On Monday I shared this easy last-minute Halloween decorating idea and promised that today I would show you my easy Halloween Front Porch decor!
I decided to decorate the front porch of my studio. It has a roof which is ideal for many of these decorations which aren't designed to be fully exposed to the weather.
The front door of my house only has a stoop which means I need to only use weatherproof materials when decorating out there, or I have to be prepared to move things in and out regularly which is a hassle. Mums and a few pumpkins tend to be a good look for that porch as you can see in this post.
Since the studio porch is covered, it gave me the opportunity to really have some fun with elements I haven't been used to decorating outside with.
For example, a friend recently gave me this sweet little mat, and that's really what got me going on increasing our Halloween decor – well, that and the fact that my seven-year-old is really excited about Halloween this year!
It is so sweet with loads of Americana charm – even though it's not orange it still works with all the orange and black, I think.
My daughter loves it and wants us to find checkers to play games on it!
So really, it's a rug and an entertainment center rolled into one – yay!
To the left of the door, I placed a rustic wooden table (in a chippy blue color that I just adore!) that I have had for a few years and piled a load of random pumpkins around it.
At first, I wasn't sure how I would like so many different shapes and colors together, but as I kept loading them, I decided that I quite liked how they were blending.
There are plastic ones, velvet ones, copper ones and even a real one that I stenciled! Somehow it all just works!
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These little vintage-inspired trick-or-treaters really steal the show for me here. I found these at HomeGoods a year or two ago and their old-fashioned charm always makes me smile.
As I said in the post about the Halloween wreath, I'm not into spooky, scary Halloween at all. Have you ever seen Meet Me in St. Louis with Judy Garland? If you haven't please check it out! It's a delightful movie about a charming family at the turn of the century when the world's fair was coming to St. Louis. They celebrate every season in the movie and watching the children enjoy Halloween is quite idyllic and sweet. Nothing like today's scary movies.
So that's the happy picture in my head – a Halloween that beckons of yesteryear. Sweeter, simpler times.
On the opposite side of the door, I continued the pumpkin-palooza. Again I mixed fabric, plastic, copper and even porcelain Jack-o-lanterns from Lowe's.
On a chair, I gave “pride of place” to a giant pumpkin (thanks to Charlie Brown, how could I resist?!) that I found at HomeGoods at the same time that I found the sweet little trick-or-treaters.
It's plain on one side which I like because once Halloween is over I can just turn it around and still enjoy the pumpkin through Thanksgiving without feeling like I've just forgotten to take down my Halloween decorations. It's a great lazy decorating trick!
It all ties in nicely with the last-minute easy Halloween ribbon wreath that I made. If you missed it, please check it out – it really comes together fast with items you might already have on hand.
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Takeaways to help YOU easily decorate your front porch for Halloween:
[dropcaps]1[/dropcaps] Find an inspiration point
For me this was the rug, for you, it might be a wreath, a rug, a color scheme, or some other decor element that inspires you. Just find something to begin to work from.
[dropcaps]2[/dropcaps] Add lots of layers & mix it up!
I didn't want to go out and spend money for this decorating project since it was a bit on the last minute side and wouldn't be up for too long, so I pulled out my old Fall/Halloween decor and just started layering it in.
At first, I thought, I can't mix all these pumpkins together, but I tried it anyway, and surprise, surprise – it worked!
So, I want to encourage you to try some combos that you might not have expected to work and see how it goes, you too might be surprised!
[dropcaps]3[/dropcaps] Don't forget to have fun!
Remember this is holiday decorating – it's supposed to be fun and a little bit silly even. When you remember that it helps you not take it all too seriously. Play with bold colors that you perhaps might not otherwise use.
For me, that was mixing the orange and black with purple in the wreath. That's definitely a color scheme that doesn't appear in my house – so it was a blast to play with this for a fun change that spiced up the season and won't be up long enough to start driving me bonkers. I guess that's an unexpected happy side-effect of last-minute decorating.
Did you decorate your front porch for Halloween?
Do you stick to all-weather decorations or are you able to mix in some items as I did here? If you use a lot of all-weather items I'd love to hear about your favorites – please leave a comment below so we can chat about them.
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I truly love getting to share these creative ideas with you and I pray that they bless and cheer you as you read along.
I hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!