How to Decorate Your Swimming Pool

This post was last updated on October 6th, 2018 at 03:15 pm

Halloween Pool Party Decoration IdeasHalloween Pool Party Decorations Ideas

The swimming pool can easily be converted into a creepy haunted place with a few bought or DIY props. Check out our best ideas.

Blood Red Swimming Pool HalloweenFill the pool with ‘blood’

For an easy, dramatic effect add some pool dye to your swimming pool. Half of a 8 fl oz bottle turns a 15,000 gallon nice blood red for a halloween party.

And don’t worry, this stuff doesn’t stain the pool liner, neither fibreglass nor vinyl. It does filter out within a few days.

Then add some floating skeletons or body parts and watch your guests admiring the effect.

(PS: Any leftover dye could come in handy for a pink birthday party.)

Floating Halloween Decorations

From floating pumpkins, flickering candle lights to glowing body parts, eerie skeletons and ghosts there are various possibilities to create a gruesomely spooky scene at your pool.

Halloween Pool Party decoration gloves glowsticksGlowing hands

Cheap, easy and effective: Get a box of latex surgical or household gloves, insert glow sticks, inflate and presto you have a good number of glowing dead hands to float in your pool. Works well with clear and dyed pool water.


Spooky Decorations For A Haunted Pool

Best to bear in mind who the party is for. If there are younger children to hold back on bloody body parts but go for Jack-o-lanterns and party halloween decorations. Less realistic is perfect for this age group. In fact, most young children will enjoy the dressing up and party feel more than being scared.

If your party is for teenagers and/or adults the more realistic and creepy the better. Most people think of decorations to drape over trees and arrange in the garden.

But a truly haunted house will have strange lights and emanate eerie sounds and surprising, scary effects. 

Here are some ideas for a haunted feel, especially at night

  • Glowsticks – green or white, put into latex gloves or balloons for ghost lights
  • Flickering lights from real candles in lanterns
  • Real carved pumpkins with tealights inside
  • Flameless LED light candles with moving flames look incredibly realistic and are safe to use
  • Ground fog machine – not as expensive as you might think but sooo effective, especially when combined with glowsticks or spot lights
  • Large cobwebs
  • Animated decorations like ghosts, skeletons, witches with spooky movements and flashing lights and haunted voices or noises
  • Creepy cloth draped over furniture, trees or doors for a ‘taken over by ghosts and creatures’ feel
  • Sound Tracks of haunted music or even a story (see below for inspiration)

Just make sure to arrange everything with safety in mind, especially around the pool area. Make sure your guests don’t trip or fall into the pool at night.

Bubbling swimming Pool and CandlesHalloween decorating is all about creativity and anything spooky, creepy and scary goes!

Fake tombstones, giant cobwebs, glowing pathways, bodyparts, strange noises. If it is all cloaked in mysterious fog even better.

Spooky effect of glow in the dark pathwaysLow, dimmed light is hugely effective to create a a spooky atmosphere.

Jack-o-lanterns shouldn’t be left out. Spread them out around the pool edge or, better still put them in the pool. Even though they are heavy they will float because they are hollow.



Not a pool decoration but a wonderful FREE way to HAUNT ANY POOL and have great fun doing so: Music and stories: Take the time and listen to these. You could also let this run on a loop in a background somewhere. Then see how people stop in their tracks mesmerized to follow THE VOICE.

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