Stunning Outdoor Fall Scenes: Before the Transition to Christmas

Tomorrow is Halloween and you know what that means. The day after will be a flurry of Christmas ideas and inspiration across the internet. It’s like the Christmas season begins November 1st, with a few days off for Thanksgiving in between. So I want to get one more post on the blog with beautiful outdoor fall scenes for you to enjoy.

This is what Illinois looks like right now. You’ll find golden leaves clinging to the trees while others have made their way to the ground. Stacks of pumpkins on porches can stay in place from Halloween to Thanksgiving, but most people replace them with Christmas decorations once the leaves have dropped.

country home during the fall season


I like the pale green bench on this charming porch. I’ve got a few pumpkins like this (minus the silver one) on our porch. We’ve had an unusually warm October and several of our pumpkins have already rotted and need to be tossed into our compost bin in the garden. We’ve already taken down our pumpkin towers, much to my dismay. Next year I’ll remember to wait until later in the season to create them.

Fall porch decor


One thing I love to do in the month of November is make my own pumpkin puree using sugar pumpkins. It’s how I always make my pumpkin pies. It makes a huge difference in flavor over canned pumpkin puree, and it’s easy to do. You can make your puree ahead of time, too. I use it for muffins and bread, too.

Once you make your pumpkin recipe, serve it for dessert at a pretty al fresco dining setting. Although I probably wouldn’t take the time to create outdoor fall scenes like this for a picnic, it sure would be nice to dine there, wouldn’t it? Weather allowing, of course.

stunning outdoor fall scenes - picnic


I’m envious of anyone that lives in the northeast part of the United States this time of year. This beautiful tree-lined street in Philadelphia makes for the perfect walk on a crisp autumn day.

Fall in Philadelphia


It’s been years since I’ve been to Philadelphia and that was limited to driving from the airport to my destination further north for a conference where I gave a seminar on social media marketing (part of my day job). I should’ve stayed a couple of extra days for sight seeing. I still want to explore Bucks County in the fall. Maybe next year.

Fall in Philadelphia


Fall wreaths will soon be replaced with Christmas trimmings. I typically decorate the inside of the house for Christmas first and don’t deck the outside until after Thanksgiving. We don’t put lights up anymore because I hate taking them down in the frigid cold after the holidays are over.

Autumn wreath on front door


A cozy front porch creates the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of outdoor fall scenes. Not to mention, a porch protects you from the wind if you want to be outside on a crisp day. Extra blankets help keep you warm.

cozy porch swing with plaid blankets


Here’s another pretty porch loaded with pumpkins and gourds that can easily stay in place through Thanksgiving. Even the home’s colors are perfect for autumn.

Rocking chairs and pumpkin decoration in the town of Washington, Virginia.


It just doesn’t get much prettier than this. Older homes in great shape, framed by colorful trees on a quiet residential street.

autumn in New England - big white house


Cute and cozy cottage with fall decorations


This house with the red door makes me smile because it shows impatiens in bloom, along with fall mums. I have both blooming outside right now, although that’s going to change if we get our predicted overnight frost. All the impatiens will be dead by morning, except maybe those on the front porch.

Traditional style home decorated for autumn.


And now for the Halloween lovers out there, a black porch with pumpkins and a spooky Victorian home ready for the holiday.

black house front porch with pumpkins


Victorian Halloween house


I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration of outdoor fall scenes. I can’t believe the Christmas season is almost upon us. Can you?


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  1. Jennifer, Thanks so much for the beautiful homes decorated for autumn. It is my favorite season and I hold on to it till Dec 1st. I find I need to extend the seasons not shorten them. My Christmas decor will stay up thru Jan and makes the winter seem a bit shorter.