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Spooky Porch Decor

Updated on August 27, 2016
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Halloween - fun for children and adults. I was noted for my annual Halloween parties and creative costumes.

Spooky figure, fog, ... it must be Halloween.
Spooky figure, fog, ... it must be Halloween. | Source

Decorate Your Porch for Halloween

Scare the trick or treaters by having the spookiest porch around. We aren't talking about cute jack-o-lanterns here, we are going for creepy, scary, heavy-duty spooky porch decor.

Need ideas? I have plenty of suggestions and scary props to help you decorate your front porch.

You'll want some sound, some action and lots of creepy figures for your haunted porch. Oooh, are you ready for this?

Interactive Skeleton in Hammock spooky Halloween decoration available from Amazon

I really like the idea of an animatronic figure that responds to sound. Oooh...

When people approach your front door, they will remark about the skeleton in the hammock. Their voice or even their footsteps will activate the animation.

This skeleton snores and its ribs move up and down. That should surprise a few trick or treaters, for sure. (you need 3 AA batteries to operate it)

Notice in this picture, they are using fog for added atmosphere. If you want that, look further down the page for the fog machine.

Videos of Creepy Haunted Porch Decor for Halloween

Tips for Your Spooky Halloween Porch

  1. Don't use real candles, get the battery-powered ones. You don't want to risk someone's trailing costume catching on fire or someone knocking one over and setting your porch on fire.
  2. Besides animatronic figures on the front porch for Halloween, consider having a real live actor (yourself or a friend or neighbor). Trick or treaters wil say, "it's not real," but scream and run when you move towards them.
  3. Watch out for tripping hazards. This is particularly important with people in costumes as they sometimes can't see well through their masks. Keep extension cords out of traffic areas.
  4. Look up haunted house tips as many of these work for the spooky porch as well.

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Creep People Out with a Moving Figure

It can be an animatronic figure like I show below or get a friend to pose in costume on the porch. They need to remain motionless until someone approaches, then startle them with sound and movement.

Swamp Hag Rising - Animatronic Figure

Swamp Hag Rising Animated Halloween Prop Witch Haunted House Yard Scary Decor
Swamp Hag Rising Animated Halloween Prop Witch Haunted House Yard Scary Decor

You'll get years of use from this moving figure. Friends and neighbors will return and bring their friends to see it in action. Really creepy. The eyes light up and the arms move and she turns her head. She has 3 different little speeches that she makes when she rises from a crouch.

This one isn't cheap, but it has all the bells and whistles.

 

Video of a Haunted Porch

For Halloween Night or for a Party

you can have a real person in costume but posed in a chair to look like a stuffed figure. Visitors will freak out when they see the figure come to life.

Fog Machine with Fog Juice and a Timer - gives your porch a creepy atmosphere

You'll find different sizes of fog machines since I don't know how big an area you need to create fog for. the mini-fog machine might suit you fine, but there are bigger ones as well.

Don't forget that you need special fluid to put in the machine. There's also a timer that you can get to activate the machine.

Small Fog Machine

1byone 550ml Tank Mini Fog Machine with wired remote control - 400 Watt
1byone 550ml Tank Mini Fog Machine with wired remote control - 400 Watt

This should do the job for the average porch. There are bigger machines if you are trying to fog a huge area.

Don't forget to get the special fog juice to use in the machine too.

 

Of Course, You'll Want to Dress up the Yard too

As visitors approach your spooky porch, set the atmosphere with some yard decor. A graveyard is a natural for this. I took the photo on a sunny day, but in the evening, this takes on a creepy look.
As visitors approach your spooky porch, set the atmosphere with some yard decor. A graveyard is a natural for this. I took the photo on a sunny day, but in the evening, this takes on a creepy look. | Source

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Giant Spiders and Giant Webs Are Creepy

This would look good on the side of the house near the entrance or put it between to porch posts.
This would look good on the side of the house near the entrance or put it between to porch posts. | Source

Make Your Own Spider Webs - with the The Shadows Edge 99000 Webcaster Trigger-Fed Cobweb Gun

The Webcaster Gun Halloween Spiderweb Gun Shooter
The Webcaster Gun Halloween Spiderweb Gun Shooter

The reviewers say this is a little tricky to use, but practice up and you will get amazing and huge spider web effects to use with a haunted house or spooky porch.

 

Use What You Have to Make the Porch Creepy

Here they've draped black sheets and painter's drop cloths to enclose part of the porch. The sign is one you could make with paint and boards you have around. I sure would be hesitant to enter.
Here they've draped black sheets and painter's drop cloths to enclose part of the porch. The sign is one you could make with paint and boards you have around. I sure would be hesitant to enter. | Source

© 2012 Virginia Allain

Tell Me about Your Halloween Porch Decorating Ideas

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    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      You are very inventive, I enjoy the lens.

    • iamraincrystal profile image

      Rosyel Sawali 

      5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Amazing! Halloween is beginning to sound more fun with all these scary decor stuff! ^_^

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