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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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

He's a beautiful dragon. He looks like he's taking a nap before Halloween.

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My Neighbor's Only Halloween Decoration

My Neighbor's Only Halloween Decoration

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Andrew Huang 2 weeks ago

Brilliant!!

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Great Decoration For Dia De Muertos In México

Great Decoration For Dia De Muertos In México

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

Really cool!

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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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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

They're such dedicated workers.

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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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Misty Suarez-Forehand 2 weeks ago

This really cool. Wonder how long it takes them to put these up?

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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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tima 2 weeks ago

if it's mine, I'd add two giant eyes to the windows above there 😂😍

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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.

#7

I Made This For Halloween

I Made This For Halloween

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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

She's lovely. I hope she gets her fill of yummy trick or treaters.

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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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Eirik Johnsbråten 2 weeks ago

Nope, I can't.

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#9

We Decorated The Truck For Halloween

We Decorated The Truck For Halloween

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tima 2 weeks ago

good awareness campaign tho!:D

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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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M. Sabbe 2 weeks ago

that tagline XD

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#11

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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Tor Rolf Strøm 2 weeks ago

So uhm, can I work here?

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#12

Scary Homemade Halloween Decorations

Scary Homemade Halloween Decorations

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

These are so damn cool and spooky!

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#13

My Neighbor's Halloween Decoration

My Neighbor's Halloween Decoration

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Tracy Moorhead 2 weeks ago

Too funny!!

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#14

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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Melissa D 2 weeks ago

Best one!

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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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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

Some people have serious skills making these decorations!

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#17

Simple, But Effective

Simple, But Effective

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tima 2 weeks ago

the house itself looks spooky in a gorgeous way!!

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#18

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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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

That web is really cool, I wonder how they made it

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House Set Up In My Neighborhood

House Set Up In My Neighborhood

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

This must've taken a lot of time and effort!

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#20

She Wins Halloween

She Wins Halloween

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Raine Soo 2 weeks ago

This is cute...How do you get into the house, though?

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#21

Homemade Halloween Witch Decoration

Homemade Halloween Witch Decoration

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu 2 weeks ago

poor witch... she didn't take it by heart: don't drink and fly

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#22

Our Neighborhood Really Loves Halloween

Our Neighborhood Really Loves Halloween

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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

Very well done!

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#23

My Local Bar Dressed Up For Halloween

My Local Bar Dressed Up For Halloween

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

This is such a clever idea!

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#24

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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Sean Reynolds 2 weeks ago

Your decorations are good when the police, firemen and the ambos come round

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#25

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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Tracy Moorhead 2 weeks ago

I think it's pretty cool, very creative!

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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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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

Good for her! It'll be perfectly safe.

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#27

Halloween Decorations On A Building, Sunderland, UK

Halloween Decorations On A Building, Sunderland, UK

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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

Excellent!

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#28

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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Eirik Johnsbråten 2 weeks ago

Omg, they are adorable!

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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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Dolevaal 2 weeks ago

Like a fantasy novel or something. You should play DnD in your house or put up some traps with riddles as long the decoration will be there. Could be a fucking great atmosphere!

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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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Tahani 2 weeks ago

love this!

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This Halloween Decor At My Wal-Mart

This Halloween Decor At My Wal-Mart

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Slinkman 2 weeks ago

Billybob did never quit the job...

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#32

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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Kalpanee Abeyratne 2 weeks ago

Used plastic bottles.. That's the scariest part!

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#33

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

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

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Francis 2 weeks ago

too soon :'(

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#34

Zombie Horse

Zombie Horse

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Hope Floats 2 weeks ago

This is both scary and interesting to see a horse's muscle structure.. Great idea and different!!

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#35

Saw This At My Neighbor's House This Morning

Saw This At My Neighbor's House This Morning

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Slinkman 2 weeks ago

Haha me too :) #scarriage

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#36

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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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

I really like this one.

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Blursed Decor

Blursed Decor

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Hope Floats 2 weeks ago

So now lives happy ever after with a wonderful new man, who for some reason, volunteers to do the washing up every night.....

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My Neighbor’s Halloween Decorations

My Neighbor’s Halloween Decorations

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Femur! 2 weeks ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THE SKELETONS!!!! THEY'RE RUNNING LIKE NARUTOOOOO!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAH NARUTO-RUN...85c56b.gif NARUTO-RUN-5dbac1785c56b.gif

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My Only Halloween Decorations This Year

My Only Halloween Decorations This Year

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M. Sabbe 2 weeks ago

the lights really sell it

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Newest Halloween Decoration

Newest Halloween Decoration

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Femur! 2 weeks ago

The "snow dance" from this movie, it's the best one I've heard. The first time it make me cry. Good memories with that movie! :')

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My Mom’s Spooktober Yard Decor

My Mom’s Spooktober Yard Decor

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desert29rat 2 weeks ago

It's good she has her pets on leashes. I hope she cleans up after them too.

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#42

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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Thunder 2 weeks ago

Nice!

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#43

I Drive Past This Everyday

I Drive Past This Everyday

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Femur! 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best uses to a pumpkin! Very clever!

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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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Dynein 2 weeks ago

The problem is, Halloween doesn't prevent people from dying. This would look real to someone passing by at some distance, and if it was real, they SHOULD call 911. You don't want a boy-who-cried-wolf situation where it could cost lives - so please, add a little something that makes clear it's not real.

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#45

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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athornedrose 2 weeks ago

yeah no. halloween is my favorite holiday, but as a woman who's been constantly told to beware predators, i would straight up not get into this car.

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