This Halloween, if you want to be the coolest house on the block, you're going to need to be super clever. Delight every ghoul, goblin, and trick-or-treater that comes your way with one of these clever front porch ideas.
1. Cheesecloth spider webs
This idea from HGTV uses a common kitchen supply for its eerie effect: cheesecloth! The fabric, which has been stained with tea to give it an aged effect, drapes above the entrance to a porch for a cobweb-covered haunted house vibe.
2. Boarded up windows
Susan, the blogger behind Between Naps on the Porch, saw this house while on a historic walking tour in Atlanta. There's so much going on here. Our favorite thing is the wood that's boarding up the windows on the second floor.
See more: A Halloween House…Spooky! at Between Naps on the Porch
3. Styrofoam spiders
It wasn't enough for Jillie, of One Good Thing By Jillie, to just tape some paper bats to her front door, so she added some DIY spiders. Made from painted styrofoam balls and pipe cleaners, these things look extra creepy (and large!) next to tiny pumpkins.
Take a closer look: Simple Halloween Spiders & Bats at One Good Thing By Jillie
4. Climbing skeletons
Anyone can sit a skeleton in a rocking chair and call it a night, but BHG came up with this brilliant idea to pose them in an escape scene. We're not sure we want to know where they're going!
See how they did it: Outdoor Halloween Decorating with Skeletons at BHG
5. Nontraditional Halloween colors
This porch, by Jen at Tatertots & Jello, isn't particularly spooky, but it sure is different. We love how she mixed things up with nontraditional colors for Halloween.
See more: Witching Hour Halloween Porch Ideas at Tatertots & Jello
6. Paper mouse silhouettes
Alicia from Thrifty & Chic cut out silhouettes of mice from black paper and taped them to the treads of her front steps. It's brilliant because they look so realistic.
See more: Fall Front Porch at Thrifty & Chic
7. Monster door decorations
If you have little kiddos, you might want to try a not-so-scary setup. This Frankenstein front door, from Modern Day Moms, is made by using streamers (for the hair, eyebrows, and mouth) and paper plates (for the googly eyes). It's also an easy project to do with your little ones!
See more: DIY Front Door Halloween Monster at Modern Day Moms
8. Pumpkin cats
Don't have the time to go all-out, making over your entire porch? Make a few of these black cats (using pumpkins!) from Sunset and put them on the steps to keep a watchful eye.
Get the how to: Make Black Cat O'Lanterns at Sunset
9. Birds in branches
Put all your yard's fallen branches to good use and prop them up on your porch like this shot from Create Craft Love. Jill used fishing line to attach fake birds for an even creepier vibe.
See more: Raven Inspired Halloween Porch at Create Craft Love
10. Ghosts made from tomato cages
We couldn't do a Halloween roundup without including some ghosts. These, featured on Thrift Diving, were made from tomato cages, string lights, and foam balls. One note: We'd suggest putting your ghosts off to the side, so that you don't have to worry about the cord becoming a tripping hazard.
Get the steps: How to Make Halloween Ghost Lights For Your Front Porch at Thrift Diving
How are you decorating your front porch?