When to Start Decorating for Halloween

on September 16, 2020

As soon as you take a sip of that first pumpkin spice latte of the season, you know you’re ready to start decorating for Halloween. The question is: How early can you put up Halloween decorations without looking crazy? If you’ve ever debated when to start decorating for Halloween, then get ready for the *facts* and you’ll be sure to win every decorating argument with your spouse and neighbors for the rest of time. Don’t wait until it’s too late and you’re forced to just throw up some plastic spiders onto a \u00244 cobweb pack from Target. Kick off your holiday season by transforming your home into a spooky oasis and enjoy your efforts all season long.


As you start thinking about decorating for Halloween, the most common time to start donning decorations is within the first couple weeks of October. But late September is also a common option — it’s all up to you. 

Your decoration timing is also dependent on how ornate you want your decor to be. You may need to get a head start if you’re going to win the HOA haunted house contest. But if you’re planning to keep your decorations fairly simple, early October is your best bet.

Another factor that might influence your installation timeline: your neighbors. Are your neighbors super into Halloween? Do they go all out with their house and get the whole neighborhood into the holiday spirit? If so, consider joining in on their timeline so you can set the mood for the block and bring an extra bit of magic for the local kids to enjoy.


It can be hard to know where to start with Halloween decorations. Do you want to just add an orange wreath to your door? Or create a giant spider for your window out of PVC pipe? Here are some fun, simple decorating tips as you try to figure out your perfect spooky decor. 

  1. Get your kids involved. This year has been a doozy. There’s a chance virtual school, mask wearing and not playing with friends has taken a bit of a toll on your little ones. Opt for Halloween family crafts to lift spirits and get everyone involved. Maybe it’s tootsie pop ghosts, some carved pumpkins for your porch or making pipe cleaner spiders for your indoor cobwebs — all of these are such great ways to add a unique touch to your decor while keeping the kids busy! 
  2. Use items you already have. Halloween is the perfect excuse to use all the candles in the house, make bats out of the black construction paper in your laundry room, or use the hundreds of zucchini and assorted squash from your garden to decorate your table. 
  3. Make it a little scary. If you have older kids in your home (especially ones who love scary movies), opt to add an extra bit of creepiness to your spooky decor. Send a chill down your neighbors’ spines with some ghosts in your yard and a skeleton on your front porch bench.