Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas
Halloween is a wonderful time of year that heralds the beginning of the autumn holiday season. Halloween was originally celebrated as a day to honor the dead, held at the end of the Celtic year. The original name, Samhain, is now used to describe the autumnal equinox and harvest time in general. Through the years it has retained some of its earlier customs but has become more centered on the fun of trick-or-treating and wearing costumes.
Halloween is second only to Christmas in the spirit of decorating. There are many fun ways to dress up the house that reflect the origins of the holiday and won't empty the pocketbook. The everlasting pumpkin provides endless possibilities. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or left plain and set about the house and yard. Children love to design and carve their own jack o' lantern faces. The pumpkins could be complimented with smaller gourds and dried Indian corn. Dried corn stalks tied in bundles add an attractive backdrop for a pumpkin display. These displays look particularly attractive placed outside the front door or out in the lawn. If carefully stored, the corn, gourds and corn stalks can be saved and used again the next year.
One of the best ways to decorate a family home for Halloween is to enlist the creativity of children. A great, kid-friendly Halloween decorating idea is the old construction paper stand-by. Witches, moons and bats cut from construction paper make a great mural or mobile. Paper lunch sacks can be given faces, stuffed with straw and used as the head of a scarecrow. Cut scarecrow bodies out of grocery store bags or other heavy paper. Clothing can be cut out of pre-colored paper and glued to the body. While not particularly scary, these scarecrows reflect what the time of year is all about.
Not many events can compare with the fun of a Halloween party, except perhaps the decorating. Black crepe streamers add an air of spookiness to any room. There are many styles of fake cobwebs available that can be hung from chandeliers and across windows or even in trees outside. Spiders can be set on the cobwebs for added effect. Homemade headstones can be hung on walls and kids and parents can have fun writing creative epitaphs. Guests will delight in witches' hats made from construction paper.
Truly, the only limit to Halloween decorating is your imagination.
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