Decorate for Halloween this year with a witchy front door using heirloom pumpkins, mums, enchanted ferns, and a witches hat and broom. Add some glowing candlelight and sinister crows for spooky effect.
There are somethings I know for certain: always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can.
~Sally Owens, Practical Magic
Feeling inspired by one of my favorite autumn movies, Practical Magic, I decided to create my own witchy front door worthy of Sally, Gillian, and the Aunts! What do you think – did I succeed?
I think I achieved just the right balance of spooky and elegant!
I enjoy Halloween — the dressing up, the candy, the spooky factor. But I can’t get into full on scary nor do I love the kitchy, cartoonish Halloween decor, so this year I opted for a refined, simplistic approach to October 31st at my front door.
Basically, I created a lovely autumn display with deep purple mums and piles of heirloom pumpkins in orange, green, and white. Then to add a supernatural spookiness, I arranged “enchanted” ferns by adding tree branches, gold and white berries, and Chinese lantern stems. I nestled white pillar candles around the pumpkin piles and placed crows atop several stems.
To achieve the “witchy” vibes, I placed a black witch’s hat and broom to the left of the door, tossing the hat down on the ground and propping up the broom as if the witch just arrived home. Even lighting this antique lantern to suggest she just came in from picking some forbidden herb in the deep dark forest.
A witchy front door indeed!
Pro tip: stuff the hat with cotton stuffing to make it stand up and curve over. I used a cheap costume hat I found at the Dollar Tree then elevated it by tying a velvet ribbon bow for a band. Similar style here.
After Halloween, I will simply stow the witch accessories and crows away and have a lovely autumnal front door! To see the rest of my fall decor check out my full home tour here.
Henry awaits the witch’s return so they can go for a broom ride!
Worried about the safety of trick or treaters this year and what to do with kids given COVID? Read this article on 15 Ways to Have a Socially Distanced Halloween.