Prepare for trick-or-treaters with these decorating tips – Hartford Courant

We’ve all enjoyed Halloween at one time, dressed up in your favorite clothes, and ready to walk the neighborhood with a pillow case or a pumpkin pail. Grab those trusty flashlights and drag your parents as you go from house to house, knocking on every door.

Your favorite homes will probably be the ones with spooky front decorations, adding to the paranormal and spooky allure of Halloween.

Now as a homeowner, it’s your turn to have fun, but in a different way. It’s time to decorate your home for trick-or-treaters.

Whether you enjoy getting outside and covering your garden in a spooky spectacle or you’re down to holiday like hanging ghosts in your front tree, you’ll enjoy these tips. Some are very budget friendly while others may require a trip to the Halloween store.

Before you start covering your garden with 12-foot skeletons and an abundance of lights, you’ll want to think about safety. Make sure your front entry is safe if you’re inviting trick-or-treaters to the door. You don’t want a baby to slip because they didn’t see that little step on your walkway. Think of creative ways to enjoy it.

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Place warning tape along a stone wall. Dark lanes are illuminated with cute Halloween decorations. Also, make sure you have a headlight or something that tells trick-or-treaters you’re welcome to knock on your door.

There are some budget-friendly tips to make your home in the neighborhood really special this Halloween. Consider decorating your windows with artificial spiders and cobwebs. Put broken glass stickers on the windows as well for a haunted house effect. Dim your porch lights from the usual white light to black or yellow bulbs for a spooky look. Hang your porch swing or bracket from scrap wood across the windows to make it look like they’re attached to the boards. Get that old broom that’s been sitting in your garage and make it look like a witch’s broom. If you’re creative, it can feel like a complete skeleton has come down to your home.

Visit your local dollar store and pick up window stickers, candle holders and more for home decoration. These can also be easy ways to decorate an office or work space as well.

You can use your bushes or bushes to your advantage. Spider web decor is inexpensive and easy to decorate with. Wash your bushes or door with nets and let plastic spiders complement it. You can also add zombie eyes or hands to the bush to make it more terrifying.

It’s easier to design when you think of a theme. Perhaps your house will be a strange and alien object with a landing platform in the yard. Or it will be a cemetery with tons of creative tombstones. Another fun is to make it look like a skeleton house. Have them walk a skeleton dog or have a dance party in the park.

Some people do not like carving pumpkins. Among the spongy seeds even when they rot and subsequently rot, carving is not suitable for everyone. Instead of carving, consider painting your pumpkins with scary themes or funny faces. If you absolutely love pumpkins as fall decor, give your uncarved, undyed pumpkins and gourds a bleach bath. This will help them last longer before they degrade in your front steps.

Do you have a cool and spooky setup in your home? We would love to see that. Send photos to [email protected]

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