How to Create a Chilling Halloween Graveyard

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
10 Materials
3 Hours

Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to spookify your lawn than by turning an old pallet into a chilling graveyard scene? In this DIY guide, I'll walk you through the steps to transform simple materials into the creepiest Halloween decor you've ever seen.

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With just a few materials, a small budget, and a bit of creativity, you'll have your very own haunted graveyard that will impress trick-or-treaters and neighbors alike.

Head to Dollar Tree for affordable Halloween decorations. Spooky savings await!

1. Gather Halloween Supplies from Dollar Tree

Start by visiting your local Dollar Tree, where you can find a fantastic selection of Halloween-themed decorations. Grab everything you need, including the orange lights that will add a haunting glow to your graveyard.

Tools and Materials:

Transform an old pallet with grey primer paint.

2. Prepare the Pallet

Select any type of old pallet you have on hand. Lay it out and begin painting the top with grey primer.

Budget-friendly and bone-chilling Halloween decor

This step not only sets the spooky tone but also protects the pallet from moisture, especially with the fall weather approaching.

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3. Add Creepy Paint Layers

To achieve an eerie effect, apply black paint randomly over the grey primer. This additional layer will enhance the spooky atmosphere.

Spooky graveyard decor

For an added touch, incorporate driftwood-colored paint to complete the look.

Choose your spooky spot!

4. Set the Palette

After the paint has dried, place the pallet in the desired location for your Halloween graveyard.

Weave orange lights under the pallet slats for an enchanting glow.

5. Arrange the Lights

Take the inexpensive orange lights and strategically position them underneath the pallet. Make sure to weave the lights in, under, around, and through the slats.

Halloween lights

If needed, use a stapler to secure the lights, being careful not to damage the wires.

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6. Secure the Plug and Spread the Lights

Staple the plug to the side to keep it in place and off the ground.

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These plugs can be connected to one another without overheating. Spread out the lights all around the palette to maximize the eerie illumination.

Halloween yard decorations

I used four strands on this one. You could use five or six.  

Enhance the graveyard vibe with a brick or rock border

7. Create a Faux Border

Cover the sides of the pallet with bricks, rocks, or bark dust. This adds depth and dimension to your graveyard.

Let the eerie gaps add to the mystery

If using bricks, consider separating them to allow some light to shine through the gaps.

Infuse spine-tingling charm

8. Decorate with Spooky Elements

Start decorating by placing skull decorations between the slats.

Add skull and hand decorations between slats for a ghostly presence

Add hand decorations to make it seem as if hands are reaching out from the ground. Secure them with a dab of glue if necessary.

Watch your Halloween vision take shape!

Arrange orange twigs to resemble a fiery blaze.

Crown your creation with a rat accent

Don't forget to incorporate small Halloween-themed accessories for extra flair, 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.  


Chilling Halloween Graveyard

When the sun sets and the lights come on, your Halloween graveyard will come to life with an incredible atmosphere. Position it near the entrance to welcome trick-or-treaters with a hauntingly beautiful scene.

Try out this DIY project and let your creativity run wild! If you give it a shot, we'd love to see your results. Share your spooky creations in the comments below and join the Halloween fun! 🎃👻

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  • 17335038 17335038 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!