It’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to turn your home into the ultimate ghoulish Halloween hangout. Once you’ve established how you’ll spookify your front door and started stalking ghostly Halloween yard decor on Instagram, turn your focus to your porch or front stoop; it’s the first thing the little goblins are going to see. This holiday is all about the mood lighting, so whether you’re going for sparkly spider webs or scary glowing witches, it’s time to get lit. Scroll down for 17 lights to buy or DIY to guarantee all eyes will be on your porch this year.


1. Knot and Nest Design Halloween Ghost Marquee Light Up ($29): When it comes to seasonal decor, you can’t go wrong with a marquee light that’s totally on seasonal point. Get a few of these to spook trick-or-treaters as they head up your front steps.

2. Pottery Barn Lit Crystal Spider Web ($89): If you’d rather go more stylish than scary, pull out these pretty crystal spider webs. They’re way easier to clean up than that messy cobweb material, and you can use them year after year. #winning

3. Grandin Road Eerie Bat Trees ($99): Much like your spring topiaries and summer planting posts, bat trees are what you should be sporting for curb appeal come October. Let’s just hope no real bats come hang out.

4. Paper Bag Portrait Luminaries: There’s nothing quite like a budget craft to get you in the mood. Print off all kinds of spooky portraits to give your guests a haunting welcome. (via The House that Lars Built)

5. 8ct Halloween Flicker Flame Clear Jar Lights with Spiders ($10): Nail down all the season’s trends in one garland. Spiders, mason jars, and flickering lights will add ambiance for a great price.

6. Geo Moon Light Sculpture ($34): Be honest, dropping bills on Halloween-only lighting may not be in your budget. But this moon can easily be transitioned to a bedroom or gallery wall without skipping a beat.

7. Grandin Road Battery-Operated “Boo” Marquee Letters ($59): These little letters are battery-operated, so there’s no pesky wires to put a crimp in your creativity.

8. Glass Bead Jack-O’-Lanterns: Glam your regular pumpkin look with some glass beads. This polka dot look is sophisticated inside or out. (via A Beautiful Mess)

9. Grandin Road “Enter if You Dare” Luminaries ($99): Get right to the point with these spooky typography luminaries. Pick up this set or DIY your own eerie silhouettes with mason jars and adhesive black vinyl.

10. DIY Stamped Bat Candles: There’s something to be said for keeping things simple. These artfully stamped candles will look magical in your All Hallows’ Eye displays. (via Tell Love and Party)

11. Grandin Road “Palm Reader” Neon Sign ($79): Think outside the pumpkins and ghosts. This spooky sign adds a touch of the occult to your party decor.

12. Skull Candle Holder DIY: Placed on a step out front or atop the table on your porch, this skull will light the way for all the ghosties and ghoulies running through the neighborhood. (via A Beautiful Mess)

13. 17″ Halloween Light Glow Freak Show ($54): How else will the squad know where to turn up?

14. Grandin Road Flicker Flame String Lights ($24): These glowing orange flame lights could cast some seriously awesome shadows. Wrap them around black and gold branches or combine them with other garlands for maximum effect.

15. Grandin Road Holding Hands Witches ($89, set of three): Whether you set these up on the porch or place them directly by the door, these scary witches look especially eye-catching alongside black birdcages or glowing pumpkins. For a spookier touch, add dry ice for a cool smoky effect.

16. Ooga Lights Halloween LED Skeleton Hands Party String Lights ($15): For maximum creeps, wrap this glowing skeleton hand garland around posts or string ’em up across the door.

17. Light-Up DIY Haunted House: Add some glow to your windowsill with a series of haunting silhouettes. (via The Crafty Gentleman)

How will you decorate your porch this Halloween? Check us out on Pinterest for more Halloween decorating tips and inspo!

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Additional reporting by Ariel Garneau