Check out tips and tricks to create easy DIY Halloween porch decor. Plus, how to hang decor outside without ruining your exterior.
I think about decorating my front porch for Halloween all year long. This year my inspiration is black. Yes, black! Black pumpkins, black hats, black webs, black skulls, black bats and anything else I can find black.
How to Add Halloween Porch Decor
First, it is a good idea to take everything off the porch and give it a good cleaning. It is a little ironic that we clean all of the spider webs off. Just to put up more.
This duster is AMAZING for cleaning spider webs off my home exterior. It also has 2 other attachments I use inside the house.
I put all my summer decor away and touch up anything that needs a refresh before winter hits.
After I get the front porch all cleaned up I pull out last year's decorations.
Repurposing Last Year's Decor Outdoor Halloween Decorations
The first thing I do is go through everything I used last year and figure out what I can use or repurpose.
This year I pulled out all of my faux pumpkins. However they are traditional pumpkins, which doesn't match the theme. But that is nothing a can of black spray paint can't fix.
I am using chalkboard spray paint so it is very flat finish. Easy DIYs like this make a big impact and save money!
I will also be adding last year's witch hats, spiders, bats and a sign I used inside the house.
Easy DIY Halloween Decoration Ideas
This year I bought 20 jack-o-lanterns in all different sizes. They are orange pumpkins so I will also be spraying these pumpkins black. (Shop below)
To paint the jack-o-lanterns I used blue tape on the face so the black spray paint didn't get inside. I lined them up on a drop cloth outside and applied 2 coats of black chalkboard spray paint each on jack-o-lantern.
I will be using tea lights to light up my front steps for some frightful fun with these jack-o-lanterns. The inside will stay orange for some contrast during the day.
This is an easy way to create a black custom color scheme that no one else will have.
Black Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns
I wanted the entrance to my front door to be packed with black pumpkins. Instead of buying all new jack-o-lanterns, I am going to mix at match my 2 types of pumpkins.
I used my black pumpkins to stack the jack-o-lanterns on. The black pumpkins will also work great and fillers. This will make the stairs feel much fuller.
Halloween Porch Decor YouTube Video
Spooky Halloween Porch Decorations
When decorating a front porch make sure to include a large hairy spider. Large items are a great way to add a big impact. You can also see them from the road. I have 2 of the same spiders and I found a a smaller white hairy one for a fun variation.
Adding a spider over the front door is a fun way to accent my porches main feature. Which is the front door. I also put a big spider on the other end of the porch above the swing. Which is the other focal point of the porch. This helps to merge the 2 spaces together. I put the smaller white spider on the outside of the colums.
-To attach the spiders to my house I used command hooks cord bundlers. This allowed me to wrap the spiders leg around the hook.
Floating Witch Hats
My favorite halloween decorations are floating witch hats. I buy cheap hats from Amazon. I have used the same ones for 3 years now. They hold up great and if one blows away or gets ruined I am not mad about it.
I didn't want to go overboard on the hats so I only hung up 7. I felt like that was enough to fill in the blank spaces. But not too many that all you see are floating witch hats.
-To hang them I attached a clear hook to the porch ceiling. These hooks have been up for 2 years now. I tie fishing line around the top of the hat and then around the hook.
Bats are a great inexpensive way to take up a lot of space. They also help to carry your eye for a lasting impression.
I found my bats on Amazon for under $10. They are plastic so I have used them for several years now. This year I needed a few more bats so I used black construction paper to make paper bats
-To attach the bats I am using blue painters tape. Rip a piece of tape big enough that you can roll it. But small enough that it doesn't stick out of the sides of the bat. I used painters tape last year and they all stayed up. Plus, none of my paint came off. Win Win!!
Black Halloween Cloth
This cloth was a new addition this year. Now that it is up I am wondering why the heck I never used it before. I always felt like around the front window was a little bare. This cloth is such a cool idea to hang over windows or take up a big area.
-I used command hooks to hang the cloth above the window.
Halloween Porch Decor Wreaths
A year ago I made these wreaths with coffee filters. They took hours and hours to make. I am happy to say they were worth it. It is so easy to switch the ribbon out for any season. If you don't have coffee filter wreaths a black wreath would do the trick and look amazing on a front door.
Meet Frankie. He is our resident skeleton that comes to visit every year. I have seen black skeletons, and while they look cool. Frankie wanted to stay white. I love how the white pops off the black cushion and pillows.
To make sure Frankie doesn't move I have zip tied him to the swing. We can't have a skeleton walking off in the middle of the night.
I also have a skeleton head on the side table I will put a tea light in.
Spooky Front Porch Lighting
This year for lighting I will be using various sizes of solar lights. This way I can spotlight certain items to create a spooky scene.
I will also be using tea lights in my jack-o-lanterns. I found tea lights on Amazon that have a remote and a timer. They have the option to be left on for 4 hours, 6 hours, or 8 hours. This will be a great option to light up my pumpkins without burning through batteries.
We are now ready for a Halloween party or 2!
Check out last years front porch decor ideas here And our last homes halloween front porch here
View my creative ideas for decorating inside your home for Halloween here.
I hope these Halloween porch decor ideas help you add a fun Halloween spirit
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Riane Livingston says
I don’t see a link for the pumpkins? Maybe I’m missing it!
it is the images right under the pumpkins
Your porch looks GREAT!! I’m sorry if I just missed it but I would love the link to the jack-o-lanterns. I started carving them but this would be a much better option!! Thank you.
Beautifully styled! Love the dark jack-o-lanterns with orange insides!
Thank you so much!