Choosing a theme for Halloween decorations
grapevine wreath, add moss, and give it a creepy-crawly twist by adding black plastic bugs and snakes. Or spraypaint the wreath black and add faux black roses, Graff says.
A seasonal harvest look is easy to get with pumpkins. Besides the traditional jack-o’lanterns, you can add pumpkins to urns for a fall display, or turn carved pumpkins into outdoor vases for fall mums.
The easiest idea, Graff says, is to place pumpkins up your front steps. “You could do different shapes, different colours, or ombre, starting in one colour and graduating down to another,” she adds. With pumpkins now available in many different hues, you can create an ombre look with pumpkins ranging from grey to green to white, or peach to brown to orange.
___ having friendly witches,” she says. “There is no blood or death. It’s all about friendly pumpkins and friendly ghosts and scarecrows.”
You can share a happy Halloween vibe using garlands or gel clings for the windows, DeVos says, or cute yard stakes or trick-or-treating signs.
Add some drama with paper-bag lanterns: Cut Halloween shapes or words like “Boo!” into black paper bags and put electric lights inside, Graff says.
For maximum impact, accessorize with spider webbing, lights and a fog machine, DeVos says. You can hang spider webbing from your roof to the ground and fill it with giant spiders crawling down, she said. Add to the scene by creating a crow-filled graveyard in your front yard with tombstones. “You can stick bones into the dirt so it looks like someone might be coming out,” DeVos said.
Bats, snakes and giant spiders can greet trick-or-treaters from a tree in your front yard.
“You can put them onto the tree and have them hanging down, and have webbing and cloth coming down and drape it all over the tree,” she said.
Skeletons can greet trickor-treaters from rocking chairs or stools on the front porch; decorate around them with bones, skulls or cauldrons.
This undated photo provided by Party City shows a Halloween themed display in a front yard. Halloween offers the first big chance of fall to decorate your home, and there are lots of ways — from spooky to sweet — to get into the holiday spirit.
This undated photo provided by Martha Stewart Living shows an urn surrounded by some pumpkins, giving it a Halloween theme.