Your front porch is often the center of your Halloween universe. It is what people see from the street and what greets children and families when they come to trick or treat. So, decorating the front porch for Halloween is often foremost in many people’s minds. When planning your porch decor, look for items such as fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, and baskets. Next, add Halloween specific decorative items as desired. Here are some ideas for attractive Halloween themed front porches from simple ideas to more elaborate concepts.
Simple Fall Flowers and Pumpkins
For a simple and classy front porch, focus on fall flowers and pumpkins or gourds. This look is not completely specific to Halloween, so it will also carry you through the fall until it is time to decorate for Christmas. Pick up a tall wood vase and some fall flowers for a nice fall bouquet. Painting a pumpkin silver and using large flat pumpkins or gourds adds interest to the look.
Decorate With Jack-O-Lanterns
Get a selection of jack-o-lanterns and small decorative pumpkins to line your front steps. Spider webs and extra touches such as an orange throw pillow complete what is a definite Halloween look. Buying premade plastic jack-o-lanterns allows you to recreate the look each year, but if you enjoy carving pumpkins, you could certainly make your own as well.
Decorate Your Front Door
Give your front door a costume. Wrap the door with a plastic black table cloth. Create a spooky face with craft paper and surround the area with pumpkins. A big black spider and little ghosts in the planter give the porch a whimsical Halloween look.
Add Bales of Straw
Hay bales or bales of straw are wonderful for fall decorating. When you are finished with them, you can use them to cover your flower beds for protection against the winter cold. Stack a few bales in a corner and use them as shelves for fall flower pots or baskets of fall flowers. A few pumpkins and a fall wreath on the door pull the entire look together.
Try Spooky Lighting
This simple look works well both during the day and at night. Some black spider web lace is hung from the ceiling with a strategically placed spider patrolling the area. Outdoor Halloween lights are then incorporated to give the area a spooky and festive look after dark.
Add a Scarecrow
Scarecrows are another great decorating item that can work both for Halloween and for the entire fall season. For the best effect, plant your scarecrow in the ground in front of your porch or near shrubbery. Place a few pumpkins or some flower pots nearby.
Use Halloween Specific Items
For a true Halloween porch, buy some Halloween specific decorative items. Some great choices are spider webs, spiders, ghosts, black cats, and jack-o-lanterns. Here, a witch is set up to appear to be flying from the house.