Halloween Decorating Tips - Spooky Fun and
a Tree for Halloween?
Halloween is a time when anyone can be a kid at heart. You can
celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all to your heart's content
without having to break the bank in the process. With a little thought,
you can create great-looking Halloween decorations. You're limited only
by your imagination.
Spooky Halloween Decorating Tips
Halloween can be a wonderful time for decorating, since it's so
different from any other holiday, and it has really taken off as a
chance to let people's imaginations run wild over the past few years.
Here are a few ideas for adding some spooky Halloween spirit to your
You can easily make a very attractive display by carving holes in
apples the size of votive candles and then allowing the candles to float
in a large glass punch bowl, galvanized metal bucket, or tub. It can be
especially effective when all the lights are dimmed.
If you're having a Halloween get-together, you can keep the punch
cold by freezing water in a rubber glove and then adding it to the punch
bowl. It will effectively keep the punch from getting too warm while
adding a wonderfully macabre touch to your table decorations.
Another fun thing you can do to dress up your punch bowl is to add
plastic spiders and other creepy crawly things to your ice cubes by
simply adding them to the water when you put your ice cube trays in the
refrigerator. They'll add a nice eerie touch of holiday spookiness to
your Halloween party.
On the outside of your home, make sure to add plenty of dry leaves
around the porch. Their crunch and dead looks will make your Halloween
decorations even more convincing, lending a haunted-house look to your
A Tree for Halloween?
Another unusual, but effective decoration is a Halloween tree.
Manufacturers turn out strings of outdoor lights for almost every
holiday nowadays, so it won't be hard to find orange lights and other
spooky decorations for your tree. Just check your local home improvement
center or large department store. Your kids will also have a wonderful
time helping to create skeletons, bats, witches, and all the other
assorted characters that have a special place at Halloween time to hang
on your tree. Take a standard artificial Christmas tree as your starting
point and then let your imagination run wild.
If you have railings on your porch, you can also find
Halloween-colored garland to thread through the rails at the same store
where you found your Halloween lights for the tree. It can be especially
potent when combined with your spookily decorated Halloween tree.
There's an ever increasing variety of Halloween-related decorating
choices to add spookiness to your holiday décor. You can put a special
welcome mat in front of your door, you can get stick-on figures for your
windows, you can get motion sensitive manikins that will make scary
noises and move around when someone gets too close, and you can even buy
fog machines to turn your front porch into one of the spookiest places
in town on Halloween night.
Your decorations don't need to be expensive, however. Even small
touches like painting river rocks along your walkway orange and adding
figures or phrases like "boo" can help add to the overall
ambience of your Halloween decorating. If you have a tall tree branch
hanging in your garden, hang a stuffed sheet "ghost" and
attach it to a hidden rope. Have someone hide and pull the rope back and
forth to make the ghost move.
The bottom line: have fun with it. Halloween may be thought of as a
children's holiday, but it can make for some of the most fun decorating
that an adult can do every year!
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