Spooky Halloween Decorating Tips Part 2

Halloween brings the kid in every one of us. We either enjoy the feeling of scaring the little kids as payback for all the scary stuff we had to handle as kids back then, or we simply enjoy dressing up and looking like a monster at least once a year. When the air starts to cool and pumpkins start to appear on the grocery store shelves, it’s a definite sign that the Halloween festivities are indeed near.

Halloween decorations and décor may be readily available in stores nowadays, but nothing compares to the accomplishment one feels after successfully carving one nasty and frightening Jack-o-lantern after several failed attempts. The feeling of being able to become a mad scientist for the weekend and cook up a really gory decoration for your front porch is definitely worth the effort and experience.

So save up your dollars for gift-giving this coming Christmas and check out this budget-friendly and easy-to-do decorations for your Halloween event.

  1.    Backyard Cemetery
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Why shy away from your backyard when it comes to Halloween decorations? Bring in friends during the weekend for some barbecue and show off your backyard cemetery to them. Simply cut out papers or cardboard to look like worn out and ageing tombstones. Better yet, you can make one out of wood and paint it with varnish or black paint and reuse it for next year’s Halloween.

  1.    Haunted trees
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Place some ghouls on your trees or hang spooky faces to scare your neighbors. If you want to go daring, you can hang the heads of your old dolls and stuffed toys for that creepier effect. Light them up with electric flickering candle lights for a more spooky effect. You can even go as far as putting a battery operated radio on your tree and let haunting soundtracks play in the area at night.

  1.    Jack-O-Lanterns
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Jack-O-Lanterns are a must during the Halloween season. It is a staple so the Halloween feast would be incomplete without them. Hobby and craft stores sell artificial pumpkins that can be used for next season. However, nothing beats the authentic feel of a real pumpkin for Halloween. Lacking in skills when it comes to carving? You could paste eyes and bolts onto your pumpkins to create your Jack-O-Lantern. It’s less time consuming as well.

  1.    Coffin Cooler
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With some carpentry skills, you can create your own life-sized coffin and use it in several possible ways. You can place styrofoam along the side of your coffin and turn it into a cooler. Your Halloween party would definitely be the coolest if people see your improvised coffin and cooler in one. You can even use it as a planter afterwards or a place where you can keep the rest of your Halloween decorations neatly kept for next year’s Halloween season.

  1.    Ghost Lit walkway
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Simply cover your outdoor light bulbs with painted white cloth or with faces of ghouls and aligned them side to side in your walkway. It will look like Christmas Lights with a spooky appeal.

Whether you’re in for some trick-or-treating or if you simply enjoy telling ghost stories by the campfire, having a yard full of ghouls and other scary icons of Halloween is an event and experience you can constantly recall with your families and love ones.

Spooky Halloween Decorating Tips for Your Home

Fall is one of the most looked forward to seasons in the year, mainly because Halloween is just around the block. It is really great to dress up at home and decorate the house with Halloween-inspired décor. Halloween for me is a time for magic and pretend, a time to scare and adore children in their cutest or most horrible costumes while busy hopping from one house to another for trick and treating. If you would ask me, I like a mix of creepy and pretty for Halloween.

Every year, I usually decorate the living area and the front porch with Halloween décor. There are many goodies and decoration readily available at the specialty stores nowadays but I prefer the manual and DIY home décor for my home. My sweet tooth cravings are usually in overdrive when it comes to Halloween so you’ll definitely see a lot of sweets and treats included in my home decorations for this kind of festivity. This year, I am sticking with the classic orange and black theme together with some shades of green and gold to add a vibrant color to my not so spooky Halloween decoration.

Treats for Kids

To add some flair and drama to simple treats like my homemade chocolate bars, I also placed hard candies inside my Apothecary Jars. Yes, I am giving away apothecary jars filled with candies, treats, small toys and stickers for the kids in the neighborhood. I got these nice mason jars for a really good discounted prize allowing me to give something special to kids this year.

Indoor Design

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I removed the family pictures on our gallery wall this year and replaced them with creepy framed bugs and birds together. To scare my kids from eating all the cookies inside my trick and treat jars, I decided to place a creepy white ghoul seated near our entrance. Black roses (plastic ones) completed the Creepy Halloween look inside.

In our living room, I really took the time to carve a large Jack-O-Lantern and placed flickering lights inside to complete the eerie look. I have changed the light bulb inside with black light and will use it during out family bonding over a horror movie at Halloween night. I am thinking of having a “Chuckie” marathon on Halloween night with the whole family.

Outdoor Design

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Of course, the outdoors is much fun and colorful and interesting for the whole neighborhood to see. I have decided to go all out this year and invested in several Jack-O-Lanterns. I found a size that fits that of my planter boxes so you’ll see flowers and shrubs growing on Jack-O-Lanterns on my yard. And since I won’t be able to place lights inside them, I decided to paint them with glow in the dark eyes for that special effect during night time.

Backyard Party

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The backyard is now part of the celebration for this year’s Halloween party. I have decided to build a goblin house, one enough to fit around 5 kids at the back of my yard for the children to enjoy during the weekend. I have placed a small inflatable pool inside where glowing bubbles are also featured. I have also placed a few tombstones in the area, but with funny skulls instead of scary cobwebs for the kids to take pictures at and share with friends.

This year’s Halloween decorating frenzy really took a lot of my time but seeing my kids eyes glow in anticipation as I let them go out and check out the yard is priceless and definitely worth all my efforts.