It’s that time of year again, and nothing says “Welcome trick-or-treaters!” like some scary and fun Halloween decorations outside your home.
It can be tough to find the time to decorate for the holiday – between buying candy, taking the kids to find costumes, and getting all of those newly-fallen leaves out of your yard, putting up some scarecrows may be low on the priorities list. But with these simple and easy tips for getting your home into the mood of the season, you can save both time and money – and have some fun doing it!
- Un-carved mummy pumpkin
If you want to make a pumpkin decoration with the kids, but you don’t want to introduce them to large knives, this is the perfect project for you. All you have to do is wrap your pumpkin of choice in gauze or toilet paper until it’s adequately covered, slip a pair of wiggly eyes onto it, and you’re done. To prevent the “mummy wrap” and eyes from falling, consider spraying a thin layer of adhesive in between each layer.
- Acorns – the pumpkin substitute
Another fun project for the kids is the acorn pumpkin. Simply go out and collect acorns, pop the tops off, paint them orange, and color in your favorite jack-o-lantern faces. Place them throughout you home for a tiny touch of Halloween charm.
- The bleeding candles
All you need to complete this is a set of tall, white candles and one short, red candle. When the white candlesticks are placed in their holders, light the lone red one. As the red wax begins to melt, drip it slowly over the white candles, and then light them to keep the red wax melted. It will spill over the sides of the white candles and create the appearance of red “blood.” Extra tip: Do this over a sink or outside to prevent getting any accidental wax drippings on your furniture or floor!
- Take advantage of Halloween colors
While you’re out and about buying the candy to hand out to neighborhood kids, pick up an extra bag of candy corn. It runs cheap, and has the orange and yellow colors of the season. Grab a few clear glasses from the kitchen and fill them up with the candy – you can even add different kinds (such as marshmallows or licorice) to accent the color as well. Just be creative, and you’ll have some great centerpieces to show off in no time!