Have you decorated your home for Halloween? It’s not too late! Decorating for a holiday is a great way to spend some time on your feet, doing something physical but not overly taxing. It’s an enjoyable way to spend time, and it gets you in a holiday spirit.
Not only do you benefit, but if you decorate your yard, doorstep or windows, you treat your neighbors and passersby to a treat too! It can really perk up someone’s day to see holiday decorations. You can strike up conversations with your neighbors while you’re doing it. People who decorate are seen as more approachable and friendly by others. It also stirs up nostalgia and reminds you of being a kid: everyone loved the houses that were decorated. As the days grow dark earlier, it’s nice to get a little boost from a fun activity.
You don’t have to rush out to Party City or Spirit Halloween and spend a lot of money. A few pumpkins from the supermarket can really make a doorstep pop. And Jack-o’-lanterns are always fun to carve! Black construction cut into bats taped to the door and kitchen towels tied into ghosts on your stair rail, mailbox or a tree will make your house look great! It gives you a chance to think creatively and do a simple craft without spending too much money or investing a lot of time.
Hanging things up outdoors gets you out into the yard now that the planting season is done for most parts of the country, and it lets you enjoy your neighborhood a bit. Many of us fall into the trap of staying indoors when we don’t have any errands or appointments to go to.
If you prefer to decorate for fall festivals or Thanksgiving instead of Halloween, we still recommend pumpkins. But, we think a scarecrow made from old clothes is an excellent option. You can stuff them with leaves, newspaper or plastic bags. It will look cute, and you won’t have a bird problem! Or, if you want to have a planter on seasonal flowers, you can actually make a scarecrow from three flowerpots using these instructions.
One thing to note, if you decorate, be sure to buy some Halloween treats for trick-or-treaters. There is some debate as to whether people will be trick-or-treating this year. If you decorate your house, every kid in the neighborhood who is out will knock on your door next weekend! That’s either a bonus or a negative, depending on how you feel about trick-or-treating.
There are a lot of excellent options for decorating this weekend. Enjoy some time outside in the sun and spend time in the fall weather. The holidays are here, so start to celebrate by decorating!