45 Festive Outdoor Halloween Decorations To Trick Out Your House

Your curb appeal is about to be scary good.

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Sugar & Charm

The entire neighborhood stops by on October 31, so fix up the front porch and yard with these cool products and easy DIYs. Your house will be the talk of the town, and trick-or-treaters will feel especially welcome—or maybe too scared to approach the front door, depending on the Halloween vibe you're going for. Feeling ambitious? Go for a bonus round of Halloween wreaths and DIY decorations.

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Stack Bales of Hay

Sugar & Charm set up the ultimate outdoor Halloween buffet by using cobweb-covered hay as the table. Then, hang some string lights, surround the spread with pumpkins, add a Halloween-inspired bouquet, and call it a day.

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Jennifer Perkins
Have a Sense of Humor

Jennifer Perkins got creative with some pool noodles, a rusty old shopping cart, and a pair of black pointy-toed boots. This DIY Halloween porch decor is the perfect balance between funny and spooky, and even better, it just requires a little resourcefulness.

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Tell, Love, & Party
Set the Table

Have an outdoor Halloween dinner party? A black-and-white striped tablecloth adds a contemporary playfulness to the mood. Then, glue little ants to your napkin rings to be freaky but not too freaky.

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A Beautiful Mess
Hang DIY Ghosts on the Porch

Haunting, huh? These lacy creeps are probably the chicest a ghost has ever looked. Bonus: They're super easy to make! Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess and then hang them either inside or out!

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Hand Out Candy Creatively

You may not have a giant candelabra on hand, but you probably have some summer lanterns (and you can always just use smaller candelabras). Refresh them for Halloween by filling them up with candy and placing them on top of faux spiderwebs. See more at Sugar and Charm.

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Add a Light-Up Black Bat Wreath
Oriental Trading

This creepy-chic bat wreath also lights up with a spooky orange glow, perfect for livening up your front door. 

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Mark Your Path With Spooky Lanterns
Spirit Halloween

Purple spider lanterns are basically the perfect glam-meets-scary combination. 

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Try a Fire & Ice Projector

Give your entire porch an eerie orange glow with this projector light—it'll make your front door look more like a portal to somewhere extra scary. 

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Add a Talking Eyeball Doorbell

All who approach your home will be greeted by this spooky talking doorbell, complete with a light-up eye. 

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Hang Pumpkin String Lights
Pottery Barn

These string lights look a little like Jack Skellington in jack-o-lantern form, don't they?

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Welcome Trick-or-Treaters with a Spider Web Doormat
World Market

An on-theme Halloween doormat, like this spiderweb coir option, adds an extra fun touch to your front door. 

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Try Tarantula String Lights
World Market

Speaking of spiders, hang these creepy-crawly tarantula-shaped string lights for a fun effect.

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Spin a Giant Light-Up Spiderweb

Or just turn your whole yard into a giant spider's web with this 23 foot rope light web.

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Stock Your Stoop with Black Illuminated Pumpkins
Grandin Road

Go for glam, reusable pumpkins—no carving required. These ones have a chic polka dotted pattern that lights up. 

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Oriental Trading
Line Up a Few Jack-O-Lantern Pathway Markers



Trick-or-treaters will be delighted to follow these glowing jack-o-lantern pathway markers all the way to your door to get their candy.

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Courtesy of Sugar and Charm
Set Up a Candy Bucket

If you aren't going to be home (or don't want to answer the door) on Halloween night, fill a pail up with candy and put on top a bale of hay. Add a skeleton and some pumpkins and you're ready for trick-or-treaters!

See more at Sugar and Charm.

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Courtesy of DIY Candy
Try a Pumpkin Topiary

Stack craft pumpkins on top of each other and fill with twinkle lights for an unexpected, but seriously fun, topiary.

Get the tutorial at DIY Candy.

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Courtesy of Sugar and Charm
Work in Some Floating Pumpkins

Make pumpkin lanterns out of paper maché and hang them on white string so it looks like they're floating. Light them up with battery-operated tea lights.

See more at Sugar and Charm.

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Courtesy of Come Together Kids
Greet Your Guests with Witches Legs

Stuff a pair of tights with paper and add some red, glittering shoes. Ding, dong...

See more at Come Together Kids.

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Courtesy of Atta Girl Says
Line Your Stairs with Skulls

Line your front steps (or walkway) with skulls. If you want something a little more colorful (and less spooky), paint them into sugar skulls!

See more at Atta Girl Says.

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Courtesy of Boston Interiors
Go for a Wicked-Witch Inspired Vibe

Hand-paint a sign, add some black shoes, throw in a broom and you've got a wicked witch-themed porch. Do one better and add a sound bite of "I'll get you my pretty" playing on loop.

See more at Boston Interiors.

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Flank Your Entry with Bales of Hay

Create your own mini pumpkin patch with bales of hay, pumpkins, and cornstalks. If you're feeling extra spooky, throw a black cat in there.

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gold pumpkin wreath
John Kernick
Go Gold

Mini pumpkins get a glam upgrade thanks to a metallic paint job. Opt for faux pumpkins for a wreath that'll last for years.

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Steve Giralt
Tie It Up

Scout the backyard for supplies before whipping up a rustic ornament. Bound together with orange ribbon, a bundle of pine cones, wheat, or twigs looks extra festive.

Get the tutorial at Woman's Day.

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Bring Out the Classics

A festive door hanger, bale of hay, and dangling bats = peak Halloween.

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Alexandra Rowley
Eye Trick-or-Treaters

Skip the spooks and opt for a funny take on Halloween decor. Peering out from behind topiaries and bushes, styrofoam peepers can keep an eye on everyone who walks by.

Get the tutorial at Woman's Day.

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Go Monochrome

An all-white color palette makes fall staples like pumpkins, baskets, and mums feel totally elegant.

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Mikkel Vang
Cut Out Bats

Fill up any bare spot in your display with a flurry of wings. Place them on top of lit-up windows for eerie silhouettes once dark falls.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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Dana Gallagher
Cast a Spooky Glow

Light the way up the front walk or porch steps with painted pumpkins featuring cut-out "panes."

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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Gemma Comas
Branch Out

Drill holes in pumpkins and stick branches in them. The bare branches will cast eerie shadows at night for a dramatic entrance.

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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