9 Pool Noodle Halloween Decorations to Make This Spooky Season

Pool noodles aren't just for summer fun! This Halloween, transform them into haunting decorations with these easy and creative DIY projects.

From flickering candles to whimsical witches, there's a spooky pool noodle project for everyone. Dive into the spooktacular ideas below and find your perfect Halloween craft!

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1. Faux candles

This video tutorial by Victoria_Lady Dollar shows how to make faux black candles from pool noodles for easy Halloween decor. These Halloween decorations are easy, budget-friendly, and customizable!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 pool noodles
  • Battery-operated tea lights (from Dollar Tree)
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Black spray paint (optional)
  • Acrylic paint and Halloween pictures (optional)


  1. Cut pool noodles into different heights.
  2. Widen the top holes of the pool noodles to fit the tea lights.
  3. Hot glue the pool noodle pieces together and tie them with twine for stability.
  4. (Optional) Add fake candle drips.
  5. Spray paint the pool noodles black.
  6. (Optional) Decorate the pool noodles with Halloween pictures using acrylic paint.
Faux black candles by Victoria_Lady Dollar

2. Flameless wax-drip candles

In a similar vein, this project by Deer Run Revamps creates budget-friendly black LED candles from a pool noodle.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Pool noodle
  • Electrical tape
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black paint
  • 3 flameless tealight candles (battery-operated)
Flameless pool noodle candles by Deer Run Revamps


  1. Cut the pool noodle into 3 desired heights.
  2. Cut larger holes in the pool noodle to fit the tealights.
  3. Wrap electrical tape around each pool noodle piece, covering the top edge and extending inward.
  4. Apply hot glue generously along the top, letting it drip down for a melted wax look.
  5. (Optional) Use a heat gun to slightly melt the pool noodle for a deformed look.
  6. Paint the pool noodles and tealight tops black.
  7. Insert the tealights and enjoy your custom LED candles!


  • Consider red paint on the hot glue drips for a spooky effect.
  • This project is inexpensive as you might already have most materials at home.

Looking for more Halloween candle inspiration?

Explore our favorite DIY Halloween candles and holders projects for plenty of imaginative Halloween lighting concepts.

3. Halloween pool noodle wreath

This pool noodle project by Kimberley's Joy creates a sugar skull wreath for Halloween using Dollar Tree items.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Styrofoam skull
  • White acrylic paint
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Wooden beads
  • Baby powder
  • Pipe cleaner or skewer
  • Wire
  • Pool noodle
  • Fall-colored flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Metal wreath form (or substitute)
  • Burlap (optional)
Sugar skull wreath by Kimberley's Joy


  1. Paint the styrofoam skull white and add sugar skull designs with regular and glow-in-the-dark paint.
  2. (Optional) Make eyeballs by painting wooden beads white with glow-in-the-dark details.
  3. (Optional) Create a spider using beads, wire, and paint.
  4. Cut and paint a pool noodle black to fit inside a wreath form.
  5. Prepare flowers by painting some black and adding glow-in-the-dark centers to others.
  6. Assemble the wreath by attaching the skull, flowers (with hot glue), spider (optional), and a hanging hook made from burlap (optional).
  7. Create webs using hot glue strings and glow-in-the-dark paint.

More DIY Pool Noodle Ideas

Pool noodles aren't just for poolside fun! Check out this collection of gorgeous pool noodle wreaths for every holiday and season.

4. Floating witch legs

Now for something very unusual from Meredith of Arts & Classy. This is a guide on how to make floating witch legs for Halloween decoration.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Saran Wrap
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Pool noodles
  • Stuffing (pillow batting)
  • Striped socks
  • Shoes or boots


  1. Wrap your leg in Saran Wrap and then duct tape, creating a mold.
  2. Cut the mold open and remove it from your leg.
  3. Stuff the mold with pool noodles for structure and pillow batting for fullness.
  4. Cover the mold with orange duct tape.
  5. Put on a striped sock and then a shoe or boot over the mold.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 to create another leg.
  7. Place the finished witch legs in your bushes for a spooky Halloween decoration!
Floating witch legs by Meredith of Arts & Classy

5. Flying lessons

Likewise, Lovesunique has a project with witches' legs, but this time it's a flying lesson gone wrong! This is a creative way to make a Halloween decoration of a clumsy witch using recycled materials.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Old broom handle (cut in half)
  • Pool noodles (cut to fit broom handle halves)
  • Tomato stakes
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Old purple underwear (stuffed with packing material)
  • Landscape material
  • Black cats, sunflowers, pumpkins (optional)
  • Red spray paint (optional)
  • (For an updated version) Arms, hands, and a new broom


  1. Cut the broom handle and pool noodles in half.
  2. Insert pool noodles into broom handle halves and secure with socks.
  3. Put shoes on the ends and secure them to the pool noodles.
  4. Stuff the underwear with packing material and tie it around the broom handle halves to create a body.
  5. Drape landscape material around the "legs" for a cape.
  6. (Optional) Add black cats, sunflowers, pumpkins, and other Halloween decorations.
  7. (Optional) Upgrade the witch with red spray-painted shoes, arms, hands, and a new broom.

More DIY Halloween Decorations

For additional creative and enchanting projects, explore our post on Budget-Friendly Halloween Decorations and DIY Witch Decor Ideas.

6. Halloween centerpiece

Next up is a spooky centerpiece from Jersey Girl Knows Best, which resembles stacked black candles as well as a fearsome castle.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Pool noodles (2 or more)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Rubber bands
  • Craft knife
  • Sharpie marker
  • Tea light (for template)
  • Black spray paint
  • Decorations (dark red roses, black leaves, black skulls, spooky greenery)
Halloween centerpiece by Jersey Girl Knows Best


  1. Cut pool noodles into various sizes.
  2. Use rubber bands to arrange the pool noodle pieces into your desired shape.
  3. Hot glue the pool noodle pieces together securely.
  4. Add hot glue drips for a melted wax look.
  5. Use a tea light and marker to trace circles on the pool noodles.
  6. Carefully cut out the circles to create candle holders. Glue the cut-out foam pieces back into the holes.
  7. Spray paint the pool noodles black.
  8. Decorate the centerpiece with dark red roses, black leaves, black skulls, and spooky greenery.

7. Floating umbrella witch

Next, Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is has a unique witchy decor idea. This is a guide on how to make a "Floating Umbrella Witch" Halloween decoration.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Umbrella (with handle removed)
  • Witch legs (purchased or DIY)
  • Black mesh
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Tulle (black and orange)
  • Glittery decorations (optional)
Floating umbrella witch by Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is


  1. Remove the handle from the umbrella.
  2. Obtain witch legs (or make your own with pool noodles or tights).
  3. Cover the sticks in the witch legs with black mesh.
  4. Weave black mesh under the umbrella frame for volume.
  5. Cut and tie tulle strips to the umbrella frame to create a skirt.
  6. Add decorations like spiders and sparkly tulle (optional).
  7. Secure the witch legs to the umbrella with pipe cleaners and hot glue.
  8. Create a hanging loop with a pipe cleaner at the top of the umbrella.

8. Giant spider

Scared of spiders? Look away now! This tutorial by Geonna at Theartge shows you how to make a giant spider decoration for Halloween using a pool noodle, exercise ball, and other materials.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Pool noodles
  • Black exercise ball
  • Pump
  • Black sports ball
  • Gorilla tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Knife
  • Black spray paint
  • White paint


  1. Peel any stickers off the pool noodles.
  2. Inflate the exercise ball and tape it to a sports ball for a round body.
  3. Cut pool noodles into pieces for the legs. Bend the ends and tape them to secure the bend.
  4. Attach the legs to the body using tape. You can also add stripes with tape for decoration.
  5. Spray paint the body black and paint on eight eyes with white paint.

9. Halloween archway

As the finishing touch and the perfect welcome to your haunted house Halloween party, this tutorial from Mitch Couch shows you how to make a spooky Halloween archway using pool noodles, PVC pipes, and other materials.


  1. Cut pool noodles into branches with pointed ends and angled cuts for thorns.
  2. Use a heat gun and Saran Wrap to shrink-wrap the pool noodles to create a textured look.
  3. Spray paint the pool noodles black.
  4. Assemble the archway using PVC pipes and connect the pool noodles with zip ties.
  5. Add brown and gray paint for a more realistic branch look.
  6. Decorate the archway with skulls and other Halloween decorations.

More pool noodle Halloween decorations

There you have it! Seven bewitching ways to turn your leftover pool noodles into haunting Halloween masterpieces. With a little creativity and these easy-to-follow guides, you'll have your home decked out in spooky style in no time.

So grab your pool noodles, gather your supplies, and get ready to craft a frightfully fun Halloween!

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