Halloween brings out the spooky artist in all of us. One of the simplest yet most impactful ways to express your creativity is by decking out your porch or patio in festive Halloween decor the whole neighborhood can appreciate. Get your creative juices flowing with these spook-tacular aesthetic inspirations.
Fun Front Door Mat
Door mats are an essential part of your front porch menagerie. This Halloween, consider swapping out your standard welcome mat with a more festive option. While you can always use a store bought mat, making your own is a simple project that only takes an afternoon to complete.
For this DIY, you will need a blank Coir door mat. Cut out some Halloween-shaped stencils such as pumpkins, ghosts, and spiders. Use spray paint to fill in the stencils and let dry. The result is a creepy cute DIY doormat you can use all season long.
Sling Some Spiderwebs
If you’re looking to give your porch just a touch of spookiness, adding some fake spiderwebs is the way to go. Bushes, chair covers, and high corners are ideal for placing your webs for some eerie ambiance.
Most Halloween or craft stores will be selling fake spiderwebs this season, but you can also take the DIY route and make your own webs with just cheesecloth and a pair of scissors. Adding some plastic spiders to the webs will give them an extra creepy edge.
Not all Halloween porch decor needs to be scary! Scarecrows are a Fall favorite that are perfect for giving your patio a cozy Autumnal vibe. And the possibilities are endless when it comes to dressing up and accessorizing your resident scarecrow.
You don’t have to build your scarecrow from scratch (or straw) in order to make it your own. Some craft stores sell scarecrow bases that let you customize your strawman to your heart’s content. Browse a local thrift store for the perfect outfit, or use old clothes that would otherwise be tossed in the trash.
A crucial yet often overlooked design aspect is your porch lighting. While most patios and porches feature an overhead light fixture or two, these basic fixtures aren’t enough to set the scene for the Halloween season.
Adding some spooky ambiance can be as simple as hanging pumpkin string lights or swapping out your traditional light bulbs for orange and purple colored varieties. Setting up a small strobe light on Halloween night is a great way to set your porch apart.
A Porch Full of Pumpkins
Gourds of all shapes, sizes, and colors can call your porch home this Halloween season. Get the family together and take a trip to your local pumpkin patch to stock up on all the gourd goodness you can fit in your trunk!
There are some aesthetic principles you should consider when displaying your pumpkins. Use larger gourds as visual anchors and surround them with the smaller varieties. And your carved jack o’lanterns should be placed front and center for optimal visibility.
Halloween Color Scheme
One of the most low-key methods for decorating your porch for Halloween is to utilize the colors of the season in your decor. Orange, black, and purple are the most popular Halloween colors, but you can also embrace the traditional hues of Fall such as red, gold, and brown.
Foliage, textiles, and pillows are great options for adding Fall color to every inch of your porch. You can also customize your custom tarps, pillow covers, or solar shades to fit the seasonal color scheme as a simple way to achieve a cohesive aesthetic throughout your patio.
Set Up Some Skeletons
Do your scarecrows need companions? Consider adding some skeletons to your Halloween mix. A posable, life-sized skeleton is the perfect centerpiece for a spooky display. Keep things exciting by moving the skeleton around your porch and posing them in different positions. You can even pose it to wave at neighborhood passersby!
It simply wouldn’t be Halloween without some bats flying swooping around your front porch. These creepy flyers can be found at your local Halloween store and are a breeze to hang from an overhang, pergola, or railing.
If you’re concerned about Fall winds wreaking havoc on your hanging bats, consider using stronger hooks and reinforced fishing line. Keep tabs on the forecast and take down the bats if very strong winds are on the horizon.
Countdown to Halloween
Amp up the excitement for Halloween night with the help of a fun countdown calendar. Set up a large chalkboard on your front porch. Use orange and purple paint pens to write out “ __ Days Until Halloween!”, and regular chalk sticks to change the number each morning.
Have your kids pitch in by adding their own artistic touch to the countdown chalkboard. When the big day arrives, you can deck it out with streamers and balloons to commemorate the occasion.