There’s more to Halloween than tricks and treats. Much of its appeal stems from the holiday’s trademark spooky decorations. Whether they are silly or downright frightening, these set the tone for an eerie occasion like no other. From cobwebs to jack-o-lanterns and, of course, spooky lighting, every detail matters.

There’s no denying the importance of Halloween party decorations, but actually establishing a spooky atmosphere can be difficult, especially if you’re reliant on DIY strategies. We’re here to help. In this guide, we’ve highlighted a few of the best (and easiest) ways to get guests talking when you throw the ultimate Halloween party.

One of the most important decorative elements? Cardboard cutouts, which allow you to design your party setup as you see fit. Equipped with the right cutouts, you can create a truly festive environment. Keep reading to learn more about the role spooky cardboard cutouts can play in bringing your Halloween party to life.

Getting Started With Cardboard Cutouts

First things first: ordering cardboard cutouts that amplify your party’s spooky theme. These are far easier to create and display than your typical DIY Halloween decor — and they’re far more fun to personalize. Perhaps the biggest advantage, however, is the sheer scale of the visual impact: these eerie cutouts can easily be seen from far away or, if desired, carefully placed to produce an unexpected fright.

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Classic Halloween Icons

Keep it simple with a traditional aesthetic that never fails to pack a punch. This should include all the hallmarks of a typical Halloween:

  • Jack-o-lanterns. Encourage guests to create their own and put them on display — or, if you’re mess-averse, opt for cutout versions with spooky or silly faces.
  • Ghosts. A white, sheet-like appearance makes vintage ghosts stand out. Place several throughout your party setup to deliver immediate Halloween vibes.
  • Bats. Displayed on doorways, in corners, or even on tabletops, bats elevate the Halloween atmosphere — especially for a haunted house theme.
  • Witches. From the Wicked Witch of the West to the Sanderson sisters and everything in between, throwback witches (in cutout form) are a must for any Halloween party. Don’t forget their cauldrons, brooms, and cats.

If possible, amp up the vintage Halloween appeal with classic styles reminiscent of your childhood festivities. The goal is to create a nostalgic appeal that forces guests of all ages to embrace their inner child. All this can easily be accomplished by adorning your party with a variety of vintage-inspired cardboard cutouts.

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Modern Halloween Icons

If you’re all about pop culture, you’ll be thrilled to draw on a wealth of inspiration from all the hottest Halloween movies. From Nightmare on Elm Street to The Nightmare Before Christmas, these can be incorporated into any type of party or location. Fun examples include:

      • Wednesday Addams
      • Vecna from Stranger Things
      • Chucky
      • Pennywise the Dancing Clown
      • Twins from The Shining
      • Beetlejuice
      • Jason Vorhees
      • Michael Meyers
      • Freddy Krueger

Kid-Friendly Cutouts

Spooky decor is perfect for an adult or teen-oriented party, but what if you’re planning a family-friendly affair? Younger kids strongly prefer silly styles, so emphasize the fun or vibrant aspects of Halloween while toning down the eeriest parts. Cardboard cutouts can be joyful instead of scary if they feature cute characters.

Friendly ghosts and adorable monsters make for great photo booth accents — and kids will especially be excited about photo opportunities involving face-in-hole cutouts.

Give little ones the chance to pose with BigHeads as well; from a little kid’s perspective, these accessories are absolutely hilarious. Costume-related (and candy corn) cutouts are also recommended, particularly for a trick-or-treat party.

Other kid-related party supplies might include pin-the-tail games (with a cat instead of a donkey) or even simple Halloween stickers. Let kids create their own Halloween signs to display throughout the party.

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Spooky Indoor Scenes

It takes a lot of DIY effort to cultivate an eerie Halloween environment, but cutouts can streamline the process and have a bigger impact. Incorporate specialized lighting and sound effects to amplify the creepy ambiance. Scenes worth creating include:

  • Haunted houses. Spiderwebs, candles, and critters form the basis of an excellent haunted house. Glow-in-the-dark elements are essential, as are cutouts portraying bats and cauldrons.
  • Graveyards. Whether spooky or hilarious, cardboard cutout tombstones are a must for your Halloween party. Get clever with the epitaphs, which can be real conversation-starters.
  • Creepy forests. Things that bump in the night are perfect for a forest-themed event. Keep it spooky with dim lighting and cardboard cutouts portraying the most frightening creatures you might find in a deep, dark forest. 

Themed Outdoor Decorations

Make a powerful first impression with cutouts adorning the front walkway. Whether you’re planning a terrifying Halloween bash or something a bit more kid-friendly, you can easily build cardboard cutouts into your entry area, so there is no question as to the theme or vibe of your party. Outdoor-oriented cutouts are also perfect for backyard festivities.

Durability is a priority for outdoor decor and, in most cases, DIY projects won’t cut it. Thankfully, there are plenty of rugged options available. When in doubt, cutouts constructed from Bubble-X plastic are the best option, as these are designed to withstand the elements. Their flat surface resembles foam core, but they’re waterproof. This ensures that, no matter the weather, your cutouts will remain in pristine condition.

Cutouts can form the basis for your outdoor area but don’t forget to add string lights and jack-o-lanterns. Sound effects are also encouraged, including Halloween-themed background music or motion-activated, noise-making animatronic decorations. Don’t forget caution tape, cobwebs, and thematic window clings. 

Get High-Quality Halloween Cardboard Cutouts

There’s no room for half-measures when you’re preparing for a Halloween party or a festive holiday. The bolder your decorations, the better. Life-size cardboard cutouts help you create delightfully creepy vibes without breaking the bank. Placed strategically throughout your party or front porch, these accessories will get everyone talking.

Halloween is a big deal at Cardboard Cutout Standees, where we offer numerous opportunities to build spooks into every occasion. Feel free to customize your cutouts so they reflect your desired theme and ambiance.

We make the process as easy and straightforward as possible, so you can focus on perfecting all the other details for a happy Halloween. Start designing your cardboard cutout stand-ups today — or contact us for more information.


  • Jason Frank

    Jason Frank is the Co-Founder and Vice President at Cardboard Cutout Standees. After 25 years of selling factory automation he started the company with one of his college roommates. The company has grown to one of the largest providers of large format custom printed products in the United States. Along with the namesake cardboard cutout standees, they also provide BigHeads, Point of Purchase Displays, Wall Murals, and Wall Decals to a diverse client base across the US and Canada. When not focused on the business, you usually find Jason either on the road biking or our in the woods and fields of western Wisconsin.

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