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.
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.
Tie cornstalks to porch step rails or porch columns and decorate with wispy purple ribbons and cute owls.
Shine multi-colored spotlights on skeletons and other ghouls on your porch or in your yard
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
Stick a pair of witch's legs upside down into a pot. Ewww!
Have a family of bones and skeletons greet visitors to your front door
Hang ghoulish monsters near your entryway to greet trick-or-treater
Hang a gigantic spider web on your porch. Instant eerie-ness
Create a spooky scene on your porch.
See the monster rising from the dead? And the life-size witch ready to greet you?
Have a friendly ghost greet your trick-or-treaters and a couple very furry spiders hanging out on the shutters.
Hang the witch's clothes on a clothesline on your porch. Is the witch at home?
Witches, ghosts, spiders - subtle and sweet photo by phoenix4stl
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.
Skeleton heads in different forms - eerie outdoor halloween decorations! photo by Little_Karen
Nice pumpkin effect - you don't need a lot to create appeal photo by frontporchblues photography
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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.
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 create a nice glow photo by autumlovr
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.
Remove the Halloween and you are ready for Thanksgiving photo by birshycat1
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!
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.
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.
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!