The ideal home for October in America is "scary and gross," one that repels, terrifies, and, if the aesthetic is successful, may even disgust. For a city of flawless plastic pumpkins, ghosts, and eerie, glow-in-the-dark cat eyes, you may go out and spend hundreds of dollars on pre-fab Halloween decorations from a hobby shop, party store, or big-box retailer. Alternately, you could turn it into a craft project, spend far less money and time with the kids, and then offer the kids something to do while you relax in a luxurious bath. To decorate your home for Halloween on your own, you simply need some time and thought. Here are some quick tips for Halloween Eve decorating your house. To give your trick-or-treaters holiday excitement, stick with one theme or select a few ideas from each. A small amount of arachnophobia is a wonderful place to start.
Lair of the Witches
You would recognize it if it were in your childhood neighborhood: it would be dark and overgrown, with a broom by the door. Dark and overgrown may be challenging to pull off, but making brooms and other witchy accessories is a breeze. For trick-or-treaters to be able to see where they're going, wrap some string lights around a number of broom handles and place them on either side of your walkway. A flying broomstick can be hung from a tree using a strong string. For a witchy entrance, place one upside down in a planter on either side of the door. If you're aiming for that kind of Halloween, you could even tuck some fall-colored flowers into the brush. For the traditional witch hat with a cone form, cut a rectangle of black cardboard, coil it up into a cone, and secure it with a few staples in the overlapping edges. For a wonderful surprise when the kids arrive, hang a few from a tree upside-down with string and fill them with candy. Or create a frightening centerpiece by clustering a lot of gourds and miniature pumpkins around the base of a hat. Or use a few of the cones as lampshades by poking tiny holes in them.
There are spiders on the floor, the ceiling, the wall, and the lampshade. It's simple to construct your own spiders out of black cardboard, felt, or fabric, and they scream "Halloween." Go freehand if you can draw; if not, pick up some stencils of spiders at a hobby store or create your own using tracing paper and an image of a spider. There are several on the internet; try the Halloween Templates from Country Living or the Spider Stencil from FreePrintable. The only additional items are a pencil and scissors, and you already have some spiders.
Scare Everytime, Everywhere
When it comes to Halloween decoration, there are no restrictions. Enjoy glitter? Instead of carving faces into pumpkins, use generous amounts of orange and black glitter to decorate them. Set up frightful "specimen jars" on the mantle or dining room table using mason jars, water colored yellow-green with food coloring, and unsettling floating "specimens" such a doll head, an action figure, a yellow squash, or a rubber snake. Use the eerie quality of mirrors to your advantage by adding painted eyeballs to the one in the foyer. In the front yard, plant some cardboard or foam-core tombstones. Halloween may also be attractive. By adding a black bow, a wreath made of seasonal flowers and berries is transformed into a Halloween wreath. It goes if it reminds you of Halloween and is secure. You can give your house a full-on Halloween makeover with some scissors, glue, tape, and a fast trip to the grocery store. And while the kids are smearing spiders all over the floor, give yourself some downtime.
It's necessary to go old school occasionally. One of the most common and straightforward Halloween spectacles is a ghost, which is why they are so popular. You have a free ghost if you have a disposable white sheet in your linen cupboard. You have a very affordable ghost if there is a thrift shop selling linens close by. Hang the sheet from a tree in your front yard at various spots using some string and a big-eye needle. Cover a standing light or coat rack inside with it. Add some eyeballs to give it more personality and include a smile if your ghost is friendly. When painting your ghosts, glow-in-the-dark paint might be a lovely finishing touch, especially if you plan to set them outside. Use tissues if you want to keep it simple. It looks wonderful to have a dozen little tissue ghosts hanging from the ceiling or even the front porch. You might even adopt a different childhood wish and pretend to be her home.
The flickering, eerie jack-o-lantern serving as your Halloween guests' welcome is a far more conventional use for those pumpkins from your hat centerpiece. The mainstays of the celebration are pumpkins, gourds, and other types of autumnal produce. Create many enormous gourds, stuff them with apples or candy corn, and arrange them in the room's four corners. If you're a foodie, prepare sweet pumpkin soup or bake sweet pumpkin mash and serve it in little gourd tureens. Set up a row of miniature pumpkins along the fireplace mantel. Place a Jack-o-lantern facing out the window of the house, with an electric candle, of course. Construct a massive pyramid out of stacked pumpkins in the front yard to draw some serious attention. You can draw on humorous or ominous expressions, and you might even erect a scarecrow to keep an eye on the patch. Don't forget to stray from the standard orange hue; light-colored gourds or pumpkins will stand out from the more conventional jack-o'-lantern. But the creative process is actually just getting started. Keep in mind that this is your Halloween.