Decorate Your Yard for Halloween
Decorating your yard for Halloween sets the mood for the scariest night of the year and is a great opportunity to involve the whole family in a fun-filled activity. Discuss themes and ideas with your children and let them help put up the decorations. Here are some tips to help you turn your yard into a Halloween-themed extravaganza.
Choose a Theme
Picking a theme makes it easy to plan your Halloween yard decorations. Involve the whole family in a brainstorming session to come up with ideas for an innovative and exciting theme. With a little bit of imagination, you can transform your yard into any number of Halloween-based themes. Here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
The graveyard theme is a popular one and there are lots of props you can buy or make that will create an air of eeriness in your yard. Fake tombstones that light up and emit eerie sounds will send shivers down the spines of trick-or-treaters. You can also hang swaying ghosts or witches between trees that will move in the breeze or by motion sensors to give unsuspecting visitors a good scare.
Mad Scientist’s Laboratory
Place glass jars filled with colored liquid and plastic body parts on a table covered with a white sheet to convert your yard into a mad scientist’s laboratory. Hang green and orange flameless candles from hooks screwed onto your eaves and from trees in the yard. Wear a white lab coat and greet trick-or-treaters and guests to your unique Halloween haunt.
Turn your yard into a vampire’s lair by scattering glittering yard stakes and hanging bats with gleaming red eyes from tree branches. Place a life-sized inflatable vampire character equipped with a motion sensor in your yard and watch with glee as visitors are taken by surprise when it emits scary sounds as they approach. Dress your windows with backlit posters of vampires and bats to create the perfect backdrop.
To create a possessed-pumpkin town set up a couple of inflatable pumpkins with evil grins and Halloween pumpkin lanterns. Lights shaped like drops of blood can be draped around the yard for extra effect. Swaying inflatable ghosts, when placed between trees, will move in the breeze and create the illusion of a wandering spirit.
Pick Decorations According to Your Theme
Once you decide upon a theme, make a list of the items you’ll need to bring the theme to life. Take your children along to the store and spend some quality family time choosing the necessary items. Sometimes seeing new things at the store can spark a new idea; let yourself go with the flow and make your Halloween experience a memorable one.