I just love a good fright!

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

Especially on Halloween night.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

We’re all ready to welcome trick or treaters with a stockpile of candy and a spooky porch decorated in a gothic horror novel vibe. Our goal was to be scary, minus the gore, so as not to frighten the youngest Halloween visitors.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

Decorating for Halloween is always a family affair, and this year my 9-year-old son was really into helping create a theme and set the scene.

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He lined our stars with plastic skull cups that we turned into lumarias with battery-powered tealight candles. He also had way too much fun playing with plastic rats.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

They’re hanging out everywhere.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

Slimy, creepy, ick!

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

This motion sensor rat even makes noise when you walk by.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

When it comes to decorating for Halloween, I try not to spend too much. Instead, I use what I have in creative ways.

The skeleton wreath on the front door is one I made a few years ago, and it seems to work with our Halloween decor every year. We repurposed some glow-in-the-dark bats from Jackson’s Playhouse or Horror to hang above the front door and we used more of the skull cups (hung with dental floss) on our spooky trees.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

I salvaged the pumpkins from our fall porch decor and just spooked things up a bit by adding rats and skulls and bats.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

And creepy crows.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky with but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

My husband said this bird really creeps him out at night!

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

Since this summer, when I painted this black buffet for the porch, I have been looking forward to decorating it for Halloween.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

I love how it turned out.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

So much madness!

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

While it’s true that I have a plastic storage bin or two (OK three) full of Halloween decorations in the attic, I really don’t spend much on my spooky decor every year.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

I just try to buy things that I know I’ll use over and over again — though they may find a different spot every year.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

I’ve used this witch’s hat (a favorite purchase from the Country Living Fair several years ago) inside as well as out.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

No hocus pocus, just clever repurposing.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

For Halloween, I just love the dollar store.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store! That’s where I buy all my bats and skulls…

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

and eyeballs and spiders.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

I hope this Halloween tour didn’t spook you too much.

You'll love these scary Halloween decorations. They're spooky but not gory, so they shouldn't scare away young trick or treaters. You'll find a lot of what you need to create this gothic horror novel vibe at the dollar store!

If you’re brave enough for more, come inside.

A Legend of Sleepy Hollow Halloween: Washington Irving's chilling short story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horsesman inspired this Halloween tablesetting. The details are amazing; I especially love the Sleepy Hollow sign, the tombstone place cards and the spooky paper trees on the table. And that jack-o-lantern is pretty scary, too!

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Halloween Decorations

Southern Gothic Halloween Decorating Ideas from Atta Girl Says

Southern Gothic Halloween Decorations

And you’ll have to compare this year’s porch to last year’s and tell me which one you like better! Or which one gives you nightmares.

Headless Horseman Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Halloween Porch Tour 2014



Comments

  1. Betsyjoyner says:

    Love the decorations, it’s fabulous!

  2. no one does halloween like you!

  3. I absolutely LOVE your porches and you are now making me wish I had decorated a bit more for Halloween! We don’t get many trick or treaters at all (I can generally count on one hand) and my kids don’t trick or treat anymore, so decorating was shoved to the back burner. Sigh. I know all of your neighbors and the kids are going to love visiting your house this year!

    Jen
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