Halloween is probably the second most decoration-worthy holiday we celebrate. And for the most part, it’s great: There’s always that neighbor who makes the coolest life-size mummy you’ve even seen, or another who makes magic happen with a strobe-light monster mash.
However … there are a whole lot of Halloween home decor fails out there, too, usually put together by one of two kinds of people: 1) the folks who really aren’t trying that hard, or 2) the folks who just don’t know when to quit with their Halloween spirit.
So lest you become “that house” on the block, which becomes worthy of ridicule both from your real-life neighbors and the Instagram haters and beyond, here are 10 Halloween home decor fails not to try at home, and the lessons we can all learn from them. Warning: You can’t unsee these, so take a look at your own risk.
Lesson No. 1: Halloween is not an excuse to torture babies by turning them into pumpkins.
Babies everywhere are shaking their heads, saying, “As if the ridiculous costumes themselves aren’t enough, you had to gather them all together and snap a photo, huh?”
Lesson No. 2: Halloween is also not an excuse to be lazy.
Using a Sharpie to draw a jack o’ lantern face is pretty lazy, but slapping on a jack o’ lantern face sticker is a new low.
Lesson No. 3: Don’t try to disguise your Christmas decorations for Halloween.
Sorry, you’re not fooling us. We would know that camel from your nativity lawn ornament set anywhere.
Lesson No. 4: Never offer ‘healthy’ treats like fruit—unless you want them to sit untouched.
No amount of sparkly tinsel will turn those Cuties into Snickers bars.
Lesson No. 5: A little creativity can take you to a lot of dark places.
There is no “Fake it ’til you make it” in Halloween crafts.
Lesson No. 6: More does not equate with more scary.
Either you’ve got it or you don’t. You simply can’t fake spider webbery skills.
Lesson No. 7: Potatoes cannot stand in for pumpkins.
No matter how you slice ’em.
Lesson No. 8: Cut off the cardboard packaging already.
Don’t be that guy standing in the returns line with a fake severed bloody arm, saying, “It just didn’t work out.”
Lesson No. 9: There is scary and there is twisted. Don’t mistake the two.
No clowns ever, let alone a re-enacted scene of a clown murder-suicide.
Lesson No. 10: Admit when you have failed.
At least you tried! And the local compost bin will still appreciate it.