I’m never really sure about Halloween.

Some years I skip it and act like we aren’t friends and move right on to leaves and pumpkins and hay bales.

But sometimes?

When I get a fun idea or feel like a spider web is in my future….

….I break out a little orange and black and say boo.

Today I’m joining a few friends with 20 ways to decorate for Halloween.


Halloween Idea Number 1:  Vinyl spider webs

I bought this entire kit from the craft store.

It came with vinyl spider webs and spiders in a variety of webby spidery designs.

I added them to the front door in about five vinyl minutes.


Halloween Idea Number 2:  Pumpkins in urns

You might be able to blink twice in the amount of time it takes for this idea.

Take a black, worn out spooky looking urn.

Add a pumpkin.

It’s an easy pop of color for the front porch.


Halloween Idea Number 3:  Spiders and webs

I bought an entire bag of spiders that look like they used to be on rings and a bag of spider webbing.

I scattered the spiders everywhere.  They’re on the porch, on the pumpkins on the spooky black branches.

Then I took the web and wound it through the black branches.

The web and spiders made the vinyl web seem even more real.


Halloween Idea Number 4:  Add a picture frame instead of a wreath

I wanted something for the door with a little graphic design.

I found this wreath at a yard sale, spray painted it white, added a chevron design to the back and hung a W in the middle.

I love the simplicity and how it adds a little cute to all those spiders and webs.


I’m sending you on to the next blog for some more Halloween ideas, but first, here’s one for the road.

In the blog archives I found this picture of the twins from a couple of years ago.

Life wouldn’t be the same without Betsy Ross and Mrs. Kennedy.

Here’s a to a little smile with your Halloween. 🙂

And now here’s the rest of the Halloween decorating ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.


A Blissful Nest


Four Generations One Roof


Randi Garret Designs


The House of Silver Lining

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  1. Image for Carole @ Garden Up Green Carole @ Garden Up Green

    I hear you on the Halloween especially now that the kids are gone. These are some great ideas and I really like that lantern. I have a real crows nest in one of our trees, does that count? Oh and live spiders and crickets too - LOL This looks great though and very festive great idea with the black vinyl on the door and the twigs bring it all together.

  2. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Oh, man..... That amber candy dish. I'm swooning over here...... All it needs is some from-the-beach taffy or wrapped, butterscotch hard candy and it will be a total throwback! Great addition to the decor!

  3. Image for Ellen Ellen

    "Jackie" & "Betsy" are too cute! I love Halloween- everything about it! I even used to put cornstalks, hay bales and scarecrows in the bay window of the living room along with fresh picked pumpkins! The cats loved perching on the hay. Decorating inside and outside is so much fun. I love those lanterns on the doorstep and all of your other ideas make a great Halloween welcome. Thank-you for this lovely post.

  4. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Cute! I'm just breaking out the Halloween stuff around home and will be hoping to post Friday about a little spooky decor (God willing and the creek don't rise). This was perfect timing as I was laying in bed this morning at 4:45 a.m. twisting my hair and thinking about Halloween garland and spiders. You know...what normal people do. Thanks for the inspiration. I see a bag of plastic spiders in my future. Sadly, my resin urns have not held up in the Florida heat. They sort of melted and won't hold a pumpkin anymore. I'll have to twist my hair about that one a while longer.

  5. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    Very cute!! Love the vinyl spiderwebs. I have to look for some of those. My friend decorates a lot oh her porch with hay bales and scarecrows and pumpkins on little chairs. This is my favorite time of year. So festive.

  6. Image for Kay Kay

    Some years ago I had a large fake spider web stretched from the porch overhang to the porch railing with a couple plastic spiders hanging from it. It was up for a week or so and after Halloween my daughter was helping me take down the decorations when she found out that one of the larger spiders on the web was real. The spider apparently thought the fake web looked like a great place to hang out and it only moved sat the very last second as she was about to grab it. Much screaming occurred and I had to promise that there would be no more fake webs or fake spiders at our house!

  7. Image for june june

    Love the girls' costumes:) Great fun and easy ideas...you are so creative. The porch looks great! Today I am bringing out the ceramic my mom and aunt made a very long time ago. They are both gone now but loved Halloween. They would spend hours preparing little candy treat bags for the kids. Miss them...

  8. Image for Randi Randi

    KariAnne you have to always decorate for Halloween, you are just too good at it not to! I loved your creative ways to dress up Halloween! You are a true artist my friend! xo

  9. Image for Shauna Shauna

    Betsy Ross and Mrs. Kennedy are so cute! Love the frame on your front door and all the little spiders. Your blog is always so fun to read! Happy fall my friend! xoxo

  10. Image for Susan Susan

    How on earth do you do spooky but still somehow manage to make it feel sophisticated??? This is AMAZING, KariAnne! You make me want to decorate for Halloween when I haven't bothered in years...but if I knew I could make spooky look beautiful like this, I would've been doing it every year! In particular, I just LOVE the monogrammed frame on the door...such a lovely and unique touch! And oh m'gosh...look at your babies all dressed up like Jackie and Betsy...they are just too darned cute for words! Happy Halloween, you wonderful Thistles, one and all! :)

  11. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    This year I'm friends with Halloween and throwing it a party! Love your ideas. Now I'm on to see what the others are sharing. Happy Fall, my friend! Hugs, Cecilia (today I'm singing my name in my best Simon and Garfunkle imitation) ;-)

  12. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I'm a little late to the party but I had to put in my two cents. First, the twins' costumes are adorable and so clever! My favorite costumes when I was growing up were born from inspired creativity rummaging around the house and using what we had. Granted, there were a lot of eye holes cut out of sheets, and girl hobos dressed in their dad's clothes, and boy pirates with homemade eye patches and their mother's scarves wrapped around their heads back then...but still, it was so much fun to say, "I made this!" Second, I love, love, love the idea of something besides a wreath for the front door! And I never tire of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, but that lantern with the cat silhouette? Ghoulishly awesome!!

  13. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Hey Friend - I LOVE your front door and porch all decorated for Halloween!! Too fun..... I think my favorite is the frame on the front door - what a great idea! Happy Weekend......

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