Halloween is right around the corner, and if you are like me, you are running out of time for decorating. Fear not! Today I am sharing some of my decoration ideas that hopefully inspire you to get in the Halloween mood.
I bought the wreath from Michaels for $5! This is a perfect wreath to use throughout the year. Naturally, a wreath this time of year needs to have spiders. To make these 8 legged cuties, you’ll need an empty egg container, black paint, and 4 pipe cleaners per spider. Cut out the body from the egg container and paint it black. Puncture a hole on two sides to push the pipe cleaners through, and voila, you have a much more realistic looking spider than you would think. Especially when you find your cats playing with one and you’re not wearing your glasses!
For the spider web, I had some random pieces of fabric in black and wrapped it around the wreath. The spiders are easy to attach, thanks to the pipe cleaners. I usually wrap one “leg” around the fabric to secure the spider in place.
For a pop of color, I gathered some twigs with orange seeds that were growing behind my apartment. Apparently it is a firethorn shrub with bright orange seeds, and huge thorns (hence the name, firethorn)! Even if you aren’t so lucky to have free decorations in your backyard, go to a nearby park and keep an eye out for colorful decorations. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to find things that could be used to decorate your home. Best of all, they are free! Warning: you may get some strange looks from fellow neighbors when they see you wandering around bushes, but it’s a small price to pay.
Pumpkins & Squash Table Decorations
October isn’t complete without a pumpkin or two! I went for the mini pumpkins because I love how cute they are! I also bought some acorn squash to eat, but until then, they make perfect table decorations with the mini pumpkins. Wondering what those scary, spiky things are amongst the pumpkin and squash? Those are called horned melons! My school’s community garden grows them and were handing them off to brave volunteers. Turns out these scary looking things are quite sweet! Once they turn a little more yellow, just cut them in half and eat out the flesh. Apparently they taste like a mixture of banana and pineapple. Mine aren’t ready to try yet, so until then they make the perfect decorations!
In addition to the table decorations, I grabbed this cute gourd from my schools garden! It fit perfectly on my mantel.
Candles & Shadows
Want to add some extra spookiness to your living room? Make a simple design out of craft paper and tape to a wire. Stick the wire to a candle and let the shadows dance on your walls! I wouldn’t advise you walk away while the candle is lit, but it makes for a fun craft idea to try on lazy nights on the couch.
I forget how much fun it can be to decorate for Halloween! It doesn't have to be expensive either. There is something quite satisfying in putting together decorations with some simple crafts, a few wild berries, and pumpkins! Of course, the occasional store bought themed decoration doesn't hurt either, but I encourage you to get creative with things you probably already have at home, or in your backyard!