Halloween is coming up and if you're not really one to indulge in the spooky celebration, some easy and creative ideas might convince you to have a little sinister fun. I always find myself smiling when I see a house decorated with a scary scene; it reminds of my hours-long trick-or-treating adventures growing up in Canada where most of the neighbourhood went all-out to transform the streets into a never-ending fright fest. My favourite memory is of a very tall man who was costumed up as a vampire that put Bela Lugosi's Dracula to shame. The imposing figure stood ominously at the top of the driveway and every kid that approached him shrunk a bit as he stared them down; only the brave dared pass him to make it to the door when he gave them mini heart attacks as he swiftly threw his arms up to raise his huge black cape! If you survived the trick, you got a pretty good treat - full sized chocolate bars!
Ghostly Circle of Friends
All you need to create a ghostly presence to greet approaching trick-or-treaters is a few white sheets, wooden stakes, paper fasteners (to join your ghosties together), string and some cotton batting. Source: Houzz
It's easy to create a scary scene inside or outside your house with cut-out characters. You can make your own crows and spiders using a stencil and black construction paper, and you can get a cardboard cut out of a skeleton from Balloons By Up Up and Away.
Want to make a top hat to dress your skeleton friend up a bit?
You'll need: 1x A3 piece of cardboard, measuring tape, glue, 1x A3 felt material, and scissors.
Here's how to make your top hat:
1. Measure the circumference of the skeleton's head
2. Roll the cardboard into a circle, with the measurement of the skeleton's head.
3. Cut another 2 inches of cardboard in a circle for the brim.
4. Make the brim fit below the cardboard cut out.
5. Bend the brim upwards and glue it onto the circle.
6. Cut a brim out of the felt material, place on top of the brim and glue it down.
7. Cut out a circle to measure the same as the top of the hat and glue above it.
8. Cut the same measurement felt material as you did the circle to begin with, but do it as a long piece rather than a circle, put this around the hat and stick it down.
Scary and sinister is not your thing but you still want to get into the spirit of the evening? Go with a fall-friendly theme of bright orange pumpkins and candy corn for Halloween fun that's more treat than trick. Doing it all up on a serving tray with apple cider in mason jars also makes a wonderful Thanksgiving offering with the tops of the pumpkins cut off as festive accents. For Halloween, carve mini jack-o-lanterns with a variety of funny faces and group them together for a cute and colourful table display. Add two larger ones and place them outside on your porch or along your driveway in a line to create a pumpkin family to greet and charm trick or treaters!
Rikki Snyder Photography © 2012 Houzz
Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic The Birds depicted one of the creepiest, skin-crawling scenes in film history that gave countless movie-goers life-long aversions to crows - and that makes it the perfect tableau to re-create for Halloween! To get the full visual effect without the commitment of a wall decal, make your own paper cut-out of a tree - a shadowy dark grey looks good and spooky - and tape it to the wall. Prop two ladders against the image and wire a murder of artificial crows - yes a group of crows is called a murder! - to the rungs. Add some to the branches as well, and if it's too difficult to secure the 3D versions, swap them for cut-outs to fill in the scene to make it so terrifying you won't be able to walk past it without protecting your eyes!
If you don't have the wall space to create the full scene, placing some crows around a room is a quick and easy way to give it an eerie air. Source
Get into the Halloween spirit and have a go at giving yourself and your neighbours a fright!