5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

Today I wanted to share some tips on how to transition your fall front porch to Halloween with 5 quick and easy decorating ideas.  Since fall is such a busy season, I know that most of us have one day at the most to “throw” up some fun Halloween decor for our kiddos.  But I also know that even that small amount of love goes a LONG way to brighten their night. So hopefully you can use some of these simple ideas to help make your life easier and make your kiddos’ night a little brighter!  Here are 5 Tips:  Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch. 


5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

5 Tips:

  1.   Turn Pumpkins Into Jack-o-Lanterns
  2.   Use Bright Orange, Black, & White Accents
  3.   Add (Orange) Lights
  4.   Use Halloween Words
  5.   Use Halloween Accents

Ok, let’s get to it.  How to Transition Your Fall To Halloween Front Porch!

 


5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

I wanted to star off with how our Fall Front Porch looks like this year, just to give you an idea of what I am working with.

Click here for Spray Painting Plants White, and here for Spray Painting Wreath White.

Before picture.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

And I know that you’re front porch will look a little different than mine, but hopefully you’ll be able to use these tips to create your own version that fits your style.

Ok, moving on!

 


5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

Tip #1:  Turn Pumpkins Into Jack-o-Lanterns

The first thing that I did was turn a couple of my white pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.

For this first part I followed a similar method that I used for my DIY Halloween Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial.

Supplies needed:

  • brown/black felt
  • chalk
  • scissors (fabric and regular)
  • 1/2 inch 3M mounting tape

I used some dark brown felt that I already had a home, but you could use black felt also.

Just trace a stencil, or draw it by hand like I did. 

Then cut the felt out with fabric (or regular scissors) and tape it onto 2 or 3 pumpkins to create jack-o-lanterns.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

I always like to add some eyebrows to my jack-o-lanterns. 

I feel that they really give the face some personality, and you can create “moods” just by moving them in different places on the pumpkins.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

Then, cut some small pieces of mounting tape and stick onto the back side of your felt.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

Now, simply press the felt pieces onto your pumpkins.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

Super easy.  

Can you tell that I taped the wrong side (with the chalk) onto the right eye of the small pumpkin…. and still left it that way?  Haha!!  

It’ll wash off when it rains – right??  😉

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 


Tip #2:  Use Bright Orange, Black and White Accents

I also like to use some kind  of bright orange, with black and white accents for Halloween – just to make the decorations “pop”.

Since our fall front porch is already black and white, this part was an easy addition.

  • You can always add orange and black ribbons to white pumpkins, or black and white ribbons to orange pumpkins.
  • Or add dark purple and lime green accents that bring in extra contrast to your black, white and orange color palette.

I used muted mustard yellow and gold accents for our fall front porch, so I just added the bright orange ribbon (see below).

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

For this part, I simply added orange bows to the top of my fall yellow bows. 

This way, I can easily remove the orange bows – so that they can return back to a “Thanksgiving” decoration.

Easy peasy – right?

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 


Tip #3:  Add (Orange) Lights

Now it’s time to brighten things up with some Halloween lights!

I used some white cups hooks and attached them to the top portion of our door.

Then I just hung 2 strands of orange lights across the door threshold.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

Here are some pictures of what it looked like during the day and evening, just so you have an idea of how it’s coming together.

Day time.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

Evening.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 


Tip #4:  Use Halloween Words

Another way to bring in the spirit of Halloween is to add some Halloween words.

You could use:

  • boo, spooky, trick or treat, haunted house
  • witch, goblins, ghosts, monster mash

We’ve had our boo sign (marquee with lights) – forever!   So this was a no-brainer.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

It kind of has it’s own special spot on the inside of the house – on top of that ledge (see below).

  • You could also trade out your fall mat with a “boo” or “the witch is in” door mat to bring in some Halloween words.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 


Tip #5:  Add Halloween Accents

So this tip is obvious of course, but don’t forget about using Halloween accents also.

You could use:

  • ghosts, spiders and spider webs, witch legs
  • bats, spooky music, dry ice, headstones

I already had these ghost lights on hand – so I just attached them to our orange lights.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

I strung them lower than our orange lights, just so they could be seen on our black door. 

I used some multi-color light for the ghosts so that each ghost was a different color.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

These ghosts don’t add a ton of contrast, but I love them!  They make the decorations fun!

  • Even small and simple decorations make a difference – right?

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

Below:

This jack-o-lantern light is just a bonus!

  • It’s another Halloween item we already had at home.

I just wanted to give a little light to the other jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins at the ground level.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

It just makes me smile, and hopefully it will bring some smiles to the kiddos in the neighborhood this year.

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

I hope that these quick and easy tips will give you some inspiration for your own Halloween front porch this year!!

Have a Fa-BOO-lous Halloween!

5 Tips: Transitioning Fall To Halloween Front Porch

 

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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