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Halloween is special to my family and we are great fans. I realize this isn't true for all families but it is for mine. I'd have to say that Halloween costumes are a terrific fun. The other fun thing about Halloween is the Halloween decorating. One of the best items for Halloween decorating is the various spiders and the bigger and scarier the better. No home should be without huge, terrifying spiders for Halloween decorating.

I've driven by some homes that have the most complicated of Halloween decorating ideas. They were so amazing that I had to resist the urge to examine all the different Halloween decorating items in their yard. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the terrific ideas that you can create for Halloween decorating and your yard. Some of the Halloween decorating themes are so detailed and elaborate, such as a traditional graveyard which includes haunting fog and creepy sound effects.

You shouldn't be surprised if you also find more than a handful of spooky spider webs and different types of eerie lights in these yards. When it comes to Halloween decorating, the homes with complex yard themes are great to take your goblins and ghosts for trick or treating. Traditionally, homes that have spent a great deal of time on Halloween decorating are notorious for handing out some of the best Halloween treats to all those kids dressed up in costumes.

Entry : Halloween Decorating Ideas

The entry to your home is the first impression visitors get of your home. Too often we forget how much impact this can have when decorating for the seasons.

  • Halloween Display. Make the most of it by creating a simple display of Halloween figurines set on a small table covered with a black or orange tablecloth. The 4 to six inch figurines are inexpensive enough to even use outside if you have room enough for a small table by your door. Inside, you can go with this same concept, even adding spooky lights and garlands available at dollar and discount stores.
  • Animated Items. Animated Halloween figures can add instant festivity to a boring entry table. These figures can move, have sound, and some are even motion activated. A great way to make your entrance one to remember! With increasing popularity, these items are now appearing in dollar and discount stores.

Living Room/Family Room : Halloween Decorating Ideas

To dress up the rooms where your family spends the most time, use most of your Halloween decor ideas in these rooms.

  • Figurine Display. Use your mantle, a wall shelf, of even your coffee table to display an assortment of inexpensive Halloween figurines. Mantles are normally overlooked until Christmas, but fireplaces are a great staging area for many seasonal displays.
  • Halloween Curtain Tie-Backs. To add a spooky touch to your room, add a garland of skeleton heads as tie-backs to your curtains. These garlands are available at most dollar stores and one garland can be cut in half to use on a pair of curtains, you can use another garland across the top for a little added Halloween fun.
  • Candy Bowls. Halloween is all about candy. Display candy corn and other themed candy in bowls for a decorative and tasty touch.

Dining Room : Halloween Decorating Ideas

Turn any October meal into a Halloween party with fun and expected seasonal touches.

  • Spider Napkin Rings. Turn any napkin ring into a Halloween hit by using hot glue to attach the spiders from cheap Halloween rings to a napkin ring. These are very inexpensive and normally sold in bags at discount and dollar stores. A very small investment for a unique decorative touch.
  • Placemats and Tablecloths. Go ahead and invest in either an orange or black tablecloth or placemats. This simple change adds instant Halloween charm to any table.
  • Spooky Centerpiece. Add a touch of the unexpected with a large glass bowl filled with tiny skulls. These can be purchased either in a bag or attached to a garland that can be coiled inside the bowl.

Outside: Halloween Decorating Ideas

Only the Christmas season surpasses Halloween when it comes to outside decorations. Be the talk of the neighborhood with decorations that go beyond the predictable jack-o-lanterns.

  • Tombstones. Turn your front yard into a graveyard with tombstones made from inexpensive foam board and a little paint. Thinner than the ones you can purchase in stores, you can personalize these for your family (pretty morbid), your favorite horror film characters, or with funny inscriptions.
  • Animated Items. Add a little of the unexpected with animated Halloween items near your front door. These characters can move or speak, but remember that smaller children are often frightened by these. Since gaining popularity in recent years, these items are fairly inexpensive and available online and in most stores during the Halloween season.
  • Window Dressings. Turn your windows into Halloween hallmarks with simple black poster board and a little creativity. Cut out designs of witches, ghosts, and other Halloween figures (pumpkin carving kits have excellent templates) from a full sheet of poster board. Tape the sheet over the inside of your windows, when you turn your lights on inside, they illuminate the cut out to show your spooky creations to passersby.

These ideas will get you started on your Halloween decorating, get creative and see what spooky surprises you can create.


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