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How to Decorate Outdoors for Halloween

How to Decorate Outdoors for Halloween

Spook up the outside of your house this year with jack-o'-lanterns and ghosts, and make your house every child's favorite stop on the trick-or-treat trail.


Set out carved pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns with votive candles inside them. Put them around your door and along your walkway. Or line your walkway and stairs with jack-o'-lantern candles or lanterns.

Hang white Christmas lights in trees or along fences.
Make a scarecrow. Scatter autumn leaves, miniature pumpkins, gourds and un-carved pumpkins around the scarecrow.
Have the scarecrow hold up a sign that says something fun like, "This way to tricks, that way to treats."

Make smoke around your doorway with a fog machine or by putting dry ice in a bucket of lukewarm water. The water-to-ice ratio should be about two-to-one. Hang spider webs and large plastic spiders around the front door.

Hang an old bed sheet and make it look like a ghost. Cut out a face.
Place a small electric fan underneath the ghost so that it flutters in the wind.
Display decorative ghosts or jack-o'-lanterns in every window of the house facing the entry.


Never leave candles unattended.

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