It’s almost that time again! Halloween is just around the corner. With all that’s happened this year, we should be ready for a spectacular show at this year’s celebrations!
Each year, over 172 million Americans dress up in fun or scary costumes and head out for a night of spooky fun!
Are you ready to start getting in the spirit of things? Here are some fantastic ideas for decorating your homes and preparing for the arrival of Halloween!
Pumpkins are perhaps the quintessential Halloween decoration. As a crop that is harvested in the fall, they are plentiful and easy to access for Halloween decorating.
But how did the tradition begin?
It all started with a sneaky little Irish fellow by the name of Stingy Jack.
He tricked the Devil for money and when he died, neither God nor the Devil would accept his soul. He was doomed to wander the Earth for eternity and the Irish began carving demonic faces into turnips to scare him away.
Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America where it turned into pumpkins since they were a more plentiful crop.
The origin of witches is hard to track down. There are many superstitions about them across cultures. Witches practiced witchcraft for both good and bad purposes, supposedly, but most people viewed all witches and suspected witches as evil.
Throughout history, people went on massive witch hunts during which they killed many people suspected of dabbling in witchcraft. These witch hunts were often sanctioned and legal according to the ruling body at the time.
For example, the Catholic church burned thousands of people at the stake because they believed it was the only way to save the witches’ souls from hell.
Nowadays, witches happily flit through the skies on Halloween (i.e. hang from trees, windows, and adorn front porches), weaving their magic spells and looking spooky.
Black cats stand for bad luck in some cultures and good luck in others. In America, the Plymouth Puritan Pilgrims solidified black cats as the witch’s companion during the witch trials.
They persecuted the poor creatures and even went so far as to burn black cats on Shrove Tuesday to protect their homes from fire.
Nowadays, they are a fun addition to Halloween decor. Just watch out if one crosses your path!
Spiders also earn their place among Halloween decorations because of their associations with witches.
Many medieval cultures believed them to be evil companions of the cackling hags. Not only that, but they tend to be quite plentiful in haunted houses, cemeteries, dungeons, and other Halloween-y types spaces.
Halloween started out from a solemn day of remembrance for those we have lost. From there, it’s not hard to see how skeletons became a symbol of the holiday.
Some people choose to decorate with creepy skeletons that make the viewer shiver in their skins to see those lifelike bones hanging about. Others go for a more comical approach, like the happy fellow in the photo above.
Regardless, skeletons make an unmistakable iconic Halloween decoration.
If you don’t have enough time or space to do a full-blown skeleton, a skull by itself will do just fine. The hollow eyes, nose, and the detailed outline of the teeth are creepy enough to add some atmosphere to your decor.
As a bonus, they also come in super handy as a receptacle for holding candy or creepy crawlies!
From ghostbusters to Casper the Friendly Ghost, we’ve always been intrigued by these spiritual visitors. Whether you believe they are real or not, they certainly make a deliciously creepy decoration to add to your Halloween decor!
Like skeletons, it’s not too much of a stretch to understand why ghosts are affiliated with Halloween. After all, the souls of the dead wandering around on Earth certainly fits the theme.
If you go all the way back, Halloween actually originated from the Celtic festival Samhain whose entire purpose was to keep evil ghosts away.
As Christianity came to the region, Samhain was converted into All Saints’ Day on November 1 to honor Christian martyrs. Many of the Samhain traditions were kept for All Souls’ Day on November 2. Halloween developed from All Hallows’ Eve in the US, the day before All Saints’ Day.
So, in reality, ghosts aren’t just affiliated with Halloween, they are a big part of its beginning!
Scarecrows initially started out as a simple prop in the farmer’s fields to scare the crows away so they wouldn’t feed on seeds and young crops. As a common sight at harvest time, they have become firmly associated with Halloween.
Additionally, the idea of a humanoid creature carries a sense of spookiness to it all by itself. If you’ve ever seen a scarecrow at night you can attest, even if it was a “friendly” looking one.
The great thing for decorators is that they are a simple adornment anyone can easily make at home. Stuff some old clothes with straw or newspaper, give it a pumpkin head, and you’ve got yourself a DIY scarecrow.
Of course, there are lots of places to get both cute and spooky scarecrows online or in stores.
While not exclusively a Halloween decoration, black roses provide a type of gothic ambiance hard to replicate otherwise.
Perhaps the impact is caused by the stark, lifeless color being applied to what is usually a symbol of love. Whatever it is, the spook factor is hard to beat!
Are you getting in the spirit yet?
With all these great ideas and more, you can transform your porch to offer a spooky welcome to guests and trick or treaters alike. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Even if you don’t plan on welcoming trick or treaters to your home this year, some fun decorations will help add to the atmosphere in the neighborhood. We certainly deserve a little lightheartedness after everything that has happened this year!
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