Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas
Halloween is a fun excuse to decorate your house and yard for the
season. Whether you go for fun or scary, there are lots of ways to make
your home festive for the holiday. The kids will all love coming to your
house to see the decorations, and you can even involve your own children
in helping to plan and decorate. Here are some easy yard decorations you
can use to give your home a holiday feel.
- Fake cobwebs. This is a cheap and easy way to add some ambience to
the scene. Fake spider webs are usually made from loosely bound white
cotton that you can pull in any direction. Start by taping or tacking
one down one end, then stretch the cobweb in two directions to form a
triangle shape. The cobwebs work best in corners, over a part of a
window, or on the front porch. You can add a few black plastic spiders
to the webs to give it an even more realistic effect.
- Fake tombstones. Tombstones are an easy way to turn your front yard
or flower garden into a makeshift graveyard. You can buy
"stones" made out of wood or vinyl, which come attached to a
stick so you can simply push them into the ground. Usually the
tombstones have names of monsters or other scary names, and include
funny epitaphs. You can make your own tombstones out of plywood and
- Reusable fake carving pumpkins. These are a relatively new
invention, and they make a great Halloween decoration because they can
be used every year. The pumpkins are made out of a hard styrofoam, and
are perfect for carving. The carving itself does take a little longer
because the Styrofoam is harder than a real pumpkin, but the advantage
is these pumpkins will never rot, and so you can keep them for next
year. Also, since they are harder, it is easier to make more intricate
designs without worrying about the thin areas caving in. You can buy
carving design kits at many craft stores, or even find designs on line.
Just make sure you use a glow stick or flashlight to light them instead
of a real candle.
- Lighting. You can use a few lights to really set your display
apart. The most important lighting for Halloween is up lights. You can
find these at most home improvement stores, they are usually just lights
designed so that the light shines upwards out the can. Strategically
placing a few of these lights can have a truly dramatic effect. Place
them below your cobwebs to create interesting shadows and light the
spiders. They are also great in conjunction with a fog machine. You can
also experiment with different colored lights, like red or orange, to
give an eerie glow to some of your decorations.
- Scary music. No Halloween would be complete without some theme
music. You can buy CDs that include lots of screams, organ pipes, and
other scary sounds to really set the mood. If you're a little more
adventurous, you can record your family making all sorts of scary noises
and use your computer to create a custom CD. Set the speakers up near
the front door so people get the full effect as they approach.
By William Smith
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