15 Inspiring Ways to Deck Out Your Front Porch for Halloween

Spook up your outdoor entry with these ideas straight from Instagram.

If you’re excited that Halloween is right around the corner, you’re probably already thinking about how to decorate your house for the holiday. And there’s no spot that’s more important than your front porch.

While you can never go wrong with a simple pumpkin or two, we’re excited about these Halloween decorations that take things one step further. Always a treasure trove of inspiration, we combed through Instagram to find some of the freshest ideas we could rustle up for a spooky, scary Halloween-themed front porch.

Banners in Urns

Halloween banners are an easy fix for updating large urns or potted plants you already have flanking your front door. Make your own DIY banners with Halloween messages using felt, letter stencils, wood sticks and metallic paint.


Create a "Halloween tree" which is just like a Christmas tree but features orange and black ornaments. If you can’t find orange or black ornaments, you can spray-paint or glitter any existing ornaments for a quick fix.

Spooky Flamingos

These spooky flamingos are a fun update on standard lawn ornaments, especially if you live in a warm climate. If you have some inexpensive lawn ornaments, you can spray-paint them black and add white paint to make them look more like skeletons.

Trick-or-Treat Signs

Print out simple signs with different Halloween sayings, then put them in inexpensive frames and lean them up against your porch. We also found a lightbox that could be a fun solution for something like this.

Black Branches

You can easily create some spooky branches by spray-painting regular branches black. Stick them into potted plants, then add paper spiders or birds to amp up the scary factor.

Striped Wreath

While orange and black are considered traditional Halloween colors, don’t be afraid to step outside the box. This simple black-and-white striped wreath is a modern take on Halloween decor that's perfect for a more streamlined look.

Spider Wreath

Use faux black flowers and ribbon to create your own Halloween wreath. You can then attach fake spiders and hang it on your front door for an extra-spooky look.

Masked Pumpkins

An easy fix for upping your pumpkin game is to add simple black masks. You can create these with black construction paper, scissors and elastic. Try creating some varied masks, like these.

Pumpkins in a Lantern

This simple decor idea can quickly turn your front porch into Halloween headquarters. Fill up a large, glass lantern with a bunch of small pumpkins and gourds. Group them together on the ground next to your front door or along the stairs of your front porch.

Pumpkin + Gourd Mix

Pile up some pretty pumpkins and gourds on a chair on your front porch. You could also try this on a bench or a hammock. Try to choose pumpkins with varying colors and textures to create visual interest.

Swap Out Plants for Pumpkins

If you happen to have tiered plant stands, try swapping out all of your plants for pumpkins. If you don’t have a plant stand, you could use crates or boxes of varying heights and stack the pumpkins on those next to each other.

Add Some Eyeballs

This is another easy add-on project if you already happen to have a lot of potted plants next to your front door or throughout your porch. You can DIY these with a pair of scissors, colored paper and a stick. These would even work great spread out on your front lawn.

Spiderweb Art

Use empty frames to create spiderweb art. Thick, black twine or thread can be used to create the actual web by making an "X" in the center of the frame, then tying and knotting the string between each section to make it look like an actual spiderweb.

Day of the Dead Decor

For a variation on the more traditional Halloween decor, try incorporating Day of the Dead designs. Celebrated in Latin American countries, this holiday often features bright colors and painted skulls.

Outdoor Rug

Try using a rug on your porch to tie together your Halloween decor. While you certainly could use a Halloween-themed rug, you could also simply add a solid black rug or one that features a more orange-toned pattern.

Spooky Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Halloween

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Spider's Nest Luminaries

Easily turn Mason jars into creepy glowing spider's nests. Just wrap large and small jars with white medical gauze or cheesecloth, securing the fabric's ends with hot glue or pins. Next, glue a few plastic spiders to the gauze to create the look of a spider's nest then fill each jar with a pillar candle or flameless luminary.

Aromatic Candy Corn Candles

Expecting trick-or-treaters or Halloween guests? Add a sweet aroma to your front porch with candy corn-filled hurricanes. To create them, place pillar candles inside clear glass hurricanes of different sizes then fill each hurricane, roughly halfway, with candy corn.

Billowing Creepy Drapes

Turn your front porch into a ghoulish entry with tattered cheesecloth draperies. For an aged look, soak cheesecloth in a bucket of tea overnight. Once dry, staple 8-foot-long sections of fabric to thin strips of wood with a staple gun. Tack each strip to porch overhangs then create a tattered effect by cutting random holes with scissors then pulling the fabric to create runs.

Fake the Look of Broken Glass

Create the look of a shattered window with a clever use of frosted contact paper. Just attach contact paper directly to the window then use a craft knife or razor blade to cut away jagged areas until the window or door looks like it's been shattered.

Haunted Hoot

Dress up your banister with DIY owls. Trace owl silhouettes onto pressure-treated plywood, then cut them out with a jigsaw. Sand the surface, then paint each owl, front and back, with flat black paint. Add eyes with two-inch washers fastened with picture nails and staple on leaf-shaped pieces of vinyl fabric to create feathered wings. Attach basic plumbing straps to each owl's back then tighten the straps around the bannister to keep your owls on All Hallow's Eve neighborhood watch.

7 Heads Are Better Than One

For a truly creepy decoration, spray-paint several plastic skulls (which can be found in the Halloween section of most craft stores) any color you like. Attach rope or twine to the back of each skull with double-sided tape then group them together and hang from a screw eye or plant hook attached to the porch ceiling or overhang.

Spider Web Wreath

Crafting this wreath really couldn't be simpler. Just grab an old picture frame from a flea market or garage sale, then update it with a bold spray-paint color. Next, remove the glass and artwork. Use string or yarn to create the spiraling effect of a spider web. Use double-sided tape to attach the string to the back side of the frame, then hang the frame with a nail.

Body-Part Art

Add a morbid wow factor to your porch with plaster gauze-cast body parts. To make these, invite a patient friend over then coat any body part you'll be casting in a thick layer of petroleum jelly to protect both the model's hair and their skin from the heat that plaster creates when it dries. Wrap arms, legs (or even faces or heads) with plaster gauze dipped in warm water. After roughly 30 minutes, the gauze will dry, conforming to the body parts. Carefully cut the mold in half to remove it then stitch the seam together with black yarn, adding holes in the gauze with a utility knife. Add chain or yarn to the top of each piece, and hang from the ceiling with hooks.

Mummified Mannequins

Give mannequin heads a mummy-tastic update with gauze then display them in a creative (and creepy!) way like we did here by placing them in an old terrarium surrounded by plastic spiders and snakes. Pick up model heads from a fashion or jewelry supply store then wrap the heads with white gauze, leaving just the eyes exposed.

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