21 Ideas for Indoor and Outdoor Pumpkin Decor for Halloween and Fall

pumpkin assortment rustic wheelbarrow welcome stencil
Photo: Helen Norman

Move over, Jack, there are other outdoor pumpkin decorations in town. These genius tips for displaying pumpkins outside will make your Halloween yard decorations the envy of the neighborhood. We'll provide tips and tricks for carving, painting, adorning, and displaying festive pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Bonfire

stack of carved flame pumpkins framed by logs
Blaine Moats

Set your pumpkins on fire with this cool outdoor pumpkin decor idea. Mimic a bonfire by carving flames into pumpkins, then stacking them in the shape of a fire pit. Our free stencil makes this design easy.

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Etched Pumpkin Display

carved pumpkins sitting on stoop
Adam Albright

Group etched fall pumpkins together to create an eye-catching outdoor display. Add a farmhouse Halloween touch by topping the carved pumpkins with a simple burlap ribbon ($10, Michaels) bow.

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Talking Pumpkins

pumpkins on doorstep boo on stack
Carson Downing

Let your outdoor Halloween decorations do the talking—literally. Metallic leaf and thumbtacks form string art letters on the pumpkins spelling out "boo." Stack pumpkins vertically or horizontally and stick to short, spooky sayings like "yikes" or "eek."

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Creepy-Crawly Pumpkins

realistic spider on pumpkin white mums
Cameron Sadeghpour

Ready for the simplest screams ever? Just attach a fake spider to a plain orange pumpkin. The black creepy-crawly stands out against the orange to spook visitors of all ages. For best results, choose a realistic-looking spider.

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Orange Pumpkin Display

front porch with spider webs and pumpkins
Carson Downing

A cohesive color scheme is the base of this festive Halloween front porch. To recreate the look at home, place a few carved jack-o'-lanterns on your steps or porch. Fill in with plain orange pumpkins and lanterns filled with small gourds. Finish the outdoor Halloween display with a yarn spider web hanging.

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Hanging Bat Pumpkins

Pumpkins carved to look like bats
Adam Albright

A trio of bat pumpkins makes a startling Halloween porch decoration. Felt wings and ears secured with toothpicks transform petite pumpkins into wicked-cute bats. Etch out the eyes, then stick red sewing pins through the center of each to create beady stares. Finally, a coat of black paint on the bodies makes the eyes appear to glow even during the day. Outdoor pumpkin decor never looked so scary!

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Carved Pumpkin Display

Fall décor with carved Frankenstein pumpkin
Carson Downing

A simple wood crate ($13, Michaels) is one of our favorite ways to display a carved jack-o-lantern. Set the pumpkin inside and surround it with colorful fall leaves, mini pumpkins, and gourds.

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Crow Pumpkins

Outdoor Halloween decor with crows and carved pumpkins
Adam Albright

Get ready to spook friends and family with these eerie pumpkins. Set two etched pumpkins on chairs and wood pallets to create a festive display. Finish with uncarved pumpkins and a few scattered faux crow decorations ($25, Oriental Trading).

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Princess Pumpkins

pastel hues princess pumpkins fairy tales
Cameron Sadeghpour

Your little prince and princess will be charmed by these pumpkins straight from a fairy tale. Pick a color palette—like the white, gold, and rosy pink shown here—then paint an assortment of pumpkins in your chosen hues. Decorate with ribbons, tiaras, stencils, paint pens, and more.

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Monogrammed Pumpkins

monogram pumpkins various sizes and colors
Alexandra Grablewski

Carve a monogram on pumpkins and place them on your front porch for outdoor pumpkin decor that welcomes guests to your bewitching abode. Using a small, medium, and large pumpkin, carve the initials in different sizes and fonts. Layer the pumpkins on an old chair or stool to show off your handiwork.

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Candy Corn Pumpkins

candy-corn cone-shaped pumpkins
Adam Albright

Place colorful no-carve candy corn pumpkins around your yard for fun Halloween outdoor decorations. First, choose cone-shape pumpkins and clean their surfaces. Then, spray-paint the pumpkins to achieve the candy corn look.

Editor's Tip: Cover stems with painters tape to keep them clean.

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Hanging Bat Pumpkins

stenciled bats white pumpkins on hooks
Peter Krumhardt

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. Use wire to pull the twine through the holes.

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Cohesive Display

front steps with white mums and pumpkins
Adam Albright

Sticking to one symbol of Halloween, like the spiders pictured here, keeps your outdoor pumpkin decor cohesive. Decorate pumpkins with plastic spiders and use a marker to add draw webs. Finish the display with white mums. Graphic and giddy—your porch never looked this good.

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Farmhouse Fall Porch

Bench with pumpkins, pillows, and blanket
Carson Downing

This farmhouse pumpkin display is a spook-free way to decorate your entry for Halloween. On a wooden bench, arrange pillows, baskets of small gourds, pumpkins, and a throw blanket. Finish the arrangement with oversize pumpkins and fall leaves.

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Candy Pumpkins

Doorway with Halloween décor, pumpkins, Trick or Treat sign
Adam Albright

Give your porch a candy-coated glow with a trio of colorful painted pumpkins. Paint pumpkins orange, yellow, and white then use them to create this sweet Halloween front porch. Finish with a yarn-wrapped wreath in the same colors.

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House Number Pumpkin

Outdoor décor with house number pumpkin and flowers
Jay Wilde

Not all Halloween outdoor pumpkin decor is spooky! Create a seasonal front porch with mums, gourds, and a painted house number pumpkin. Simply use a black paint pen to freehand or stencil your house numbers on a simple white pumpkin.

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Farmhouse Pumpkin Display

Red front porch with variety of plants and pumpkins
Carson Downing

Farmhouse decor is a popular trend this year, and the holidays are a fun time to employ the look. Arrange a few painted buffalo check pumpkins, white gourds, and seasonal mums. Finish the display with a handmade felt mum garland and a welcoming fall sign.

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Tiered Fall Display

wire tiered plant stand pumpkins fall harvest
Kate Sears

Fill a tiered wired plant stand on your porch to display your fresh fall finds, such as apples, foilage, pumpkins, and other gourds. Wooden bowls and vintage crocks add interest.

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Stacked Pumpkin Message

stacked stenciled pumpkins black urn
Adam Albright

Create welcoming Halloween pumpkin decorations for guests and trick-or-treaters this year. Pick three short, wide pumpkins for this front porch display. Print the free pattern onto transfer paper. Transfer one word per pumpkin, and use black acrylic or crafts paint to fill in the outline. Stack pumpkins on an urn laced with creepy vines or spooky spiderwebs.

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Pumpkin Planter

Wagon filled with pumpkins and gourds
Jay Wilde

Display a collection of various sizes and shapes of pumpkins for a beautiful outdoor Halloween decoration. Simply pile your gourds in a vintage wagon and place on your porch. That's it!

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Pumpkin Greeting

pumpkin assortment rustic wheelbarrow welcome stencil
Helen Norman

What better way to welcome guests this fall 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: Add a jack-o-lantern to the pile to get ready for Halloween.

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