Classic Country Halloween
Create a classic country Halloween vignette on your front porch by arranging hay bales, mums, pumpkins, and dried corn stalks around your steps. Fake spiderwebs add a not-too-scary touch.
Jack-o’-Lanterns in a Jiffy
Turn orange tissue-paper balls into proper Halloween pumpkins that can line your front porch. Simply cut facial features and stems from construction paper and apply to the balls with glue dots.
Batty Front Door
Festive Front Door
Even the DIY-phobic can make their porches a little more festive for trick-or-treaters by swapping in a new doormat and adding a fall-themed wreath, a bale of hay, and some faux hanging bats.
Pretty in White
Spooky black-and-orange decorations aren’t your thing? Try this pretty alternative: Place white chrysanthemums and ornamental cabbage in cream-colored apple baskets on your front lawn, and surround with white pumpkins and gourds. (Note: For a similar look minus the danger, lanterns and jack-o’-lanterns should always be lit with battery-operated lights, like these LED votives.)
Bat-Filled Front Door
These felt bats are easy to make and ensure your house looks extra spooky. All you need to do is trace a bat shape onto a piece of felt and cut it out. Repeat until you have a swarm of them!
Decorated Tree Branches
Bare-limbed trees provide the perfect ghostly perch for jack-o’-lanterns, LED candle lanterns, and a flock of faux black crows. Make sure the tree limbs are sturdy enough to support the weight of the items you are hanging and take care not to over-decorate, which can lessen the overall effect. Funkins (Styrofoam pumpkins) are an especially good choice for this project, since they’re lightweight and won’t rot.
Lure visitors with a spooky doormat.
Step 1: Purchase an indoor/outdoor needle-punch carpet. To turn it into a circle: Mark the rug’s center point with a Prismacolor white-colored pencil. Measure and mark the distance from that point to a spot about half an inch from the rug’s edge. Cut a piece of string to that length. Tie one end of the string to the pencil and secure the other end of the string to the rug’s center point with a tack. Pull the string taut and draw a large circle onto the rug; remove the string. Cut out the circle, just inside the white pencil mark, with sharp scissors.
Step 2: Using a yardstick, evenly space and draw eight intersecting lines that cross the rug from edge to edge. Between those lines, draw arches around the mat, using our photo as a guide.
Step 3: Lastly, coat the rug with a clear finishing spray, like Krylon Make It Last Clear Sealer. to protect your web from trick-or-treating feet.
Give trick-or-treaters and guests a festive first impression, framing the front door with these skeletal gourds. These bottle-gourd scarecrows were painted white, with features added in black felt tip pen. Just spear them on sticks and “plant” them in Styrofoam blocks inside urns to create a festive welcome to your Halloween home.
Spooky Skeleton Pumpkins
These carved pumpkins look as if they’re reaching from beyond the grave in your front yard.
Step 1: Select a pair of pumpkins to form each arm-hand combo. Determine which gourd will serve as the arm (usually the taller one) and trim its stem so the other pumpkin can rest securely on top. Carve a hole in the bottoms of both, scoop out the pulp, and return the cut pieces.
Step 2: Print out our skeletal templates and resize on a copier, scaling the images to fit your pumpkins.
Step 3: Cut out stencils as directed on the templates and affix the arm stencil to the bottom pumpkin with masking tape. Trace on the design with a felt-tip pen. Repeat the process on the other pumpkin, using the hand template.
Step 4: Remove stencils, then carefully carve along the drawn lines with an X-Acto knife. Affix a battery-operated votive candle in the base of each pumpkin with adhesive.
What’s it take to achieve this shimmering display? Gourds, pumpkins, and a gilding kit! When all these metallic colors come together, your entrance will turn into one hot spot.
Spell out your greeting in mini pumpkins gathered on your porch.
Step 1: Pencil letters on hollowed pumpkins (carve out the opening from the bottom).
Step 2: Using a drill with a half-inch bit, bore holes to form each letter.
Step 3: Hang strings of Christmas-tree lights, gathered in small bunches, to illuminate each pumpkin (unscrew bulbs where the string descends to the next row).
Halloween Wonderland Set Up
Create a show-stopping Halloween entrance with fall leaves, pumpkins, and faux ravens.
(DIY Ideas and Photo curtesy of Country Living)