Outdoor Halloween Decorating with Pumpkins


Make pumpkins the focal point of your outdoor Halloween decorations and harvest displays.

Monogram Pumpkin


1. Stacked Pumpkins

Carve a monogram into pumpkins and place them on your front porch to welcome guests to your bewitching abode. Use a small, medium, and large pumpkin and carve the initial in different fonts. Layer them on an old chair or stool to show off your handiwork.

Carved Pumpkins on Driveway
2 . Carved-Message Pumpkins

Enter if you dare. Welcome guests with these words of warning. Using stencils, trace the letters onto your uncarved pumpkins. Scrape surrounding areas. Place the pumpkins on a walkway or driveway and watch passersby marvel.

?Green Striped Cushaw? winter squash
3. Gourds and Pumpkins on Bench

Simply placing a variety of pumpkins and gourds on a garden bench is an easy and attractive way to add fall beauty to your yard. Use different colors, sizes, and textures for an extra-special touch.

Pumpkins and Wildflower Arrangement
4. Pumpkins-and-Flower Arrangement

Get your outdoor table into the Halloween spirit by adding this bold arrangement. Place a variety of flowers into a neutral-color vase and surround with squat and small pumpkins.

Bird Brain
5. Birdbath Pumpkin

“Spookify” your birdbath by adding a carved jack-o’-lantern. Fill the basin with Spanish moss for a festive touch.

Bat Pumpkins
6. Hanging Bat Pumpkins

Skip the carving and cast a spell by drawing bats on white pumpkins using a permanent marker. To hang, cut a length of thick jute and knot one end through a large washer. Drill a hole in the top and bottom of each pumpkin and use wire to pull the twine through the holes. The washer supports the pumpkin’s weight; the jute loop attaches to a shepherd’s hook.

Fall Decoration on the front of a black iron gate
7. Bountiful Hanging Basket

An arrangement of gourds, silk flowers, acorns, and colorful feathers will be a hit all autumn. Select a wrought-iron basket and use crafts wire and heavy-duty glue dots to assemble the arrangement.

Pumpkin Planter Display
8. Pumpkin Window Display

A window box gets a fall update with an assortment of pumpkins and gourds. Add interest with mini pumpkins and unexpected green-and-white gourds. Bright berry sprigs attract attention.

Jack-o?-Lantern Doorman
9. Jack-o’-Lantern Door Attendant

Outfit your door with a friendly face to greet guests. To create this smiling guy, cut an artificial pumpkin in half. Paint a face with black acrylic paint. Decorate with branches and leaves and top with an artificial crow. Create a wire hanging loop to attach to the top of the pumpkin. Bend it back through the foliage and hang where desired.

Carved pumpkin
10. Lantern Pumpkin

Make a natural luminaria for the front step by carving long triangles into a pumpkin. A candle or LED light resting inside the pumpkin gives the look of a Chinese lantern. Rest the pumpkin in a ceramic garden urn decorated with fall leaves and berry vines.

Pumpkins in wheelbarrow
11. Wheel Up a Welcome

Rest an antique wheelbarrow (or an old wooden wagon) on the front porch and fill it with a mix of pumpkins, gourds, leaves, and berry vines for a pop of color. Add an inviting greeting on the pumpkins with painted or sticker letters.

Owl Pumpkins
12.. Owl Pumpkins

These owls are a hoot. Dress white pumpkins with an assortment of seeds and nuts to create the noses and eyes. Add feathers for the ears. Use mini pumpkins to make a parliament of cute baby owls.

Pumpkin welcome
13. Halloween House Numbers

Scrape your house number into a set of pumpkins and stack them together as a Halloween display at the door. Remove the stems from the pumpkins, except for the one on top. Trace number stencils using a crafts knife. Then chisel the pumpkin skin out of the stenciled numbers, revealing the lighter pumpkin flesh beneath.

Mini pumpkin candlesticks
14. Pumpkin Tabletop Accent

Turn mini pumpkins into delightful candleholders for an autumnal centerpiece. For each pumpkin, remove the stem and drill a hole in the top. Insert a candle into the hole, and glue some small pinecones and berries around the base of the candle to finish.

Pumpkin Stalk
15. Pumpkin Stalk

Place a large pumpkin in the center of a pot. Position a willow teepee trellis over it, and top it with an additional pumpkin. Arrange a few smaller, colorful gourds around the pot, and your display is ready for the harvest season and Halloween.

Editor’s Tip: If you can’t find a teepee trellis, try bamboo stakes instead (available at gardening centers). Fill the pot with enough dirt to hold the stakes upright (after you have positioned a pumpkin in the pot). Gather and crisscross the bamboo stakes near the top, then bind them together with twine.

Pumpkin Greeting
16. Pumpkin Greeting

What better way to welcome guests this fall season than with a wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins and gourds? Use a paint pen to write a friendly greeting on one of the larger pumpkins. Choose a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to make the display especially pretty.

Editor’s Tip: Simply add a jack-o’-lantern to the pile to get ready for Halloween.

Arch of leaves
17. Autumn Path

Line the drive or front walk with pumpkins to welcome trick-or-treaters, and add a fall-foliage arbor along the path. Wire together a bundle of long, flexible branches and make two pillars, each about 8-10 feet tall. Bend the pillars toward each other and wire them together at the top. Add rocks at the base for support, then tuck in leafy branches.

Potted Pumpkins stacked
18. Potted Pumpkins

Summer blooms might have faded, but don’t winterize your decorative planters yet. Urns and planters make perfect bases for pumpkin topiaries; embellish the towers with bits of garden moss tucked around the pumpkins.

Pumpkin Path
19. Pumpkin Path

Illuminate your walkway with these pumpkin tiki torches. First, carve parallel openings on one side of the pumpkin. On the opposite side, cut an opening large enough to reach in and scrape out the insides. Poke a bamboo garden stake through the bottom of each pumpkin, and anchor the stakes firmly into the ground. When you’re ready to light the display, remove the pumpkins from the stakes, place battery-powered LED lights inside the pumpkins, and carefully return them to the garden stakes.

Twig chair with pumpkins
20. Pumpkin-Patch Stash

A rustic chair gets an easy shot of fall color when topped with a collection of gourds, squash, and pumpkins and draped with Chinese lantern vines.

Bicycle with pumpkins
21. Seasonal Schwinn

Dig deep in the garage or shed for everyday outdoor trinkets that can make charming yard decorations. A vintage bicycle gets its own autumn twist with mini pumpkins tucked into its spokes and a larger pumpkin parked on the seat.

Wire pumpkin lanterns
22. Hanging Gourds

Simple old wire baskets scrounged from flea markets or the back of Grandma’s shed are rejuvenated when filled with mini pumpkins. Suspend several of the decorations with twine from the branches of a tree or beneath the eves of a porch.

Birdseed vase
23. Pumpkin Tree

Set the patio table with a centerpiece that celebrates nature. To make this pumpkin tree, fill a glass cylinder vase with birdseed and stick in a few sturdy branches. Drill a small hole in each mini pumpkin stem, string fishing line or florist’s wire through each hole, and hang.

Stacked pumpkin characters
24. Kid-Friendly Vignette

Perfect for a children’s party or as playful yard decorations, these pumpkins stack to create cheerful characters. Add masks, hats, ears, and capes for fun.

Pumpkin Planter
25. Friendly Totem

A stack of pale pumpkins painted with an inviting message welcomes passing trick-or-treaters. Fill a metal tub with sand and an upright stake, remove stems from the pumpkins, drill holes in the tops and bottoms, and slide the pumpkins on the stake.

26.. A Friendly Fellow

Allow this pumpkin-head character, made by stuffing old clothes with leaves or hay, to greet your Halloween guests. Rest the jack-o’-lantern on a pole or shelf so the fellow doesn’t lose his head.

Deluxe Pumpkin Design Kit
27. Holiday Must-Have: Deluxe Pumpkin Design Kit

Carve a cute pumpkin face without the hassle! This kit helps make it happen.Make jack-o’-lantern masterpieces with the Ultimate Pumpkin-Carving Tool Set!

28. Decked Out for Fall

Using pumpkins and gourds in your Halloween decorating is the perfect way to get a natural and seasonal look.

Wooden spoke wheel
29. Wagon Wheel

Miniature pumpkins fit snugly between the spokes of an old-style wagon wheel. (Brightly colored ornamental gourds will work, too.) Lean the wheel against a tree to bring a touch of rustic autumn charm to your yard.

Centerpiece of pumpkins covered with mums
30. More Great Ideas for Halloween Pumpkins

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