10 Best Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Spellbind Every Trick-or-Treater
These boo-tiful Halloween ideas will make your home the talk of the town.
1) Bookish Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Haunting book jackets make for a spine-chilling entrance. You can easily make these yourself using construction paper, some letter stencils, and a bit of gold craft paint.
Make the Books: Cut long, thin rectangular pieces of differing colored kraft paper or construction paper (we used red, gray, and black). Draw titles of books on the paper. Outline letters with gold paint pens. Fill in outline with paint pen or gold acrylic paint. Attach to door with double- sided tape.
2) Pumpkin General Store Porch Decor
This fully outfitted "mercantile" (of the front porch variety) features all your favorite general store standbys—penny candy, checkers games, homemade honey and jams—but in pumpkin form! Your trick-or-treaters won't be able to get over the creativity of this setup.
Make Pumpkin Checkers: Paint 32 squares on a large (roughly 30-inch) wood board with burnt orange craft paint. Use mini white and orange pumpkins as game pieces.
3) Broom Halloween Door Decorations
Pay homage to everyone's favorite Halloween character with this fun idea. All you need are a few vintage brooms and a witchy attitude to make it happen!
Assemble the Brooms: Drill a small hole in the handle of two large outdoor brooms. Hammer five small nails in front door. Hang two brooms, right sides up, through holes. Hang a third large broom and two small “witches' brooms" by threading the bristles over the remaining three nails.
4) Recycled Jar Jack-o'-Lanterns
Got some old spaghetti sauce jars lying around? Then you're halfway to creating this adorable vignette.
Get the tutorial at Not So Idle Hands.
5) Monster Halloween Front Door Decor
Kids will get a kick out of this DIY scowling monster.
Get the tutorial at Modern Day Moms.
6) Outdoor Halloween Lanterns
An array of festive lanterns will create a warm and welcoming effect for guests.
Get the tutorial.
8) Pretty in White
Spooky black-and-orange decorations aren't your thing? Try this pretty alternative: Place white chrysanthemums and ornamental cabbage in cream-colored apple baskets on your front lawn, and surround with white pumpkins and gourds. (Note: For a similar look minus the danger, lanterns and jack-o'-lanterns should always be lit with battery-operated lights, like these LED votives.)
9) Bat-Filled Front Door
These felt bats are easy to make and ensure your house looks extra spooky. All you need to do is trace a bat shape onto a piece of felt and cut it out. Repeat until you have a swarm of them!
10) Pumpkin Greeting
Spell out your greeting in mini pumpkins gathered on your porch.
Step 1: Pencil letters on hollowed pumpkins (carve out the opening from the bottom).
Step 2: Using a drill with a half-inch bit, bore holes to form each letter.
Step 3: Hang strings of Christmas-tree lights, gathered in small bunches, to illuminate each pumpkin (unscrew bulbs where the string descends to the next row).