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Fall has finally arrived. It's time to bust out the cozy sweaters, drink a couple of pumpkin spice lattes and prepare for Halloween, of course! But before you put on the costume and grab a few sweet treats to hand out, you need to start decorating.

Whether you want to make your front porch the scariest in town or turn your back patio into a homemade haunted house for a Halloween party, there are plenty of subtle and spooky decorations that can get the job done.

Don't pass up the chance to get festive this Halloween. Here are a few ideas for outdoor decor:

Get spooky with the lighting
Want to give off a scary vibe while the kids walk up to your doorstep on trick-or-treat night? The right lighting arrangement and fixtures can make this happen with ease, while also looking stylish. A personal decorator can help you decide which fixture makes sense based on your wants and needs. You may consider different lighting arrangements for the front porch and back patio, but it's not a bad idea to choose the same fixtures and streamline your choices throughout the outdoor space. 

Consider dark patio furniture
Going off of the dark and spooky vibes created by the lighting, why not invest in new patio furniture to follow the theme? A beautiful arrangement of dark chairs and tables can subtly set the tone for Halloween, a look perfectly complemented by jack-o-lanterns, candy baskets and other orange decor that the kids will love.

If you're throwing a backyard Halloween party, you may want to grab a few other pieces of furniture for more decor, drinks and foods. This is a great opportunity to create a spooky bar cart, too.

Have fun with accessories
If there's one thing to know about choosing Halloween decor, it's that it's an opportunity to have fun. Beyond the pumpkin decor, consider a Halloween color theme – maybe it's traditional black and orange, or something more lively like bright green or purple. Once you decide which color scheme to follow, choose decorative outdoor pillows, blankets and area rugs to bring the space together. You can always purchase items with pumpkins, witches and ghosts all over them, but it's okay to take a subtle approach and stick to colors instead.

Take a rustic approach by incorporating natural materials and  seasonal blooms.Take a rustic approach by incorporating natural materials and seasonal blooms.

Take a rustic approach
You may not want decorations that scream Halloween – perhaps you want to stick with seasonal decor that can be used before, during and after the holiday. If that's the case, maybe you'd rather take a rustic fall approach. You can decorate with shades of brown and orange and place pumpkins and rustic broomsticks all around. Just because you're celebrating Halloween, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to light jack-o-lanterns or hang witch decorations. You can still emphasize your love for the holiday in a subtle, versatile way.

Some prefer more of a fall-centric theme over going all out with Halloween decorations – and that's fine! If you're not sure how to make this happen, you may need professional assistance. A personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors can help you turn your patio into a masterpiece. He or she will come over to your home to evaluate your outdoor living space. From there, he or she will offer advice based on the allotted space, your own personal ideas and current trends for the season.

It's not always easy to convey your message through design and decor. Let a design consultant from Decorating Den Interiors lend a helping hand before October begins!

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