Halloween is on its way! While large, inflatable yard decorations are all well and good, here are a few Halloween decoration ideas that won’t overshadow your home’s exterior.
1. Use Natural Decorations
Natural fall foliage and crops make great seasonal decorations for Halloween without looking gaudy. Buy some pumpkins or gourdes and accent them with beautiful fallen leaves for a simple, natural look. Jack-o-Lanterns are also a great way to modify natural elements, and your whole family will enjoy the pumpkin-carving process.
You can use your natural decorations inside or outside. Put some mini pumpkins and gourdes in a bowl on the coffee table, or place them on some scatter leaves near the front stoop. The simple elegance of nature will accent your home and give it a festive flare.
2. Create Cute Treat Bags
If you live in a neighborhood that is a big supporter of children’s trick-or-treating, show your Halloween spirit by creating handmade treat bags to pass out. There are an endless number of treat bag options you could create – one simple option is to purchase simple, small white party favor bags and draw cute or spooky ghost faces on them before filling them with candy. When children come trick-or-treating to your house, you can offer them each a unique Halloween bag unlike any other they’ve received.
3. Accessorize with Candles
Halloween is a great time to be a candle fanatic. By burning cinnamon, pumpkin, or harvest-scented candles, you can add a seasonal smell to any room of your home. For decorative purposeless, accessorizing with candlesticks of varying lengths will add a festive and elegant feel to any room’s mantel or tabletop.
To accessorize with candles more safely, you can also purchase battery-powered electric candles that look all the part of real candles, but with no open flame. Surround your electric candles with decorative leaves, gourdes or hay, and you have a great Halloween decoration that will look as good outside as it does inside.
4. Decorate Your Door with an Autumn Wreath
To both accentuate your home while showing your Halloween spirit, accent your front door with a Halloween-themed wreath. By purchasing a festive wreath that combines dark colors with brighter oranges and reds, you can show your holiday spirit in a way that won’t detract from your home’s exterior. Rather than sticking to just black and orange, adding deep browns and reds will maintain a Halloween feel, without being cliché.
5. Expand Your Traditional Pumpkin Carving
Jack-o-Lanterns’ are a traditionally part of Halloween that many families enjoy. This year, expand on your family’s love of pumpkin carving by creating Jack-o-Lantern gourdes too. Use large, autumn gourdes and hollow them out similarly to how you would a pumpkin. You can then cut designs and holes into the gourdes’ sides to give them an authentic, luminescent look. Placing a few lighted gourdes in with your Jack-o-Lanterns will add some variation to your porch decorations, making your Halloween accents look better than ever.
If you have ideas for more ways to make your home Halloween friendly, please tell us in the comments section below!
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