Tricks for Decorating Your Fireplace for
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
• 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
• If your fireplace is currently just an empty black hole,
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
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homes renewing spaces for our families.
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