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My 2019 Outdoor Halloween Decor

Eva Amurri Martino opens her front door to some trick or treaters

*Many thanks to Grandin Road for sending me this incredible Halloween decor! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed below are entirely my own. 

It’s the spookiest time of the year! Mwahahahaha.  All you OG Happily Eva After readers are familiar with my love for Halloween decorations, and for the holiday itself– I have a long history since childhood of going all out for Halloween and turning it in to such a fun excuse for a family party and get together.  My kids know that our house will always be decked out for the holiday, and the pressure is on this year, because the street we moved to just so happens to be LIT when it comes to decorating for the holidays.  I could not have picked a better neighborhood if I tried. LOL. Since our home is historic, I’ve really been feeling the Classic Halloween vibes for our decor this year, and for the perfect Halloween decorations there is nowhere else to turn but the best of the best:  Grandin Road! 

Eva Amurri Martino and son Major dress up their house for Halloween
Major Martino wears a cat costume and sits on the front porch of his Connecticut home
Major Martino wears a cat costume and sits on the front porch of his Connecticut home

I did a really fun partnership with Grandin Road a few years ago (I was pregnant with Major!) And I’ve loved the brand ever since.  They bring so much whimsy to the holiday with their awesome assortment of products– and there is truly something for everyone’s individual decorating style.  Since our home is in such a prime trick or treating area, I knew I wanted to focus on the outside of our home this year, and to do something spooky but chic.  

Eva Amurri Martino and son Major dress up their house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino and son Major dress up their house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween

Since our outdoor color scheme is primarily black and white, it was the perfect backdrop for all of the Grandin Road decor I chose! First of all, I just want to go on record and say that the Grandin Road wreaths (For Christmas, too) are just insanely gorgeous.  When I saw this Halloween one, I freaked.  It goes so perfectly with our front door color! Such a great mix of elegant and festive, it really inspired the rest of my “Halloween Vibe” for this year, if I’m being honest.  I just adore the lanterns and the natural material spiders that I used to lead the way up the front stairs.  And the door mat.  I may keep it up all year, seeing as it’s a true statement. LOL.  

Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween

The big black spiderweb, and my trio of ghastly, ghoulish spirit ladies just rounded out the spooky vibe I was looking for, while also staying tasteful.  I can’t believe my kids aren’t scared of my ghouls by the way.  They asked to eat breakfast with them a few mornings before I eventually put them in the basement to wait for the Holiday.  The guys doing construction on our house, on the other hand, almost jumped out of their skin the first time they saw them.  THEY told me they were too scary. Ha! I kind of agree with them if I’m being honest, but I will sacrifice my own fears for the good of the Halloween-eriffic neighborhood decor! I mean, if you can’t scare everyone once a year, when can you?!

Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween

After we selected our decor for Halloween this year, Marlowe made the family executive decision that we should all be Classic Halloween costumes, and I couldn’t be more in to it.  She selected everyone’s costume (naturally), with me being a spooky Witch, Major as a Black Cat, and herself as a Bat.  I’m probably most excited to see Kyle’s designated Halloween costume this year, which is a Pumpkin. LOL.  That’s what you get when you’re away on a work trip and your five year old kid is doling out the Halloween costumes!

Eva Amurri Martino paints son Major's face for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino paints son Major's face for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino sits with son Major in some Halloween garb
Eva Amurri Martino goes witch chic for Halloween

Do you go all out for Halloween?! I’d love to hear about it and what you and your kids are being this year, if you’re doing a fun family theme!

Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino decorates her house for Halloween
Eva Amurri Martino sits on her front porch amongst the Halloween decorations

Photographs by Julia Dags

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  1. Tina says:

    Love that!!!! so sad that halloween in France is so non-existent… 🙁
    but maybe i’ll make a fun halloween dinner anyway! inspired by your decor!!!! :-)))
    and i really don’t know how your kids are not scared of your “ghouls” it’s frightening! i think my daughter would never sleep again if i had those in my backyard :-)))))))
    love
    Tina

    10.02.19 Reply
  2. Miranda says:

    Hi!

    You are so lovely! Beautiful Mama and Major is so cute. Such a great age. I love the giant spiders 🙂

    I have 2 young boys. My older one will be Optimus Prime. I’m making his costume this year! Taking me forever lol. And my 15 mth old will be a lion or a giraffe. We always have a main costume and then an extra or 2 for parties and activities.

    We do trick or treating downtown in our city and the local mall has a children’s event. We live near farms so pumpkin patches and fall harvests are always fun!

    I love fall and Halloween!

    Really enjoy your blog and DIY posts. We have done so many over the years. Bath bombs, soaps and scrubs:) Hoping to make the pumpkin spiders with the kids this year.

    Happy Halloween!

    -Miranda

    10.02.19 Reply
    • I can’t believe you are MAKING the costumes! Major props from me!!!!

      I also love that you’ve tried my DIY, makes me so happy! xo

      10.03.19 Reply
  3. Lauren says:

    Halloween is my absolute favorite-so I was really excited to see your post about your Halloween decor. I usually dress up as a witch on the actual day and I love your outfit. Usually I just wear a black dress. We moved into our new house last year around Christmas time so I’m really excited about our new neighborhood and house so naturally I spent wayyy too much money on Halloween decorations this year for the new house. My favorite is a heavy wooden sign from Home Goods that says Olde Salem Dead & Breakfast, Midnight Coffin Check Ins. I love the spider web. I have a 2 story now with a balcony and that could definitely work! Happy Halloween month!

    10.02.19 Reply
    • Hahah omg that sign sounds amazing what a cute touch

      10.03.19 Reply
  4. Glenda says:

    Loving your wreath! and the pics are gorgeous!!!

    10.02.19 Reply
  5. Ravelle says:

    Love the decor! Chic and festive at the same time. We always dress up as a family too, and it’s so fun! Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Sofia the First, weather emojis….and this year…Frozen! I have two daughters, so it’s perfect.
    Ps the goulish ladies in the front yard are totally giving me Witches of Eastwick Vibes. And Hocus Pocus!

    10.02.19 Reply
    • Ha! I love that. And totally re the ghoulish ladies…Hocus Pocus is my fave Halloween movie!

      10.03.19 Reply
  6. Olivia says:

    You’re so right about grandin road. They have the most festive and elegant decorations I’ve ever seen. Thank you for mentioning them. I’ve been searching for a store like theirs forever.

    10.02.19 Reply
  7. Lynn huang says:

    What did you use for the black web? Black tape? Looks great!!

    10.02.19 Reply
  8. Nayster says:

    That wreath is AWE-SOME. Since i’m a scaredy cat i think i’m gonna stick to the flower pumpkins you made. Those were a cute idea and seemed easy enough to put together.

    10.04.19 Reply
  9. Kerri says:

    The pictures are aweome! I love Fall and Halloween too. What brand/color is your lipstick? It is gorgeous!

    10.04.19 Reply
  10. Jenny says:

    Love your costume!

    10.04.19 Reply
    • Thanks! Omg it’s so easy, I can’t believe this is my first year of being a witch…it might be my forever costume. Ha!

      10.09.19 Reply
  11. Mel G says:

    Oh please share a photo of Pumpkin Kyle after! 😀

    10.07.19 Reply
  12. anna says:

    This is great! Love that your family loves halloween. Every year, our friends and their young kids come to my neighbourhood, meet at my house for a take-out dinner and drinks and then we all go out to trick or treat together until our kids’ little hands freeze (lol traditional Montreal Halloween) I have always bought Pottery Barn costumes a year in advance but my six year old isn’t into them as much anymore, he chose his own dragon costume this year and my two year old daughter, well, I decided to go rogue this year. she will be bride of Chucky, fits her personality to a t 😉

    10.08.19 Reply
  13. Steve says:

    So fantastic! Halloween’s one of my fav time’s of year and it’s such a fun holiday spent with the little ghouls. Your decorations are really cool (that wreath, too!). The one shot of Major reminds me of the character Max from Where The Wild Things Are, the way he’s roaring with his hands up is exactly like the illustration!

    10.10.19 Reply