Traditional, Scary & Creepy Halloween Porch and Yard Decorating Ideas

Last year was our first year decorating our front porch for Halloween. We had a lot of fun trying to work in all the "classy" elements of a Halloween themed porch to our home, without going overly creepy or scary. I think that a lot of us "decorators" tend to go this way. We want the first impression of our homes, no matter what season to be welcoming, without too much scare factor.

But what about those die-hard Halloween fans? The ones who tend to enjoy the scary, spooky and creepy side of Halloween? Well... this post has got some ideas for you on how to create a frightening front porch that will even have your closest friends questioning whether or not it's safe to trick-or-treat at your house this year... mauh ah ah ah!

Since the definition of scary is to cause fear, or be frightened, I have to say that my thoughts definitely go towards gory types of things. The actual 'blood and guts' of Halloween, and decorating to create a feeling towards others that they will be in harms way if they 'dare to enter'. While this is the intention, I don't think that it has to be SO literal, to the point where you're grossing your trick-or-treaters out; you can still add scare and creepiness to your porch or yard, with just a few simple tricks.

The Color Red:
Adding the color red automatically sends up a warning flag for most of us. It means emergency or stop, so draping the color red around your door, or adding even just a few drips of fake blood here or there will have people alluding to the fact that there is danger nearby.

Staging Props:
Picking the perfect decrepit gravestone, adding red drippy writing on a door or leaning unusual old tools or weapons casually by your entryway, makes people very timid about approaching your front steps.
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Even just a disturbing pumpkin carving can throw people off of their game. If you're trying to think of an inexpensive, creative way to scare, then this might be the perfect route to go.
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Creating a Story:
Let peoples imaginations run wild, by not only adding the color red and using props, but also by creating a story with them. Setting the scene for your guests makes scary Halloween decorations all that more fearful. Haunted nurseries, a spooky graveyard or zombies gone wild, would be great ideas for a scary scene setup.

If you're not as comfortable going super scary, then maybe creepy is more your style. Finding ways to decorate that make minds wander in an uneasy direction tends to have more people running for the hills than you'd think. Below are a few ideas on how to accomplish a spine-chilling, creepy porch.

Frightening Figures: 
Usually the unknown is what scares people the most. Mummies and ghosts are a great way to creep your guests out, as they approach your door. You can purchase already made figures or handcraft some of your own with paper mache and chicken wire.
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Creepy Creatures: 
Bats, mice, spiders and crows are all very unnerving types of creatures. They take off without any warning and move quickly; spooking even the bravest of people.

Setting the Mood:
Fans, sound effects and lighting all help to set an eerie mood for the ultimate hair-raising experience. A chilly breeze, dimly lit spaces and 'bumps in the night' will unsettle people for sure.

Whether it's traditional, scary or creepy, the best part about outdoor Halloween decorating is that there are a lot of ideas and unusual props to work with, so the skies the limit! 
Which category do you typically fall into when it comes to decorating for Halloween?


  1. Fun ideas! I'm definitely more of a cute Halloween decorator than scary...though I don't mind some of the creepy ideas, I'm really liking those bats on the front door!

  2. There are some days that my kids look like they could be stuck out on the porch as part of the Halloween display.

  3. What an awesome round-up! We are doing an insane asylum theme in our front yard, just posted some pics today, still more to come though :D

  4. Great round up. I always enjoy looking at everyones halloween style. I tend to lean more towards traditional I guess. I don't really have many creepy decor things. Although, creepy jackolanterns count right ? :)

  5. This year we're going simple, but next year I'm going over the top insane with a scary as heck set up. :) I LOVE Halloween and being scared.

    I wish there were more decorations for El Dia De Los Muertos. I was going to do that this year but couldn't find anything I would need.

  6. Lovin' this roundup - those carved pumpkins are fantastic! they made me laugh lol - I think they're more 'witty' and creative, which I tend to go for rather than the standard 'spooky'. I like the black/white striped pillows in particular, and I really like your trick-or-treat sign! P.S. the comment that BlueBabesCreate made was hilarious - I remember those days!

  7. Some of these are a riot! Love the bats flying over the door. I went a little crow crazy with my decorating this year. Thanks for the inspiration...I'm pinning some of these for next year.

  8. In the very first top left picture, are those blinds in your window? We have some tall skinny windows by our front door and we're not sure how to cover them. Thanks!

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  10. Great ideas!! I love the creepy ones! One day I'm going to have to try the chicken wire figure, that is such a cool effect!

  11. i love your entryway! halloween is so much fun to decorate for but some of those are actually scary looking!
    thanks for the ideas :)

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  12. Creepy, scary, gruesome, I hate it all. Ugh. I love fall decor, just not Halloween. I guess I'm a Halloween scrooge. Ha!

  13. I stick to traditional fall with a hint of Halloween up until the day before and then we go all out. This year I'm working around a theme, which I'm really excited about. You should check out Brooklyn Limestone - her outside Halloween decor is a-mahzing and so creative, but would make me afraid to walk up to my own front door!

  14. Really Scary decoration ideas! Pumpkins are nice idea to decorate home for Halloween.

  15. Growing up we usually did something big for Halloween. I remember doing a "Mad Scientist" theme one year and we had a candy making machine made from pool noodles and bowls and dry ice. My dad (the mad scientist) would "make" the candy and while he had everyone distracted with the show I would sneak some candy into the dry ice bowl. It was so much fun! This year we have our daughter to celebrate with (18 months) and so we think we will do our yard decked out in scary creepy stuff and let the guys handle that part and us gals will stick to driveway handing candy to the little ones :)


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