We’re coming up to Halloween and I’ve already got a supply of rats, snakes, worms and skulls in bright candy colors laid in for the Trick or Treaters. I like to be prepared.
You could have a traditional Halloween, like granddad did; apple bobbing, pumpkin jack’o’lanterns, spooks wearing bedsheets, and a few scary stories. But nowadays most of us want a bit more, from a few fake spiderwebs around the house to ten foot tall fluorescent skeletons.
You can even get a fully realistic, life size skeleton for the porch. Or just buy a few pairs of bony hands. A hand creeping round a door, out of a crack in the wall, or even worse out of the ground, is truly ghoulish!
Bats are actually rather cute creatures in the flesh, but at Halloween we’re thinking vampires. Bat decals on the windows, or bat mobiles, or rubber bats on elastic, are regular decorations. Spiders are also seasonal favorites, particularly great big ones – the biggest I could find was six feet across, which should be plenty large enough to put a scare into passers-by.
Orange and dark purple are the Halloween colors. Orange fairy lights cast a wicked glow; thread them through bare twigs for a spooky take on the Christmas tree. Or get a Halloween light projector that can make skulls and spooks appear all over the yard.
You might want a few witches around, as well. A besom tied with a bunch of herbs, a black cat, or a doll stabbed with pins, all suggest there’s one somewhere about … you might find her pointy hat, too.
The key to a good Halloween for the children is to make it spooky but not too scary, of course. For teenagers, or between adults, you can go a bit more in the scary direction. There’s some wonderfully realistic fake wounds and scars available, that you can apply to each other if you want to become real ghouls.
You might rent a couple of horror movies, and make some blood cocktails with tomato juice and the other ingredients of your choice. Or drink a bright green witches’ brew, made with Midori melon liqueur, Cointreau and lemon juice. (Kids can have a junior punch made of cranberry juice for the red color, apple juice, and ginger ale – add a tot of rum for grown-ups.)
Have a very spooky Halloween. And have an economical Halloween, too, by looking for your supplies on Vipon. See if you can snag a great deal!