Happy Halloween Front Porch

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in front door, front porch, Halloween | 18 comments

If you are tall and you come to my house you might hit your head…

…I’m sorry.

I just got carried away.

I totally intended to have SIMPLE and HAPPY Halloween decorations.

My simple ended up looking painfully plain.

And then I was at Target this morning and there was a giant team of people unloading cart after cart of Halloween decorations.

And lined up under all the costumes were plastic pumpkin candy buckets.

The kind like I used to have.

And they were only $1!

So I bought 5…I had a plan for a Happy Halloween front porch!

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Halloween Decorations

I realized my plan was going to call for Command hooks.

I wiped the area with alcohol where I was going to hang my Command hooks.

Halloween Decorations

I used 4 of them above my door.

I let them set for 1 hour.

Halloween Decorations

And, then I began hanging paper lanterns with fishing line.

I started with 2 lanterns each tied to the end of the same piece of fishing line.

This way, I could hang lanterns and pumpkins anywhere along that line.

Halloween Decorations

The candy buckets reminded me of paper lanterns,

and Hobby Lobby had a great assortment of colors.

{Notice the orange lantern,

that is the one that tall people will have to be careful of. :)}

Halloween Decorations

I just kept tying more onto the line.

Halloween Decorations

I thought it really added some “Happy!”

Because, I loved my chalkboard banner.

Halloween Decorations

And, my happy painted pumpkins.

Bright Halloween Decorations

But, the lanterns and pumpkins were just the finishing touch I was looking for.

So much for simple! 🙂

I’ll show you how to make this happy wreath in just a couple of days.

Life to the full!



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  1. I wish you were my neighbor! I’d have you over for some sweet tea and ask for your help on my porch decorating. Oh and of course I’d spoil your girls to pieces! 🙂

  2. Oh My! it looks so colorful and festive and fun! I’m so very glad you got carried away because your front door decor it AMAZING!

  3. Soooo cute and colorful.

  4. How very,very cute and colorful. I just love it-it’s young and fun! xo Diana

  5. oh my gosh, the ABSOLUTE cutest!! I’m not tall, so I’m coming right over!

  6. Your front porch is really cute and I don’t think it’s to busy at all
    the kids will love it, hope you got a lot of treats for them. Do you
    do the back door too? you take care and happy crafting.
    Char Belange

  7. There’s so much to see and to comment on but I’m going to take the easy route, love it all. So festive, happy, colorful, cheerful, FUN and everything else awesome. You really did it up good gal. Love it soo much. Great idea with command hooks, they’re pretty darned handy and perfect for what you did. I keep forgetting to get some.
    You must grin every time you go out on your porch. Did your hubs like it and the girls?
    Must feel really good to be so creative and make something so happy for all to see.
    I’ve been making fabric pumpkins today. I had all the supplies I needed so went scrounging in my stash and kept finding more and more. I used the zigzag stitch on perimeter edges of pumpkins to hopefully give them more zip. Loved it. Kept making more and more. I found some canvas I had for years so used that mostly to make them then wrote things on pumpkins. Made couple using some burlap but it tends to fall apart when I try to put it with something else. Another reason I used the zigzag so it would help to keep it from raveling. At least I finally figured out how to sew burlap on my sewing machine, yay hoo.
    Found some great fabric to make another table runner. Making pillow covers. God bless my fabric stash. Hubs will ask me where I got that fabric and I’m happy to tell him in my stash. Course my sewing room looks like a hurricane went thru but that’s ok, we’re only ones that see it.
    Not sure what I’ll do with all pumpkins I made but might become a garland. I’ve been making all kinds of stuff and having a great time. I think I’m happiest when I’m creating, not just sitting watching tv. Don’t do that anyway. My mind is going 2/40 all the time of things I want to make. Hope that’ll keep this old brain perking for long time yet. Just not ready to be an old lady, doddering around.
    Enjoy your wonderful decorations, they’re awesome and so fun. Happy days.

  8. So colorful and inviting. I bet kids can’t wait to knock on your door.

  9. I absolutely love this! I love how you used non-traditional Halloween colors with the black and orange. It just looks like fun! Love, love, love!

  10. awesomeness!!!! that is one fun entry!!! So I saw you wiped down the surface with alcohol first for the command hooks. That reminds me of the one time I tried to put them outdoors on the siding and they didn’t stick…Will have to try this trick next time …..

  11. Oh my cuteness!!! Absolutely adorable!!!

  12. Very cute idea! Target has the best stuff. 🙂 I love those spiders too! I just stocked up on command hooks. I always seem to need more during the holidays. 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Too cute Melissa! I bet your kids love it!

  14. Hi Melissa, Very bright and cheery. Looks like you had fun decorating.

  15. Oh my goodness, where did you get those spiders???? I already posted on your facebook but I’ll say it again, I absolutely LOVE this! I want to do it to my porch too! Except I have stucco, I’ll have to figure out a way to fasten the lanterns.

  16. LOVE, Love, love it!! Anything this colorful truly makes me “happy”. I’m sure your girls will enjoy this immensely! Wish I were your neighbor ~


  17. Aw turned out great!! Love the bright colors you used!!

  18. I don’t even know how to respond to this….because it’s the cutest porch get-up I’ve never seen!!!! It may be because I love COLOR and you have done it up BIG here! I get tired of the same orange and black designs, so this was a great punch!


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