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Halloween Day 19: Outdoor Decor

Growing up, I always wished that our house could be the one on our block that always went all out with Halloween decorating. As it was, I think I always pretty readily settled for gutting a pumpkin the day before Halloween, carving a crooked smile into its face, and unceremoniously plopping it on the front porch. And I’m sure as my small children grow older, they will be thoroughly embarrassed to walk into a house decorated to excess instead of reveling in it as I would have. I’ve collected a few ideas to help embarrass your kids or just make things a little more fun for you.

So onto the decorating! There are many simple things you can do to create a festive air for the front of your home. Collections of pumpkins, mums, and a few well placed ribbons can make an impact. Of course, a darling wreath never hurts! Southern Living has at tutorial on how to make this beautiful wreath out of miniature pumpkins.

And for those that have a bit of a sense of humor, Southern Living also has instructions for tiny pumpkin stakes for the flowerbeds an flower boxes!

And how cool will the trick-or-treaters think you are with a whole yard full of jack-o-lanterns??

If you want more of an eerie effect for your outside, Martha Stewart has quite a few inventive ideas on how to spook your friends and neighbors! There’s this creepy graveyard

Or a chilling set of witchy silhouettes just for starters. Templates are available for both on her site!

But you really don’t have to go overboard to be festive. A simple touch or two is sometimes all it takes to satisfy your inner child. I love this super easy-to-make witch doorbell cover.

And cleverness always is a winner, as with this “broom parking” display seen at All You.

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party and craft ideas. You can also buy birthday party supplies, printables and accessories from the Frog Prince Paperie Etsy shop.