This year we purchased a new home in a new section of an existing neighborhood and moved at the beginning of the year. I thought I was a bit “over the top” with my decor but now that the holiday season is in full effect, I’m seeing that I’ve moved in to a street straight from Pinterest. Not saying that’s a bad thing at all! I love seeing everyone’s creativity and actual pins come to life. Halloween isn’t my strong point for decorations and I’ve been holding off since we’d been house hunting to buy decorations that fit with whatever house we wound up purchasing. I’ll be hitting those holiday clearance sales to up my game for next year, but what can I do in the mean time?
Grab some black trash bags and stuff them with newspaper to create the body. More trash bags can make the legs or some tubing spray painted black would work too. Kiddos will love crunching up the paper and filling the bag for you. Bonus points for glow in the dark spray paint on the spider to make it even spookier!
Gotta Have a Web
Every spider needs a web right? Use yarn or curling ribbon (the kind gift bows and balloon strings are made of) to create a maze for the yard. It could lay down flat in the yard, weave through the bushes and trees or “stand up” between columns on your front porch.
Take a second to find some old clothes in the closet (who’s closet will depend on how big you want your scarecrow to be). Let your personality shine through! Dresses, Halloween costumes or even some Mickey ears add a bit of spunk to your porch’s fall resident.
Probably the easiest suggestion is to switch out the light bulbs in the porch or yard lighting to orange, black, purple, green or whatever color appeals to you. Make sure if you use the lights for visibility that you can still actually see once you’ve changed out the bulbs. You don’t need a trick or treater falling because they missed a step.
So many porches will have pumpkins for the next few weeks. Pumpkin patches are a fun filled day of picking the perfect pumpkin, but if you’re on a budget or need a lot of pumpkins, check your local grocery stores. They may be more inexpensive there. For long lasting displays, “fake” pumpkins from a craft store are a great option. Taking the time to carve an intricate pattern or picture into a pumpkin is sad when you’ve got to throw it out at the end of the month. Foam pumpkins (when properly treated) can last through Thanksgiving and for years to come if you have the space to store them.
Need more ideas? Make some time to browse Pinterest then head out to the store and get busy creating something extra spooky for your yard this year! Don’t count out dollar stores either. I’ve often been surprised by the selection and quality of items available, especially during the holidays.