Trick or treat! Halloween is around the corner, and nothing gets us more excited this Halloween season than horror movie marathons, endless bags of candy, and, of course, spooktacularly decorated houses. You know what I'm talking about—that popular house on your street that is decorated every year with orange neon lights, covered by a cloud of fog, and always packed with kids. There are many ways to decorate your front porch and make your house stand out on this Halloween. Here are some ideas to get you started:
 


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Tombstones on the front porch are one of the most common and popular decorations. Bury some pop-ups to get a good scare; if you are up for it, you can even buy or build a coffin and have a person dressed up to hide in it. When the kids come for their candy, they will definitely be spooked! Make sure you're conscious of the younger kids, though.
 


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This monster-inspired decoration is inexpensive and unique—and very trick-or-treater-friendly! With the most basic of household items, you can transform your home into a dazzling decoration.
 


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Whether you want to buy a cute little orange mat with a pumpkin on it, or a spooky mat like this one, a Halloween-related mat is a nice little embellishment to your front yard! If your house has tiny staircases leading up to the front door, you can be creative and try to shape an image on the front of the stairs. Keep in mind that this one is probably too scary for young trick-or-treaters.

 


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Window decals are great for Halloween, especially if there are lots of windows on your house. Create an adorable monster family, like this one, or you can aim for something scarier and put up decals of hand prints. Whichever you choose, window decals are very simple, eye-catching decorations that will illuminate the night!


 


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A steam machine and neon lights are must-haves for your front yard on Halloween. The classic blanket of fog and an eerie glow of light will create a mysterious atmosphere.

 


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Now this definitely looks scary! Notice the gates that set the stage for a graveyard in the background. With quiet creaking sounds, the gates are a great way to decorate your front porch. In the yard itself you'll find not only tombstones, but handfuls of skeletons as well. Morbid, yes, but it's good, scary fun for an older crowd.
 

 

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Lastly, if you are a Halloween lover, a little homemade haunt in your front yard, garage, or even the entire house will surely attract a lot of attention from the young and old. This example would take a little extra effort, however, once you get through building the panels to create the shape of a maze, the end result will be worth it! Here is a video you can watch before you get started building your very own haunted house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POaPL81zFL8


These are just some ideas to get you started. The more creative, the better! Either way, decorating your front yard can be a fun activity for the entire family, and it is always nice to get a good scare when children come trick-or-treating. So turn on those spooky lights and get your bags of candy ready for Halloween!

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