With the clocks moving back and the chilly nights stretching out before us, it’s clear Autumn is in full swing and winter is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate the welcome change of season after a scorching summer than to get on board with Halloween? Stock up on Haribo multi-packs, play ‘who can carve the best pumpkin’ and follow our top tips on how to get your home Halloween ready for fright night…
For those of us who prefer to go low-key with the Halloween décor, opt for a set of pumpkins on the porch for a welcoming trick-or-treat invite. Or, better yet, dress up your windowsills and tables with a pumpkin centrepiece.
It’s not too late to pick your pumpkin – PYO Pumpkin Patch at The Pop-Up Farm (located close to Harpenden, just off the roundabout at Junction 9 off the M1) is open until the 31st October from 10am – 4pm. And it’s not just your classic orange pumpkin on offer, they have a whole array of different colours and patterns to choose from. Why not go for a mix of sizes and shades to make your own season staple without carving (and avoid that pulpy mess)? Or, if you prefer to carve a scary face, take inspiration from this Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/lifeiskind/pumpkin-carving-ideas/
Who said a wreath is just for Christmas? Well, it doesn’t have to be! Why not dress up your front door or windows with a Halloween wreath? Just buy yourself a base from your local florist and get some green foliage, dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and mini faux-pumpkins (you can get these on eBay, Amazon and Etsy). Next step? Get wiring and stick the decs into your wreath base to your hearts content! If you’re feeling lazy, you can purchase a ready-made natural pumpkin wreath from Not On The High Street.
DIY Halloween Ideas
Hosting a Halloween party? Give your home the haunted treatment with spider webs sprinkled with fake tarantulas, hanging bats, mini ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. Make it a family/friend event and pull out all the arts and crafts to get creative with the decorations. Take inspiration from our round up of the best DIY Halloween decoration ideas:
- Spooky yet sweet – for the ultimate party platter bake a tray of fairy cakes and decorate with chocolate soil, green icing and little witches’ hats or RIP headstones.
- Tangled up – go for the classic spider webs in the corners of your home with some fairy faux friends. Or, try making a balloon-webbed garland with orange and black balloons tangled in the cobwebs.
- Devil drinks – serve up some delicious Halloween beverages in milk jars decorated with black shapes to create cat or ghost faces. Oh, and for extra fright, why not fill the jars with bloody mary?
- Halloween ghosts – all you need is a couple of pipe cleaners, a foam ball and base and some cloth. Easy!