Decorating the Porch for Halloween

Welcome to the 39th Metamorphosis Monday!

For this Met Monday, I thought I’d share the transformation my front porch goes through each year around Halloween. Normally it looks something like this…

Updating the Front Door and Porch for Halloween


But, then………………..

On a dark and shadowy All Hallows Eve, a ghost, a witch, and a goblin cast long, dark shadows as they glide past the open flame of a lit gas lantern. The lantern glowed hot at the end of the meandering brick walkway…a walkway with more curves than a snake slithering ’round headstones in a graveyard. The house at the end of the walk was said to be haunted, and so it looked this night as an ominous glow emanated from each of its windows.

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


As they drew closer, frightful faces with glowing eyes and snaggled-tooth grins greeted these creatures of the night. Undaunted, the trio steadily pushed forward, making their way toward the crimson red door as dreams of chocolate eyeballs and gummy worms danced through their heads.

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


All but running now, they passed the evil glowing faces…

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


…climbing the steps in great anticipation.

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


Hearts pounding in their chest, the ghost, witch and goblin found themselves surrounded by frightful dead stalks looming high above in menacing forms…stalks that would surely come alive and engulf them if they dared reach to ring the bell.

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


A scare crow stood guard…taunting and daring the three to take a step closer!

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


Looking down, the ghost noticed the mischief of All Hallows Eve had already begun. He was sure it was goblins who had over turned the basket of freshly raked leaves. The goblin protested this accusation, glaring at the ghost, who was almost transparent in the glow of the lantern hanging just over their heads.

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


A mouse scurried through the leaves causing a cinnamon-scented pine cone to roll noisily across the porch, releasing more of its pungent aroma. “What is that smell,” the witch demanded with a cackle? “Has someone spilled my cinnamon spell potion?”

Decorating the Porch for Halloween


The witch snatched up the pine cone and tucked it into the pocket of her long black robe…the cone would work well in her next fiery brew.

The goblin reached up to pluck an acorn from the harvest wreath hanging on the blood red door. The ghost stopped him dead in his tracks with an electrifying BOOOOOO! While the goblin sulked, as only a goblin can do, the old witch extended her long, bony finger in the direction of the door bell. The ghost and goblin held their breath and a hush fell over the threesome as they stood frozen there on the porch…watching intently as the door slooooowly creaked open.


No one really knows what happened that All Hallows Eve, but neighbors say they saw three shadowy figures scurrying away from the house that night, clutching bags bulging and heavy with untold spoils. They vanished into the darkness vowing they would return, again…


…that is, if their parents will let them go Trick or Treating next year, too. Well, now what else did you think was going on here? πŸ˜‰

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  1. Susan, you have such a way with words…. and photos… and you know how to make them come alive. Spoooktacular!

  2. Melissa Miller says

    Susan your Fall porch is gorgeous and perfectly dressed for Halloween! You are such a great storyteller as well. I was thoroughly captivated by your words.

    Many Blessings, ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  3. Susan, this was great. Your entry looks fantastically spooky. πŸ˜‰

  4. Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst says

    Your entryway looks great! I'm sure the kids will love it, although perhaps not as much as the candy! πŸ™‚

  5. Oh, Dear Susan! Now we're on your lovely front porch! You've dressed it so Halloweeny! πŸ™‚
    Thanks again for hosting this wonderful meme.
    Susan, also thank you for praying for my daughter.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  6. Susan, you make everything such fun. Your front porch is very inviting with your cute scarecrow and all those plump pumpkins. I need to get myself busy doing something seasonal on our front porch. Thanks for some inspiration. Have a great week. ~ Sarah

  7. nannykim at spindle cottage says

    It is gettin to ya, oh kiddo!! (nice , however πŸ˜‰

  8. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    I guess we can now add story teller to your list of accomplishments! Your porch looks lovely!

  9. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Your front porch is just wonderful. I love the Halloween decorations. I can't wait to see it for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

  10. Jenglamgirl says

    Oh' I love your porch… so SPOOKTACULAR! well done!

  11. Leah@Storybook Ranch says

    Wow- That is fantastic and soo inviting!

  12. Julie Harward says

    So cute the way your wrote that up…and the porch is just beautiful! I'll bet the treats are delicious too! Not scary at all~
    Come say hi πŸ˜€

  13. SPLENDEROSA says

    What a wonderful spirit you have, and a beautiful home. This is splendidly done. Thank you for putting so much work & love into your extraordinary posts. Marsha

  14. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    Susan, your front door entry is just perfect – love all the fun fall items and cheerful colors. Linda

  15. LOVE your front porch! SO welcoming! Do the corn stalks make a "mess"… that is what hubby says when I ask about getting some… "They will make a mess on the porch for people to track in!"

    Thanks for all your inspiration!!

  16. So much fun!!! Love the wreath.

  17. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Oh what cuteness you have awaiting the goblins and ghosts that will visit you soon!

  18. Things are looking quite festive at your house. Who wouldn't want to visit when they see such a welcoming porch? Love it!

  19. Your porch looks so inviting even if it is a tad spooky! Love that you took nite pics!
    All Things Heart and Home
    ps. thank you so very much for hosting…

  20. cindy@cottageinstincts says

    What a welcoming front porch! What fun you must have with the trick or treaters :o)
    I appreciate this link party each week. Thanks for hosting!

  21. Very cute story, Susan! Your entry looks fabulous for trick or treating – I just love Halloween! This is the first year in 20 that I won't be going out with one or both of my girls – that makes me very sad!! And we don't get any little goblins out here at our house, guess I'll just have to drop by your place for a liitle of the spooky spirits! Thanks for cheering me up tonight –
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  22. Susan you really know how to transform a porch. I bet you give out the best treats on the block too πŸ™‚ Jane T.

  23. oh,Susan…how fun…this is fantastic…that wreath is wonderful..

  24. What a fun post, Susan! What a fabulously Halloween decorated entry!…Christine

  25. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Okay, you must write a children's book now. Too wonderful. Such a great Halloween porch!


  26. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    This is wonderful! You're sooo very clever! ☺ Diane

  27. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    OH Wow!! I would love to trick or treat at your house! Fabulous front porch! Cindy

  28. Susan,
    Congratulations on being featured on Houzz!!! I am so happy that you have been recognized for creating the most beautiful porch. Your little scarecrow and pumpkins are precious at your front door. I just love the way you arranged everything so perfect. I know your neighbors must love to look at your front porch and your back porch!!!! I enjoyed browsing at the Classy Flea today!!! They have sooooo many charming things.

    Katherine S.

  29. Wonderful job Susan as usual. Your porch looks great, I'm sure all your little guest really enjoy their visit on that special night.

  30. I not only loved your porch transformation, but was captivated by your story! You'll be the favorite with the kids in your neighborhood.

  31. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) says

    Susan, your porch looks fantastic all decked out for fall! Great narration, too!


  32. A Beautiful Home!!!


  33. Dresser Girl says

    Heavens that was a joy to read!

  34. Love your fall decor AND your story!

  35. Anita @ Far Above Rubies says

    Just perfect as always!! I needed some ideas, so thank you!

  36. Loved the story and felt as if I was there watching those little goblins! Your porch decor is perfect -spooky, festive and colorful! I especially like the spilled basket of leaves, very clever!
    β™₯ Bonnie

  37. Fairy Footprints says

    Oh wow your porch is awesome, the scarecrow and pumpkins look great.


  38. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says

    I love it! What a beautiful front door for fall.

    Thanks for hosting this fun party again this week, Susan! πŸ™‚

  39. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    Would you please come over and decorate my front porch?!
    Thanks for hosting! Janell

  40. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    Would you please come over and decorate my front porch?!
    Thanks for hosting! Janell

  41. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    Would you please come over and decorate my front porch?!
    Thanks for hosting! Janell

  42. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    Would you please come over and decorate my front porch?!
    Thanks for hosting! Janell

  43. Isabella & Max Rooms says

    Would you please come over and decorate my front porch?!
    Thanks for hosting! Janell

  44. I love the RED door! How wonderful to have such a warm, gorgeous color welcoming people into your home!

  45. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    What a boo-tiful front porch! Beautiful pictures! I'm linking up for the first time. Thank you for hosting!

  46. Susan, this was so cute! And your porch looks Fabulous!!

    Thank you for having Met Monday!!

    Have a great week!

    Lou Cinda πŸ™‚

  47. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says

    your entry way is Gorgeous! So festive and inviting (er..a…i mean..scarey!) πŸ™‚

  48. Fifi Flowers says

    Your porch is FAB!!!

  49. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Your porch looks great! Had hoped to join in this week, but did not get my next project on the list finished. Have a great week.

  50. Kristens Creations says

    I love your front porch! I think mine needs a little help now that I see yours! It's just beautiful…Kristen

  51. I love everything! You are so creative!

  52. LOL! Susan, that is to cute! You have a great imagination.

  53. Your porch looks so lovely and inviting! I'll definitely be using it as inspiration πŸ™‚

  54. your front porch looks so warm and inviting!

  55. Cottage on the Hill says

    Love the basket turned on its side with leaves pouring out and the lighted pumpkin faces!!…Too cute.

  56. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese says

    Great photos and your front porch is perfect!

  57. Lovely fall harvest porch. Come see what I made for my porch.
    Monday Blessings πŸ˜‰

  58. Debbie Pearson says

    Such a fun story teller you are. Entertaining!

  59. ImagineCozy says

    Your front porch looks so festive. Fall is such a fun time to decorate.

  60. I love your style! And I love your front door (even without the decorations!) Beautiful.

  61. Someone's Mom says

    Your porch looks wonderful and your words were so much fun. Yours is one of my favorite blogs to read. Of course my husband has different ideas, considering I'ver brought 3 sets of dishes into the house in the last 2 weeks!


  62. Design Junkie says

    I love that glossy red door. Elizabeth Arden, eat your heart out.

  63. Amongst The Oaks says

    You might say my front yard has had a metamorphosis too. Nice post today!

  64. The White Farmhouse says

    That has got to be the most gorgeous porch that I have ever seen! I can't wait to see what it looks like for Christmas!

  65. Lady Katherine says

    Love the story as much as I do the porch all with the scarecrow and pumpkins! I found my Witch hat, but if I am up to it I going to wear it! lol

  66. Well I love your home anyway but then you go and spice it up for a holiday and it is even more fun!
    Great job!
    Linda Q

  67. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    Your porch looks stunning!

  68. I just love your blog (I just found it and I'm hooked!) Your house makes me drool (it's GORGEOUS) and your posts make me smile πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing….

  69. Hi Susan, Your porch is beautifuland perfectly dressed for Halloween and fall… Love it all

  70. How beautiful it looks! And it can go right through Tgiving.

    We got a new door and I picked a red paint. I was wondering how it would look with the fall colors, but you have eased my doubts..

    Your entrance looks very inviting..lots of trick or treaters??

  71. I love your door and color scheme, great decor outside!

    I'm participating in my first MM. And now, to visit the other projects on the list!

  72. linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous says

    Love your porch! Just linked up my Fall {kissing} Ball. Have a fabulous day!

  73. Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE says

    I love your front porch, thats what I need is corn stocks, wow they look great, I love it all, thanks again for sharing, come visit

  74. Cass @ That Old House says

    Love your tale of hobgoblins and spooks! So cute. Your entryway is beautifully decorated; I am truly shamed — mine has NO fall decor yet!
    None, that is, except the random leaves that are falling and scuttling across the porch!

  75. Hi Susan,
    I love your post. It is so cute. And your porch is gorgeous. I love your blood red door. Can't wait to see what others are sharing today. Hope you are having a wonderful evening.


  76. Paula Grace Designs says

    What great photos! Sorry I am late. I just got back into town. My metamorphasis is an opportunity for someone else to have one AND it is connected to Halloween ~ see the photos on Naps post?? That is all you need ~ your own photos of Halloween decorations or ones you found that you love and you may win a room design! Fun!!

  77. Suzann @ The Olive Cottage says

    Nothing to share, but plenty to see. Love your porch.

  78. Suzann @ The Olive Cottage says

    Nothing to share, but plenty to see. Love your porch.

  79. Really enjoyed the Halloween story and your FRONT porch is so inviting to trick-or-treaters,(hope you have lots)…and I always enjoy visiting on your porches.Front and Back!

  80. Susan, what you did on the porch, here in Belgium they couldnot believe their eyes!


  81. Oh my goodness, Susan! I haven't been on my computer for 2 days and finally got on tonight and could NOT get it working so I am SOOOO late seeing this! Your home and porch looks SPOOKY good! I love it all, but ESPECIALLY your words. YOu missed your calling, should have been a writer!!!! Hugs, Pinky

  82. I'm loving this themed blogged thing! What fun. This is right up my alley. I love to decorate for company.

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