This post was originally published on October 24, 2018, and updated on (October 1, 2019)
Are You Ready For A Spooky Halloween?
What is Halloween? Where did it come from? It is believed that Halloween is a night when the dead come out to walk among the living for only one night.
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Halloween is a time for decorating your home, for having fun, for letting the child out of all of us for one night. It’s a time for watching those annual scary flicks on tv, going to scary theme parks, checking out that house in your neighbourhood that is outstandingly decorated in everything imaginably scary. And the best part, is planning what we will all wear on that super frightening day.
How Do You Prepare Your Home For Halloween
I love all the holiday/special events days. With Halloween coming around the corner, it has started me thinking about how I want to decorate our home this year. How can I make it a Happy and Spooky Halloween?
Halloween can be fun and playful or it can be dark and really spooky. Ever since our son was old enough to know what Halloween was all about, I have been decorating our home with all kinds of Halloween fun.
We decorated the house inside and out with very playful and colourful themes, as to not scare them. I used the typical fall colours of orange, auburn and reds, cute little scarecrows and Casper the Ghost.
An annual tradition of ours would be to carve some pumpkins together. Every year we would carve it in a different way. In the beginning, we carved cute and typical faces on the pumpkins. But in the following years, we got a little more creative and adventurous. So much fun was had.
As the kids grew up, the darker and spookier colours came out. Heh heh heh !!! I couldn’t wait to start decorating with the purples and the blacks and creepy green colours. The scarier the better. The kids loved it. Perhaps I loved it more. Lol!
fun with Halloween decorating
We hung cobwebs, ghosts and spiders for the light fixtures around the house. All the paintings and photographs on the walls were knocked off its axis. Lol!!! We decorated the tables, furniture and fireplace mantle with Halloween décor. Every year I would buy something new to decorate our home with.
This decorating was a long process. Whew!! I wonder if Christmas decorating was as intricate as Halloween decorating. Like I said I love decorating . . . for the kids. Wink, wink!!
Then I put scary things in the windows and on. I found decals of blood that stuck to the top of our windows. If that wasn’t enough, I put up a life-size cut out of a headless woman (holding her decapitated head). Eek. Lovin’ it. I also put up a life-size cut out of a witch on a broom. So much fun, right?
See how much fun Halloween can be if you only let your imagination run wild. If you want to make these cut-outs to put in your windows, I have the instructions down below.
Outside was not forgotten. We carved pumpkins. Some scary, some not so scary, some hilarious. My husband created a huge skeleton pirate to decorate on the front porch. We decorated the front lawn with scattered skeleton bones. Ohhhh what fun! Muahahahaha. Cue the “Vincent Price” macabre music.
if only we could turn back time
When our son was old enough to walk on his own, we couldn’t wait to dress him up and take him out for Halloween. When the day came for trick or treating, the poor guy got sick with a cold and we couldn’t take him out. But we still dressed him up and he watched the kids come to our door with sheer delight.
He was soooo excited to see the children come to the door. He would jump up and down chanting “chick-o-cheet”. He was trying to say “trick-or-treat”, as he heard the kids say coming to the door. It puts a smile on my face every time I remember how small he was.
He was the cutest little purple dinosaur. That was some 18 years ago. Every year, we couldn’t wait to dress up our kids in all kinds of costumes. When the kids were quite small, we dressed them for trick-or-treating in those cute lion or bear costumes. It was perfect because when it was cold outside those costumes would keep them warm. When my daughter came along, she too wore those same furry animal costumes for a few years.
a family affair
When the kids grew a little older, we would all dress up along with the kids. Halloween was a family affair. We made it another tradition of ours to dress up in a theme . . . all 4 of us. While I took the kids out trick or treating, my husband would stay behind to hand out the treats and give the older children quite a scare.
It began to be our thing. Every year we would plan out what we would wear. Here are some of the costumes we would wear. Maybe it might help you figure out what kind of costumes you might want to get:
the family Halloween themes:
As the kids grew older, they obviously wanted different kinds of costumes. I still have those costumes somewhere tucked away in Tupperware. I cannot seem to let go of them. I am a true sentimentalist. What can I say?
FAMILY / GROUP COSTUME IDEAS
- Police vs Prisoner
- Zorro vs Bandito
- Biker Gang Family – (my favourite)
- Vampires, Mummy and Bride of Frankenstein
- Superstars – Madonna (me) and Katy Perry (my daughter)
- Cats – my daughter and I had fun with the makeup
Other Family Ideas:
- Sports Players – we did this at work – I was a soccer player
- Baseball Player
- Hockey Player
- Football Player
- Cleopatra and Caesar – we were thinking of doing this but costumes, not weather-permitting
- Superheros – Characters from a famous movie (so many of these movies out these days)
- Wonder Woman
- Black Widow
- Scarlet Witch
- Captain Marvel
- Captain America
- Iron Man
Children Costume Ideas
- Purple Dinosaurs
- Furry Animals … lion, tiger, bear …
- Bride of Frankenstein
- Harry Potter
- Mime – my daughter comes up with good costumes
- Super Hero
- The Descendants Disney characters
10 top things you need for a happy and spooky halloween
- Tablecloth – Halloween colours (orange, purple, black)
- Cotton Fluff – put it everywhere – to resemble cobwebs
- Spiders – nothing like gross critters to make a scary theme . . . the bigger and uglier the better
- Coloured Light Bulb – they have red, green or even black to darken the atmosphere
- Music – nothing like scary music when kids come trick or treating
- Black Card stock – for those scary crafts you are going to make ex: bats, rats, spiders
- Pumpkins – to make those scary (or cute) jack-o-lanterns and you can later roast the seeds
- Decals – for windows (you buy all kinds) For ex: the blood I told you about on the windows
- Witch’s Hat – for decorating your table
- Imagination – last but not least . . . have fun with it
The main thing you want to do is have fun with it. You can go as little as getting some fluff and covering all your pictures or paintings you have on your walls. Don’t forget to move your picture frames off (make them crooked).
If you need some help, check out some scary movies or movies with old houses and see the state of the house. All you have to do is replicate.
It doesn’t take much. Just your wild imagination and some good ole’ child-like fun. So I hope you all have a safe but Happy and Spooky Halloween.