Hi fellow house decorating enthusiasts!
My previous post on Halloween decorating garnered a lot of mail and feedback and requests for some more in- depth ideas on how to Halloween-ify(!) your homes. Believe it or not, many readers are really looking for ways to go all out! I can really relate. As I mentioned previously, Halloween is one of the less intensive festivals and it leaves us with more energy to spend making our homes look spectacular.
Decorating the Lawn
The creepy graveyard makeover seemed to really tickle the imagination of many readers, to be honest, I think that this style of decorating whilst incredibly eerie and wonderfully thematic, is also a little frightening for the little people – and some of the big ones as well. You can achieve a similar but more lighthearted effect by creating a yard-full of ghosts all over the garden. The beauty of creating these otherworldly creatures is that all you are going to need is a large white sheet or tablecloth. You can also make a trip to a craft sore and buy some plain white, inexpensive material. The basic ghost shape is easy enough to make and you can decide how scary/funky or creative you wish your ghost to be by accessorizing with pretty bows, ghoulish makeup and facial expressions.
Now that we have the ghosts sorted out, it is time to move on to witches and skeletons. Again, you can make this as lifelike, scary and realistic as you like. The classic decoration of the witch that has crashed into a tree never gets old. You can re-create this hilarious prop using a broomstick, some black garbage bags, some old stuffed tights and a homemade hat from paper.
There are endless ways you can place skeletons around your yard. For a comic effect dress them up and sit them around the patio furniture having a tea party or mowing the lawn. Alternatively, you can take the more traditional route and have them hanging from a tree or hanging out by the front door.
For houses that take advantage o the haunted house theme, the front entrance is the most critical element of the decorations. You want to create something eerie that makes someone think “wow,” but doesn’t go too far pushing trick-or-treaters away because it’s scarier than it is funny.
Speaking of the front door, pay special attention to the entrance of your home. If you have a porch or a covered entrance, this is the perfect place to have some creepy hanging bats as well as some intricate looking spider webs. A swinging hammock by the front door is also a great place to place a skeleton or even a friendly witch! A large planter or even an interesting looking wood chest by the door is an excellent spot to pile some mini pumpkins and complete your look.