Chilling Halloween Graveyard

Mitchell Couch
by Mitchell Couch
10 Materials
3 Hours

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Turn an old pallet into the creepiest and spookiest Halloween lawn decor you have seen.

Dollar Tree this time of year has got some great Halloween stuff out there. Just go through and pick up anything and everything you need including some orange lights.  

Next, you want to grab an old palette, any kind will do. 

Lay it out and start painting the top using grey primer. We're going to use a primer because it's going to help with any moisture, especially with the fall season approaching. We want to cover basically all the top and get that base coat on there. It also helps with any light reflection, especially from the lights that we're going to add next.  

To create a cool effect, add some black paint after the grey. It's going to make this project shine a little bit more so you can just add it randomly.  

Finally, add a little driftwood color. 

Once the paint is dry, let's go ahead and put the palette exactly where we want it.  

Let's grab those cheap old lights and get them out. We're going to start placingthose all underneath the pallet. Put those up and under and around and through. 


If they start to get a little bit out of the way or they're going to recoil, just grab a stapler and staple it down in there. Make sure you don't puncture the wire itself.  

Also where the plug is going to be, make sure you staple that to the side to keep it in place. It will keep it off the ground.  

The great thing about these plugs is they plug into the back of each other. You can put four or five or six of those on and they won't overheat.  

Now spread the lights out all around the palette. I use four strands on this one. You could use five or six.  

Next, we want to cover the sides a little bit. I had some bricks laying around so I used those but you could use some rock or bark dust.  

I took the brick and separated it because some of the light is going to come out from the bottom. That will give us a chance to allow the light to go ahead and shine through just a few of these gaps.  

After the palette is secured, it’s time to decorate it. Start by grabbing the skulls and slipping them in between the slats.  

Next, grab the hands and place those around. I used a dab of glue to hold them in place in case the wind came up. The hands look like they're reaching out through the bars coming from the ground.  

Add some orange twigs around to look like a fire raging out.  

Last but not least, I found a little rat at Dollar Tree and put it right on top.  

I also ended up adding a few little signs on the sides.  

Once the lights come on it looks amazing. It’s right at the entrance where the little trick-or-treaters come up to grab their candy. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, making it. Have fun!

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 19, 2022

    Not only is this decoration very effective, it is practical as well, as it does not need to be further supported to make it stay upright and not fall over in the wind.👍️👍️ 💀

  • Stephie McCarthy Stephie McCarthy on Nov 14, 2022

    Great design. It has that old-world creepy quality of those cages that people use to put over graves to prevent robbers!