I love sharing these suggestions for making your Christmas Holiday simple and fun.
Choose a Theme
The easiest way to decorate your home for Halloween, is to decide on a specific theme and then choose items that fit into that theme.
For example, I am a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and his stories and the movies that were inspired by those stories. Some of his famous iconic images were of ravens, which are black birds that resemble crows. The imagery of the black bird is easy to incorporate into your home and pair it with white or black dishes, checkered tablecloth, and include silver candlesticks with either cream color candles or purchase black candles. You can use this example for any type of theme you enjoy. If you love the variety of colors of pumpkins, then use pumpkins as your central theme or template to decorate your home.
Pick one central room and add Halloween touches and inspirational pieces. Perhaps you have family heirlooms that you love bringing out each year. Some people also have a small tabletop Halloween tree they decorate with ornaments. Decorate the table surrounding the tree with small ghostly figurines, candles, pumpkins or dishes filled with Halloween candy on the table with the tree as the focal point.
Keep It Simple
The point of Halloween is to have fun and to welcome the holiday season. The idea is to be creative and not clutter up the house. Incorporate decorating with your daily routine. Add pumpkins on your windowsill, fireplace mantel, and tables. Place candles on a mantelpiece or on your dining room table. Get the kids involved and teach them how to bake cookies and use their imagination for decorating them with funny faces using frosting, colorful sprinkles or chocolate chips.
Do not stress over having to purchase anything special for Halloween. Just incorporate what you already own or introduce small touches in the home to inspire you. Then, when Halloween's over, you can place any ornaments back inside their boxes for safekeeping, you can leave the candles out for the fall and winter seasons. Place any special decorations back inside their boxes and store them away with labels on the boxes for next year.
Keeping it simple is the best advice this holiday season. Then you can easily transition from Halloween into Thanksgiving and Christmas with very little stress or worry. Just enjoy the process and have fun with it.
The same principle applies with decorating outside of your house. Keep it clean and simple. Do not block your front door with dozens of pumpkins or other Halloween clutter, such as, skeletons, witches, cauldrons, and things like that. It will look trashy and not classy.
Pick a theme. If you love the look of pumpkins to celebrate the harvest and the coming Fall season, then use a few on the steps to your door or off to one side of the door. The easiest decorations will also be very easy to either pack away for next year or just use them and toss them in the trash if they are seasonal items that can't be stored.
Trick-or-Treaters will be attracted to your doorstep if the decorations are simple and inviting and they will know the persons behind that door are friendly and welcoming and will love to hand out a treat to passing ghosts and goblins.
Use What You Have
There is no need to spend a lot of money for Halloween. Use what you already have around your house. Being creative doesn't mean you have to clutter up your house with items nor do you have to decorate every inch of your house. Allow your own unique style to emerge by hanging small decorative lights along your walls for a magical effect. Let you and your children or friends gather together to brainstorm some ideas and use what you already have using old fashioned clothing maybe you're saving in a trunk from your grandmother. Use baskets around the house and fill them with branches or flowers in the colors of the Fall season. Express your own style and then when you want to change the decor for the next holiday, the transition will be easy and streamlined.
Use Nontraditional Colors
You do not have to use the standard orange, black and white colors for Halloween. Go ahead and express your own style and use the colors you love for your home decor or tabletop setting. You can easily paint pumpkins and use candles in colors that match your own existing decor and not use the typical Halloween colors. This is especially important if you are on a budget and don't want to purchase items that are specific to Halloween and cannot be used year-round. It will also save time on unpacking boxes of decorations and packing them away again. Just use what you have and adapt it to the holiday season.
Set a Simple Table
There is no need to spend a lot of money on catering services for your Halloween dinner. Outdoors is the perfect setting for your Halloween dinner with friends and family. Use traditional, classic old-fashioned dinnerware, food-safe pewter plates, decorate with natural wood, twigs and candles. Serve dishes that reflect the season with root vegetables, salads, sourdough bread and wine. Kids can enjoy macaroni and cheese with milk or fruit juice to celebrate a bountiful harvest with your own family and friends.
Beware of Halloween Hazards
Remember that Halloween can contain hazards for yourself or others. Do not have a lot of clutter all over the floor or on tables. It will be difficult for you or your family and friends to make their way through the house, especially if you are hosting a party.
Be aware of burning candles if you have pets and children around. Children and pets should always be supervised by adults if candles are burning. Keep any clutter away from burning candles as they may catch on fire. Always blow out all candles when you leave the house or go to bed as they may catch the house on fire in your absence or when you're asleep.
When handing out treats to ghosts, witches, and goblins at your door, make sure the candy or other treats are wrapped in their original packaging from the store and unopened to ensure the safety of the product you are handing out or leaving in a cauldron outside your front door for visitors to sample.
Do not leave uncovered candy dishes around the house that pets can reach and consume. It will make them sick and some ingredients, like chocolate, can be harmful to pets.
Safety first are the watchwords for this holiday season to ensure you create wonderful memories for yourself and your loved ones.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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