40 Outdoor Halloween Decorations You Can Leave Up All Fall Long
Halloween doesn’t have to be all spooks and scares. We love to celebrate this festive fall holiday with lots of seasonal color—bursting oranges, golds, yellows, and deep greens. Our favorite outdoor décor takes a cue from its environment—we’re head over heels for all-natural décor inspired by fall foliage and the harvest. You can find pumpkins, squash, mums, and gourds accenting our walkways this Halloween. Of course, if you’re looking for something a bit spookier, we have some inspiration for you, too.
These outdoor décor ideas will be the talk of the town on Halloween night, and most of them transition seamlessly into Thanksgiving. Setting up your festive Halloween display—complete with personalized carved pumpkins and bright fall container flowers—is a great activity for the whole family. In fact, it may just distract those kids who are itching to jump into their costumes. And if you’re anxiously awaiting the appropriate time to begin decorating for Christmas (is it ever really too early to hang Christmas lights?) get in the spirit with some Halloween décor. There’s no better way to celebrate the fall then to deck your house out in the hues of the season.
Line Your Steps
Pick out pumpkins and flowers in a variety of tones and hues to create a whimsical stairway display.
Pumpkin Candle Holders
Light your stairway in style with these cute, autumnal Pumpkin Candle Holders. Find the DIY guide here.
These jack-o'-lanterns are more smiley than spooky, making for a great welcome committee for all the trick-or-treaters.
Instead of taking cues from monsters or ghosts, these carved pumpkins find inspiration in the fall leaves. Keep these evergreen designs displayed all fall long!
Fill those door-side pedestals with miniature pumpkins for an entryway that's overflowing with seasonal joy. We just love this classic look.
While the kids are out trick-or-treating, relax and unwind by this cozy outdoor hearth that's dressed for the season.
Light the way with these simple Pumpkin Hurricanes. If you'd rather not have an open flame, feel free to use electric tea candles.
White pumpkins add sophistication to your Halloween display. They can be used to adorn a Halloween wreath or line your staircase.
Pick of the Patch
Pick up a bunch of pumpkins in all different shapes and sizes at your local farm to create your own personal pumpkin patch.
Light the Way
Luminaries are a classic feature of our festive décor, especially during the holidays, so why not create fall-inspired luminaries for Halloween? Making these crafts is oh-so-easy and a great activity for the kids.
This autumnal garland pays homage to our favorite fall feature: the leaves falling from the trees. Use magnolia leaves and berries to create a full, bountiful look.
House Number Topiary
Guide the kids home on Halloween night with bold, bright pumpkins bearing your house's address. This DIY project is easy as can be, and you can use faux pumpkins to create a reusable décor centerpiece.
This decoration idea is sure to be a balancing act (we recommend using lighter-weight faux pumpkins), but it adds fabulous height and a wow-factor to your Halloween entryway. Add a festive Halloween doormat and you'll be all decked out.
It's a whole harvest on your front steps! Choose a variety of seasonal plants and greens to form a full display.
Get in the spirit with a fall-inspired twist on a classic Christmas wreath (and show off those gorgeous orange and gold leaves).
Pumpkin Votive Float
This floating candle display is reminiscent of an apple bob, and all it takes is a large bucket and some mini pumpkins. It's a great party accent and practical lighting feature.
Warm & Cozy
Once you've already knit hats and scarves for all the kids, knit some warm sweaters for your pumpkins! These bundled-up pumpkins will be the talk of the town.
Instead of carving up your pumpkin, hollow it out and use it as a vase for stunning seasonal flowers. This accent can be used to spruce up a porch or as a festive table centerpiece!
Looking for a scene that's bursting with color, but also contained and refined? These orderly, yet fun pumpkin containers will provide ample inspiration.
Stick with an all-white color wheel for a sleek, elegant look to match your manicured hedges this Halloween.
Patterns on Patterns
Forget the scary face. Carve sleek geometric designs into your pumpkins for a mismatched, yet cohesive pumpkin cluster.
DIY Gourd Wreath
DIY your wreath with some of those pumpkin patch finds. To complete this project, you’ll need a wreath form, sheet moss, florist picks, and your pumpkins and gourds.
Hay bales are the perfect seasonal touch to give your home a country feel. Stack them beside your door with pumpkins and plants to accent.
Autumn's Outdoor Room
With a leafy wreath, colorful mums, and lots of pumpkins, this outdoor setup is Halloween-ready.
Use your pumpkins as a canvas and create an award-worthy piece of art with your home décor. Stacking pumpkins and painting a continuous design gives this scene a cohesive, haunted look.
Who needs a layered cake when you have three tiers of pumpkins decorating the table?
Fall for Fall Planters
Container gardens are handy for small spaces, and you can keep them blooming in different hues all year round.
Scatter pumpkins and plants all around your entryway to give an appearance of mismatched bounty.
Foliage Around the Fireplace
Drape your outdoor stone fireplace in lots of seasonal colors to create a gathering point for Halloween night.
Who said garland was reserved for Christmas? Complemented by fall colors, garland is the perfect accent to line your doorway for a couple of extra months.
Offset the bright orange of your pumpkins with fun colored paint. Using warm pink and red hues will create a welcoming home environment that's more fun than spooky.
Crafting with the Kids
Make this super easy crafted spiderweb with the help of your kids, and hang it on the front door to greet all the trick-or-treaters. Get the DIY tutorial here.
Personalize your pumpkins this year with the timeless elegance of a monogram. You can download the monogram stencils here, and then pick out interesting, but somewhat symmetrical pumpkins for the whole family to carve!
Stack 'Em Up
Does your décor look flat with your squat pumpkins sitting on the ground? Stack them up in a planter to create a display with height.
The Other Veggies
Around Halloween, pumpkins get lots of love, but shine a spotlight on some other signature fall produce with this yellow-hued presentation. Mix light pumpkins with squash and gourds for a fresh, monochromatic effect.
Normal container plants can be so boring, but we've found just the trick to reinvent the porch staple. Combine your two favorite fall plants (mums and pumpkins) in this clever, stunning "mumkin!"
Pick out pumpkins and mums of similar hues (or paint the pumpkins the same ruddy color) to create an eye-catching monotone porch display. Don't forget a fall wreath to match!
Metallic Patterned Pumpkins
Elegance meets country charm in these metallic-brushed pumpkins. All you need is the metallic paint or spraypaint of your choosing (we'd recommend gold) and some basic black and white paints for decorative accents.
Window boxes looking dry and bare? Liven them up with some miniature pumpkins!
Pumpkin Patch Lovin’
Scarecrows, corn husks, pumpkins, oh my! This display incorporates all of our favorite elements of a visit to the pumpkin patch, right on your front steps. Now all you'll need is some warm apple cider.