Trick-or-Greet: How to Style the Best Looking Halloween Door on the Block

updated May 3, 2019
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It’s officially October, which means it’s time to bust out the pumpkins, pull the skeletons out of your closets (literally, not figuratively, of course) and get festive. Whether you like to keep it simple with chic white pumpkins, prefer the glam goth look via black velvet and brass skulls, or display your classic bats and jack-o-lanterns with pride, we’ve got you covered no matter your Halloween style.

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If you’re super pumped for October and ready to get crackin’ on your Halloween decorating but aren’t sure where to start, may we suggest your front door? It’s the one feature we all have no matter what kind of structure we live in, how big or how small. After all, you know what they say about first impressions, plus outfitting your front facade is a pretty big style bang for your buck. Ready to get your hocus pocus on? Read on to be inspired with our three front door styles: traditional, modern and glam goth.


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Our approach to a “traditional” front door scene is part harvest festival, part kid-friendly spook. A colony of bats swarming the front door is a high-impact touch with a super low price (you just need black construction paper and to either draw a few bat silhouettes or download one from a site like Silhouette.com). And while many opt for a fall foliage-adorned wreathe, we wanted to shake things up with a felt banner. See link below for step-by-step instructions to make your own!

We recommend bringing out a small side table to create levels of interest (it’s also perfect for displaying any hand-carved jack-o-lanterns or holding bowls of candy).

A few chipwood bushel baskets are a particularly fall-y touch to hold mums and pumpkins if you don’t have front steps or planters.

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If your home is more chic boho-meets-Scandi than moody and eclectic, classic Halloween decor might not fit seamlessly with your soothing decor style. That’s no reason to miss out on all the fun, though. A little texture via crochet or macrame, hints of brass and rose gold, and plenty of white non-traditional pumpkins is all you need to get festive.

If you prefer a more minimal aesthetic, opt for a handful of white and gold gourds, or play up a more natural tableau with the addition of green kabocha squash and stunning blueish-gray jarrahdale pumpkins (if you can’t find these natural, try painting what you can source—we used Folk Art Chalk paint in Sage).

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Glam Goth

Want to get all kinds of spooky but still keep things beautiful? Glam goth is for you. Bust out the matte black spray paint and transform all those orange pumpkins you picked up at Trader Joe’s last weekend. Wrap your front door in scrappy black netting to downplay whatever color you’ve got going on (though bonus points if your door is red or black already).

This wreath from Michaels included a big crow in the center, but it was easy to pluck out to add some more custom details (like the gold spray painted mini skulls we included and attached with black wire, and the blood-red silk flowers).

A cloche just feels right for glam goth; its the perfect opportunity to display some creepy curiosities. This one from Target is plastic, so you don’t have to worry about anyone knocking into the table on their way inside and sending glass shards everywhere.

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*Styling by Hayley Sheldon in collaboration with Arlyn Hernandez; special thanks to Brielle M. Ferreira for sharing your beautiful home with us for this shoot.

Feeling festive? Once your front door is ready for plenty of tricks and treats, move on the inside of your home: