It’s never too early to start planning your Halloween decorating!
The origins of Halloween date back over 2000 years. The reason that people would get dressed up and stroll in the streets, was, as tradition has it, Halloween was the night that evil spirits would roam the streets. In an effort to please the spirits, people would leave out sweet treats for them and dress up so that they would not be recognized by any long dead relatives looking for some revenge! Yikes!
Today, Halloween is one of the most popular festivals in our yearly calendar. Due to the fact that we do not have to prepare a huge feast and spend hours entertaining great aunt Sally, we can spend all our energies decorating our home, perfecting our costumes and preparing great baskets of goodies for anyone who dares knock on our door.
A Simple Home Decoration
Those of you who are short on time, patience or otherwise unmotivated to go to any great decorating effort, can go the minimal route and begin by placing a lone pumpkin by the front door. If you have a little more energy slice the top of the pumpkin, scoop out a little of the inside and place some greenery and flowers inside, voila, you have yourself a pumpkin holder!
To complete the look, purchase a ready-made pumpkin wreath, attach it to your front door and you are Halloween ready. Of course, if you purchase a faux pumpkin wreath, you can break it our year after year and it will always look fresh and beautiful.
Go All Out
As you may have guessed, I fall into the ‘all out Halloween decorating’ category! Now, I’ll admit that I have never gone so far as to turn my house into a haunted home with witches falling out of the closets or a lawn turned into a graveyard, however I do invest quite a lot of time decorating not only the front door and porch of our home, I also extend the decorating to the entryway and sometimes even the living room.
As you would expect, there are literally hundreds of decorating ideas online that will give you some great ideas and pointers. In our home, the decorating starts on the inside, in the hallway. I start by tying orange and black ribbons down the banister and scoop it up with some randomly attached bows.
In the hallway, I fill a large basket with different sized and colored pumpkins. Over the years I have collected a number of Halloween inspired blankets, pillows and even this bright orange beanbag that I scatter around the hallway for even greater Halloween fun!
Happy Spooky Decorating!