Halloween Decorations - Your Guide to Decorating your home for Halloween!





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Halloween Decorating Basics
Below are just a few things to consider when making your Halloween decorating plans.

Create a Halloween Decorating Plan
Planning how you will decorate for Halloween this year well in advance will help make things go much smoother for you, your family and ultimately for trick or treaters and your holiday visitors.

The best way is to use a notebook to make detailed lists and hand drawn diagrams of what your haunt will contain and what you want it to look like. When drawing out your plan, create it from the prospective of your visitors.

The basics include drawing a basic blue print or map of your yard and how you want to decorate it. Next, a shopping list of Halloween decorations and props you want to add this year and lastly a check list to use while putting up your decorations.

Having a particular Halloween theme is a great way to set a specific mood for your trick or treaters. One of the most important things to remember when planning a specific themed based Halloween is to try to be consistent with your Halloween decorations, props and anyone who is part of your haunt that is in costume.

Create a Halloween decorating budget to set a side a little bit of money each month to buy your Halloween decorations and props with. Be sure and save some of your Halloween spending money for those day after Halloween sales! You can pick up all kinds of things that you'll be able to use next year at discounted prices!

Start putting up your Halloween decorations early! Most people lead pretty busy lives and it's so easy to wait until the last minute, thinking you will have enough time, then bam, something happens to get in the way of your well thought out plans.

Try to put up the more weather resistant decorations first just in case bad weather rolls in.

Always Think Safety
Halloween Decorating SafetyWalk the route that your visitors will travel on your property in advance and look for any obstacles or potential dangers they might encounter, you don't want people tripping over electrical cords or hard to see Halloween props. If you have porch steps, make sure they are easy to navigate, and well lit. Don't let them get wet, icy or slippery from bad weather.

You can use jack-o-lanterns to light the stairs. If you are concerned that they might get knocked over and become a fire hazard, you can put a glow stick or battery powered light inside them to light them.

If you are having a yard haunt or outdoor decorations and props for the neighborhood to see, it's a good idea to check with your insurance company to make sure that your home owners insurance covers you should there be an accident.

Never leave any lighted Halloween decorations plugged in or candles lit when you are away or leave your property. Be sure to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Make sure that cords are plugged into outlets and/or extension cords are plugged in safely. Always have one or more fire extinguishers handy during the holidays just in case.

For lots of safety related information and tips visit the Halloween Safety website.

Packing and Storing Your Halloween Decorations
Packing and Storing Your Halloween DecorationsWhen ever possible, try to keep the original boxes and packing material your Halloween decorations came in. Cardboard moving and storage boxes also work well for storing your Halloween decorations as they are usually made from heavy-weight cardboard.

Plastic storage containers have the advantage that they are available in transparent plastic so that you can also see what's inside and are also much more resistant to moisture, but they also cost more. If you live in a humid area and are worried about moisture getting in, you can seal the edges with wide packing tape.

Product manuals, instruction sheets and spare parts can be stored inside of zip-lok bags to prevent them from being damaged or lost. Costumes can be placed in extra large zip-lok bags or plastic garment bags before being stored after being worn on Halloween night. This will help keep them clean, safe from the elements and hopefully moth free.

Tissue paper, bubble wrap and foam chips can be used to protect items that are breakable. Beware of using newspaper as the ink used on the paper can transfer onto the item wrapped in it. When stacking your boxes and crates, try to make stacks of similar sized containers, starting with heavy boxes on bottom and working up to light boxes at the top. Use a large permanent marker or printed labels to list the contents of your Halloween storage boxes for future reference.

For more info visit the Halloween Online's decorations section.



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