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How to Decorate the Home at Halloween
Halloween is such a creative and fun holiday for kids and adults alike. It’s a time for imaginations to run wild. With a few decorative accessories and spooky accents, your home can electrify the season. October is a great month to use a little of Mother Nature’s abundance in your decor too. Make it a family activity when you decorate. The kids can help collect fall foliage to add to table arrangements. Let them create ghosts with white cloth and string, using black markers to draw eyes. These can hang on tree branches, door knobs and curtain rods. It’s easy, cheap and it involves the family in the decorating.
Take Advantage of Lights
Lights just naturally create a sparkly party mood. String smiling burlap jack-o-lantern lights, a strand of creepy spiders or orange lights in random places inside your home and on your porch or balcony. The strands of lights can hang around a mirror, across a fireplace mantel or over a door frame. Hang them along porch railings or on a staircase. Light up your kitchen cabinets with lights. At nighttime the lights will come alive as they sparkle. They’re awesome during the day too because the pumpkins, spiders and orange colors are decorative even when they aren’t glowing. Hang plastic spiders, black cats, candy corn or pumpkins over the shades on table lamps. Add some artificial spider webbing for some mysterious detail around the lamps. They will shine when the light is turned on. Kids will especially love the colorful Halloween accents on their bedroom lamps.
Something as simple as a witch’s hat placed on a porch or yard statuary is great way to get in the Halloween spirit. Prop a lighted dancing witch’s broom against a tree in the yard or on your fireplace hearth. Fill a plastic cauldron with the candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
Dress Up Your Table
We have some incredible tabletop decor at Pottery Barn. You can go with an eerie, haunting skeleton vibe or celebrate with a harvest design on dishes and linens. Or mix and match the two themes. Use skeleton wine glasses to serve wine to guests or just for yourself. Add some snack mix in pumpkin bowls and set the table with dinnerware designed with autumn-colored leaves. Entertain your friends and neighbors with a spooky-good dinner party. Begin by taking a plastic skull and cover it with thinly-sliced prosciutto or soppressata salami. Green or black olives can serve as the eyes. Place it on a serving tray with crackers and cheese for an appetizer like no other. Serve a tasty dinner with a side of deviled eggs and a pumpkin-shaped cake with orange icing for dessert. Top it off with blood orange mojitos with mint or screwdrivers for after dinner cocktails. You might just end up with a new yearly tradition.