From Fall to Halloween on the Porch (Decorating Tips)

Can you believe October is almost over?  If you’re still looking for fall and Halloween decorating ideas, today I’m sharing my fall front porch with you.  First, I will show you how I decorated for fall and then I will share how I transitioned from fall to Halloween on the porch.  Let’s get started…

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From Fall to Halloween on the Porch:

Come get inspired by these easy decorating ideas…

Fall front porch with mums and pumpkins - update your porch from fall to Halloween

Fall Front Porch Decor:

Traditional fall colors for a fall porch…

For this year’s fall porch, I began with a colorful wreath I found in Homegoods.

Fall Front Porch with mums and pumpkins - Fall and Halloween Decor Ideas

Last year, I used a more neutral door hanging but I find the brighter colors speak to me more in the fall.  Plus, I like the way this wreath looks with the mini pumpkins above the door.

From there, I chose mums to coordinate with all the colors.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my stories where I complained about the deer eating my first set of mums.  You would think I would learn to spray them with deer repellent the minute I get them home!   

Anyway, this is my second set of mums and you can bet that I sprayed them with that stinky spray right away.  Luckily, the deer haven’t touched these!  (Don’t worry, the smell of the spray almost goes away when it’s dry.)

Mums and pumpkins - Fall and Halloween decorating ideas for the porch

Sure, I thought about buying a fall-oriented doormat but I just kept the Home Sweet Home one and layered it over a buffalo checked rug.  Yes, I know everyone is doing the whole rug-layering-thing but I have to say, I love the look for fall and Halloween decorating!Layered Doormats on front porch

Home Sweet Home Doormat


Colorful fall mums on the front porch - fall and Halloween decorating ideas

In my opinion, you really can’t go wrong with black accents.  And the black accents also work well when you are trying to transition your porch decor from fall to a Halloween.

From Fall to Halloween on the Porch:

Easy ways to transition to Halloween…

Rather than change everything as Halloween grew closer, I just added a few fun Halloween touches…

Trick or Treat Banner over front door - simple way to transition your front porch from fall to Halloween

When I found this Trick or Treat banner at World Market, I knew it would be the perfect addition to transition my front porch from fall to Halloween decor.  It’s kind of hard to tell from the photo but the banner is burlap and adds just the right amount of texture and color to welcome those trick-or-treaters!

Simple fall and Halloween decorating ideas for the front porch

In past years, I let my kids stick all kinds of crazy Halloween decals on the windows.  These days, they just aren’t interested.  Now that they’re teens, they don’t want to get involved with the decorating.  Sad, yes…but at least I can just keep things simple with my fall and Halloween decor.  If I want, I can even go with more cute Halloween porch decor…my kids won’t even notice!

Skull and pumpkins - from fall to Halloween on the porch

Although, I did add in a few “scary” accessories like this skull.

Skull on porch

Creepy, huh?  Maybe he will help scare all the deer away!

Skeleton on porch - one of our Halloween greeters

How about this guy…my official Halloween “greeter”.  Or maybe, I should say “eater” because he appears to be eating the mums!  Better him than the deer!  (Do I sound obsessed with the deer eating my mums?  Go ahead and read: 5 Things I Don’t Love About Fall for a few more things about fall that I might obsess about – ha!)

Halloween porch with pumpkins and mums

All we have to do now is carve a few of those pumpkins!  Hopefully, my boys will at least want to help with those!  After all, pumpkin carving day has always been a tradition for us.

So, with just a few additions, I transitioned my porch from fall to Halloween.  Now, I need to think how I can stretch this out until Thanksgiving!

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I don’t exactly have a green thumb.  Keeping these mums alive from Halloween until Thanksgiving will be quite a challenge! Ha!

Anyway, Happy Halloween, everyone!

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    1. Thanks, Paula! I found that banner on sale too it was even better… Yeah, those deer can be brutal!

    1. Thanks, Jeanie! My greeter is getting wet right now…looks like rain ALL day. What are we going to do with all this candy?!!! Ugh. Happy Halloween!

  1. Oh I just love your pops of orange! Sometime I would love to see an outside pic of your home. I am guessing it is just as lovely as the inside. Hugs from Waco—finally cooled off enough here for mums to survive on our front porch ! I grew up in Minnesota where there are lots of deer but did not know they would eat mums!

    1. Thanks, Diane – you always leave the sweetest comments. I am happy to hear it cooled down for you. It’s pouring here in NJ so it looks like Halloween will be a washout. And yes, deer go crazy for the mums where I live! Happy Halloween!

  2. Your porch is so fun Shelly! I don’t do much. We live in the country and get no tricker treaters and did I mention no one uses our front door!

  3. It looks fabulous, Shelley! I just love that buffalo check rug! I used to decorate for Halloween when my son was younger, but not anymore. And…….I can’t even buy real pumpkins between the deer, squirrels, and chipmunks, who destroy them almost immediately. I do spray my mums, too, with that horrible stinky spray, but it has been keeping them away so far.

    1. Thanks, Amy! We get a ton of trick or treaters so I always decorate. Yes, that deer spray really does stink when you spray it on but it really does work!

    1. Thanks, Kippi! I hope the mums make it until Thanksgiving… Even though I took care of our deer situation, I don’t exactly have a green thumb!

  4. You did a great job transitioning your porch from fall to Halloween. I don’t normally like the skeleton look, but that one eating the mum made me giggle! And I love the mums coordinating with your wreath. I can’t believe the deer are actually gutsy enough to get that close to your door!

    1. Thanks, Julie! Yeah, I’d much rather have the skeleton eat the mums than those pesky deer! It’s amazing how comfortable they feel walking up on my front porch! So far, the spray has been working, though! Thanks for stopping by!

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