Guest Author - Rose Mary
Halloween decorating can be fun, easy and inexpensive. If you walk around your neighborhood, there is a good chance that you will see very similar Halloween decorations at every home. Jack-o-lanterns, orange lights, trash bag pumpkins, and witches are incredibly common. However, if you are looking for something different to do this year, read on for creative ideas.
Hang a creepy mask on your front door. Use a mask to decorate your scarecrow and garden gnomes with them. You can even hang them in the windows to look like someone creepy is peaking out. You can amp up the scary tone by placing a flash light on the ground, turning it on, and adjusting the light to illuminate the mask. Just make sure that any masks used outdoors are waterproof and fastened down so that they do not fly away.
Glass vases can be an interesting way to decorate inside of your home. Consider filling them with different objects in fall colored leaves, black and orange marbles, Halloween candies, or even plastic bugs. You can then reuse the vases by making a few changes in the contents for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays. You can often find a variety of fillers at your local craft or dollar store. Apples can always be placed in large vases for a seasonal look.
Fake spider webs are inexpensive and can make your front yard look creepy, but you can also use them inside where you get the added benefit of having them last longer. Hang them in doorways and in corners throughout your home. You can even consider adding on some creepy inhabitants to perfect the look. Another benefit? You won't have to worry about dust? You may want to consider spraying the webbing with an insect repellent to keep the real deal from moving in. Make sure that you do not hang them anywhere that could be a potential fire hazard.
If you don't want to go all out with your Halloween decorations, a few tasteful accents can help set the Halloween mood without turning your home into a Haunted house. For instance, you can hang orange and black curtains or bring out some Halloween themed throw pillows. Look for a Halloween welcome mat or move your smaller potted plants into plastic Halloween trick-or-treating containers. You can even look for Halloween knick knacks and static window clings.
Have some budding artists in your family? Consider designing your own Halloween mural. You can then hang this in a bay window, a blank wall, or even outside if the weather permits. Have older children design their own Halloween scene, while younger children can color in the words Happy Halloween. This can also be a cute memento to pass on when your children get older to help remind them of childhood Halloweens.
If you are tired of the traditional Halloween decorations and want to stay on a budget, a little creativity can help you create your own Halloween display. Simply look for items that you like that fall into the Halloween theme and create your own designs.