Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Get your home ready with these spooky Halloween decoration ideas
One of the funnest holidays of the year, Halloween is not just a time to collect candy and dress up in costume. This is an occasion to turn your home into a setting that’s perfect for the holiday. The decorations on the outside of your home will set the stage for your Halloween and make your home unique and exciting.
Classic Outdoor Halloween Decorations To Create a Fun Atmosphere
Whether you would like to go ‘all-out creepy mode’ with ghosts, zombies and grave dwellers or create a more ‘classic Halloween décor’ with witches, pumpkin and bats, we have put together some ideas that are sure to make your Halloween the talk of the town.
Spooky Lighted Halloween Signs
Nothing says, “The best Halloween is going on in here” like a big, lit-up, spooky Halloween sign! The wicked, evil looking sign is a Halloween decoration that is sure to set the scene that this house know how to do Halloween right. To magnify the effect, add in some creepy looking birds and a fog light and you’ll get the ultimate ‘wicked’ Halloween look for your home this year.
Set up a Halloween Graveyard
Setting up a graveyard is one of the best ways to create the classic Halloween effect. Pieces of Styrofoam can be used to create tombstones. For a creepier look, carve RIP and write names into each tombstone.
Additional effects can be created by spotlights. To make the graves look fresh, take some dirt and shape it in the form of a grave that looks fresh. Arrange some fake bones and leaves and you’ve got yourself a real looking graveyard.
The Trees and ghosts with glowing eyes
Do you have trees in your backyard? If yes, you can kick up the spooky factor a bit by dressing up your trees making use of mannequin heads and ropes. To create the creepy effect, you can use the sheets to cover the mannequin heads and hoist the ghosts up the tree. To create glowing eyes, take a fluorescent paper, cut it in the form of eyes and paste these onto the white sheets.
The Walkway – Light it up!
If you have a long walkway to the front door, you can light up the space with creative, lighted Halloween signs and pumpkins. The look is simple to create. Take some plain paper bags, write some scary Halloween sayings on these bags and add a light inside the bag to intensify the effect. Or keep it simple and light the walkway with orange mini LED lights.
Don’t forget the door. A simple flower wreath with dried or black flowers can be used to decorate the door. Add some fake spiders on the door knob and give your entry the abandoned house look.
Bottom Line – Turn your home into a setting perfect for the holiday
The ideas discussed in the article are not only going to add a fun element to your home, they are going to make your Halloween a little more entertaining, and thus, unforgettable – a unique and offbeat idea can offer an interesting atmosphere and loads of fun.
Another Fourth of July is almost upon us. What better way to celebrate than by throwing a party? Whether it’s your first time hosting a Fourth of July celebration or your a seasoned pro, here’s some ideas to spark some patriotic life into the festivities.
1. Keep the kids (and adults) entertained with some fun games. Disney’s Family Fun web-page has great indoor and outdoor game ideas, such as Hose Head and Toppling Towers. Or maybe it’s time to break out the water guns and have an epic battle.
2. In addition to the traditional BBQ, wow your guests with desserts decked out in red, white and blue. While the local bakery is always a good place to start, don’t be afraid to whip up your own batch of star-shaped cookies (in fact, you could even have guests help decorate them when they’ve finished cooling). If you need some inspiration, MarthaStewart.com has a slide-show of 28 mouth-watering dishes and corresponding recipes to get you started.
3. Have a lot of picky eaters? Or guests with dietary restrictions? Accommodate them all with Foil Dinners. You can lay out a spread of dining options, such as chicken, tofu, vegetables and hamburger and then have guests customize their meal. For more details, check out this article by FamilyFun Magazine.
4. If there will be kids present, you can keep them entertained by assigning them party favor detail. Set up a craft table where they can make Confetti Launchers, Firecracker Crowns, and Patriotic Pom-Poms.
5. Using red, white and blue dinnerware is a simple way to bring patriotic colors into your party. However, if you’d rather choose a more eco-friendly option, you can use sugarcane or bamboo ware instead. We couldn’t find any in colors other than tan and white, so if you’re relying on your dishes for holiday color, you might want to consider additional decorations as well.
7. As for decorations, you can use anything at your disposal, so long as it follows the holiday’s color scheme. This includes balloons, streamers, paper stars and anything with an American flag.
8. If you’re going to be outside, you might want to consider hanging lights so your guests won’t be left in the dark when the sun goes down. These could be Christmas lights, strands of light bulbs or battery operated lanterns. If you’re looking to make s’mores, you could buy a fire pit or chiminea and roast those marshmallows over a few logs.
9. What’s a Fourth of July event without some fireworks? Of course, it’s against the law to set off fireworks in some states and cities, so you might have to travel to a local park to see them first-hand. But, if you can light your own fireworks, be sure to do so responsibly and safely. No one wants to spend a holiday in the hospital.
Happy party planning and good luck! Tell us about your Fourth of July event in the comments box below. We’d love to hear from you.