5 Frightfully Simple Ways to Halloween-ify Your Entryway


You don't have to carve jack-o'-lanterns for your décor, but pumpkins are a must for any Halloween scene.
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Halloween isn't exactly a "less is more" kind of holiday. In many neighborhoods, it seems to be more like "all or nothing." When faced with the task of decorating for Halloween, some people go totally insane -- the more jack-o'-lanterns, fake cobwebs, plastic tombstones, skeletons and flashing lights they can cram onto the house, the better. Add some life-size coffins, creepy music and a fog machine, and the effect is complete.

On the other side of the street are the folks who won't even stoop to set a pumpkin by the door. These party poopers turn off the lights on the big night to discourage trick-or-treaters, which makes them target number one for a midnight toilet-papering and yard egging.

So what are you supposed to do if you like Halloween but don't have the time, inclination or funds to go over the top with decorating? Our advice is to concentrate on your front porch and door, and keep it simple. Here are five easy yet festive ways to Halloween-ify your entryway.