Decorating for Halloween is the time to let your imagination run wild. If we’re not careful, those decorations could break the bank and add tons of trash to landfills. Decorating organically for this holiday is simple, fun and will not break the bank. Here are a few suggestions for creating your Halloween vision:
- Cornstalks. Cornstalks can be used in many outdoor decorations. Gather a few cornstalks and pair them with a few ears of dried corn to make a Halloween wreath.
- Pumpkins and Gourds. Pumpkins provide a pop of color and serve many purposes. Hollow out a pumpkin to use as a planter. Or, stencil the gourds to create attractive decorations to scatter around your yard or by the front door. Put pumpkins and gourds outside on a large metal cookie sheet to maintain freshness. Hide the tray with leaves or a towel. Eat the pumpkin or add the gourds to your compost pile after the 31st.
- Indian Corn. Tie two or three ears of Indian corn together to create a decoration for the front door. Or, place the dried corn near the cornstalks and pumpkins to create a Halloween scene.
- Old Clothes. Make a scarecrow by stuffing an old shirt, pants and shoes with straw. The straw can be used as mulch after Halloween is over.
- Spider Webs. Repurpose old sheets by cutting it into thin strips and stretching into a spider web design. Crepe paper melts into a mess in the rain and is hard to clean up. You can use your “sheet” spider web for many Halloweens to come.
- Twigs, Branches, and Leaves. Look around the yard for tools to create a spooky tangle of debris. Piles of leaves are an excellent hiding place for tombstones made from branches. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. The goal is to provide mystery.
When Halloween is over, pack up all of your reusable decorations. Label the box and tuck it away until next year.