Halloween this year will be like no other, with trick or treating in many neighborhoods simply impossible. This does, of course, mean that you have the perfect excuse to double down on decorating ideas to make your home look more frightfully festive than ever.
Our roundup includes Halloween decorating ideas for indoors and out – and, as you would expect, they are ghoulishly good-looking.
1. Create a cute Halloween scarecrow
This is a fun project to do with the children, and there really are no rules for how to create it or how it should look. We have used a pumpkin for the head, and fabric scraps and card for the clothes and hat – but you can buy kits and ready-made pumpkin scarecrows (opens in new tab) if you need a quick fix.
2. Fall porch decor ideas that look good for Halloween, too
Some Fall inspiration for your Labor Day weekend, because we know you’re already making plans to get those Fall decor totes out of storage. 😏 (Fall sign @metalunlimited; black & white mat @worldmarket ; door mat @kirklands) . . . . . . . . . . . #frontporch #farmhousestyle #frontporchdecor #farmhousedecor #farmhouseglam #franklintn #frontdoorgoals #frontdoordecor #slfall #rusticstyle #homestyling #mycountryhome #rusticglam #bhghome #bhgflowers #countrylivingmag #autumndecor #europeanstyle #falldecorations #falldecor #southernstyle #bhghome #pumpkins #mums #frontporchliving #farmhouseliving #kirklands #diyhomedecor #thanksgivingdecor #americanfarmhousestyle Julie Peyton+Michaela Barrett (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @two.hens.design on Sep 6, 2020 at 8:21am PDT
Love, love, love the white and pale green color scheming of this fall porch and how the shapes of the pumpkins are echoed in the huge floral displays in the containers either side of the front door. So simple, yet so effective.
3. Turn sugar cookies into Halloween decorations
Gingerbread men and plain sugar cookies can quickly become Halloween-themed with the addition of some simple icing – another fun project for the kids! Bake them yourself or cheat with ready-made cookies and enjoy the decorating. Use them as decorations, place them on a plate on the porch... or simply enjoy them at home.
4. Layer lanterns with fall flowers and white pumpkins
The key a festive front door? Classic pieces paired with seasonal accents. We love how @lindsaytrabingdesigns layered her front porch with our Caleb Lanterns and perfectly placed pumpkins ✨ #mypotterybarn . . . #potterybarn #pumpkins #fall #frontdoor #falldecor #lanterns #curbappeal #designideas #homedesign Pottery Barn (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @potterybarn on Oct 5, 2020 at 9:20am PDT
Welcome guests and visitors with a beautiful porch display. This is our favorite combination: white white and pale grey pumpkins from Pottery Barn (opens in new tab), alternated with lanterns and autumn blooms. Simply stunning.
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5. Pick a Halloween wreath that's drop dead gorgeous
If you're wondering how to decorate a front porch for Halloween, we love to include wreaths in our Halloween decorating ideas, but they are rarely suitable beyond 31st October. This blush eucalyptus wreath from Cox & Cox (opens in new tab), however, is the perfect example of a fall wreath that can be dressed up with decorations – such as the cookies above – for Halloween, then undressed and redressed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Understated, beautiful fall colors, and ever-lasting.
6. Halloween decorating ideas you can use all year round
A photo posted by @hairsalon_houseofmann on Oct 5, 2020 at 1:26pm PDT
How cute do these white pumpkin pots look with succulents planted in them? They are the perfect understated decor for Halloween – but we think they would look lovely all year round, too.
7. Pick out elegant Halloween lighting ideas
Halloween lights needn't be garish – there are plenty of sophisticated lighting ideas, such as this gorgeous golden glass pumpkin light decoration (opens in new tab), that house-proud homeowners will enjoy displaying.
8. Create a warm welcome with deep, autumnal shades
“It’s a shame not to create because you’re always trying to top your best project. We owe it to ourselves to keep creating.” - one of you amazing ladies sent this to me after reading what I wrote in stories today. And it was exactly what I needed to hear. 👏🏻 A reminder to myself and anyone who needs to hear it... Comparison, no matter who or what it’s with is debilitating and discouraging. Even if it’s with your own past successes. So instead of being threatened by some of my favorite work I will continue to love on it and move forward while welcoming even more ideas, imagination and creativity! Let the 2020 autumn porch dreaming begin! 👊🏻🍂🌾 Swipe to see the version of this porch before we got our hands on it! 😱 (another angle of our porch at our first home) Dreamy autumn sign is by @aedriel 🙌🏻 Limewash is @romabiopaints 🍂 #autumnvibes🍁 #autumn #falldecor #fallporchdecor Susan (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @kindredvintage on Sep 17, 2020 at 3:57pm PDT
Want to make more of an impact? Pick out pumpkins in bolder, deeper colors and in different shapes and sizes. Combine them with painted pumpkins – or faux pumpkin decorations – flowers, lanterns, and even autumn leaves, and arrange until you are happy with how they look.
9. Pile up pumpkins in pretty containers
WHAT YOU DON'T SEE IS THE SECRET! . . When I shared my outdoor space this week I had received so many questions about how many pumpkins did it take to fill up those zinc buckets?! . . The answer is exactly the ones you can see here!! Instead of filling the buckets all the way with pumpkins....I used different things to fill in most of them and then just topped them off with the pumpkins. In the smaller can I filled it in with excess bricks and in the larger can I used another planter I just flipped upside down that also helped to add height. . . Filling in that void space with stuff you don't see is a money saver for sure! . . Happy Sunday Friends! . . #cottagestyle #cottagefarmhouse #cozyfarmhouse #simpletouches #rusticaccents #europeanaccents #frenchfarmhouse #rusticfarmhousedecor #neutraldecor #neutralcottage #neutralfarmhouse #fallaccents #fallfarmhouse #fallcottage #falldecor #rusticfarmhouse #outdoordecor #rusticcottage #cottagegarden #gardeninspiration #gardenaccents #outdoorfalldecor #pumpkins #naturalaccents #fallporch #autumncottage #autumnfarmhouse #countryhomemagazine #americanfarmhousestylemagazine #cottagesandbungelows Beth | Pickin Queen (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @oldetymemarketplace on Sep 20, 2020 at 5:51am PDT
You needn't buy a ton of pumpkins for this stylish look – simply fill your containers with anything from bricks to upside down smaller containers – then you can just carefully arrange just a few pumpkins, gourds and even herbs on top.
10. Hang a Halloween garland over doors
Children will love a fun bunting or garland, and design-conscious adults will approve of this cute by from Graham & Green (opens in new tab)...
11. Look for pumpkin decorations with a difference
These pumpkin decorations are made from upcycled books – how clever! They add a wonderful touch as a table centerpiece and will certainly serve as a conversation piece while providing that cozy fall look. You can even use them to decorate your fire mantle, end table, hutch, book case, or give them away as party favors. At Etsy (opens in new tab).
12. Decorate pumpkins with Halloween stickers
Another lovely project for children to be involved in – if you want to do something a little different to carving your pumpkins this year, why not add a scary sticker? These are at Etsy (opens in new tab).
13. Or use découpage to give pumpkins a fresh look
And, finally, the project the children are going to enjoy the most – and one that will definitely make missing out on trick or treating this year easier to bear: découpaging on to pumpkins. We would, of course, suggest you cover faux pumpkins so you can keep these beauties for next year, and as keepsakes if the little ones have made them. All you need is some pretty giftwrap and a flour and water glue mix.
14. Get creative with card
Want to keep your Halloween decorating ideas subtle? One way to do so is to simply set pumpkins around a fireplace; if you want to create a cute display that can be seen from outside too, some simple bat shapes cut from card and hung at the window with fine thread will do the trick.
Lucy Searle has written about interiors, property and gardens since 1990, working her way around the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-nineties. She was Associate Editor on Ideal Home, and Launch Editor of 4Homes magazine, before moving into digital in 2007, launching Channel 4's flagship website, Channel4.com/4homes. In 2018, Lucy took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. She was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where she has also taken on the editorship of the magazine.
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