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Simple Fall to Halloween Porch

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I am so excited about our fall porch this year! You see, we NEVER have trick-or-treaters. We live in the country on 7 acres so we were never a high priority for the candy hungry kiddos. We took our kids to subdivisions or trunk-or-treat. It was always such a fun time. I really miss those days. 

When the kids got older and left for college, I quit putting out much Halloween. The past couple of years, I just left it in the attic all together. Maybe it was a silent protest to our children growing up on us. 

I'm not sure what got into me this year, but I added just a touch within our fall porch. I love it! Skulls…where have you been hiding!

I'll be guiding your through my Simple Fall to Halloween Porch!

Thanks so very much to my friend, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for organizing such a wonderful fall porch and patio tour!! I hope you all don't mind me adding a bit of harmless spook this year! Amber is first up on the tour so if you are visiting from her,  welcome! I absolutely adore Amber's vintage style. She has some amazing antiques! 

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You will notice that I added very little Halloween. Instead of adding a lot of little things, I went with a few bigger pieces…Simple Fall to Halloween Porch! That's my goal!

pumpkins and door

My Macho Ferns will hang in well into November due to the deep porch and being close to the house. I am looking into getting new faux topiaries for the porch.

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door and pumpkins

Especially love that little white pumpkin front and center! You can follow Bentley on Instagram HERE.


I have had my large faux pumpkins here for double-digit years. They used to be orange, but became horribly faded from the sun. I almost donated them! What was I thinking? I just simply painted them with white spray paint and they are now good as new. I hot glued twine to the tops for the stems. The ones with the green stripes were painted a few years back. You can find a couple of posts on painting pumpkins HERE and HERE.

HINT  Turn your carved pumpkin around to just celebrate fall. Perfect for after Halloween!

skull and pumpkins

On this side, I added this really large resin like skull. Creepy, yet cool don't you think! It has a place for batteries so the eyes light up! 

Hint  Strategically place your Halloween items so that you aren't having to redecorate once the haunt is over! All I have to do is remove the skulls/skeletons and turn the jack-o-lantern around. Easy-peasy!

fall wreath with skeleton

I have had this wreath for a long time! I bought it made some years ago. Close to the time that we moved in here in 2004!!! The covered porch helps a lot! Through the years I have taken it apart and replaced a few things here and there. You can find the very first redo of it HERE.

HINT  This year I covered over the old upholstery ticking with this plaid check neutral ribbon. I love the contrast. I purchased one inexpensive spray of burgundy for $3.99 and cut them apart. I then tucked them in to add a pop of color. 

You see my porch pillows are pink. I wanted to add the burgundy to keep my same pillows. I also added burgundy mums. 

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fall wreath with skeleton

HINT  Add one spooky element to your fall wreath like a bat, skeleton or witch to instantly turn it into Halloween! This inexpensive skeleton has a little black tie at the top. I didn't want it seen, but wanted to keep it so I taped it to the back of its head! I was able to tie a long piece of thick florist wire to its neck. I then worked it into the ribbon to secure it to the wreath. After Halloween, I'll remove it. 


Look at how realistic this skull is! 

skull and pumpkins

The door area of the porch is the only spot that I decorated this year. Less is more for me these days!

skull door mat

I did add this fun Halloween door mat in place of my everyday one. How lucky to find a skull one!


I just added 2 Halloween elements on either side, but I used large pieces for impact! I used 3 different colors of mums….burgundy, rust and pink. 

RIP skeleton

I stuck with a skeleton theme as you can see. 

pumpkins and mums

Angling out on either side of the door make the entrance cozy and welcoming. Strategically placing the smaller mums covers the mismatched plastic containers they came in.

front door with mums and pumpkins

Happy Halloween Y'all!!! Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour below!!! Lots of inspiration! 

Interested in more? Here is this year's FALL TOUR

fall porch graphic

Next up on the tour is my sweet friend, Marty, from A Stroll Thru Life! I love Marty's style with a classic style. A lady after my own heart! 

Now for some amazing fall porch and patio inspiration from the tour!


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  1. Great transitioning tips, Christy! Think sometimes people get overwhelmed changing things up all the time, but you proved it doesn’t have to be a complete re-do each holiday/season!

  2. Christy, I love your beautiful porch! And I especially love the tips you gave to easily transition from Fall to Halloween!! So glad to join you on this tour!

  3. Love your porch decorations, especially the skulls! The hubster and I love Halloween and always try to incorporate Halloween into our fall decor. The hubster’s wedding ring is even a skull…we met at Halloween! 🙂 Me, I wanted bling for a ring, so we compromised.

  4. Christy,
    I love your tips!! Your layered rugs are amazing and your DIY to freshen up your pumpkins is brilliant! Love the twine! You are so inspiring! Are the ferns really called Macho or did you make that up? I love it!! 😉 Your wreath is beautiful too. I just want to stop and stare!

  5. Oh my goodness I love it all! Your skeletons look chic and not a bit tacky! Of course that would be expected with your style! This is such a wonderful.post full of great tips! I am going to do the same easy type of transitioning to my back porch for a Halloween Home Tour on Monday. I also love keeping out our ferns through November. I have two in urns at the bottom of the porch stairs but I didn’t share any shots up onto the porch because we are doing some relandscapimg and the areas on each side of the porch entry are mud holes! Can’t wait to see your topiaries! We will be doing a Christmas porch tour so I hope you will join usm It’s always a pleasure seeing your beautiful home decorated for the seasons. Thanks for joining the tours. Happy fall!

  6. You are inspiring me to add some Halloween to my fall decor! I tire of switching it up from fall to Halloween and then back again, but your easy fix of turning around your jack-o-lantern and taking away the skulls makes it all so doable! Your ferns are so lush, I have a pair of topiaries by my front door, but having not been able to find artificial ones, I have been fortunate enough to keep these two real ones alive for a whole year now! I would love to hear where you find the artificial ones! Happy Fall! Enjoy time on your pretty porch!

  7. Hey Christy! I love how you mixed Fall and Halloween decor on your porch! I especially love your wreath – I love the beige buffalo check as a base for all the rest of the pretties! Happy to be on this tour with you!

  8. I love your ideas for transitioning from fall to Halloween. Such cute decor! Happy to be touring with you. Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

  9. Those were the good ol’ days taking the kids somewhere to load up on candy. I miss it too. You porch looks amazing as always. I have always admired your porch and the way you decorate it. Great tips too!

  10. Cute display and tips for easy transitions for fall to Halloween and back, Christy. Having a covered porch really helps retain the things like wreaths, plants, and decor. Your little Bentley is a great little pumpkin. Happy Fall!

  11. I love your fall porch decor, Christy…whimsical, fun, and pretty! Such a smart idea to spray paint the jack-o-lantern for a new look! And Bentley is the best decoration of all!

  12. Christy,
    Great ideas for how to transition a porch from Fall through Halloween and back again to Fall. Since I live in the countryside on 2 acres, we never have had Trick or Treaters, either. I don’t decorate the porch or yard for Halloween, but this year I saw a beautiful pumpkin with flowers (on PInterest, of course) and may create a Halloween arrangement for the kitchen.

    Happy Fall,


  13. Oh my word, how fun is this. Love how you added a little Halloween to your Fall that you can easily remove and still have such a gorgeous porch. Love it all.

  14. Christy, I love your skull theme! The door mat is just perfect to tie it all together. That giant skull is the coolest!!

  15. You’re making me wish we had trick or treaters with this fabulous Halloween porch Christy! It’s so much fun. I know you’re going to have some excited visitors come Halloween night, every inch is festive. Hugs, CoCo

  16. Great tips for incorporating Halloween into your existing fall decor. It’s too bad that you don’t have trick-or-treaters to enjoy your festive front door. I have several faded faux pumpkins and will try your painting trick to give them a refreshed look. Bentley looks so adorable posing on your porch. I know he’ll be glad when the kids are home for their fall breaks.

    1. Thanks so much, Paula! I’ve always missed not have trick-or-treaters! Yes, paint saves lots of things around here. Happy fall!

  17. Your porch is darling! I like that it’s in the spirit of the season but not too scary. Great tips about placing the items so they can easily be scooted away too.

    So happy to be on this blog tour with you. 🙂

  18. Christy, your autumn porch is beautiful! I love all of your tips for transitioning from Halloween to fall. It has been so much fun to be on this tour with you! Happy Fall!!!

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