It’s that time of year again! That’s right – Halloween is here once again. Ten years ago, Halloween wasn’t really a major event in the UK, but as time as gone by families and households seem to make more of an effort to embrace this traditional, American holiday!
It’s not uncommon to see images of American homes decorated top to bottom with amazing decorations – but for the average family in the UK, a trip to the pound shop to buy a few plastic decorations can easily get pricey – especially if you and the kids get carried away, and we all know how easy that can be! So here are a few ideas of how you can make some really special Halloween decorations, get the kids involved, make some memories and save a few pennies along the way.
Decorate the outside of your home
In America, it’s not uncommon to see front lawns covered in false tombstones, skeletons and ghouls at this time of year. Signs you can use for sidewalks have been covered in cobwebs and fake blood – we might not have the room to accommodate such elaborate decorations but that doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun on a smaller scale.
If you have a front lawn, there’s lots you can do!
- Old crunchy Autumn leaves should cover the ground. If there haven’t been many fallen leaves, you should avoid raking your lawn during the days leading up to Halloween to make the most of what you have.
- Take an old pair of boots and have them emerging out of a big pile of leaves or dirt. This will make it look like there’s a dead body on your lawn!
- Stick tombstones out of the ground. Remember that Halloween is all about things being old, dingy, and falling-apart, so your lawn does not have to be perfectly arranged. Have a tombstone here, a tombstone there, and another tombstone that is completely crooked or falling over.
- If you have trees, cover them with spider webs. Bonus points if you can stick some creepy-crawly critters in them, or if you can add a stuffed owl or raven to a low-hanging branch.
Decorate your front door and windows
The door and window are the eyes and mouth of your home’s Halloween soul, so you should make the most of them! Here are a few things to try:
- Have a spooky doormat. It can have a picture of a spiderweb or a ghost on it.
- Hang a wreath covered in bats on the front door.
- Splatter some fake blood on your front door. Just make sure it can easily come off.
Decorate the inside
Make your furniture Halloween ready!
- Cover your sofas and chairs with white sheets. Pick the oldest sheets you have to make it look like your home hasn’t been used for years.
- Cover your tables with tattered black tablecloths. Take an old black sheet and cut ragged edges all over it.
- Drape your bookshelves in spiderwebs.
Do you have any plans for Halloween?