Choos­ing a theme for Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions

Medicine Hat News - - HOME & GARDEN -

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.

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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.

PARTY CITY VIA AP

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.

JOHN DOLAN/MARTHA STE­WART LIV­ING VIA AP

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Martha Ste­wart Liv­ing shows an urn sur­rounded by some pump­kins, giv­ing it a Hal­loween theme.

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