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Spooky Cute Ghost Halloween Porch Decorations

Halloween porch decorations can be scary or cute, this year I decided on spooky cute Halloween porch decorations using googly eyed ghosts. These outdoor ghosts are spooky adorable set on each side of the front door. Each one holds a fun sign and a sad face from sharing candy. If you love Halloween as much as they do in our neighbourhood you have to try making these large Halloween ghost decorations.

Halloween Front Porch with a DIY Outdoor Halloween Decoration of a cute ghost.

Halloween Porch Decor

Halloween decor is so much fun to do, whether it’s scary and chilling for the older crowd or more spooky and adorable for the little ones. One year my sons and I created a really fun and scary haunted house for Halloween but then the little ones were too scared to come to the door to trick and treat. So now I lean towards the cuter softer side of Halloween porch decor.

Halloween Porch Ghosts for Outside

To make the Halloween front porch ghosts you will need.

  • Two large flower pots
  • Two white old sheets
  • White material (large flour sack towels worked well)
  • Two dollar store soccer balls
  • Plastic zip ties or bungee cords
  • Black felt for eyes or googly eyes (Michael’s)
  • Halloween signs with fun sayings (optional)

Our front porch decor always includes flowers in different size pots. So I started with the two three foot high flower pots I already had. I often see something similar at Costco or Home Depot. These make up the main body of the ghost porch decoration.

Secondly you will need two soccer balls, or large plastic balls. I borrowed two from the soccer coach next door, but any kind of 8 to 10 inch ball you have works. The plastic ones from the dollar store as well.

A plain tall flower pot

Unfortunately when trying to fit the ball into the planter it sunk down too low into the planter and the corners of the pot would have shown. My solution was to flip the pot over. Then I to find a simple inexpensive way to attach the ball to the bottom of the planter. Here is how I solved the problem.

Putting the Halloween Decoration Base Together

Wrap the soccer ball in a large white towel or rag.  The rag needs to be thick enough to semi-cover the markings on the ball, and long enough to hang down the sides of the flower pot. I had some flour sack tea towels that worked for this, but ripped up old sheets, or a large white t-shirt are other inexpensive options.

A soccer ball laying on top of a large white piece of cloth.

Twist the end of the towels and secure the sides with elastic bands.  This will hold the ball securely inside the white rapping. Repeat for the second ball.L

A soccer ball wrapped in fabric that will be used as a head for Halloween porch decorations.

Place the ball on top of your plastic flower pot, I suggest using white zip ties or bungee cords for this. Lots of wrapping tape might work, but I don’t think it will adhere well enough.

A cloth wrapped ball on top of a upside down planter. Its the base for a DIY Halloween porch decoration, ghost idea.

The little flaps of the towel sort of resemble arms, when you cover them with the sheets.

Porch halloween decor, two ghosts made out of sheets.

Adding Sheet Cover and Halloween Decor

My two ghosts are covered with thrift store twin sized flat sheets. I did not cut them at all. Place them over the top of the ball and tuck them in around the flower pot so none of the flower pot is showing.

Attach the stick on eyes, if you’re not able to find the googly eyes at Michael’s you can use a black material, felt or paper. The back of the googly eyes was adhesive enough to hold on to the sheet. I pressed them on to attach, if your don’t adhere I would use some E6000.

Attach a Cute Saying

To make the porch Halloween decor a bit more special and welcoming add some sayings. I saw these little signs at  60% at Michael’s so I splurged.  I am curious to see how many adults may read the sign and ask for candy.l

Two Halloween signs one says trick or treat the other says your never too old to beg for free candy.

These two sayings are perfect for trick or treaters.  Another idea I had was using dollar store chalkboards and writing “Hi I am Trick” on the first ghost, and ” Hello, I am Treat” on the other one. The dollar store could very well have something right off the shelf that works very well.

My signs didn’t have any hangers so I drilled holes in the top and added simple wire hangers. Once wired I pinned them to the front of the little ghosts right about where a mouth should be. The weight of the signs give them a fun expression.

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Our little sentries are being lit up with blue lights from our Christmas stash.  They would look great in purple, but what can I say, the blue ones were already in my stash. You could also wrap the flower pot and with low heat white string lights but I didn’t want to mess with whether or not they would show enough through the sheet fabric.

Two large DIY ghost Halloween decorations sitting on a front porch.

Complete your Halloween front porch decor with a jack-o-lantern and a couple of simple pumpkins. We also added a string of Halloween ghost shaped lights that went up the driveway as it is quite dark this far north by 5:30.

Not ready to make this yet? Pin it so you have it!

A sad faced ghost holding a trick or treat sign and big googling eye. A fun halloween porch decoration for outside.

Happy Halloween!

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  1. How inspired! Did you think these up yourself, Leanna? I think I might try these next year.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      When I was little every year I asked to go as a ghost and my mother ever year said I couldn’t have a sheet. I came across a whole bin of sheets in the thrift store and though this is the year. It kind of went from there lol. I did see some ghosts on Pinterest but they had no instructions with them so I created my own.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Christina, I am glad you like it.

  2. That is a great idea! I love 15 minute crafts. My fav thing about these? They’re big decorations that you don’t have to store!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Trish. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have loads of storage. Most of my storage space is used up with Christmas decor.

  3. LeannaForsythe says:

    Thank you Melissa. I am always thankful when I can figure an easier way to design something. It doesn’t happen nearly often enough.

  4. These are adorable!! They look great on your porch and I love how simple they are!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Debra. I am hopeful that many readers have those tall plain planters as these are from Home Depot and I saw similar ones at Costco.

  5. Super cute ghosts, Leanna and love how you have them illuminated! Happy Halloween back to you.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marie. They were so easy and inexpensive to make. I saw a big bin of sheets at the thrift store for two dollars each and thought how I would have loved that as a kid for a ghost costume, so I bought two.

    2. Thank you for sharing your awesome ghosts with us at the Talk Of The Town Party, Leanna. You are my feature this week! See you Tuesday at 6 pm.

    3. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh Marie that’s super wonderful. You made my day lady. So much appreciated.

  6. I think you are the queen of ingenuity! Very simple and very effective – your ghosts are adorable! Are the blue Christmas lights INSIDE of them, or shining on to them?

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kristine. They have large blue flood lights shining on them. I think twinkle lights may look more like Christmas, but I didn’t try them.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Debbie. Have a happy Halloween, I hope you get lots of trick or treaters.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, I prefer the not so scary decorations. Especially for front porches with the little ones coming to the door.

  7. I LOVE these ghosts! They are so funny!! I know that trick or treaters will love them too!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Morgan. Glad you like them and think the kids will as well. Its great seeing all those excited munchkins.

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