicious. Sweet. Deliciously sweet. Finally, there are the spooky decorations, without which Halloween would be just another cosplay party where we binge on chocolate.

In the final rush towards Halloween, Bored Panda brings you the most creative, the most original, the very best decorations to show you how some people go all-out for the scariest of nights! Upvote your fave decorations and share the link with your friends and family for some inspiration that doesn’t revolve around carving pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns.

Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the foremost expert on Halloween on Earth, author Lesley Bannatyne. We talked to her about the meaning of Halloween and how it can be as much about silliness and having fun as it is about seriousness and darkness.

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This Full-Sized Dragon Decoration Someone Put On Their House For Halloween

This Full-Sized Dragon Decoration Someone Put On Their House For Halloween

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My Neighbor's Only Halloween Decoration

My Neighbor's Only Halloween Decoration

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Great Decoration For Dia De Muertos In México

Great Decoration For Dia De Muertos In México

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Successful decorations are those that make you stop in your tracks and do a double take. Whether it’s a giant dragon, a massive guillotine, or a ‘body’ trapped underneath a garage door, we can’t help ourselves being fascinated by what’s gory and unexpected. We just wish we thought of some of these ourselves.

Bored Panda talked to Halloween expert Bannatyne about what her interpretation of the holiday is: whether it’s gritty and dark owing to its history, or something else entirely.

“Halloween’s never been dark for me. If anything, Halloween has always brought a little light to the darkness,” Bannatyne proclaimed.

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Making The Best Out Of A Bad Situation

Making The Best Out Of A Bad Situation

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A Restaurant In My Town Dressed Up For Halloween Ghost Busters Style

A Restaurant In My Town Dressed Up For Halloween Ghost Busters Style

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First Halloween In Our New Home! Sorry, Neighbors, We're That House

First Halloween In Our New Home! Sorry, Neighbors, We're That House

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“We impersonate the things we’re scared of or try to meet them face to face in a haunted attraction or cornfield. I heard Joe Hill once talk about his horror writing, saying: ‘You kick the darkness until it bleeds light.’ That’s how I think of Halloween,” she explained.

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I Made This For Halloween

I Made This For Halloween

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Part Of The Halloween Display My Wife And Kids Put Together

Part Of The Halloween Display My Wife And Kids Put Together

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We Decorated The Truck For Halloween

We Decorated The Truck For Halloween

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Bannatyne went into detail about the essence of what Halloween is all about: “At its core, Halloween was a warning.

“Two thousand years ago, people in northwestern Europe gathered together, brought their animals to shelter, and prepared for the deathly, dangerous season of cold and dark.

“Today, in parts of the country [the United States] that have a cold season, Halloween’s the last outdoor hurrah, a big blast of fun, like opening the fireplugs one last time before we go back inside and wait for spring.”

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IT Department's Decoration

IT Department's Decoration

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Our Office Party Planning Committee May Have Gone A Bit Overboard This Year

Our Office Party Planning Committee May Have Gone A Bit Overboard This Year

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Scary Homemade Halloween Decorations

Scary Homemade Halloween Decorations

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My Neighbor's Halloween Decoration

My Neighbor's Halloween Decoration

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My Friend’s Decorations To Celebrate Halloween And The 50th Anniversary Of The Beatle’s “Abbey Road” Album

My Friend’s Decorations To Celebrate Halloween And The 50th Anniversary Of The Beatle’s “Abbey Road” Album

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DIY Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Decorations

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Made This For Our Yard

Made This For Our Yard

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Simple, But Effective

Simple, But Effective

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I Think My Neighbor Won The Halloween Decor Contests Even Though There Wasn't One

I Think My Neighbor Won The Halloween Decor Contests Even Though There Wasn't One

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House Set Up In My Neighborhood

House Set Up In My Neighborhood

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She Wins Halloween

She Wins Halloween

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Homemade Halloween Witch Decoration

Homemade Halloween Witch Decoration

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Our Neighborhood Really Loves Halloween

Our Neighborhood Really Loves Halloween

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My Local Bar Dressed Up For Halloween

My Local Bar Dressed Up For Halloween

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Woke Up This Morning To 6 Cops, A Fire Truck, And An Ambulance At My Door Because A Passing Car Was Concerned About The One Halloween Decoration I Neglected To Take Down

Woke Up This Morning To 6 Cops, A Fire Truck, And An Ambulance At My Door Because A Passing Car Was Concerned About The One Halloween Decoration I Neglected To Take Down

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Turned This Free Statue From A Flea Market Into My New Halloween Decoration

Turned This Free Statue From A Flea Market Into My New Halloween Decoration

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I Woke Up To An Amazon Package Being Delivered And The Delivery Woman Decided To Have Some Fun With My Halloween Decoration On My Front Porch

I Woke Up To An Amazon Package Being Delivered And The Delivery Woman Decided To Have Some Fun With My Halloween Decoration On My Front Porch

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Halloween Decorations On A Building, Sunderland, UK

Halloween Decorations On A Building, Sunderland, UK

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City Of Manchester Celebrating Halloween With Large Inflatable Monsters On Buildings

City Of Manchester Celebrating Halloween With Large Inflatable Monsters On Buildings

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My Wife Decided To Dress Up Her House Plants For Halloween. We Now Have A Haunted Forrest In Our Living Room 

My Wife Decided To Dress Up Her House Plants For Halloween. We Now Have A Haunted Forrest In Our Living Room 

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Found This House While Driving Around Looking At Halloween Decorations

Found This House While Driving Around Looking At Halloween Decorations

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This Halloween Decor At My Wal-Mart

This Halloween Decor At My Wal-Mart

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This Train My Neighbor Is Building Out Of Used Plastic Bottles For Halloween

This Train My Neighbor Is Building Out Of Used Plastic Bottles For Halloween

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Mr. Stark, I Don't Feel So Good...

Mr. Stark, I Don't Feel So Good...

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Saw This At My Neighbor's House This Morning

Saw This At My Neighbor's House This Morning

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You Know It's Halloween In New York When People Cover Their Apartments In Giant Spiderwebs

You Know It's Halloween In New York When People Cover Their Apartments In Giant Spiderwebs

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My Neighbor’s Halloween Decorations

My Neighbor’s Halloween Decorations

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My Only Halloween Decorations This Year

My Only Halloween Decorations This Year

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Newest Halloween Decoration

Newest Halloween Decoration

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My Mom’s Spooktober Yard Decor

My Mom’s Spooktober Yard Decor

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What I Did Today: Tape Ghosts! Not The Best And Still Need To Add Lights But Getting There

What I Did Today: Tape Ghosts! Not The Best And Still Need To Add Lights But Getting There

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I Drive Past This Everyday

I Drive Past This Everyday

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Deadly Halloween Tableau Too Realistic For Some. Neighbours Called 911

Deadly Halloween Tableau Too Realistic For Some. Neighbours Called 911

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I Don't Think The Uber Riders Will Find My Halloween Decoration As Funny As I Do

I Don't Think The Uber Riders Will Find My Halloween Decoration As Funny As I Do

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