70 Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Add frightful fun to your front porch on All Hallow's Eve with our easy-to-craft outdoor decorating ideas.

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September 09, 2020

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Bewitching Welcome

Join us in swooning over this whimsical, witchy farmhouse porch. Design blogger Joanna Keel weaves classic harvest elements with Halloween touches to create a dazzling, stop-and-stare display for the holiday. The pièce de résistance? A sea of pointed black witch hats that appear to magically float in midair. See more of Joanna's work on her blog, www.hostessjo.com.

All Eyes on Boo!

Welcome guests with a smile this Halloween by decking your door in a collection of creepy-cute cardstock eyes and a goofy monster mouth stretched from doorknob to door hinge.

GET THE HOW-TO: DIY Halloween Door Decor That Will Have "All Eyes on Boo"

Eerie Entry

A pair of twisty, pitch-black trees frame the front door in this wicked and whimsical Halloween display. Amber lights wrap the barren trees in a mysterious glow while white pillar candles in classic black lanterns illuminate the pumpkins and mums piled below.

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Witchful Thinking

Let your feline familiar be your muse and welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make Black Cat Pumpkins

Go Batty

Swarm your stoop with a school of scary, screeching bats this Halloween. Find a full materials list, step-by-step instructions and photo guides in our tutorial linked below. Pro tip: Create bats in two or three different sizes. Doing so will bring movement, interest and dimension to your shriek-worthy front porch display.

GET THE HOW-TO: Cover Your Front Door in a Spooky Swarm of Bats for Halloween

Understated + Eerie

Sometimes all you need is good, old-fashioned contrast to create an eye-catching and eerie display. Proof? This bold, bountiful display of bright, fiery-orange pumpkins that leads the way to an inky, black entryway.

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Witchy Welcome

Spook trick-or-treaters from afar with this upside-down witch planter. All you need to get your (witch’s) feet off the ground for this project? A voluminous planter, a pair of pool noodles, striped stockings and old black boots.

GET THE HOW-TO: Crafty Fall: Create These Kooky Witch Legs Just in Time for Halloween

Balloon Brigade

Amber Vanee, blogger and owner of Etsy shop, Dixie + Twine, gave her porch a festive facelift with a parade of pastel pumpkins, pale pink spider web and a statement-making balloon arch. Inky spiders crawl across the sunny yellow entrance while a squinting black cat and neon pink skeleton join forces to greet trick-or-treaters at the door. See more of Amber's work on Instagram at @DixieandTwine.

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Stylish + Spooky Door Hanger

Jet black roses, purple plumage and all-seeing eyes — oh my! Recreate our eerie DIY door basket to stand watch over your porch this Halloween. Use a straw tote or basket as your base and build out the display using dead branches wrapped with black-and-white striped ribbon, glossy purple feathers, dried seed pods and gruesome grasses. Pro tip: Use inky vinyl numbers to personalize your basket and round out the design.

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Candy Corn Cutie

Are you obsessed with this popular-yet-polarizing Halloween candy? Deck your door in a banner of handcrafted candy corn pennants. All you need is a store-bought cardboard pennant banner, some craft paint and wood beads to pull off this yellow, orange and white display.

Mum's the Word

Follow our lead and gussy-up your mum planters for the Halloween festivities. Use the blooms’ hues as your crafting compass. Create an especially inauspicious black cat for violet mums and a bright-eyed, toothy monster for marigold mums. Working with classic white posies? Create a ghastly ghost planter to petrify trick-or-treaters and passersby, alike.

GET THE HOW-TO: Monstrous Mums: Craft a Lucky Black Cat

Pumpkin Arch

Go bold this year and deck out your front porch in an over-the-top, traffic-stopping pumpkin arch made from PVC pipe, faux pumpkins and dried foliage.

Keep Out!

Create an (un)inviting entry and warn guests of the monsters that lie within by "boarding up" the front door. We covered the door in a bright green plastic tablecloth, then fashioned "wood" planks from upcycled cardboard shipping boxes. Black permanent marker circles mimic the look of nails and caution tape from the craft store adds an extra-spooky touch. We finished the look with spooky, oversized googly eyes, faux spider webs and the words "Keep Out" scrawled in dripping black paint.

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Trick-or-Treat Greeter

A bandana-clad scarecrow offers neighbors a handsome, slanted smile from the front stoop of this farmhouse. Marigold mums and two petite pumpkins round out the joyful vignette.

GET THE HOW-TO: Snowman + Scarecrow: Two-in-One Front Porch Decor

Jack-o'-Lantern Luminaries

Add an ominous glow to your walkway or porch steps with a sea of jack-o'-lantern luminaries. Fill clear, acrylic paint buckets with battery-operated tea lights to easily craft these kid-safe, fireproof lanterns to light up your Halloween celebrations.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern Luminaries

Spiders, Bats and Witches — Oh My!

Why settle for subtle when you can create a mouth-dropping Halloween display? Give your porch the witchy works with a vampire bat, floating hats, expansive webs and giant spiders, galore.

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Witchy Welcome

Let your imagination take flight (or show your neighbors who they're really dealing with!) by crafting your very own besom, or traditional twig broom. Prop a besom next to your front door or in your foyer, as if you just arrived home from a midnight ride, or craft a pair and use them to spook up your front porch planters.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Witch's Broom or Besom

Out-of-This-World Ferns

Easily transform your front porch ferns into hovering, multi-eyed aliens just in time for Halloween with our easy, inexpensive tutorial.

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Happy Fall, Y'all

A smiling jack-o-lantern planter adds a festive, Halloween touch to this autumnal front porch. Plump pumpkins and potted mums cluster around the doorway and a pair of pillar candles in black lanterns offer the display a moon-like glow after dark. Learn how to add harvest hospitality to your front door at the link below.

Make Your Front Door Say "It's Fall Y'all" With DIY Decor

Almost-Free Decorations

Boo on a budget by dressing your deck in decorations that cost next to nothing. Here, fun, friendly ghosts were made by painting inexpensive wood planks, and an oversized spider web was crafted out of rope from the hardware store.

Grim Guardian

This festive front porch tempts trick-or-treaters to come closer with a bright and cheerful, rainbow gumball machine pumpkin. The only problem? Costumed kiddos have to muster up the courage to get past the inky and foreboding raven standing guard of the sweets.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Ghoulish Greeters

Line your drive with a crew of floating and frightful ghosts. The deathly DIY is easy to recreate at home and the large-scale design will make a powerful and petrifying impact on your front yard design.

GET THE HOW-TO: Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Hanging Ghosts

Boney Branch Wreath

Skip the vibrant autumn blooms and set the tone for Halloween with a bare-bones twig wreath and a bold, black-and-white ribbon. The minimalist twig wreath offers a subtly chic and spooky nod to the haunted holiday that lies ahead.

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Petrifying in Pink

Pink and orange reign supreme on this pumpkin-clad porch by Amber Vanee, creator and shopowner of Dixie + Twine. Hot pink spider webs frame the yellow door and pop against the pitch-black brick walls. Smiling pink, orange and black balloon garland wraps along the porch stair rails and guides guests towards the front door for a spooky treat. See more of Amber's colorful creations on Instagram at @DixieandTwine.

Spin a Web

Transform your traditional, orange-and-white porch pumpkin patch into a frightful, creepy-crawly display overnight. Cover the base of your pumpkins with preserved moss and hay for ample texture, then wrap the gourds with gruesome storebought web littered with skittering black spiders. Pro tip: Spin an equally eerie spider web in a pinch using torn and tattered cheesecloth.

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Witchy Mudroom

Turn your front porch into a drop-zone for all manner of witchy paraphernalia. Sweeping cloaks and pointy hats hanging on the door appear as if the magical residents within simply hopped off their brooms, kicked off their shoes and stepped inside for the evening.

Monster Treat Tent

Transform the traditional candy bowl on your porch into a decorative and creative statement piece. Offer neighborhood trick-or-treaters Halloween candy from this kooky, fur-covered tent that they reach into for a treat ... if they dare.

Enter at Your Own Risk

Treat neighbors to a sinister and spine-tingling yard display with our haunted hotel sign. Pro tip: Go to a salvage yard to get an old post and corbel — they’ll already be aged, weathered and sufficiently creepy. Find the full list of materials and step-by-step instructions at the link below.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Haunted Hotel Sign for Halloween

Pumpkin Parade

Invoke the warm and fuzzy feelings of fall with this cozy, effervescent front door design. Cover your door in brown craft paper, then cut store-bought white pumpkins in half. Attach the pumpkins with removable picture hanging hooks and accent with a waterfall of faux fall foliage and plaid ribbon.

The Ghostess With the Mostess

Invite trick-or-treaters to help themselves to candy with this quick-and-painless DIY Halloween plaque. Use our how-to, linked below, to brew-up a custom sign to display by your candy bowl on the porch or by the mailbox.

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Haunting Hopscotch

Put some pep in the trick-or-treaters’ steps with a festive pumpkin hopscotch game. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make this sweet and simple DIY to highlight the path to candy on Halloween night. Not spooky enough for your taste? Use the same hopscotch base but swap the pumpkins for inky spiders, screeching bats or bloody footprints.

GET THE HOW-TO: 7 Fun and Spooky Front Yard Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Antique Pumpkin Planter

Pointed eyes and a toothless grin give this planter spooky-cute Halloween appeal. The perky pumpkin planter is crafted from an aged, galvanized bucket that’s been painted to look like a jack-o'-lantern.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Pumpkin Projects That Will Out-Last the Season

Hello, There

We’re enchanted by this pretty porch, dressed to impress with sparkly pumpkins, bewitching window panels and a wicker picnic basket — perfect for passing out sugary sweets. Recreate our scary-yet-stylish design by mixing staple pieces, like the classic stripe pillow, with festive touches to mark the ominous occasion. Shop the makings of our haunting Halloween porch at the link below.

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Mummified Planter

Transition your front porch planter from fall-tastic to spooktacular by wrapping it in tea-stained cheesecloth "bandages" cut to reveal eerie yellow eyes.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween in a Hurry: Easily Mummify a Fall Planter

Fiery Florals

The vibrant orange, red and yellow hues used in this pumpkin arrangement set this white stoop ablaze. Use beautiful, burning blooms as your muse to ignite a fiery design on your front porch for All Hallow’s Eve. Recreate the arrangement with a fresh or faux pumpkin and spicy seasonal blooms including mums, dahlias, daisies, roses and berries. Style with a pointy pitchfork, bloody footprints and a troupe of scowling jack-o'-lanterns to set the tone for the spooky season.

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Speaking of Spiders...

Looking to really creep out your neighbors this Halloween? Start with a clutter of these gigantic DIY spiders made from milk jugs, pipe insulation and duct tape.

GET THE HOW-TO: DIY Your Very Own Giant Porch Spider for Halloween

Headless Host

Why lose your head over Halloween decorating when an ill-fated horseman lost his in your stead? Stir up your neighborhood with a spooky seasonal display inspired by the hauntings of Sleepy Hollow. Whip up a harrowing, headless horseman of your own complete with a cute, hand-lettered sign to direct treat traffic to your door. Find a full list of materials and instructions, below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Headless Horseman Figure for Halloween

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 backside of the frame, then hang the frame with a nail.

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Haunted Paper Luminaries

Spookify your front walk or driveway with these DIY paper jack-o'-lantern luminaries. To start, cut up paper bag into a collection of smiling, scowling and sinister faces, then lay out a long strand of icicle holiday string lights as your base. Cut holes in the bottom of the paper bags and insert an icicle light into the bottom of each bag to set their crooked grins aglow on All Hallow’s Eve.

Spooky Chic Stacks

Paired with lush, trailing vines and pops of colorful autumn blooms, these plush pumpkin topiaries make a splashy seasonal statement on this front porch. Find the step-by-step instructions, plus more DIY Halloween planter ideas at the link below.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Ways to Put Outdoor Planters to Good Use This Halloween

Bat Attack

Googly-eye bats float from bare tree limbs in this front yard to greet neighbors with a spine-tingling stare. Find out how to give the trees in your yard the same, spook-tastic infestation with our kid-friendly craft tutorial linked below.

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Spellbinding Stoop

Spotted: A porcelain pooch in a pointed witch hat standing guard of a cozy wicker armchair. The high-contrast neutral hues continue below where design blogger Maria Conti (aka: moi!) piled inky black, creamy ivory and glittering gold gourds at the mystical pup’s paws. A perky owl pokes out from the traditional urn planter, adding a final touch of whimsy to the vignette. Pro tip: Add height to your pumpkin display using unexpected props. The bat-clad pumpkin pictured above gets its boost from a basic fruit bowl, turned upside down to serve as a pedestal. Find more home and holiday inspo at mariaconti.co.

Punchy Cyclops Wreath

Skip the scary stuff and opt for something a bit sillier for your front door this year. This quirky, all-seeing cyclops wreath checks out with its punchy pink and orange yarn stripes, pom-pom ears and a googly, lime-green eye.


Wonky Welcome

Flank your door with our creep-tastic tiered pumpkin planter. The whimsical design is crafted from painted plastic pumpkins stacked seemingly haphazardly on a wooden dowel. Follow our lead and use three unique plants to complete the display or go rogue and swap the foliage for something sweeter like individually wrapped lollipops, gumballs and sour straws. Find the step-by-step instructions and materials list below.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Ways to Put Outdoor Planters to Good Use This Halloween

Double, Double Toil + Trouble

Upcycle your old, forgotten spellbooks and potions manuals into a spellbinding candy bowl. Can't give up your grimoire? Not to fret, sister. This project uses decorative book boxes from the craft store and transforms them into a witchy candy bowl worthy of our craft.

GET THE HOW-TO: DIY Potions Book Candy Bowl

Boo-tiful Harvest Bounty

Traditional autumn touches are given a subtle, witchy edge on this front porch. The marigold planters are darkened with wispy, broom-like grasses in a moody purple hue while a collection of inky-striped pumpkins and black lanterns bewitch the display from below.

Dreadful Doormat

Stop guests in their tracks with our scary (easy!) spiderweb doormat craft. All you need to create the creepy-crawly mat at home is an outdoor cocoa mat, black outdoor spray paint, white outdoor craft paint and a plastic spider. Find helpful photos and our full step-by-step instructions at the link below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Spiderweb Doormat

Upcycled Wood Pallet Jack-o'-Lantern

Spook up your front porch, walkway, foyer or any dark corner with this rustic recycling project that uses a (free!) wood pallet to craft a Halloween pumpkin you can display year after year.

GET THE HOW-TO: Turn a Wood Pallet Into a Halloween Jack-O'-Lantern

Tarot Reading

Pick a card, any card! Can’t decide which one to choose? That’s probably for the best because you’ll need the entire deck to recreate this mystical tarot card door hanger. The celestial wreath forgoes fall floral and foliage and leaves its design up to fate with a fan of starry, illustrated tarot cards.

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Spiders + Lace

Who knew spooky could look so stylish? This graphic door decoration from Heritage Lace spins a tangled web on your front porch — all you have to do is unpack and hang it up. Shop their entire collection of chic Halloween scenes below.

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Bewitching Pumpkin

Looking for a pumpkin project that doesn't involve carving? Create this not-so-wicked witch pumpkin using pastel green spray paint and items from the craft store.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

Wicked Wreath

A simple grapevine wreath is given a fear-inspiring facelift with some smoky spray paint and slithering plastic snakes. The minimalist-style wreath is painted a solid color to make it difficult to determine where the vines end and the scaly bodies begin. A single, pitch-black ribbon secures to the door and offers measured contrast to the design.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Snake Wreath

Tomb It May Concern

Take Halloween to a whole new level this year by setting up an outdoor candy station for your trick-or-treaters. Kids will go crazy when they see a big display of sweet and salty treats. Add a handmade "BEWARE" banner to your front door for the perfect finishing touch. Our free printable letters plus a few basic craft supplies make putting your own banner together a snap. Get the step-by-step instructions and free templates below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candy Station

Cheeky Doormat

Welcome friends and turn away foes with this refreshingly honest DIY doormat. A cheap coir mat, some paint and our free, downloadable template are all you need to craft this cheeky greeting.

GET THE HOW-TO: The DIY Doormat You Need This Halloween

Ghoulishly Delightful

Open your home to the other side with life-sized spirits standing guard at your door. These tall, white ghost figures are actually tomato cages stuck inside outdoor planters. A foam ball is used as a head over which to drape a white sheet and cheesecloth.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Ways to Put Outdoor Planters to Good Use This Halloween

Foreboding Feathered Friend

Give passersby a fright with this larger-than-life raven watchman. Perch the foreboding bird by your front fence, on your porch or next to your mailbox. Style the raven with a pile of plump fairytale pumpkins for a subtly spooky vignette or surround it with a slew of sinister spider webs and skulls for a spine-chilling entry display.

GET THE HOW-TO: Giant Raven Outdoor Halloween Decoration

Seasonal Stoop

A parade of pumpkins, gourds and fall mums leads the way to a pair of life-sized scarecrows that flank this harvest-themed front door with stitched smiles. Learn how to make your own scarecrow below, then check out more of our designer-worthy fall porch decorating tips.

READ MORE: How to Make a Scarecrow to Frighten Unwanted Critters From Your Garden

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.

Wicked in White

Who says you need bats, ghosts and witches to set a spooky scene? Eerily simple, all-white decorations can sometimes come off just as creepy. Stack a rustic, creaky wood chair with white pumpkins and mums, then add in accents of blood-red fall berries for a look that's equal parts chic and chilling.

Too Cute to Spook

Haunt your porch with mischievous floating ghosts. This festive, kid-friendly craft project is easy to throw together with toilet paper rolls, cheese cloth, googly eyes and twine. Bonus? The grin-less ghosts create boo-tiful contrast when dangled against dark doors and shadowy windows. Get the how-to and materials list at the link below.

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Pumpkins Pole

Is your porch happy, sad or painfully uncertain? Keep the neighbors on their toes with an expressive pumpkin pole. Add felt faces to stacked faux pumpkins for a friendly front porch decoration that welcomes trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests to your home. Learn how to make your own at the link below.

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Pest Control

Take your Halloween porch from simple to skin-crawling with a few DIY spiderwebs scattered throughout. Add a glittery plastic spider to a stretchable, storebought web, then display the crooks and crannies of your porch that would naturally attract arachnids.

Spider's Nest Luminaries

Easily turn Mason jars into creepy glowing spider's nests. Wrap large and small jars in 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.

String of Treats

Some people love it, some despise it, but everyone recognizes candy corn as a Halloween staple. Drape this DIY candy-corn pom garland across your doorway as a classic, albeit controversial, mark of the season.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Candy Corn Pompom Banner

Aqua Fresh

Bye-bye, black! Halloween gets a new, cool color scheme on this lively orange-and-aqua porch. Painted aqua pinecones frame the door while fiery string lights and fallen leaves dress the grapevine tree perched in a rustic wheelbarrow. The only thing missing from this modern vignette is a smirking scarecrow.

Screeching Chic

No need to give up your love of all things neutral to celebrate the holiday. Add a haunted feeling to your front door this Halloween with a bat-covered wreath made from craft foam, wire and yarn.

GET THE HOW-TO: Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Flying Bat Wreath

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.

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 2-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 banister to keep your owls on Halloween neighborhood watch.

Warm Welcome

Bring a touch of ambience to your front porch with a collection of stylish iron lanterns filled with orange pillar candles and seasonal putka pods (they resemble mini pumpkins). For maximum visual impact, group the lanterns together with large upright wheat bundles that will stay seasonally stylish until winter. Learn how to make your own at the link below.

GET THE HOW-TO: Natural Wheat Bundle Centerpiece

Seven 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 or hot glue, then group them together and hang from a screw eye or plant hook attached to the porch ceiling or overhang.

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