Halloween Porch Decorating Ideas

Fun Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Halloween porch decorating is as popular as ever. It is easy to do with so many outdoor Halloween decorations available. Better yet, some of the best decorations can be hand made and used year after year.

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Whether you want spooky Halloween decorations or a more subtle look, use our pictures below to get ideas for your own front porch and yard.

Cornstalks tied to porch step rails and decorate with colorful purple ribbons and cute owls

Tie cornstalks to porch step rails or porch columns and decorate with wispy purple ribbons and cute owls.


Multi-colored spotlights shine on skeletons

Shine multi-colored spotlights on skeletons and other ghouls on your porch or in your yard


Use the landscaping around your front porch to fill with goblins, headstones and twinkle lights

Fill the landscaping around your front porch with goblins, headstones and twinkly lights


Video: Really Fun Pumpkin Decorations from HGTV

Pumpkins always work for Halloween.

Whether you are a master carver or just want the appeal of pumpkins on your porch, use them to line your steps, greet your visitors, or arrange them in unique ways.


Watch This Short Pumpkin Video

Create adorable pumpkins that will take you from Halloween to Thanksgiving


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A pair of witch's legs upside down into a pot
Stick a pair of witch's legs upside down into a pot. Ewww!



A family of bones and skeletons greet visitors to your front door
Have a family of bones and skeletons greet visitors to your front door



Ghoulish monsters on either side of the porch
Hang ghoulish monsters near your entryway to greet trick-or-treater



Giant spider web hanging on porch
Hang a gigantic spider web on your porch. Instant eerie-ness



spooky scene on the front porch

Create a spooky scene on your porch. See the monster rising from the dead?
And the life-size witch ready to greet you?


a friendly ghost greets trick-or-treats and a couple very furry spiders hang on the shutters

Have a friendly ghost greet your trick-or-treaters and a couple very furry spiders hanging out on the shutters.


witch's clothes on a clothesline
Hang the witch's clothes on a clothesline on your porch. Is the witch at home?



Halloween porch decorating with pumpkins, ghosts, and spiders
Witches, ghosts, spiders - subtle and sweet
photo by phoenix4stl



Spooky yard and front porch for Halloween
Photo by Lehcar1477



Halloween Porch Decorating - What is Your Theme?

Perfect Halloween porch decorating is best centered around one basic theme.

You are only limited by your imagination, but themes like graveyards, haunted houses, spider or bat infestations, or using only fall colors work well. If you are going for a graveyard look, add fog and spooky sounds.


Halloween porch decorating with arched gate and goblins
Skeleton heads in different forms - eerie outdoor halloween decorations!
photo by Little_Karen



front porch with lighted pumpkins for special effects
Nice pumpkin effect - you don't need a lot to create appeal
photo by frontporchblues photography

Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas from Plow&Hearth icon

icon halloween yard flag metal witch with kettle yard ghosts for halloween Click on the pictures to see more details on Plow&Hearth icon

As these are seasonal items, they may not always be available.


Lighting for Shadows and Special Effects

Lighting can make all the difference. You can use existing lighting to cast shadows in just the right places or opt for special lighting that can cast figures or designs onto your home.

Eerie front porch decorated for Halloween
Proper lighting makes this scene
photo by Nicolas Grignon




Innovative Halloween porch decorating ideas: Use strategically placed string lighting, whether in white or orange, to create special effects.

Objects or characters can be subtly highlighted while leaving other parts of your porch much darker. Why not use your Christmas holiday lighting to save you money!

Use either white lights or change them out to orange or purple.

halloween string lights on front porch
Halloween string lights create a nice glow
photo by autumlovr



Halloween urn decorated for the holiday
Lighting one object or area creates interest - Halloween decorations cheap!
photo byYas D. Nil



From Autumn to Halloween

With a little planning you can easily use your autumn decorations in your Halloween-scape. This saves you time and prolongs the season.

After Halloween, it is very easy to remove the spooky Halloween decorations and prepare for the Thanksgiving decorating.


graveyard scene near front porch
Remove the Halloween and you are ready for Thanksgiving
photo by birshycat1



carved lighted pumpkins on front porch
Carved pumpkins and lighting make all the difference
photo by erocka31



Complement Your Porch's Architecture

This works especially well for Victorian-style front porches. Create an 18th century feel that is sure to delight both young and old trick or treaters!


Victorian-style Halloween porch decorating
Doesn't take much to make this porch creepy for Halloween
photo by Davey



Save a Little Money

Who doesn't like to save money? To cut costs, ask your local pumpkin supplier if they have damaged or distorted pumpkins that otherwise won't sell.

Mixed together, no one will notice and you might get them rather inexpensively.

Another idea is to purchase craft pumpkins you can re-use every year. Purchase them right after Halloween to save even more.


Keep the Trick or Treaters Safe

No need for anyone to get hurt by your Halloween porch decorating.

Make sure your walkways and steps are clear of obstructions that may cause a tripping hazard.

Although you may want specific areas of your front porch to be dark, make sure the traffic pattern is well lit to keep the little goblins safe.


Cathy's Spooky Porch Decorations

Cathy, author of the blog Coffee with Cathy, tells us about her daughter and son-in-law's outdoor Halloween decorations.


spider web and spider strung between porch columns

Cathy's daughter and son-in-law, who live in Alabama, wanted to do their Halloween porch decorating with something inexpensive, yet very fun and scary, too. Not only was this their first year with a front porch, but also their 18-month-old little boy would enjoy the decoration, too.

Without spending a lot of time and money, they created this scary spider-covered porch.

Cathy's son-in-law, who must be pretty crafty and artistic, designed the ominous light cover in just a half hour with ordinary black construction paper, tape and staples. See the close-up photo below. outdoor light decorated for halloween
They bought the larger-than-life faux spiders and spider webs on sale.



We appreciate Cathy of Coffee with Cathy sharing these fun outdoor Halloween porch decorating ideas with us.

And thanks to her daughter and son-in-law for sharing their creative ideas. We hope their son has a fun Halloween!












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