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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.

 

 

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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.

 

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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.

 

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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.

Happy decorating!

 

From ghouls and goblins to princesses and fairies, Halloween is an enchanted time of year that attracts holidayers of all sorts. This spooky night is no judge of celebrators, calling all creatures to join in its festivities, no matter how different…or unusual they appear.

Here are seven unusual Halloween displays we found that utilized frightening lighting to show their spooky holiday spirit.

A GREEN HALLOWEEN

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Green-tinted flood lights give this ghostly home an eerie glow.

FRANKENPUMPKIN!

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This creative display uses lights and pumpkins to create a festive rendition of Frankenstein. It’s alive!

PEEPING TOMS

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This fun window scene, created using recycled cardboard boxes turned monstrous silhouettes, is sure to attract all sorts of creatures to this home on Halloween night.

FIRED UP

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You may want to warn the fire station before igniting a holiday display like this one.

SCARECROW-LANTERN

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Don’t really care for Halloween? Try scaring away guests with this frightening face.

GHOSTLY PROJECTIONS

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A projector is used to populate this front lawn with spooky little guests.

PARTY ROCK HOUSE

Just in case you were left unimpressed by our previous Halloween light displays, we thought we’d include this over-the-top production for those who like to celebrate more extravagantly.

 

Do you have unique holiday light displays? Share them with us! We’d love to see how you celebrate this spooky holiday!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

You don’t have to be a hippie to love the planet or a politician to help save it. Everyone can contribute to reducing their harmful impact on the environment through simple choices. Although parties are fabulous ways to celebrate holidays, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and everything in between, the amount of garbage they generate can be disheartening. After all, what’s a party without the invitations, decorations, food and disposable dinnerware? Well, with a little ingenuity, you can eliminate the majority of that waste by throwing an eco-friendly event that would make even Mother Nature smile. Party your guilt-free heart out.

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1. For your centerpieces, buy potted plants and give them to guests as party favors. Instead of flowers, you could go with herbs, such as peppermint and oregano, or ivy. Living plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gases and improving air quality. Uniquely You recommends making an edible centerpiece that looks like a garden patch.

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2. Don’t use disposable dinnerware, napkins or tablecloths unless they are biodegradable. Yes, this might mean doing the dishes, but Styrofoam and plastic take at least 500 years to break down (as opposed to vegetables, which take between 5 days and a month to degrade). And, according to the Clean Air Council, Americans throw out enough plastic cups, forks and spoons in a year to circle the equator 300 times. There are biodegradable dinnerware options made from corn or bamboo. Or, you could go to a thrift store and find unique cups and plates that will give your party eclectic flair. Companies such as Preserve make reusable plastic ware from recycled materials. As for a table cloth, buy a sheet from a thrift store and decorate it with fabric paint. If your hosting a party with kids, set out some fabric markers and they can decorate the tablecloth for you.

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Photo courtesy of Preserve

3. When buying food for the festivities, think local and organic. Locally grown food travels a shorter distance than imported food and therefore requires less fuel. If you’re not sure where to start, look to see if your community has a farmer’s market, fruit stands or a community co-op. Organic foods that have been approved by the U.S.D.A must meet certain standards, which, at minimum, means they’re free from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Many companies, however, are committed to sustainable, ethical farming practices and, with a bit of research, you’ll be able to find which ones to support with your patronage. Epicurious.com has an advanced search that lets you find recipes specific to what produce is in season.

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4. If you’re hosting a birthday party (or any other party that people bring gifts to), you can choose a charity for the theme and ask guests to bring donations rather than gifts. For instance, if you have a child who loves dogs, have a dog themed party and ask guests to donate to the local animal shelter. Or if your sixteen-year-old is really interested in humanitarian aid, ask for contributions to buy a farm animal for an impoverished family. Doing this cuts back on the waste caused by gift wrap, packaging materials and over-consumption while contributing to a worth-while cause.

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5. Either send out electronic invitations, call your guests or mail invitations printed on post-consumer waste or tree-free paper. One option is to design a personalized flier on the computer and send it as an e-mail attachment. Sites such as evite also provide classy invitation templates for electronic communication. Sending e-mail invitations generates absolutely no paper waste, requires no trees and saves you from paying for postage. If you still want to send tangible invitations, do some research so you can find the most environmentally friendly options possible. Green Field Paper Company makes their products from recycled paper and cotton. Botanical Paperworks prints invitations on seed paper.

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6. Rather than decorate with balloons, which often aren’t biodegradable and generate a lot of waste, hang colorful paper lanterns and felt banners. Both lanterns and banners can be reused in parties to come. For a fun party activity, your guests can make their own felt banners to assist in the decorating and then take them home. Or, you could avoid decorations altogether by hosting the party in your backyard, at a park or some other location like a local farm.

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7. If lighting is an element of concern, you could light beeswax or soy based candles to create an intimate, flattering atmosphere. Uniquely You suggests burning candles in re-purposed mason jars (wrapping wire around the tops allow them to hang like lanterns). However, if that’s not an option, you could invest in some solar powered fairy lights. Of course, regular lighting does the trick just fine, especially if you switch out your light bulbs with environmentally savvy CFL bulbs.

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8. Help your guests figure out car pooling. Not only will this make it possible for everyone to find a parking spot, but it will also cut down on emissions and gas consumption.

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Next time you throw a party, commit to showing the planet a little TLC. Tell us about what you’ve done to make your party eco-friendly in the comment’s box below.

What better excuse to throw a party than a beautiful summer night? And by party, we don’t mean the traditional American barbecue (although those are fun too!). With proper lighting and a little eclectic flair, you can transform your backyard into a whimsical wonderland and provide your guests with a night they’ll never forget.

1. Bust out those lights from storage. White Christmas lights strung around trees, bushes or a fence brings light to all areas of the backyard. You could also try stringing strands of light bulbs overhead or hanging clusters of battery-powered paper lamps. If you’re looking to be eco-friendly, solar-panel outdoor lights provide a viable option. Be sure to hang the lights with plastic hooks rather than staples or nails, which can puncture the wire.

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2. Furniture placement is key. Rather than eat on the deck or patio, move the table and chairs under a tree and/or on the grass. If you’re worried about bug-bites, put up some insecticide torches or candles and provide the guests with bug spray.

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3. Scatter whimsical accessories through the party space. For instance, the three-foot Nutcracker that gets to see the outside of the attic only a couple weeks a year serves as an unusual guardian over the food. Clear glass orbs interact nicely with the lighting, evoking bubbles. A hand-made broom resting against a tree draws the past into the present, giving the party a timeless flavor. Colorful pinatas can either be hung or propped against furniture and trees to serve as festive statues. MarthaStewart.com has a How-To on turning paper bags into hanging flowers.

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4. When serving food, go for the unexpected. MarthaStewart.com recommends using giant, paper fortune tellers to serve smaller food items and fresh cut leaves as coasters. Baskets and mismatched chinaware can also enhance the overall dream-like atmosphere.

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5. Use plants as centerpieces. MarthaStewart.com recommends pots of moss or herbs. Or you can fill vases with flowers, candles or pieces of colored glass.

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6. For the menu, serve artisan bread, gourmet cheeses (Havarti, goat, Gouda and Brie), fresh produce and cake (like carrot or ginger). Marmalade, honey and olive oil will complement the bread and the produce will go great with cheese. If you’re looking for something more filling, try chicken breasts marinated in rosemary, pepper and lemon. To quench your guests’ thirst, whip up a batch of limeade with fresh ginger pieces or lemonade with springs of mint.

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7. You don’t need a DJ to provide the music. Explore different styles of music on Pandora or LastFM. If your want a relaxed atmosphere, try folk music. If your looking for a more eclectic mix, try music from different cultures.

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Now all that’s left is to pick a day and invite your guests!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6. What’s a party without music? Create a John Phillip Sousa station on Pandora or Last.fm and play patriotic brass all night long.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.