October is almost here and that means it’s time to start decorating for Halloween. Kids love Halloween decorating and enjoy being part of the planning. Your yard and home can be decorated simply or in a more ornate fashion.
Retail and gift stores have a lot of Halloween decorating items on display. You can get some ideas from looking at the store displays.
Many people like to have a seasonal centerpiece on the table all year. A fall centerpiece can be used from now through the end of November or you may prefer separate fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving centerpieces.
Some area gift stores have ready-made centerpieces. Michael’s and A.C. Moore offer wreaths and centerpieces as well as all of the parts to make do it yourself Halloween decorations. Accents Flags on Main Street also sells many fall and Halloween home decor items.
Kids enjoy decorating the whole house and the yard. Some parents prefer to keep indoor decorations to a minimum in keeping with their lifestyle. In those families, kids may be able to decorate their bedrooms for the season.
If you enjoy decorating throughout the house, there are many options available. You can decorate windows with cling cut-outs available in all retail stores. You can also decorate the shelves of bookcases and the mantle with figurines including ghosts, witches, and scarecrows.
Outdoor yard decorations almost always include pumpkins. Pumpkins can be put out in the yard on display now but don’t carve them yet or they will rot. Once carved, they will only keep a few days.
As you rake up the fall leaves, you can stuff them into decorated pumpkin bags shaped like carved pumpkins to put in your yard.
It’s simple to make ghosts for your yard. If you have a lamppost, you can decorate a white sheet with eyes and mouth drawn with a marker and throw the sheet over the lamppost. Tie it with a long belt or cord to keep it in place.
If you don’t have a lamppost, you can hang the same sheet ghosts from the trees. Kids enjoy decorating and helping to hang their own tree ghost.
There are kits that you can use to make smaller sized ghosts and pumpkins, stuffed with newspaper. These can be hung from trees and bushes in the yard and are easy for kids to do on their own.
A simple yard display can be made using pumpkin trick-or-treat buckets hung from shepherd’s hooks, a bale of hay with a couple of pumpkins on it and mums beside it, and a scarecrow man or witch on a stick stuck into the ground.
However you choose to decorate for Halloween, make sure to include your kids in the decorating fun.