When it comes to decorating for a holiday, there is a fine line between getting it just right and overdoing it. Some people are very spirited and go all out on Halloween decorations, which can be just as frightening as the day itself. Here are some great ad stylish ways you can decorate your office, room or house without overdoing it.
Pumpkins: there is nothing better than a display of creative and well-carved pumpkins illuminating your porch (or balcony) on a crisp autumn night. Carving pumpkins is not as easy as it seems, though. Think of the design you want (you’ll have to plan for which spaces will be empty or carved out), transfer the design onto the pumpkin, and use more tools than just a knife (they are difficult to carve with, can be dangerous and could ruin the end product).
Plastic pumpkins, skeletons, Frankenstein, gravestones, etc: Even if you’re decorating your office, there is something about those cheap plastic novelty Halloween items that are an absolute eyesore. If you share a space, please refrain from these novelty items as your neighbours or coworkers may not have the same decorating ideas as you.
The palm trees definitely don’t add to the “spook”
Wreaths: A wreath adds the perfect Halloween-spirited touch to your front entrance. You can add one to your apartment door or place one on the front door of your home. Enough said.
Cobwebs, fake spiders, and strobe lights: Unless you are turning your home into a haunted house for all the neighbourhood kids, refrain from fake cobwebs, spiders and especially strobe lights. There are people out there who have a terrible fear of spiders, and the sight of even a fake one might be enough to send them into a catatonic state of mind. Skip buying the strobe lights for obvious reasons: one of your trick-or-treaters could be an epileptic (the flashing lights are also just plain annoying).
This just looks like a pain to clean the next day.
Scented candles: Even if you’re decorating your office, you can decorate the space with scented candles and not have to light them (most offices won’t allow you to light candles). Some candles are pungent enough for you to be able to smell them even when they’re not lit. Scents like pumpkin spice, cinnamon apple, baked apple pie, etc are perfect for the season.
Smoke machines: Do you remember coming up to a house to say “trick or treat” only to be cut off by the sound of a smoke machine spraying a thick cloud of smoke, temporarily confusing you and disabling you from any sort of normal human function? We do. There is no need for smoke machines unless you’re the stage designer for The Rolling Stones’ 45th Farewell tour. They can also be dangerous by impeding a trick-or-treaters vision, which could cause an accident (like falling down porch steps – yes, its happened to one of our staff members).
Ideal for tripping over those gravestones, too.
Candy & Baked Goods: This doesn’t quite fall under the category of decorating, but if you have candy and baked goods in the office, your co-workers will love you. Have a wide variety of candy readily available for them to snack on. No matter how old, people love candy! Even if its just one bite to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Overall, be minimalistic! Think ‘less is more’. Don’t go on a spending spree buying Halloween-themed photo albums, fake leaves, banners, or other excessively spirited objects that you can only use once a year. Save your money for a vacation or for Christmas gifts. A simple wreath hanging on the door, soft-glowing lanterns, and carved pumpkins will do the trick. They are inviting and will still make you appear spirited. If you think of creative DIY crafts for your Halloween decorations, your wallet will most certainly thank you.