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Halloween Decorating Outdoor Ideas

Download a Free Halloween Black Cat Template

What better way to find Halloween decorating outdoor ideas than from uniquely decorated front porches? We appreciate that site visitors like yourself continue to send us wonderful pictures of outdoor Halloween decorations for you to enjoy.

Halloween has become one of the most "outdoor decoration" seasons and rightly so!

It's a wonderful time of the year to enjoy the outdoors.

Autumn, Halloween,and decorations just go together. We know you'll find loads of Halloween decorating outdoor ideas and inspiration from our photo gallery.

halloween decorating using carved pumpkins

halloween black cat decoration Make this Halloween Black Cat with moon and flying bat - free template and instructions below!

A fun project for the whole family. It is easy to do and will add some Halloween fun to any front porch or yard.

You can also make this as an indoor Halloween decoration too!

Ten Easy Halloween Decorating Outdoor Ideas

1. Use foam to create tombstones (check with your local Dollar General or Dollar Tree for inexpensive autumn and Halloween craft items - we've found them to be really inexpensive). Use stone-like paints to give it an authentic look.

skeletons on front porch swing 2. Dress skeletons in costumes - check with you local Goodwill or other thrift stores for inexpensive outfits. Use stone-like paints to create an even spookier skeleton

3. Make spooky signs out of scrap pieces of wood or foam (which can be painted). Hang with rope or cord

4. Create a coffin from heavy cardboard or plywood. Place a skeleton inside along with playing spooky music

5. Use black spray paint to cover branches. Place them in your graveyard or use them on your porch steps

6. Make a maze of sheets (ghosts) on your porch. String lines across the top of the ceiling and hang sheets making it slightly difficult to navigate to the front door.

7. Make and place scarecrows on your porch. Use them to line the sides of porch steps. You can often find overalls and flannel shirts at Goodwill.

8. Use bales of straw to create a maze for the little ones.

9. Fill a wheelbarrow with dirt (or straw) and bury fake bones for the little ones to find

10. String a line across your porch ceiling and attach a skeleton so you can pull it across your porch.

...and one more Halloween decorating outdoor idea. It's all about the lighting. No matter your outdoor decorations make sure you experiment to find just the right lighting angles to make your scene pop!

Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas from Plow&Hearth icon

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As these are seasonal items, then may not alwasy be available.

Make This Halloween Black Cat

black cat collage

We provide you the template!

Speaking of Halloween decorating outdoor ideas, here's an easy and fun project for kids of all ages. Make this Halloween black cat - perfect as a decorative item on your front porch or in your yard.

black cat for halloween

Our cat is 28 1/2 inches tall by 15 1/2 inches wide.

black cat for halloween

We put him on our autumn pumpkin fence and wow! So cool.

You could even make this out of construction paper or cardboard for an indoor Halloween decoration!

Download Our Free Template Here
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Although the template contains complete instructions, we've included them here also so you can see how easy it is to make.


  • A piece of plywood (18 inches by 32 inches minimum-(1/4 to 1/2 thick); or you could use a piece of masonite if protected from the weather
  • A jig saw and jig saw blade
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scotch tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Gloss black paint (satin optional) for cat and bat
  • White paint for the moon (you may want to add orange to make it a harvest moon)
  • Silver or gold glitter glue (optional)
  • Wooden circle for the moon (available at Michaels or other craft stores). You can cut it from the same piece of plywood or even use a plastic round lid.
  • Exterior wood glue


    black cat for halloween template
  • Download our free template. Tape the template papers together as shown at right.

  • Use the scissors to cut out the cat, moon, and bat.

  • Lay the cutout of the cat, moon (if applicable), and bat on the plywood and trace around them with the pencil.

  • tracing template onto plywood

  • Use the jigsaw to cut out the cat, moon (if applicable), and bat.

  • cut out cat with jigsaw

  • Sand the edges of all pieces

  • Paint the cat and bat with the black paint (may take more than one coat of paint)

  • painting cat

  • Paint the moon with the white paint (may take more than one coat of paint)

  • Once dry, glue the bat to the moon and the moon to the cat's tail as shown

  • glue bat to moon

  • Add eyes - optional: Apply silver or gold glitter glue for the cat's eyes. Let dry

  • apply the eyes with glitter glue

  • Place on front porch and enjoy!

  • finished cat

    And then we found another fun place for our black cat: on our homemade Halloween candy holder for your porch

    Don't run off just yet - we have so many more Halloween Decorating Outdoor Ideas for you!

    Halloween Decorating Ideas In Pictures

    Often times it can be just the simplest decoration that adds lots of appeal. A hint of Halloween can be just as much fun as an elaborate display.

    carved halloween pumpkins Classic jack-o-lanterns on the front step - cute as can be. Carved pumpkins, decorating pumpkins, and pumpkin topiaries all make for a fun Halloween.

    Check out this rather eerie spider web on this Halloween porch. Do you enjoy decorating for the trick or treaters? Do you like cute or spooky or frightening?

    A spider web on the front porch for Hallowen

    Pretty front porch decked out for Halloween. Carved pumpkins, corn stalks, scarecrows, and skeletons never seem to go out of holiday fashion.

    Pumpkin Totem-Pole Decoration

    Looking for unique Halloween decorating outdoor ideas? Try this pumpkin totem-pole that Joetta shared with us! Let your imagination run wild and create one of your own. Take a good look to see what was used to create this masterpiece!

    Halloween - A Family Affair

    See how this family used their entire large porch to create a great Halloween experience. Use ideas from all or parts of this display on your own porch. Thanks to Donna of WV for sharing with us.

    Halloween Front Porch Corner

    The ideas from this classy Halloween decorated porch would work well on any size front porch. The decorated mirror on the wall adds a real special touch and will reflect any light at night to create an eerie display. Our thanks to Barbara Curran for sharing with us.

    Spooky Victorian Front Porch

    This Victorian front porch makes a statement even in the daytime; imagine walking up on this porch at night! Gotta love those crows. Put some sound with this scene and it could be real spooky! Thanks to Robin Martin for sharing this with us.


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