Halloween is the perfect opportunity to give your creative jones an outlet. More and more people have started decorating the house for Halloween at the beginning of October in much the same way that people decorate for Christmas Day all through December. Heck, some people even decorate for Martin Luther King day starting January 2. I imagine, anyway.
Halloween décor can be fun to buy and fun to make. It’s the little Halloween touches that make decorating fun. Where I live there is a family down the street that every year puts some of those blow-up Halloween decorations out on their lawn. They have this huge air-blown horse-drawn carriage hearse with a moving skeleton in a coffin. It’s cooler than Steve McQueen on an Indian motorcycle, but who has that kind of money? If you want to decorate throughout the Halloween season on the cheap, consider these ideas.
Pumpkin Snowman: It is my understanding that other parts of the United States that aren’t situated along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico experience something known as-what’s the word-seasons? Huh, go figure. You may actually even be lucky enough to get a snowfall around Halloween, but don’t worry because even those in hot and humid areas like the one in which I occupy space can create a Halloween snowman. All you need are three pumpkins of increasingly smaller size that you situated atop one another with glue if they are those small pumpkins or with a wire or pole frame if using grown-pumpkins. Decorate the snowman with paint to reflect the spirit of the season: Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula or Glenn Beck.
Bats in Silhouette: Silhouettes on the window pane makes a great Halloween decoration when seen from the outside. Trick-or-treaters will know that there is candy waiting behind the bats on the window because bats on the window serve to let others know you are enjoying the spirits of the season. All you need is black construction paper, scissors and glue. Cut the paper in the shape of a bat (you can find plenty on the internet to download as your template) and glue to the window pane.
Meringue Skeleton: Plenty of household items can be utilized to make bones, but you can’t get a more realistic representation of the texture of bones than with plain white meringue. Meringue is also easy to make: all you are eggs, sugar, a mixer and a whisk. When the meringue is ready to go, put it into a pastry bag and squeeze it out in the shape of bones. Let an image of a skeleton be your guide and then splurge for the more complicated skull. Once the meringue bones have hardened, you can arrange them in the shape of a long-ago buried sap. Halloween has never been tastier.
Pumpkin CandlesLuminaries: If you’ve got a driveway or walkway and you want to make sure that people in the neighborhood know you are open for Halloween fun and entertainment, buy a passel of those very small pumpkins and cut or drill a hole into the top of them. Insert a black or orange candle and line the driveway or walkway with them to guide tricksters and treatsters to your front or side door.