From massive spiders to Frankenstein busts, Halloween can really bring out the spooky side of welding. It’s the only time of year where you can let your creativity run rampant and try something a little more out of the box. To get you inspired for your own Halloween project, here’s a few of our favorites sent it by welders just like you.

While many of these projects weren’t created for the express purpose of Halloween decoration, they work perfectly to set a scary scene.

 

Choosing a Theme

Before we dive into our favorites, it’s important to point out that Halloween has a much wider range to its look and feel compared to other holidays. For instance, during Christmas, most decorations involve lights and a tree. During Halloween, every house tends to have it’s own flavor, with a completely different theme from a graveyard to something out of an R-rated horror movie.

Because Halloween offers a wider variety of decoration options, you have to be more careful that your set up all goes together and feels intentional. The best way to accomplish this is choosing an overarching theme.

 

The Classic Look

Halloween is most recognizable with its classic look and feel: Monsters, haunted houses, pumpkins, coffins.

 

Lighting can also add an extra special dimension, as seen with this highly detailed, miniature haunted mansion.

 

Beyond the Stars

Halloween doesn’t have to be zombies and witches. In fact, it doesn’t have to be scary at all (especially if you have small children who won’t cope well with their home being turned into a nightmarish hellscape). You might prefer a Star Wars set-up more.

If you love the sci-fi angle but still want to keep it scary for Halloween, aliens are a great solution. And for the rest of the year, you can hide your life-size alien statue around the house to scare your unsuspecting significant other.

 

You’re a Wizard, Harry!

For those of you who enjoy a bit of magic made with molten mild steel, Halloween is a great time to geek out. Decorating your abode with dragons, owls and various other creations is a fun, potentially less frightening way to celebrate Halloween.

 

Really Scary

If you’re a purist, all this talk of non-scary Halloween must be making you sick. In that case, you could go all-out with the sick and twisted. As a very important note, make sure any decorations that won’t be watched are safe. Yes, ax blades and spikey bits are perfect for the horror aesthetic, but you don’t want to risk any children accidentally Shish Kebabing themselves.

 

Go Big

If you’re looking to go all out, a huge centerpiece can make your yard the crown jewel of your town. While neither of these projects were created specifically for Halloween, they’d both make frightening masterpieces. Just keep in mind that whatever you build needs a way to be taken apart for storing during the rest of the year.

Of course, what’s really scary is watching someone weld in shorts and a t-shirt. Besides the risk of burning yourself, weld arcs create UV rays that can roast your skin worse than a summer day in Arizona. Don’t let yourself be the dispensable character in a horror movie. Get the right gear to stay safe by checking out IOC’s huge selection of top quality equipment at the best prices.