Welcome back to the Halloween Home Tour y'all! Part two is all about outdoor Halloween decor with some of my favorite pieces and tips for decorating the yard. If you missed part one of the tour that featured the interior, you can find it here.
My style for the outside is very similar to the inside...festive, fun, not too spooky, a lot of lights, with a bit of traditional mixed in. I really enjoy decorating outside most because it's shares the excitement of the season with the neighbors and even complete strangers driving by. Cars that pass will slow down to get a better look and we've even had people roll down their windows if we happened to be outside so they could compliment us on the decorations! Since we have an elementary school at the end of our road, the kids going to and from school get to see it as well!
The porch is where I really bring in the classic and nostalgic decor, especially on the steps, which are usually a mix of both Fall and Halloween. I carefully pick out mums and pumpkins each year as an easy solution to switch up the look or color scheme. This Fall I stuck with simple orange, black, and white and pulled in a bit of purple and cranberry with the mums! I used my grandma's cast iron kettle as a flower pot for the bright purple mum and that's definitely my favorite part of the porch decor this year!
My mom and I went to my favorite produce stand at the NC/VA state line to pick out the pumpkins and mums. They are so much more affordable back home than the stores here in the Triangle! Since it stays warm throughout most of October, I dip the pumpkins in a bleach bath to help keep them from rotting too early.
Last year I started a graveyard on the side of our yard and it has been such a blast! My dad helped me cut the tombstones out of plywood, then I painted them black and went back over with grey paint using a kitchen sponge. I position floodlights to make the tombstones visible at night and outline the graveyard with standard string lights in Halloween colors. The fence is made from spooky cloth and step-in fence posts. Since this area is beside the neighbor's metal fence, I covered his fence with spider webs. The falling leaves get stuck in it for a natural effect and the green floodlights reflect so well off the white webs!
This year I added these awesome witches with glowing heads from Grandin Road and I LOVE how much they upgraded the whole display. When I was young my dad and I had made a witch's cauldron display out of a flood light and sticks so I used that same idea for these witches! I dug a hole, put an orange flood light in it, and arranged sticks together to cover the light and replicate a fire burning under the cauldron.
I also have to shout out my neighbor Beverly. She's super crafty and innovative and came over multiple times with great ideas. I needed to elevate the witches so they could be seen from the road, but was having problems with the wind blowing them over in the pots I had staked them in. Beverly came over with traffic cones (seriously!) and helped secure the witches by rigging a stand out of the traffic cones...she's a lifesaver! I'm so grateful that my neighbors are on board with my decorating and seem to enjoy it as well. This is exactly why I do it...bringing people together in the spirit of the season and celebration!
The Spider Web
Years ago I had a spider web like this from Target and it lasted so long! I finally had to replace it but I highly recommend these! I use twine to suspend it between two trees in the yard but I've also put it against the house, on a wall, etc. and it looked great anywhere it has been placed!