A simple, but fun idea for decorating your yard for Halloween is to pick a familiar theme. Consider Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Pirates of the Caribbean or another theme. Then relate all of your yard’s decorations to one of those colorful tales.
If you have the time, energy, creativity and budget, you can use a mix of all of them to make your yard the hit of the Halloween season. Get appropriate art and photos free from the internet, then scan and print them. Add them in various parts of your yard to the usual Halloween decor. Don’t forget to also include paper or real pumpkins, witches, black cats, ghosts and all the other traditional Halloween images to complete the scene.
To add to the theme you choose, pre-record on CD the music from those famous themes to play throughout your party. If your guests are willing, conduct a sing-along during dinner or afterward. If your patio can serve as your ballroom, couples can dance to the familiar tunes.
1. Alice in Wonderland: Members of your family can dress up as various characters, including Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen and White Rabbit. For husband-wife or brother-sister combination costumes, consider Tweedledum and Tweedledee or the Walrus and the Carpenter.
The costumes can be simple, or just hints at the characters and made at home. If you’re serving a Halloween meal to your guests, your yard decor includes the setting of the Mad Tea Party, with guests participating. Remember the routine that each person moves over a seat throughout the meal.
2. The Wizard of Oz: The classic Judy Garland movie offers dozens of ideas for decorating your back yard. Along with the usual Halloween images, get and post photos of Dorothy, the Wizard, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodman, the Munchkins and, of course, the Wicked Witch. With the Oz theme, it can also give host family members the chance to dress up as the famed characters.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Johnny Depp movies, as well as the vintage Walt Disney World ride, offer many ideas for decorating your back yard for Halloween. You can dress as traditional 17th Century pirates and/or the spooky skeletal ones who haunted the movie. You and your guests can sing yo ho ho songs as they dine on roast parrot and swig from mugs of rum.
If you have the time, energy, creativity and budget, don’t just decorate your yard for Halloween. By choosing a familiar and colorful theme, you can make it the fun center of the year.