Spooky Porch Decor Ideas for Halloween

Updated on June 17, 2020
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Halloween is fun for children and adults. I was noted for my annual Halloween parties and creative costumes.

Here are some tips about how to decorate your porch for Halloween.
Here are some tips about how to decorate your porch for Halloween. | Source

Decorate Your Porch for Halloween

Scare the trick or treaters by having the spookiest porch around. We aren't talking about cute jack-o-lanterns here, we are going for creepy, scary, heavy-duty spooky porch decor. Need ideas? I have plenty of suggestions and scary props to help you decorate your front porch.

You'll want some sound, some action, and lots of creepy figures for your haunted porch. Oooh, are you ready for this? I really like the idea of an animatronic figure that responds to sound. When people approach your front door, they will remark about the skeleton in the hammock. Their voice or even their footsteps will activate the animation. You can get a skeleton that snores while its ribs move up and down. That should surprise a few trick or treaters, for sure. (You need 3 AA batteries to operate it.)

The house is being attacked by skeleton figures, which is very creative. All the bushes are shrouded in spider webs.
The house is being attacked by skeleton figures, which is very creative. All the bushes are shrouded in spider webs. | Source

Window Idea

I recommend this window mummy poster as part of your Halloween porch decor. The light shining out from inside the house really highlights this and makes it pretty creepy and dramatic. You get a big look for just a few dollars and can save it to use next year. You'll be amazed at how dramatic this looks and it really is inexpensive.

Tips for Your Spooky Halloween Porch

  1. Don't use real candles, get the battery-powered ones. You don't want to risk someone's trailing costume catching on fire or someone knocking one over and setting your porch on fire.
  2. Besides animatronic figures on the front porch for Halloween, consider having a real live actor (yourself or a friend or neighbor). Trick or treaters wil say, "it's not real," but scream and run when you move towards them.
  3. Watch out for tripping hazards. This is particularly important with people in costumes as they sometimes can't see well through their masks. Keep extension cords out of traffic areas.
  4. Look up haunted house tips as many of these work for the spooky porch as well.

Creep People Out With a Moving Figure

It can be an animatronic figure like the one I recommend below, or you can get a friend to pose in costume on the porch. They need to remain motionless until someone approaches, then startle them with sound and movement.

You'll get years of use from this creepy swamp hag moving figure. Friends and neighbors will return and bring their friends to see it in action. Really creepy. The eyes light up and the arms move and she turns her head. She has 3 different little speeches that she makes when she rises from a crouch. This one isn't cheap, but it has all the bells and whistles.

Decorated Porch in Massachusetts
Decorated Porch in Massachusetts | Source

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Fog Machine With Fog Juice and a Timer

You'll find different sizes of fog machines since I don't know how big an area you need to create fog for. The mini-fog machine might suit you fine, but there are bigger ones as well.

This should do the job for the average porch. There are bigger machines if you are trying to fog a huge area. Don't forget to get the special fog juice to use in the machine too. There's also a timer that you can get to activate the machine.

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This would look good on the side of the house near the entrance or put it between to porch posts.Here they've draped black sheets and painter's drop cloths to enclose part of the porch. The sign is one you could make with paint and boards you have around. I sure would be hesitant to enter.As visitors approach your spooky porch, set the atmosphere with some yard decor. A graveyard is a natural for this. I took the photo on a sunny day, but in the evening, this takes on a creepy look.
This would look good on the side of the house near the entrance or put it between to porch posts.
This would look good on the side of the house near the entrance or put it between to porch posts. | Source
Here they've draped black sheets and painter's drop cloths to enclose part of the porch. The sign is one you could make with paint and boards you have around. I sure would be hesitant to enter.
Here they've draped black sheets and painter's drop cloths to enclose part of the porch. The sign is one you could make with paint and boards you have around. I sure would be hesitant to enter. | Source
As visitors approach your spooky porch, set the atmosphere with some yard decor. A graveyard is a natural for this. I took the photo on a sunny day, but in the evening, this takes on a creepy look.
As visitors approach your spooky porch, set the atmosphere with some yard decor. A graveyard is a natural for this. I took the photo on a sunny day, but in the evening, this takes on a creepy look. | Source

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      You are very inventive, I enjoy the lens.

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      7 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Amazing! Halloween is beginning to sound more fun with all these scary decor stuff! ^_^

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