The Autumn can inspire a sense of childlike wonder in all of us. From the pyrotechnics of colorful foliage, to the candlelit magic of snaggletoothed jack-o-lanterns, it is a time of whimsy and mystery. It seems a shame to let it go to waste.
Thankfully, people have been getting more and more into the spirit of the season, with Halloween becoming one of the biggest Holidays of the year.
Why limit yourself to skulls, bones and smoking cauldrons? You can make your house as spooky or as elegant as you like! Why not go all out and have the best house on your block? Fall doesn’t stop with All Hallow’s Eve, either, so expand your thinking to include the fall harvest.
Corn stalks: I come from Indiana originally, where dried corn stalks are cheap and plentiful. Frequently found adorning porches and mailboxes, you can also try making a fall installation with some hay bales and pumpkins. They sound great, whispering in the breeze, and look outstanding, silhouetted against the light of the full moon.
Hay Bales: Cheap and plentiful as corn stalks, nothing says Harvest like dried hay bales. A natural and easy addition to seasonal landscaping, you can also make festive outdoor furniture for sipping mulled cider: instant quality time with loved ones! They can also make great target practice!
Pumpkins: Naturally. Don’t limit yourself to complacent orange orbs sitting on steps; there’s a pumpkin for every occasion. 500 pound behemoths or ghostly, warty albinos; tiny ones for toddlers or if you have a bunch of guests to entertain. Decorating pumpkins is a timeless and easy way to spend quality time with family and friends. You can also do loads of stuff with the seeds and innards. If you don’t want to deal with the mess, check out this mustache decorating kit.
Want pumpkins that won’t spoil? Check out these beautiful, bedazzled handmade pumpkins from Etsy. You’ll feel like Cinderella at the ball. Be careful, though, you won’t want these pumpkins smashed.
Scarecrows: Another timeless classic. Use some of that hay from those hay bales to stuff a flannel shirt to make your own scarecrow, as charming or as terrifying as you like. If you’re low on time or hay, check out these lifesize scarecrows, lavishly and lovingly made, or try these for some terrifying animatronic alternatives.
Zombie Hands: The Walking Dead are in. Why not have some clawing out of your lawn? Here’s some LED lit hands to light your pathway with their eerie glow. Maybe you’d like to get a head?
Cobwebs: You can’t go wrong with cobwebs. You can get them anywhere, and they’re super cheap. Why not get a Giant Spider, to go with your web?
Ghosts: Another timeless classic. Hang tissue or sheets from your trees, for a fun DIY approach that is fully customizable, or check out these cute ghost lanterns from Etsy.
Inflatables: Every year, you see more and more inflatable yard props, so there are a number of options for every price range. Go all out with a 15′ Grim Reaper carriage, from Grandin Road, or stay cheap and cute with Hello Kitty. You might look into rentals in your area, if you’re only going to use it once. Or you might as well give everybody what they want, and get a bouncy palace!
If you don’t have kids, or are just looking for something timeless and elegant for holiday festivities, check out these, lavishly handmade and made-to-order seasonal wreaths, or check out this Etsy shop for a lower price, but equally high quality.
Looking for an elegant alternative to the tired ol’ pumpkins? Here’s some handmade lanterns from Etsy, sporting silhouettes of classic monsters from the Silver Screen.
There’s a million possibilities, and more every year. Resurrect your inner child, and let your imagination PLAY!
Follow along with this Outdoor Decor Pinterest board, or look up Fall Outdoor Decorations on Etsy, for further inspiration!