Thursday, October 2, 2008

Creepy on a Budget

I think I mentioned how much I heart Halloween. I love to decorate, and am a champion pumpkin carver, if I do say so myself.

Look at these fantastic decorating ideas from Good Housekeeping. They're so simple, it's scary! You don't need to break the bank to throw a spooky soiree. Below, some creepy decorations that set the scene for an especially eerie evening.

To accomplish the effect in the first photo, you only need sticks or stray branches from your own yard, and some time and creativity to carve your pumpkins. You could scatter some fallen leaves as well. The birds are fun but totally optional.

The second look is pure genius: photocopied black and white portraits from history books or encyclopedias. Mount them on some black poster board and display them, clustered on shelves or mantelpieces.

And the third photo is so effective because the pumpkins--aside from being so artfully carved--are different shapes and sizes and clustered together. You don't need two dozen pumpkins of your own to create this effect. A carefully chosen few would have a similar, spooky look.


stace said...

I was Australia celebrated Halloween too! It seems like so much fun! We do go trick-or-treating, but if we do anything with pumpkins and that sort of stuff, we get looked down on as being too "american-like!". But enjoy the holiday - i'll have to come over that way one day and see what halloween is really all about!

stace said...

I meant, i "wish" Australia...

Sharon said...

I love the changing photos!
And thanks for posting this. I saw some nice ones at Target, but would have spent about $12 per photo there!

jenny said...

wow i like it .