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To Die For Outdoor Halloween Decor

An essential component of preparing for Halloween is decorating, both inside the house and outdoors. Whether you are looking to spook trick or treaters, or simply give your home an Autumn harvest look, there are many simple outdoors decorations that you can add to your landscape. Halloween is the ideal holiday for going all out; transform your home into a haunted house, chilling graveyard or keep it light and festive by incorporating a harvest theme.

Many Halloween decorations make great do it yourself projects; get the whole family involved on a rainy day for pumpkin carving and decking up the home. Before you head to the craft store for supplies, decide on a theme. Give a festive, harvest themed appearance to your front door by capturing the colors of fall using decorative wreaths made from colored silks.

Decorative wreaths are also a simple project to make at home. Purchase some Autumn colored silks from your local craft store and assemble some pine cones, acorns and twigs from outside. Cut the silks in leaf shapes. Form the twigs into a circular, wreath shape, and then begin gluing the silk leaves and pinecones onto the wreath base. You can also decorative your mailbox or around your front posts.

Pumpkins are the quintessential Halloween decoration. Pumpkin carving can be a fun family experience, or simply place a couple of pumpkins on your front porch or steps to add a splash of orange color. Pumpkin carving templates can be purchased from most craft stores or you can simply carve freehand. Yellow mums are another festive Fall plant that are hardy enough to withstand the cooler Fall temperatures. Gourds are another alternative to pumpkins that add a lovely hint of harvest to your home. Dried flowers or dead flower bouquets also add a spooky element to your Halloween decor.

Hanging bat decorations can turn a front porch from simple to hair raising. To create hanging bats, begin with some thick, black paper. Use a white piece of chalk to trace the outline of the bat before attempting to cut out the shape. After cutting the bat out, bend the wings. Poke a hole in the top; use clear fishing line to hang your bats outside.

In addition to hanging bats, ghosts are a simple and standard Halloween decoration. To make a basic hanging ghost, take a large styrofoam ball. Cut out a section of a white sheet and place it over the styrofoam ball. Use a piece of white string to tie the sheet in place around the ball. Hang your ghosts from your trees or from your porch. Add spooky faces to your ghosts using a thick, black marker.

Use gray paper bags to create tombstones and turn your lawn into a spooky graveyard. Add lights to the tombstones to illuminate them from the inside. Tombstones can also be created from old cardboard boxes. Use leftover gardening dirt to create grave mounds.

Scarecrows are simple and can be made spooky or friendly. Take some old clothes, such as a pair of jeans and a plaid, flannel top, and stuff them full of old, crumpled up newspapers. Use a carved pumpkin for the head. Set out a chair or lean your scarecrow up against a post for support. Using this same method, you can also create a spooky witch to place out front. Pair up your witch with a broomstick for an added scary effect.

Instead of placing your candy in a bowl for trick or treaters, create a lollipop holder out of a pumpkin. This is a unique alternative to carving a pumpkin. Clean out the inside of the pumpkin as you normally would for carving. Use a sharp, pointed tool, such as awl, to create as many holes in the pumpkin as you have lollipops. Place a lollipop in each hole. You can also create the holes in a specific shape or design.

Halloween decor is all about exploring the strange, bizarre and scary. Many times, items that you have around your house already can be reused to be turned into spooky Halloween decorations. For example, cotton balls can be spread apart and turned frightening spider webs, or paper bags can be turned into walkway lanterns.

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