Below are just a few things to consider when making your
Halloween decorating plans.
Create a Halloween Decorating Plan
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.
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.
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
lastly a check list to use while putting up your
Having a particular Halloween theme is a great way to
set a specific mood for your trick or treaters.
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.
Halloween decorating budget to set a side a little bit of
money each month to buy your Halloween decorations and
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
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.
put up the more weather resistant decorations first just
in case bad weather rolls in.
Always Think Safety
Walk the route that your visitors will travel on your
property in advance and look for any obstacles or
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
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.
of safety related information and tips visit the
Halloween Safety website.
Packing and Storing Your Halloween
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
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.
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