Porch Pizzazz: Halloween & Thanksgiving Outdoor Decorating Ideas

published Oct 10, 2014
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Before all those ghost and goblins come knocking on your door, could your front entry use a little sprucing up for fall? Whether you like to decorate with the natural elements of a fall harvest or add a little spook factor with a Halloween display, here are 10 stylish front entries to inspire your own.


1. Isn’t this just the quaintest house for trick or treating? The assortment of multicolored pumpkins that line the walkway make a statement by sheer numbers. Sticking with mums in the same color intermingled throughout, keeps the entry polished. From All Things Farmer.
2. If you already own a few urns, simple pair them together or stack them, and then pile on a few neutral colored pumpkins. Add a trailing plant like creeping Jenny so it grows over the side. A boxwood or evergreen is a good choice for the center of the tallest vessel. Via Simple Style for Good Living.
3. Orange paper lanterns are an affordable way to make a festive halloween statement. They’re simply tied to bamboo stakes and inserted into pots flanking an entry, which is a great way to add symmetry to the front. Better Homes and Gardens.
4. This entry is perfect for the shabby chic home. From Patina White.
5. Dried limelight hydrangeas and pumpkins in shades of blues and creams bring non-traditional fall colors to the space. Via Home Stories A to Z.


6. This idea from Terrain is perfect for those homes with a driveway, or the same idea could be also be applied to winding garden paths. Repetition and white pumpkins add an offbeat touch.
7. This idea is similar to the last one but traditional orange pumpkins are used to line a winding set of steps. The climbing ivy and topiary give add a bit of moodiness. From Acanthus and Acorn.
8. I just love this simple idea for the modern or traditional home. A pair of ornamental cabbages are suspended from the double glass doors and offset by an large boxwood in a vintage urn. The pile of pumpkins keeps it from being too formal. From The House Planner.
9. Varying shades of deep purple flowers are a jolt of color against the white planters and white pumpkins. Oh, and who doesn’t love a blue pumpkin? Via Centsational Girl.
10. And I saved the spookiest for last! Jamilyn, at Living it at Home, added an eerie vibe to her front entry by whipping up a pack of flying bats. If you’re interested in her DIY, she shared the process on her blog. I particularly love the contrast of black bats and urns against the cream facade and white pumpkins. The trio of orange pumpkins in the window are nice touch. A simple yet fun approach to decorating your entry.