I enjoyed putting together a Halloween vignette for less –and many of you seemed to like it, too–that I decided to share another Halloween look with you this weekend.  This time we’re taking it outside, with a porch all decked out and ready for trick-or-treaters.  This inspiration photo comes from a Pottery Barn catalog a few years back.

halloween porch

 I like that this porch is definitely decorated for Halloween, but it’s been done so in a way that isn’t creepy or gory.  Not all of us trick-or-treaters like to walk past bloody zombies!  Many of the elements on this porch are versatile enough to be tweaked and re-used for other holidays and seasons (Thanksgiving and Christmas definitely come to mind for a few).  And best of all, that door!  While it might not be for everyone, I think that pop of orange is simply stunning.

Pottery Barn Halloween Porch Inspiration Numbered

I went hunting for ways to get this look for less than the prices in the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog.  Want to see what I found?


 1. Crow Feather Wreath

Vintage Romance feather wreath


You can make one of these out of an old wreath form and a feather boa.  Vintage Romance has a tutorial.

2.  Pumpkin Orange Door

Odd One Out orange door

Some members of the family might think you are crazy to paint your door to match the upcoming holidays…but if you want to, go for it!  Find out which paint color Odd One Out used for this lively entrance.

3. Lanterns Galore

Serendipity Redefined hanging lanterns

I went looking for one of the many examples out there of thrifted brass lanterns painted to look like the ones on this Pottery Barn porch, but along the way, I found this idea for decorating outdoors with lanterns at Serendipity Refined.  Fun Halloween possibilities, right?

4.  Preserving Pumpkins

Under the Table and Dreaming preserving pumpkins

Whether you keep your pumpkins indoors or out, when you are decorating with this many, it’s good to make sure they will last more than a few days.  Check out one way to preserve pumpkins at SL by Stephanie Lynn.

5.  Outdoor Seating and Storage

Ana White entryway bench

Don’t you love the way a mudroom bench was incorporated into the decor of this porch?  It’s so handy.  Ana White has plans to help you build one just like this!

Do you do anything special to decorate your front porch for fall and/or Halloween?  Do you use the same decor every year, or have some kind of new theme each year?  And I’m especially curious–do you prefer decorating indoors or out for the changing seasons?

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  1. These are some super-cute and fun ideas! With our ongoing triple digit heat, decorating outdoors is the last thing I do. I would probably never put a real pumpkin outside here (we don’t have little ones at home anymore), but I do enjoy displaying plenty of the faux-type. I have hung my wreath, but need to check every day to make sure the hot glue hasn’t melted and things aren’t falling off….lol!

  2. I love the orange door!! Great ideas to keep it fun for Halloween without scaring the little guys (or Moms!) xo

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