The days are getting shorter and the leaves starting to change. There is a crispness in the air that can only mean one thing: Halloween is coming! It is time to commence with the outdoor Halloween decorating. Before you start, try to figure out your theme. Country or rustic? Spooky or goofy? Spine-tingling or kid friendly? Figuring this out first will allow you to know what you need to buy and how to pull it all together. We have some great outdoor Halloween decorating ideas.

Go Battyoutdoor Halloween decorating - wood wreath

You can easily, simply, and on a budget create a ghoulish mood with bats. Cut bats from felt and string them together to make a garland. You can take a plain wreath and hot glue rubber bats to create a festive decoration for windows and doors. The possibilities are endless.

Monochromatic Design

Why not ditch the typical Halloween orange and black and use only white or black? Find white pumpkins and gourds and mix them in with black cats, witches hats, bats, rats, spiders, etc.

Pumpkins in the Box

Do you have window boxes? Before you pull out the dead flowers, consider using the boxes to create Halloween themed arrangements. Place gourds and mini pumpkins mixed with dried grasses and leaves.

Pumpkin Planters

Hollow out pumpkins, but hold off on carving jack o’lanterns just yet. Instead, put seasonal potted plants, such as mums inside. It creates a whimsical and festive planter.

outdoor Halloween decorating - glittery pumpkinTrim the Tree

Barren trees make a perfect blank canvas from which to hang all sorts of spooky decorations. Hang Halloween inspired lights and lanterns. Dangle ghosts, bats and all sorts of scary creatures from the branches. Wrap the trunk in colorful garland.

Go Glittery

Add a little glitz and glam to your spooky decoration. Choose to sprinkle in some sparkle or go all out. Spray paint pumpkins black and gold and create an arrangement. Spray paint leaves from the yard to create a golden wreath or garland to decorate your porch and doorways.

Wooden Pumpkins

Use reclaimed wood like pallets to create wooden pumpkin designs. Use your creativity to pull the pumpkins into your theme. Going rustic? Use a chalk paint (like Amy Howard) or leave the wood raw. Trying a cute, kid-friendly inspired idea? Paint the pumpkins fun colors.

Metal Pumpkins

We all know the popularity if using mason jars for crafting. Not sure what to do with all those old canning rings? Tie them together to create whimsical metal pumpkins. Glue on a stem and a ribbon and voila! You can take them apart after the holiday or store them to use year after year.outdoor Halloween decorating -  wood pumpkins

Picket Fence Countdown

Repurpose an old piece of fencing to create a Spooky welcome sign that doubles as a countdown to your favorite holiday. Decorate the fencing then add a mini chalkboard. Everyone can join in the fun as you display the days left until Halloween.

Use Nature

As you complete fall yard work, such as trimming the trees and raking leaves, don’t toss it all out! Use leaves and bare branches to add color or texture to your walkway or front porch or door. It adds a rustic yet spooky aesthetic all at no extra cost.

Cape Ace has everything you need to set the mood for this Halloween. Come on in and check out our wickedest ways to decorate for the spooky season. From strings of lights and yard decorations to items for crafting your scariest season yet. Our fantastic selection of ready made decorations and DIY materials is yet another reason why your Cape Ace is the place. We are the best hardware store in Annapolis!