Halloween is around the corner and now it’s the perfect time to start making some easy Halloween decor and prepare the party. Here in Mallorca there are so many foreigners Halloween is quite a big celebration, and children go from house to house knocking at the doors and yelling “Trick or Treat”. We like to prepare our entryway with original things, and we love to see kids’ faces when we open the door and they see us disguised and with more spooky things inside. We keep things from one year to another, but we always add new things to surprise them.
Something that gets everyone’s attention are the tombstones. They are made with large slabs of Styrofoam, we cut them to size, shaped them as we liked, and then spray painted. The curious thing about this type of paint with on this material is that it literally carves it, and instead of having a smooth surface it makes holes, so it seems we have real tombstones! On one of them we did grooves with a pen cap and then used a white crayon to add depth. And yes, the epitaph is a little macabre, I know … but it’s Halloween!
Then the girls remembered the Wizard of Oz, and the house that dropped on the wicked witch and we tried to recreate the scene. It was so fun!! We took an old cushion, emptied it and filled with it a pair of tights Miss A had. We added some black tape around, and my red shoes. We also made a trip to the forest to collect some twigs and made two brooms.
As we had enough foam from the pillow, we stretched it and made a kind of spider web.
As we still had styrofoam scraps, we used them to make some signs.
With some cardboard boxes from the supermarket we cut some letters to make a BOO sign. Really easy. I cut them and the girls glued some paper we had found on internet. We added a ribbon and hung it from the door.
But we like to see inside the house Halloween is coming too, so we decorate it as well. And you know me, things have to be as thrifty as possible! You may have seen I collect all bottles and jars to recycle them, so we had still some. We spray painted them black, and added some cute labels from Marilyn. We still had some foam left, the pillow was huge, so we made more spider web. The girls cut some bats and attached to it. And finally one of the things I like most… the book of spells. You can grab it from Heather, she does so many wonderful things, just check her site.
These pictures were so easy! Miss S was in charge of them. I gave her a big garbage bag which she cut in half, and wrapped our big pictures with it. Then we printed some spooky portraits and with double sided tape attached them. I told you, thrifty decor! If you want to see how they normally look, you can see them here.
We are still working on some more Halloween things to do, hope I can share them with you shortly.
What about you? Do you do something special for Halloween?
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