Decorating Your Place for Halloween
Come October first, I start looking for that perfect pumpkin. Fall decorations adorn the kitchen, living room and front porch.
But, have you ever come across a house that just overdoes the Halloween decorations? I’m talking about that house that has ten singing ghosts and skeletons on the front lawn… and just wait to see what’s inside!
There are tricks for making the most out of your Halloween decorations without spending a fortune or becoming that house with the crazy Halloweenies.
Pick one theme and stick to it
You can go with a lot of different angles with Halloween: Spooky, Classy, Funny, Cool… you can go for witches, ghosts, zombies, fall-themes… but the key is to not go for all of them at the same time. If you decide your house will have a creepy graveyard theme for Halloween, then stick to it. Forget about the cool dancing witch decoration… it doesn’t fit.
And on that note…
Think about your audience
What type of people will be visiting your house for Halloween? Do you have many young children in your area? If so, you might want to avoid scary decorations. I’m sure the last thing you want to do is upset your friends or neighbors by traumatising their kids!
Stay away from using strobe lights to enhance your decorations. All it takes is one epileptic trick-or-treater to make you regret that decision for the rest of your life!
Avoid noisy decorations
Things that sing or make other noises when people walk by can be fun… but less is more. You shouldn’t have more than one or two of these pieces in your house or yard, and think about how other people will perceive them.
Be courteous: While it’s perfectly okay (and expected!) to have decorations that “boo!” when people walk by… save them for Halloween night itself. Don’t turn them on come October 10th and leave them on for three weeks. There, I said it. You’re welcome, neighbors.
Respect your Lawn!
While lawn decorations can be super fun, use them in moderation and be aware of the negative impact they can have on your grass. Having pieces on the lawn for long periods of time can kill patches of grass, so it’s best to set these up a day or two before Halloween and to take them down quickly thereafter.
There’s also a safety concern with any decoration that’s on the ground: Make sure they’re in an area where trick-or-treaters won’t trip over them!
Try not to be offensive
Decorations should be fun for everyone. Though you might think hanging a dummy by the neck from the tree in your front yard is a good idea, it could seriously upset someone who’s had a personal tragedy of that type. Same with any type of political messaging in your decorations… while you might think it’s clever or funny to incorporate a message about the upcoming elections in your graveyard theme… others might not.
Finally, avoid any form of racial innuendos, scenes that might be a little too subjective, or any type of scene that portrays real-life violence. Bottom line: be smart and use common sense!
You can’t go wrong with the pumpkin!
No matter what your Halloween décor is like… a cleverly-carved pumpkin is always appreciated. Be creative and have some fun! While Halloween decorations should be used in moderation… you really can never have too many pumpkins. And here’s a tip: If you don’t like the idea of lighting your pumpkin with a candle, use those battery-operated tealight candles from the dollar store. They’re cheap and much safer than a real flame.