Costuming Your House for the Holiday: Outdoor Halloween Decorating Ideas

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Statistics tell us that Halloween is one of the major “adult” holidays out there — a time when more adults are having parties, dressing up in costume, and acting like kids than probably any other time of year. And it’s always fun to “dress up” your porch, front walk, and front yard in anticipation of the little “ghosts and goblins” who’ll be stopping by. So if you’re looking for a touch of inspiration on something new and whimsical — or scarier than you’ve done before! — take a look through some of these images and be inspired. Many folks will go all-out with carved pumpkins on their steps or railings, creating “gargoyles,” ogres, or other scary faces to greet visitors. “Ghosts” can float from trees or porches or loom at corners. Combine the two images: white-painted pumpkins with glowing little “eyes” will make people smile.

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If you don’t want super-scary or creepy décor for some reason, go the other way: have “ghosts” hanging from your tree with wide grins on their faces, ready to play. Group grinning pumpkins in a “family,” give them country accessories, and you’ve got a friendly cluster on the porch. Pull out some orange, yellow, and copper crysanthemums — or put stick-on “glow” images all over your windows for cheery Halloween lights to illuminate the walk. Who wouldn’t love a pumpkin “bear,” complete with pumpkin “honey pot,” at your front door? And, if you’ve already got a real black cat, you may have the best yard prop of all — provided you can get Kitty to perform on cue (good luck). But whether you go sweet or scary, you’ve got tons of choices to “costume” your home for Halloween, so let your imagination loose…and have fun.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).