Outdoor Decorating for Halloween: Spooktactular Curb Appeal!

Bags of bite sized candies and loads of orange and black decorations have hit the stores, so it’s time again to consider how to approach your outdoor decorating for Halloween to increase your home’s spooktacular curb appeal! Choose the amount of effort and money you want to invest in celebrating one of America’s favorite holidays. You can DIY your decorations or visit your local home improvement, department, or party store to purchase all kinds of Halloween decor for outdoors, much of it can be carefully stored for re-use year after year. Whether you go for the simple, easy, low key decor, or you go all out Halloweentown for the holiday, we have some great decorating ideas and links to examples and directions to DIY! Whatever your level of Halloween spirit, you’ll love these outdoor decorating ideas!

Simple swaps.

The easiest way to decorate for Halloween is to swap out a few of your annual autumnal decorations for holiday versions. That beautiful selection of mums in the flower bed gets bedecked with handmade mohair webs (or cute commercial ones from the grocery store seasonal aisle) and plastic spiders. Trade your autumn leaf and sunflower wreath for a spookier wreath that will thrill trick-or-treaters! How about an orange and black ribbon (and a plastic bat or two) to spiff up your mailbox? Slip a few Jack-o-lanterns into the pumpkin and gourd display on your front porch and you’re ready for the holiday!

Definitely decorated.

Simple swaps are nice, but do you want to go a little further? Take advantage of the easy swaps, then step it up a notch. Try adding silhouettes made of black paper or black garbage bags to your storm door, windows, and even your landscape uplights! Ghost ornaments are easy to make, whether they’re the full sized gauzy ones affixed to the porch columns or the tiny handkerchief variety haunting your favorite bushes or tree. Jack up your Jack-o-lanterns with zombie style or interactive details. Put the final touch on your spooky curb appeal when you visit your local home improvement or department store and pick up a string or two of holiday lights. Choose creepy eyeballs, grinning mini jack-o-lanterns, or glowing witches on brooms…there’s a light for every spooky-fun Halloween theme!

Frightfully fabulous!

Ever wanted to go hog-wild for Halloween? Go for it! Be the owner of the house that thrills the trick-or-treaters, wows the neighbors, and get the maximum Halloween bang for your buck!

If you’re wanting more even after all the simple and moderate decorating ideas, go for the wow-factor! Drape webs or spanish moss over your home, trees, and bushes. Giant spiders or bats crawling on your home? Ick! Add a graveyard to your front yard…you can customize the headstones to be funny, ironic, historic, or just plain frightening! Get fancy and include a fence, or go old-school and allow visitors to explore. Eek! Create a creepy cauldron with dry ice and glow-sticks, decorated with spanish moss or even a rubber hand. Swap your landscape lightbulbs with colored bulbs: Green creates a monstrous glow, red is bloody creepy, and blue can cast a boo-tiful light on all your decor. Life sized figures are especially creepy and scary, whether you create a whole haunted house scene in your garage or you have them simply lounging on your porch rocker…every visitor wonders if they’re going to leap to life! Use outdoor speakers to add audio and offer spooky background music!

Whatever your outdoor decorating level, The Columbus Team wishes you and yours a very safe, fun, and happy Halloween!

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