5 Tips for “Tricking” out your Pad for Halloween

When you are prepping your home for an influx of trick-or-treaters, it is easy to feel the need to go overboard once you see the aisles of orange and black at Target, and all of the glitter pumpkins in the forefront of every retail store.  But, Halloween is the first in the line of Fall Holidays, and if your house is like mine, this is only the first night of many with guests, dinner parties and hosting.  By making some smart choices about what you decorate with now, you can save yourself some money and time (the two things moms never have enough of!) in the months to come.  And, while we are all trying to be green, choosing some more versatile decorations saves the environment from cast-off plastic pumpkins, turkeys and other holiday decorations.  Here are my personal tips for success in Halloween decorating:

1. Choose a splurge item.

Usually, about once a year or so, I invest in something funky for the house that I can customize.  Last year I found little jars that I put different flowers in for the holidays.  This year, I have my eye on some apothecary jars to fill with Reeses pieces for Halloween and red and green M and Ms or ribbon candy for the holidays, and my mantle or side table are done.

Target has them here, but I have also seen them at TJMaxx for the same or less:


2. Get crafty.

I am always wary of adding another craft project to my list, but these spider webs from How About Orange seem easy enough I may be able to do them, and I like that it offers big visual impact for little money or time:


Or, for some added spooky decor, have your little ones help you cut out bat and ghost shapes for the walls.

3. Use favors as part of your décor.

Everyone loves a goody bag, and if you do something a little unique for them, you can use your favors as a centerpiece or mantle decoration for some added zing.  We loved these pumpkin favor bags posted on the Bear Cottage:

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4. Bring the outside in.

I am lucky enough to live in New England, where nature takes a turn for the colorful this time of year.  Leaves, pumpkins and gourds (not more than a dollar at any grocery store) are always on my table to help set the mood for the season.  The leaves are free and collecting and comparing them with your little ones is always a fun project.


5. Hit the dollar bin.

For that extra something, I always end up at the dollar store, or the big dollar bins in the retail stores (Target’s $1 section is great!).  They always have paper plates and cups, or a table cloth to help set the mood as fun.

Use these decorating tips to save time and money this Halloween season, and remember to have fun!

—  Designer Mom

Designer Mom is Senofer Mendoza, a mom and partner in her own design firm.  www.designer-mom.com







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