Decorating Idea for Halloween
By Nancy Cavanaugh
Halloween is a great time
for decorating. There are so many things you can do, inside
and outside, from festive to spooky to frightening. Here are
just a few ideas. Have fun and let your imagination run wild.
The festive look is best
for those with younger kids or who are in neighborhoods where
there are a lot of younger kids. These ideas will also work
for those wanting a classic look that can't fail.
- Use corn stalks.
- Add pumpkins (carved and uncarved).
- Put out a scarecrow and bales of hay.
- Accent it with mums or other fall flowers.
- Hang strings of orange lights around
the door and on the porch.
- Add a friendly ghost or two that light
up and you're all set.
- Hang fall leaf garlands all over.
- Place small displays of mini-squash,
pumpkins and gourds.
- Put a floral arrangement in a pumpkin
as your dining room table centerpiece.
- Hang up friendly ghosts.
- Place candles in fall colors and scents.
This is where it can really
start to be fun. There are so many great props that you can
make or buy. This is for families with slightly older kids.
- Hang spider webs across windows and
porches. Cover them with plastic or rubber spiders of all
- Carve a scary face or paint a scary
picture on your pumpkin.
- Add some bats hanging from the porch
- On the door, you can have a knocker
that makes spooky noises when used.
- Put some gravestones on the lawn.
- Place spooky lights along the walkway
to your front door.
- Hang ghosts from trees.
- Add a crashing witch to a tree.
- Hang strings of spooky lights on windows
or around the front door.
- Hang black outlines of witches and
monsters in the windows that will make spooky shadows on
the lawn at night.
- Hang bats and small ghosts from chandeliers.
- Put spider webs with some spiders on
- Cover the dining room table with a
black table cloth with a skeleton candle as the centerpiece.
- For the kitchen, get some Halloween-themed
pot holders and towels or a Halloween cookie jar that makes
spooky sounds when you open it.
- In the bathroom, you can put out clear
soap with bugs or eyes in them as well as more Halloween
This is definitely for
those with older kids or no kids at all but are just big kids
at heart. You can go all out or keep it fairly simple.
- Hang spider webs on the corners of
your front door with spiders. Leave a few threads dangling
so they brush against people as they enter. You can do this
on porch openings as well.
- Make a graveyard with gravestones and
various body parts sticking out of the ground. You could
even put the top half of a mummy or skeleton coming out of
the ground in front of a gravestone.
- Make or buy scary ghosts to hang from
trees and the porch ceiling. You can make a ghost by blowing
up a large white balloon and placing a white sheet or fabric
over it. Tie it at the neck to keep it on the balloon. Use
a black marker to draw a scary face or use black felt.
- Put a fog machine outside to create
a spooky fog for your visitors to walk through.
- Play spooky music.
- Make or buy monsters to place around
- Put chalk outlines on the driveway
with red food coloring added to clear syrup for blood. You
could even put a plastic knife or axe covered with the fake
blood near the outline. Surround the area with crime scene
- Write a ghostly message backwards on
- Use spooky candle holders on the dining
room table and candles that bleed when melting.
- Put spider webs on stairs and doorways
with lots of spiders dangling from them.
- Hang bats from the ceiling.
- Place a scary ghost inside the coat
closet to greet visitors as they put away their coats.
- Place sound-activated scary pictures
on the walls.
Nancy Cavanaugh, is a stay-at-home
mom and avid crafter. You can find lots more fun crafts for
kids, ages three to seven, at her site: Kids Holiday Crafts www.kidsholidaycrafts.com