halloween decor on the church pew

Do you decorate for Halloween? Do you decorate inside or outside or both for Halloween? Here’s a Halloween styling outside on a vintage church pew.

Halloween decor

The last few years we have decorated more outside our home for Halloween than inside. I believe this is mostly due to the fact our kiddos are grown up, and this year they are both off at college during the Halloween holiday.

I still love Halloween so I do try to inject some halloween spirit around here. We have a few families with littles that have moved into the neighborhood over the last few years, so I feel like decorating outside adds some festive vibes for them to enjoy as well.

outdoor halloween decor

For the last couple of years, since we redesigned the front yard {front yard remodel updates}, the {church pew bench} landing pad has been a focal point for Halloween decor. You can see how we decorated this area last year on this post {halloween vibes}.

The black wreath is the focal point as the backdrop. I made this quickly, at the last minute last year and it did the trick, but while stored in the garage through the year it got a bit abused.

how to create an oversized halloween wreath

I took the wreath apart and reassembled it. I’ll show you how easy it is to make one of these for yourself, since I did not have the time to share it last year. Start with an oversized grapevine wreath. Mine is 24 inches in diameter, which you can find either at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

To embellish the wreath I added twigs and leaves. I simply foraged the twigs and branches from my backyard. For the leaves I had some of the Dollar Tree garlands left over, which I used in this project {DIY autumn leaf wreath}.

This is super easy to make. Hot glue the branches and the leaf garlands around the wreath making sure the composition is balanced and interesting. Once all the glue is set, spray paint the entire thing with black spray paint. The paint brings it all together and amps up the spooky factor.

Once the paint is dry hang it up and embellish it with ravens. I have a bunch of black birds from previous halloween projects, which you can visit here {nevermore} or here {halloween tablescape}. Black owls would be fun too or even bats. Make it your won with your signature style.

always remember the weather with halloween outdoor decor

Although our oversized halloween wreath hangs outside it’s under an eave and mostly protected from the weather. I would not want for the wreath to be rained on, since the paint would probably bleed all over the painted siding. That would not be a good thing.

Our church pew landing pad sits under the eaves in the front of the house, which keeps it protected in our mildish Northern California weather. It’s the perfect focal point for seasonal decor in the front of our house.

Always keep in mind weather, and critters and any outdoor factors in your area when considering outdoor decor. I know some folks have issues with squirrels and raccoons ravaging pumpkins on porches.

Others have tons of precipitation to deal with in their areas, which can ruin decor depending on the materials. So always think about these things when styling your outdoor areas.

I cannot believe Halloween is less than a week away. Yikes! After that you know what happens. We blink, and it’s New Year’s Eve. I love the holidays, I just wish time would slow down so we could enjoy all of it more. I have so many projects planned for the holidays, which I hope to get all done in time to share with you here.

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“Something wicked this way comes.”

William Shakespeare {Macbeth}

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. vicki rheaume says:

    Love the bench and the wreath is very spooky I like using crows for Halloween displays

    1. I’m glad you liked it Vicki. Thanks for the visit. Happy Halloween. XO- MaryJo

  2. Donna Allen says:

    Love your DIY wreath! It’s perfect for Halloween! I need some skeletons like those in my life! Hope you have a happy Halloween!

    1. Thanks Donna! Happy Halloween! ☠️ XO- MJ

  3. decorativeinspirationsgmailcom says:

    Happy Halloween MaryJo! Your spooky wreath and skeleton really your porch perfect for Halloween. Love those big green metal pumpkins too.

    1. Thanks so much! Happy Halloween to you too. XO- MJ

  4. Natasha Mairs - Serenity You says:

    Oh I love this wreath so much!! Painting it black really gives it that wow factor

    1. Thanks Natasha! I’m glad you liked it. It’s a fairly easy project. XO- MJ

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