Halloween doesnt always have to mean blood and gore, ghosts, goblins and graveyards. Some people do not celebrate or decorate for Halloween for spiritual or religious reasons and would rather not expose themselves or their children to haunted houses or scary decorations. This season why not celebrate the holiday festivities with out all the death and doom? These friendly and fun yard decorations can make your house the cutest in the neighborhood!
Scarecrow and Pumpkin displays: Make a friendly scarecrow to sit on a lawn chair by filling an old plaid shirt and some ripped jeans with polyester stuffing. Use bundles of raffia to stick out of the neck, pant cuffs and sleeves. Make a face on a burlap sack with buttons for eyes and stitching details on the mouth. Arrange pumpkins on a bail of hay and corn stalks to complete your display. http://www.livingonadime.com/fall-decorations/
Make home decorations based on your costumes to have the complete halloween experience!
Secret lair: If you are dressed as super heroes, make a secret lair with flags, shields and signs saying: “Criminals Beware, Super Heroes are here!” If you are characters from a movie or TV show, play a movie soundtrack, TV or super hero theme songs on a portable CD player outside and re-create scenes from the movies in your front yard! . http://www.ehow.com/info_8108027_superhero-decoration-ideas.html Make a “Welcome to Emerald City” sign and make wicked witch legs and feet in ruby slippers sticking out from your house. A yellow towel, carpet or rug can be the yellow brick road.
Fairy Tale Castle: Flags, signs and a cardboard drawbridge can turn your house into a make-believe Camelot the kids will love. Take inspiration from medeval times and renaissance festivals to make your home look like true royalty lives inside!
Nursery Rhyme House or Candyland House:If you are dressd as characters from a story book or cartoon, make a storybook house or scene from that setting. Paper plates put together with cellophane wrap, ribbon and wooden dowels painted white can be giant lollipops. Make a candy land forest in your yard with signs that say “Peppermint Forest” “Gumdrop Garage” and “Gingerbread Walkway.” Your home will look good enough to eat! This decor works great going into the winter holidays too!
Halloween Topiaries: Take some topiary forms and add tissue paper or tulle all around the shapes. Add some sparkle with some ornaments and dress up the containers with black paint, ribbon or lights. Change the colors of the tulle and you can have different seasonal topiaries all year long! Tie black and orange ribbon around your door or mailbox with a “Happy Halloween” sign on it. http://www.spottedcanary.com/Halloween_Topiaries.htm
Trick or Treat Wreaths: If you don’t want your children eating candy from strangers or if you don’t want them eating too much candy after the holidays, make a candy bouquet by gluing all the leftovers to a foam wreath form or display. It looks great to keep all the like candies together like all the tootsie rolls, all the dum dum pops, all the butterscotches on each display. Or you can mix it up for a whimsical effect. http://ediblecraftsonline.com/candy_bouquets/cb13/index.htm
Take plenty of pictures of your little trick or treaters and scrapbook a Halloween page as a keepsake for years to come. Make sure you label it “Halloween 2011” and write each child’s age and costume on it to remember (and embarrass them) down the road. With a little imagination, Halloween can be fun for everyone if you keep your decorations cute and sweet. No tricks…just treats!