Halloween porch decor: 14 ways to welcome trick-or-treaters in style

Our Halloween porch decor ideas will provide all the inspiration you need to transform the entrance of your home into a spooktacular scene

halloween porch decor with pumpkins and corn
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Looking for exciting new styles for your Halloween porch decor this season? You're in the right place. We're here to help you create a gloriously spooky yet stunning entrance to your home.

You'll want to welcome trick-or-treaters or party guests in style, and first impressions count. So, when it comes to your outdoor Halloween decor, don't leave your porch off the list. 

There are lots of ways to dress it up, from the classic Halloween stalwarts of bats and witches, to modern designs such as painted pumpkins and unlikely flower displays. We've gathered plenty of eye-catching looks for you to recreate in your space, whatever seasonal theme you're going for.

Transform your home this season with these Halloween porch decor styles

Take your pick from these Halloween porch decor ideas and make this holiday one that's worth remembering.

1. Add height to a Halloween display with vintage crates

pumpkins, skull and crate in Halloween display

This setup is super chic

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Keep your Halloween scene sophisticated by curating natural props across various levels. A vintage crate or a few old bricks are ideal for lifting up certain features to draw the eye, while large planters can have the same effect.

Try filling an urn with architectural dried seedpods or foliage, or plant a fall container with vibrant heather and ornamental cabbages. Surround the focal point with pumpkins – which are, of course, a must. Use different sizes and colors for a sense of harvest-time abundance.

Moss is perfect for decorating the ground beneath, and will soften the display and create an ancient woodland feel. A faux skull or other playful feature will enhance the spooky theme.

2. Spread spooky cheer with paper skeletons

hanging paper skeletons on front door

These decorations from Talking Tables are simple, but make a big impact

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This is a look that the kids are sure to love. It's cheery and fun but still has the spook factor, and those brightly-colored pumpkins give a modern boost of vibrancy to the otherwise monochrome scene.

Paper ornaments tend to be super inexpensive, too. And you only need to have a quick look at Amazon to see that there are lots of alternative looks to choose from: from hanging fans and pom-poms to spiders and crows.

Naturally, they're not much good in the rain, but if you've got a covered front porch, they're definitely an accessory to consider.

3. Throw a ghostly get-together with balloon bunting

Halloween balloon bunting and hanging bats on porch

Celebrate the season with 'Happy Halloween' bunting from Ginger Ray

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If you're throwing an indoor get-together or even a fall backyard party this spooky season, you'll want to set the right tone straightaway with your Halloween porch decor.

Balloon bunting like this is sure to make an impressive impact and looks fantastic decorating the exterior of the home by your front door. It comes with webbing and bats to up the scare factor further, but we love the addition of a skeleton, witch's cauldron and a gothic-style wreath to really complete the scene.

4. Or, turn heads with a vibrant balloon arch

halloween balloon garland from Oriental Trading

This colorful scene, featuring decor from Oriental Trading, makes a stunning impression

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This idea might take just a smidge of crafting ability, but we have confidence that you'll be able to do it at home, too. Designed by Kara Allen of Kara's Party Ideas for Oriental Trading, this balloon arch is a playful take on spooky Halloween motifs, with pumpkins, ghosts, and spider webs throughout.

We love how it's kept upbeat and cute with the addition of pink balloons, whilst luxe gold details add extra flair. It's a gorgeous approach if you're looking for fun Halloween door decoration ideas.

You can recreate this look with the great-value House of Party Halloween Balloon Arch kit from Amazon

5. Mix pumpkins, baskets and brooms for a wonderfully witchy scene

broom and pumpkins in porch

Keep the spooky levels subtle with your seasonal setup

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This autumnal entrance has oodles of style and is ideal if you're going for a chic-over-scary effect. In fact, why limit it to just Halloween season? We'd happily add it to our usual fall front porch decor plans.

Vintage baskets filled with miniature pumpkins, strings of faux berries and autumnal leaves all bring seasonal color when muddled with small terracotta pots of succulents. Meanwhile, plenty of lanterns in various sizes will offer an enchanting glow as evening falls.

An old broom propped to one side adds to the magical air and hints at Halloween further without going OTT. We love the vintage feel of this hand-scented cinnamon broom from Amazon, and think it captures the look and feel of this setup perfectly. 

6. Keep it classic with jack-o'-lanterns

carved pumpkins on porch steps

Nothing says Halloween like a cluster of carved pumpkins

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You can't go wrong with this Halloween decor staple: jack-o'-lanterns. Invite friends and family to carve pumpkins, then set up your masterpieces on your front step. Characterful faces like these are sure to bring delight to passers-by, but there are things you can do to elevate the effect even further. 

'A big, carved pumpkin, complete with lights inside, will create the desired spooky look in your porch,' says Annabel from Annabel James. You can add to the drama by piling up more pumpkins nearby, or why not have a go at pumpkin painting?

'Drape with stretch cobwebs to make an impact or keep it classy with an autumnal light wreath – or do both!' she adds.

Anna Eklöv, Founder of LOV Flowers, adds, 'Traditional pumpkins come in orange, but we think it's extra fun to mix it up and buy a mix of orange, white and yellow or any other colors you can find.'

7. Embrace the seasons and go for natural decor

halloween porch decor with pumpkins and corn

This autumnal scene is rich with eye-catching color

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Fall is the time when nature really delivers with a spectrum of fiery shades. So, why not embrace the season's treasures and bring them into your Halloween porch decor?

Pumpkins are a given, but hay bales and dried corn stalks are additional options that will provide structure and style. And don't forget about container gardening, too – bring large pots near your home's entrance and fill them with bright orange blooms, just like in this scene, for a beautiful finishing touch.

8. Hang bats overhead for a spooky statement 

halloween porch with bats wreath and witches decor

This Halloween setup by @shiplapshanty is sure to delight guests

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Bat silhouette decor – available on Amazon – creates a classic look, and we love them because they allow for us to get creative. 

You can style them however you like – whether you position them evenly around your door, on your door, or into a huddle as shown here by @shiplapshanty. They're a simple decoration but they're so effective. 

9. Light the way with faux candles

halloween lanterns and LED candles from Lights4fun on porch

This glowing scene features outdoor LED candles from Lights4fun

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There's nothing spookier than a flickering flame at night, so light your way home the right way this Halloween by layering up candles.

Obviously, leaving an exposed flame outside isn't a good idea, but modern technology means faux LED candles (available on Amazon) are looking more realistic than ever before. These designs shown above have a flickering flame effect that's so realistic we can barely tell the difference.

Layer some outdoor string lights into your Halloween porch decor too – fixed around your doorframe they'll only add to the welcoming vibe.

10. Go all out with an oversized garland 

colorful halloween garland around door

This gorgeous setup by @featherfluffandflings proves that sometimes, more is more

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When it comes to Halloween decor, it really is a case of 'go big or go home', and this entrance certainly goes for the former. 

The larger-than-life, oversized garland in this space by @featherfluffandflings is an attention grabber to say the least. With ghosts, maple leaves, berries, bells and a no-carve pumpkin display below, this porch has all you need for a spooktacular welcome home. 

11. Put your finest seasonal veggies on display

pumpkins on porch trolley

Give your entrance instant Halloween charm with an array of pumpkins, just like @homesweetfarmhouse has done here

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If your crop of veggies is at its most bountiful at this time of year – we're talking pumpkins, squash and even the odd marrow too – now's your chance to put them on display. 

Position a decorative cart on your front porch, like this one by @homesweetfarmhouse, and pile up your crop for everyone to see. It's an understated Halloween addition with a welcome nod to nature.

Don't have your own homegrown pumpkins? No need to worry. There are plenty of varieties available at the grocery store this time of year and you can always follow our guide on how to grow pumpkins in time for next fall.

12. Display beautiful bouquets in a pumpkin vase

bouquet in carved pumpkin vase from Bloom & Wild

We love this beautiful pumpkin vase featuring flowers by Bloom & Wild

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For something a little different, Anna Eklöv of LOV Flowers suggests carving out a large pumpkin and placing a small, hand-tied bouquet of fresh and dried flowers inside. It's a straightforward trick but looks simply lovely – no wonder it's taken social media by storm.

Place your pumpkin vase somewhere on the porch so it can be admired by anyone passing. They also make a beautiful focal point for Halloween-themed outdoor dining ideas.

13. Greet trick-or-treaters with a scarecrow

pumpkin scarecrow on porch

This creepy character is a fun way to pep up your Halloween porch

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Surprise your guests by greeting them with a Halloween-themed scarecrow – it's super easy and affordable, but will definitely make an impact. 

With a pumpkin carving idea as the head, a jaunty hat and an autumnal outfit, this character is bound to bring a smile (and perhaps a slight scare) to friends and family when they pop by for a visit. Prop it up on a hay bale and add smaller pumpkins all around to complete the scene.

Give this Halloween porch decor an additional boost by placing a light inside your scarecrow's head – not a real candle (that would be dangerous), but an LED one instead.

14. Add a statement wreath

lights4un halloween lanterns and wreath

This pared-down Halloween scene features a beautiful wreath and ambient lanterns from Lights4fun

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A bright and colorful wreath packed with foliage is a lovely way to celebrate the season without going too scary.

You can even make one yourself if you love a bit of crafting. Wicker or wire bases can be bought at an affordable price online – try Amazon. Then, you can spend an autumnal afternoon arranging faux flowers and foliage to create the desired result – pumpkin spiced latte in hand, of course.

Once secured to your door, just add a couple of lanterns on your garden steps nearby for a minimal yet stylish finishing touch.

What are some non-scary ways to decorate your porch for Halloween?

The spooky season can be a bit too much for some, but there are plenty of non-scary ways to bring festive cheer to your Halloween porch decor.

A fall wreath is one way to add color and charm to your front door, or switch out the foliage for bright ribbons or even candy for a sweeter look. Natural decorations – think pumpkins, gourds, pine cones and conkers – can also be used to create stunning seasonal scenes that won't have the slightest hint of scariness.

You can't go wrong with some twinkling lights, either. Strings of festoons, sparkling fairy lights, and other backyard party lighting strung around your porch will add a big dose of magic to your Halloween setup.

And if you don't want to stick bats or other spooky shapes around your space, how about creating a night-sky scene by opting for cut-out stars, instead?

pumpkins on porch steps

Jolly orange pumpkins add a nod to the season but won't give anyone a scare

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How can you decorate your porch for Halloween on a budget?

Not everyone wants to spend big when it comes to celebrating Halloween. And that's okay – you really don't have to. By repurposing secondhand items, you can still create an eye-catching scene, all it takes is a little creativity. You might even find things you can use around the house.

Of course, pumpkins bought from the store (or even, grown yourself) are all very affordable this time of year, too. Try pumpkin painting for an easy alternative to carving.

And there are plenty of spooky DIY outdoor fall decorations you can make with the most basic of materials – use cotton wool or yarn for cobwebs, toilet paper to 'mummify' objects, or paint a magical mural onto cardboard to prop against your porch, for instance.

Holly Crossley
Acting Deputy Editor

The garden was always a big part of Holly's life growing up, as was the surrounding New Forest where she lived. Her appreciation for the great outdoors has only grown since then. She's been an allotment keeper, a professional gardener, and a botanical illustrator – plants are her passion.

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