In the past, around October 31 you might see carved pumpkins, corn stalks and hay bales. Nowadays, homes are lit up by pumpkin lights, fake spider webs, witches on telephone poles and caskets in the yard to celebrate Halloween. If you are unsure about how to decorate for Halloween outdoors or in, these Halloween decorating ideas can help.
“Alice in Wonderland” Halloween
Be unique and creative this year by thematically decorating your home based on your favorite Halloween movie. Learn how to create kid friendly Halloween decorations with these fun and easy ideas. An “Alice in Wonderland” Halloween is a perfect decoration choice for those with young children.
The playing cards ‘Painting the Roses Red’ (Queen of Hearts), the Cheshire cat, March Hare and the Mad Hatter tea party are my favorite scenes and characters. These “Alice in Wonderland” Halloween decorating ideas for outdoors and indoors are ideal for anyone that does not relish the typical guts and ghoul.
Halloween Decorating Ideas (Outdoor) – Playing Cards
1. Using old plywood, construct it like a triangle or easel. Sit in your yard so that there will be a playing card on each side. Or use white core board and attach it to lawn stakes with white duct tape. The possibilities are endless, as are the size and number of playing cards. You could make enough to emulate the ‘Marching Cards’ or create a ‘Painting the Roses Red’ theme depending on where your bushes are in your yard.
2. Spray paint the wood white and then paint your card suit, i.e., Queen of Hearts.
3. A plastic flower pot saucer is perfect for the head. Paint the outer part red or black. Make the face and nail it to the ply wood. Make the head pointy instead of round by using a square saucer and facing the corners to the sky/ground.
4. Use rocks for the cards feet. Spray paint red or black, depending on whether you are making spades/clubs or hearts/diamonds.
5. Use an old broomstick or shovel for the “weapon”. Just push it into the earth next to your card. That is it! Arms and legs are relatively unimportant.
Halloween Decorating Ideas (Outdoor or Indoor) – Cheshire Cat
1. If money is not an issue, search online for the “Alice in Wonderland” Cheshire Cat Garden Statue. Alternatively, just make the head of the Cheshire, capturing that wide, mischievous smile. If you are a poor artist, print out the cats face and use a utility knife to outline it onto your canvas.
2. Cardboard is a great canvas for this project.
3. Use glow-in-the-dark paint for the cat’s eyes and teeth!
4. Once your work of art is complete, cover it with clear contact paper to protect it from the elements.
5. Hang it on your porch, in your window or on your door. Be sure to do both sides if it going to be hanging from something. Fishing line is perfect for hanging since you can barely see it.
Halloween Decorating Ideas (Outdoor) – Yard Signs, Mushrooms and Bottles
1. Add some yard signs that read “Off with Her Head” and “This Way”.
2. Make mushrooms by painting rounded flower pots different colors and polka-dotting the tops; nail them upside down to yard stakes.
3. Place some drinking bottles in the yard that read “Drink Me”.
How to Decorate for Halloween (Indoor) – The March Hare
1. Sit a large stuffed rabbit on a chair on your porch and/or inside. Get a second-hand pocket-watch, shirt, knickers, bow tie and child-size vest that will fit your rabbit.
2. A perfect finishing touch for the rabbit is a pair of reading glasses.
How to Decorate for Halloween (Indoor) – Mad Hatter Tea Party
1. The tea party can be as extravagant or simple as you like. You should at least have a tea set, cake, rabbit and someone donning a large Hatter hat at the table.
2. I highly suggest singing, “A Very Happy Un-Birthday” during your tea party.
Your “Alice in Wonderland” Halloween scene is sure to be a big hit among your neighbors, friends, and family. Hand out little packs of playing cards and Valentine candy hearts to complement your kid-friendly Halloween decorations.
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