Halloween decorations originally were all about jack-o’-lanterns and scarecrows. Most of them were totally homemade – from the raw materials to the finishing touches. In many locations around the world, neighborhood contests to see who has the scariest or most impressive jack-o’-lantern and overall home decoration for the season are held.
For those who’d want to decorate their home for this spooky night, here are some suggestions and ideas.
You have to think first why you want to put up decorations of this theme. Is it because you want to dress up your home for your kids and also for the kids who’d be trick-or-treating? You might have to think of Halloween props that they’ll surely love to let them enjoy the occasion. Are you going to have some adult friends visiting you? Or is it just because you want to utilize your creativity at home?
Decide on the theme of your decorations based on the purpose that you’ve thought of. You don’t have to be limited to scary monsters and spooky stuff if that’s not your thing. If you have toddlers in your home, you can design your own Halloween theme. For instance, you can use your kid’s favorite cartoon or fairy tale characters. Or you can simply make candies and treats as your theme. But if you really love the ghosts and goblins, then go ahead and make them as authentic-looking as possible.
If you want to do everything or most of the Halloween props yourself, you have to look at what you have available at home. If you’re a doll collector, you can dress up your dolls in orange and black. You can even make them into witches, mummies, bats, and vampires.
If you think that making all the decorations from scratch is too much for you, you can get a little help from bookstores, supermarkets, specialty stores, and even online shops for some ready-made props and some materials that you still need to assemble. Some materials that you can find in many stores and are easy to put up in your home are spider webs, little creatures made of rubber, plastic jack-o’-lanterns, artificial skeletons, and other such decors. Kids would also love inflatable displays, which sometimes come in the shape of a skull or a life-size mummy.
But all the Halloween decorations won’t be complete if you won’t be dressed up for the occasion. Make sure you get yourself and the rest of your household costumes that will match your theme.