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Tricks for Decorating Your Fireplace for Halloween Treats


By Susan Penney

Halloween is more than kids and candy. It has, in the past few years, become one of the major events for which Americans decorate their homes! So here are four quick, easy, and simple Halloween decorating ideas featuring your fireplace hearth:

• Convert a cluster of small, three to six inch pumpkins into candle holders for your fireplace mantle or hearth. With a knife, cut off each pumpkin’s stem. Then, with an apple corer, remove a cylindrical core from the pumpkins. Stick a candle into each pumpkin. Use black and orange candles in your mini-pumpkin candle holders for a Halloween look or candles in yellows, burnt orange and mellow browns for an autumnal display.

• If you are using your fireplace for gas, wood, or gel fires, Halloween appropriate andirons are both fun and functional. Black cat andirons not only hold your logs but also hold the attention of those by your fire! Each andiron features a cast iron black cat with glass eyes. With a fire going in your fireplace, the flicker of the fire through those black cat andiron’s glass eyes gives a spooky but charming effect!

• If you are not using your fireplace for fires, it is a great place for your jack-o-lantern. Since your fireplace is designed for fire, it is a super safe place for a jack-o-lantern with one or more candles inside it. Either set the jack-o-lantern on your fireplace grate or on the floor of the fireplace. Your fireplace is the visual focal point of a room, so featuring one or more lit jack-o-lanterns there can be either the total extent of your Halloween decorating or a striking main decoration.

• If your fireplace is currently just an empty black hole, fireplace candelabra can keep it from suffering from the Black Hole Syndrome. For Halloween add orange and black candles, or candles in the shape of little pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns, or even candles shaped like candy corn! After Halloween, just change the candles and get a new look. Whenever you want the welcoming glow of firelight in your hearth without the hassle of logs, just light the candles in your fireplace candelabra. Fireplace candelabra are available not only in traditional black cast iron, but also in copper and silver tones. Some fireplace candelabra are designed to hold votive candles or tea lights if you prefer those.

Use one or more of these decorating Tricks to light up your fireplace for Halloween, and you will be delighted by the visual Treat in your hearth.

Susan Penney appreciates simple ways to make our homes renewing spaces for our families. 

 

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