October 1st is my date to begin decorating outside for fall. We have a mixed theme, fall and Halloween. Scarecrows reside in the side yard and front steps to the house, while the rest of the front is dedicated to a graveyard and ghosts, witches and black cats.
Every year, I pick up a new tombstone from Michaels Craft Store and a few small decorations to add to my collection.
Local garden stores have bunches of cornstalks, bales of hay and colorful mums. I love using the small hay bales, the large ones are just too heavy! Most of the mums I planted last year came back up, so I only had to add a few more.
Oriental Trading has some inexpensive holiday decorating items, this year I purchased some spider webs and black cat stakes with glow in the dark eyes.