I am not a very Halloween-y person. I like the trick-or-treating with my kids, but I don’t get into the preparation or decorating. But, a few days ago, I decided to change up our porch just a little in honor of the occasion—mainly because I knew my kids would think it was fun. And, because I wanted to show you that 1.) you can do things at the very last minute with minimal supplies and 2.) you can be festive without using a single pumpkin or blow-up witch in your yard. (Unless that’s your thing. In that case, Happy Halloween?)
To decorate our porch, I used things I already had and only bought these three supplies:
I wrapped our black planters with white duct tape to add some (non-permanent) pattern. I like the mix of black and white for Halloween instead of the traditional black and orange. I was also able to get a little more use out of our summer ferns before they’re done for the year. (Mums aren’t necessarily a requirement for a seasonal porch. . . )
Am I the only one who gets really excited when they find dead branches with beautiful shapes in their yard? I sprayed a couple with gold spray paint and stuck them right down in the ferns. Kind of gives you that haunted forest effect. Kind of. I think I’ll recycle them for Christmas, too.
Paper bats are about as spooky as it gets around here. I Googled “bat template” and had these traced and cut out within minutes.
To finish up, I went to my standby trick of bringing indoor accessories outside. I put oversized pillows—that continued the black and white theme—in our Adirondack chairs so we could wait for trick-or-treaters. And, I used the glass green float on our porch in lieu of a pumpkin. Yes, this porch was such a last-minute effort that there weren’t even any pumpkins left at the store. Oh well. I think it adds a fun bit of color, and won’t ever rot on my steps :)