Frightfully Fantastic Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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Halloween is one of my favourite holidays ( see obvious reasons here). 
Cotton cobwebs in trees, purple string lights on rooftops, cemetery displays in gardens... it seems every year houses get more and more creative with their outdoor Halloween decor. 
If you are looking to step up your Halloween-deco game this year, below are some ghoulishly simple ways to make your home the talk of the town, whether you're goal is to be known as the ‘scary house’ in the neighbourhood or you want to impress with a classy harvest display.
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Hamming It Up For Harvest

Spooky isn't your thing, you say?  
Go for a harvest inspired look by placing mums in a carved out pumpkin or  apple basket on your front grass or steps. 
To take it one step further, you can surround them with other harvest type decor such as white pumpkins and gourds and even add illumination, by placing a few simple lanterns on surrounding tree branches. 
(Safety tip: these should always be lit with battery-operated lights, like  LED votives.)
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Spooky Front Garden/ Porch

Scaring is kind of the name of the game and luckily the list of ideas are virtually endless– 
Skeletons popping up from their grave, through your grass, ghosts hanging from your bushes, battery operated black crows "squawking" from your trees.... 
All are sure to give a little scare to passers by. 
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Front Door Decor

Your front door will be the centre of focus for trick-or-treaters and what will greet your guests before you do. 

Whether you are going for shabby chic or spooky, wreaths are always a good idea! 
A black goth-looking  wreath would be an easy, no-fuss way to spook up your door.  You can even drape garland and spray paint it grey to give it an extra haunted look.   
Now if you're really looking to get your crafting on, this witch doormat tutorial may be one of my favourite DIY outdoor decoration! 
Not only does it pay homage to the movie that left me refusing to wear anything but red shoes at the ripe age of 4, but it is super simple to bring to life and is sure to get an A+ for creativity.  
All you need is  pool noodlesstriped witch stockings and an old pair of heels–  Viola!  You just created The Wicked Witch Of The East!  
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Pumpkin Carving With A Twist

Take your jack-o-lantern skills to new levels. Instead of a smiling face,  carve a frowning face and use the seeds to make it look like it your pumpkin... well... wasn't feeling so great. 
For a more light-hearted (less grotesque) spin on pumpkin carving creativity– forget that one BIG- mama pumpkin all together and in place pick out 10 mini pumpkins to carve with stainless steel cookie cutters to illuminate your walk way.  
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Written by: complicatedmama
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