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Halloween Porch Decorating 2010 - Contest Entries

Halloween Decorating Pictures

We were appreciative and excited to see your porches decorated for Halloween.

Here are the entries you shared with us!

From fun to spooky, we love your creativity and sharing.

And since many of you prefer fun rather than scary, we put the fun Halloween pictures at the top of the page and the scarier Halloween pictures toward the bottom.



Fun Halloween Porch Decorating Pictures

Farm Country Halloween

by Christine McGoron of Perry, Michigan


Farm Country Halloween
Photo courtesy of Christine McGoron



Farm Country Halloween
Photo courtesy of Christine McGoron



Farm Country Halloween
Photo courtesy of Christine McGoron



Farm Country Halloween
Photo courtesy of Christine McGoron



We decorated our country porch for autumn, then added a few "spooky" elements. We had a lot of fun with this! My daughter made the bat pumpkin at her school Halloween party and we bought the ghosts (last photo) at a local decor shop.




Comments for Farm Country Halloween


By Anonymous: The pumpkin bat is really cute. Would love to hear how that was made.




Witches Brew on Halloween Night!

by Cindy Wielinski of Quincy, Michigan


Witches Brew on Halloween Night!
Photo courtesy of Cindy Wielinski



I cut out a scene from large roll of black foam and used double sided tape to attach to our garage door. This was inspired by a project I saw last year on Martha's website.




Comments for Witches Brew on Halloween Night!


By Anonymous: Really neat. Looks like it was a lot of intricate cutting. How long did it take you to do this? Do you shine a light on it at night?




A Witch's Welcome

by Barbara Curran of Lebanon, NJ


A Witchs Welcome
Photo courtesy of Barbara Curran



A Witchs Welcome
Photo courtesy of Barbara Curran



A Witchs Welcome
Photo courtesy of Barbara Curran



A Witchs Welcome
Photo courtesy of Barbara Curran



"Witches" is the theme for my front porch this Halloween, so I created a cozy little nook that any Witch would be delighted to take refuge on.

I used an old mirror which use to hang in my daughter's room...it was pink so I gave it a nice coat of black. The table vignette was inspired by all the little items I have collected over the years related to "Witch Living".

I infused lots of pumpkins and mums for the girlish side of every Witch...they soften the look and add tons of color.

Then a little cobweb action for added ambiance...and I have a fun and festive welcome for all the little Trick or Treaters this Halloween!!!




Comments for A "Witch's" Welcome

By G. ZIMM: Very enjoyable. How nice to see how much fun one gets out of decorating for holidays. It must be very rewarding to have the talent and ambition to have this creativity and do something with it.

By Jamie: Love your outdoor Halloween decorations. I love the idea of the mirror on your porch. And painting it from pink to black makes it look very different. Very charming Halloween decorations. Thanks for sharing with us.




Trick or Treat

by Diana of Brownstown MI


Trick or Treat
Photo courtesy of Diana



The porch is decorated with some of the things that were passed down in our family. We love to decorate the porch for Halloween so that all the children feel welcome to approach our home.




Comments for Trick or Treat

By Anonymous: Nicely decorated Halloween Porch. How nice to use items passed down in your family to decorate your porch. I bet the children in your neighborhood enjoy coming to your home for tricks or treats. Thanks for sharing, Diana.




Halloween Fun

by Teresa of upstate NY


Halloween fun
Photo courtesy of Teresa



Halloween fun
Photo courtesy of Teresa



Halloween fun
Photo courtesy of Teresa



I just love Halloween and have slowly collected some favorite decorations that I like to put out to make my trick or treaters feel welcome. I don't like it too scary because it's all about the kids. They shouldn't be intimidated by the decorations, just entertained.




Comments for Halloween Fun

By Roeshel: Great job! I love decor collected over time. So fun and inviting! Love it!


By Anonymous: What a fun Halloween porch. I can see why Trick or Treaters would love coming to your home for Halloween. I love your decorations, Teresa. Really fun. I like the colors on your porch, too.




Halloween 2010 Porch Get Together

by Donna of WV


Halloween 2010 Porch Get Together
Photo courtesy of Donna



Halloween 2010 Porch Get Together
Photo courtesy of Donna



Halloween 2010 Porch Get Together
Photo courtesy of Donna



Halloween 2010 Porch Get Together
Photo courtesy of Donna



I love antiques and crafts. So I like to put them together to create a holiday scene for my 40' wide front porch.

I made the large pumpkin, standing witch, standing Dracula, and standing lady scarecrow. My husband and I made the coffin for the zombie that raises up quickly by sound sensor. I also cut out wooden pumpkins and painted them for fillers.

Fall is my favorite time of the year and what fun it is to decorate for Halloween.




Comments for Halloween 2010 Porch Get Together

By Anonymous: Wow, what a Halloween Porch. Donna, love how you put together your crafts and antiques to create this autumn - Halloween scene on your porch. I really like it. Thank you for sharing your Halloween decorating ideas. I bet the kiddos enjoy coming to your home for trick or treats.




Pumpkin Totem Pole

by Joetta of Lake Orion Michigan


Pumpkin Totem Pole
Photo courtesy of Joetta



Pumpkin Totem Pole
Photo courtesy of Joetta



Pumpkin Totem Pole
Photo courtesy of Joetta



Pumpkin Totem Pole
Photo courtesy of Joetta



Each year we create our pumpkin totem pole. We skewer pumpkins onto a pole that is placed in the ground. The pumpkins are decorated with fruits, vegetables, and plant/outdoor matter.

It has always been an annual event at our house. We love watching cars stop by at night to take a look. We have even had families take pictures around it on Halloween!

What a enjoyable family project this is and so easy to do. All you need is a metal pole, pumpkins, nails (spikes are best), hammer and fruits and vegetables.

Step one is to pound the pole into the ground.

Next, cut a whole in the top and bottom of each pumpkin.

Skewer the pumpkins down the poles. If you are adding hair to any pumpkin face you will need to put the hair on before sliding another pumpkin down the pole.

Using your imagination and talents, create your faces and secure items with your spikes!




Comments for Pumpkin Totem Pole

By Anonymous: Better than carving. Much more fun than simply carving a pumpkin. Holy Cow!

By Anonymous: Muy guay! (Very cool!) Yo voy a hacerlo con mi familia! (I am going to do it with my family). Gracias!!!

By Linda C: Fantastic. I have seen some of your previous creations and this one may be the best! Way to go!!

By Anonymous: This is so AWESOME! Way to go Brooks family. I love the witch's hat on the top pumpkin and the crazy hair made out of plants! What a great, creative idea!

By Cindy Marshall: Amazing! I absolutely love love love your totem pole! I know my grandson and granddaughter will love making one! Just hope ours turns out as cute as yours! What a GREAT new family tradition to start with the kids! Thanks for sharing!

By Bill: Fun idea! What a clever tradition! Very simple but colorful!

By Mary and Dave: Really cute!! Love those family traditions:) Thank you for sharing your instructions




Howl - O - EEEEEN 2010

by Robin Martin of Manchester, MI


Howl - O - EEEEEN
Photo courtesy of Robin Martin



Howl - O - EEEEEN
Photo courtesy of Robin Martin



Howl - O - EEEEEN
Photo courtesy of Robin Martin



Howl - O - EEEEEN
Photo courtesy of Robin Martin



Halloween is my favorite time of the year! Having an artistic eye, I really get involved in the theatrics, props and costumes around the season. This year I tried using an all black theme...I searched high and low for the ravens to complete the "bird" section of my porch. I left the pumpkins their natural color just for a bit of contrast! Enjoy!




Comments for Howl - O - EEEEEN 2010

By Jamie: Love your porch. I like your porch and Halloween decorations. Looks like a beautiful Victorian home you have. I like your all-black theme for Halloween decorating. Really striking against the soft colors of your home. Thanks for sharing.



Easy Halloween Decorating Ideas

While you're browsing our contest entries, why not go see some easy and inexpensive Halloween porch ideas we've gathered up.

Halloween decorating pirate-style

Pretty cute pirate porch






Scary Halloween Porch Decorating Pictures

Not everyone is into scary Halloween decorating, but some really are! So for those of you who like the spookier side of things (even gory), here are some more pictures from our readers.


Dracula Manor

by Ricky MacDonald of Azusa, CA


Dracula Manor
Photo courtesy of Ricky MacDonald



Dracula Manor
Photo courtesy of Ricky MacDonald



Dracula Manor
Photo courtesy of Ricky MacDonald



Dracula Manor
Photo courtesy of Ricky MacDonald



Pictures just don't do it justice!

We also had my 83 year grandma handing out candy, which was also kind of scary. Over 400 people got scared! Some of the adults wouldn't even come to the door!

Well, we had 15 eerie black figures in the yard, and our guests didn't know which ones were real and which were fake until the jumped out and scared them! We had a real live ghost projected onto the windows, and Dracula in the yard playing his organ, along with the scary sounds of screaming and monsters.

Everything had a scary glow thanks to our industrial black lights, not to mention the fog from our fog machines that ended up covering the whole neighborhood. Overall, the kids were very scared! I wish I could upload the video.




Comments for Dracula Manor

By Anonymous: I went on line to look for inspiration for Halloween porch decor, and to my surprise I come across Dracula Manor. I live in N. California, but I grew up in Azusa. Your pics took me back to my childhood when my cousins and I would go trick or treating on Pasadena Ave, past Dalton Elementary and nearby streets.

By the way, your idea is by far my favorite. But that could be cause im partial due to geographical purposes.


By Jenny: Wow! Very Scary! I love the organ player!


By Anonymous: Awesome. Great job. How did you do the ghost in the window?




Haunted Porch

by Shelly of CT


Haunted Porch
Photo courtesy of Shelly



Haunted Porch
Photo courtesy of Shelly



Haunted Porch
Photo courtesy of Shelly



Haunted Porch
Photo courtesy of Shelly



My 6 year daughter and I had fun decorating the porch for Halloween. I already had some fall decorations in place (see Autumn entry), but then we added spiderwebs and spiders to the furniture, replaced the autumn wreaths with grapevine wreaths draped with spiderwebs and black tulle, and she used a kit (sort of like Mr. Potato Head) to decorate the pumpkins.

We also found metal Jack o'lanterns at a yard sale 2 days before Halloween, and added color-changing battery-operated tealights we found at Goodwill on Halloween. She really had fun making the "ghosts" using sheer curtains (another Goodwill find) with coat hangers, thread, and pillow batting.

We have so much wind here that they "fly" all night. On Halloween night they were flying in a snowstorm that started just as we were going out trick or treating! So my Littlest Mermaid had to wear a coat over her costume. Next year she's going to wear a costume that includes a fur coat (maybe a polar bear)!




Comments for Haunted Porch


By Anonymous: Nice mother daughter project. I like how you and your daughter did this together. That's so neat for the two of you! Very fun outdoor Halloween decorations.




Dr Dead and Nurse Corpse

by Zoe Feast of Chicago, IL


Dr Dead and Nurse Corpse
Photo courtesy of Zoe Feast



A pair of gruesome medical professionals to greet Halloween Trick or Treaters complete with a bowl of candy body parts. We used old dress up clothes, stuffing them with newspaper. Nurse Corpse's head is an old Barbie hair styling doll ...scary!




Comments for Dr Dead and Nurse Corpse

By Christi: What a fun idea! Scary Halloween decorations and yet fun at the same time. I like it a lot!




Lohr Manor - Halloween Decorations

by David Lohr of Erie, PA


Lohr Manor - Halloween Decorations
Photo courtesy of David Lohr



We started out small a few years ago and have slowly grown our collection so much that it has spread out from our porch and into our yard.




Comments for Lohr Manor - Halloween Decorations


By Robin: Cool! Please post some more pictures! Wish I could see it in person

By Louise: It's a scene that just draws you in. Do you get a lot of trick or treaters?




Kate's Vintage Halloween Decorations are Awesome

Like to see more Halloween porch decorations? Great!


Classic and Vintage Halloween Decorating by Centsational Girl

Visit our vintage Halloween page. Kate of Centsational Girl really has a great knack of styling her decorations!






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