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Archive for June, 2007

Spook the Kids with a Haunted Porch

Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 18, 2007

Haunted PorchMake your house the talk of the neighborhood this Halloween by transforming your front porch into a haunted house. Halloween decorations are the perfect way to create a graveyard on your front lawn, spook the kids when they come for candy, or host a fantastic Halloween party. Just beware, you may not get as many trick or treaters!

Start creating your haunted porch with the basics. Cob webs are essential and affordable. Use them to create a creepy backdrop or accent to your other decorations. Stretch them over your railings or border the door with them. You can even put them in your trees to maximize the eeriness.

Place haunted yard signs or lighted rocks with warning messages to caution visitors and trick or treaters that they are in for a scare.

Set the scene starting with your yard to thoroughly scare your neighborhood. Place a crime scene decoration in your driveway and create a cemetery in your yard using personalized tombstones. Add an extra scare with an animated grave, which will scare visitors as they arrive. Border the area with a cemetery fence or haunted house caution tape.

Lighted RocksFor a complete spooky look, try the Haunted Cemetery Decorating Kit!

Move on to the porch to continue the haunted fun. Place a coffin on your porch to extend the cemetery. Really make things spooky on your porch by adding a fog machine to envelop all your decorations in an eerie haze! Place a crypt keeper standee or a glow-in-the-dark skeleton in a dark corner to startle guests. Drape a rusted chain over your railings for a menacing effect.

Add some special effects with lighted bones windchimes for a spooky glow or an animated Grim Reaper to frighten visitors and wish them “Happy Halloween.” An animated door curtain will add a spooky effect when you answer the door. The curtains part and the skulls at the top light up! Leave some candy out for the kids in a wandering eyes candy dish. When they reach for the candy, the eyes will move around to watch them.

For a finishing touch try dressing up in a scary costume and sitting on your porch. As kids come up to trick or treat, sit perfectly still. Hold the bowl of candy in your lap and only move when the kids reach for the candy. You could also have a scary music CD playing or make spooky noises yourself.

The possibilities for a haunted porch are endless. We’d love to hear about your Halloween decorating ideas!

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Halloween Party Tips

Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 1, 2007

Add an extra chill to the autumn weather with haunting outdoor and indoor Halloween Spiderweb Entrancedecorations.  Guests, trick-or-treaters, and passers-by will be thrilled by your frightening yard and home!

Frighten guests right away by placing a Tree Trunk Trembler each of the trees in your yard. Guests will have to enter at their own risk when you put up a spider web entrance outside your front door. For a less menacing accent try Sneaky Kids. They’re a Halloween favorite!

Your front yard makes the perfect setting for a cemetery! Add a few wheelbarrows full of dirt, and add Graveyard Ghoulies for a major scare this Halloween! Place tombstones and ghosts around your lawn and add gravesite decorations for the finishing touch. You can even get a personalized tombstone!

In addition to carved jack o’ lanterns on your porch, try other mood-setting lighting options such as a Clear Skeleton Light Set hanging in your trees. This is a sure-fire way to add some spookiness to any porch. Give your trick-or-treaters an eerie message by placing motion-activated Lighted Rocks in your flower beds or yard. Top it all off with your own greeting to your guests with Personalized Banners.

Inside your home, you can never have too many pumpkins and cobwebs! These are both inexpensive and can be used in abundance to help you create an authentic atmosphere for your scariest of parties! Group the pumpkins together, some carved with candles, and some naturally plain for a glowing outcome. The cobwebs can be fastened to the corners of shelving, across the facing of cabinets, and around lamps or almost any other object. Create a haunting focal point with a Haunted Hotel Standee covering one of your entire walls. Make the inside of you house a spooky cave with hanging 3D bats placed in a prominent location.  Add a humorous touch by placing Inflatable Witch Legs under any door.

Have some fun with a Talking Witch. Place her as a focal point somewhere in your house –inside the front door or next to a buffet line. She comes with a microphone so you can hide around the corner and “speak” spooky or silly messages to all your friends!

Setting a table with the party ware, including the tablecloth, cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery is the fastest way to create a focal point in a room.  Start by setting your table with all the goodies in our Cemetery Terror Ensemble.  Add a few of the following touches to personalize your table:
• Frighten your mortals by placing a Heart Mold in the middle of your buffet table for a fear factor like none other!
• Add a Mini Witch Hat Votive at each place setting to create an eerie glow.
• Frighten your mortals by placing a fake giant Tarantula in a shady corner to startle your guests.
These decorations double as entertainment! Guests will love taking funny photos with an Executioner Standee. Place a Zombie Candy Grabber outside the front door for Trick-or-Treaters to pull candy out of its stomach. The Monster Lab Beanbag Toss is a great game for little guests.

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