Dead & Breakfast Inn: Haunting Halloween Yard Decorations

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Don’t expect much R & R at this Halloween-theme inn. The guests are skeletal, the concierge ghoulish, and the decor haunting. While you wouldn’t want to sleep at the Dead & Breakfast Inn, it sure makes for a spellbinding outdoor Halloween lawn display.

Welcome One and All
1. Welcome One & All

Where can a ghoul go to rest her tired bones? To a dead-and-breakfast, of course, where the guests have expired long before their welcome. Welcome Mr. & Mrs. Skeleton to the Dead & Breakfast Inn by transforming your yard into a graveyard of hospitality.

At Your Service
2. At Your Service

This concierge (a Halloween store mannequin) has been serving at the dead-and-breakfast since 1892, but his demeanor is just as friendly as ever. He greets each guest with the promise of a quiet stay: There are no activities planned, and once you check in, you can never check out. Download the free card pattern, and glue it to heavy cardstock. Fold the card in half and display on a butler’s tray with a concierge bell.

His and Hers
3. His & Hers

Create a relaxing haven for guests right in your front yard. Make this “boo-doir” by pounding a rusty iron bed frame into the ground. Top the bed with ancient-looking linens — tea-stained white pillowcases. Print out the words “HIS” and “HERS” from a computer, cut out, and trace onto the pillowcases; fill in the letters with black permanent marker.

Turndown Service
4. Turndown Service

Take haunting hospitality to the next level. Leave a few mints and a single rose on the bed to welcome guests to their luxuriously spooky accommodations.

Final Resting Place Suite
5. Final Resting Place Suite

Create a comfy spot for spirits to relax using secondhand finds (such as a discarded headboard, a breakfast-in-bed tray, and an old lamp). A skeleton guest won’t have any complaints about his room.

Parting Words
6. Parting Words

No worries about bed bugs here — it’s the dead bugs that may pose a problem. As any good host would do, be sure to warn your visitors of the creepy, crawly intruders with a bedside sign.

Defy Gravity
7. Defy Gravity

This skeleton won’t be complaining about a lumpy mattress since he prefers to levitate while sleeping. Assemble this bed by screwing a cleat into the headboard and footboard of a cast-off bed. The cleat creates a ledge for a sheet of clear acrylic — the perfect resting place for a levitating skeleton. (Dimensions of acrylic sheet will depend upon the width of the bed and the size of the skeleton.)

Common Courtesy
8. Common Courtesy

Even the dead don’t like to be disturbed. Use this simple warning sign to make sure no one wakes up the skeleton guests.

Guardians of the Dead
9. Guardians of the Dead

These crows stand guard to protect the resting skeleton. Not to mention they add a creepy accent to your dead-and-breakfast scene.

Morning, Sunshine
10. Morning, Sunshine

After a night of rest, a macabre breakfast is in order. The blushing bride, still in her gown (scour thrift stores for inexpensive garb), lingers over her morning meal while chatting with a crow.

Sit Up Straight
11. Sit Up Straight

The trick to keeping this bride’s perfect posture in order is a well-hidden support system. Use string to tie the skeleton’s spine to a chair spindle so she can enjoy her breakfast without diving skull-first into it.

A Matching Set
12. A Matching Set

Fine hotels pride themselves on matching flatware and tableware. Fake a perfect set by spray-painting assorted wares with black spray paint.

Centerpiece Star
13. Centerpiece Star

Tie the table decor in with the rest of the spread by spray-painting candlesticks with black spray paint. Top the candlesticks with miniature pumpkins and a crow to serenade guest with its squawking song.

Homeward
14. Homeward

Mr. and Mrs. Skeleton will be whisked away by horse and buggy to their graveyard home after a honeymoon stay at the dead-and-breakfast.

Happily Ever After
15. Happily Ever After

For this couple, the honeymoon phase may never end. Give wedding vows a whole new meaning with a timeless wish painted on a weathered-wood sign.

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