decorating for halloween

Get into the Spooky Spirit this Halloween Season

by Shea Homes on October 25, 2016

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There are two extremes when it comes to holiday decorating. On one end, we have the folks that had every eave decked out in fake spider webs, walkways lined with gravestones and pumpkins adorning every table or doorstep available by the time the moon rose on October 1st. On the flip-side, there are some busy people whose mantles remain frightfully bare.

No matter what camp you find yourself in, the tips, tricks and free Halloween downloads below can help you take your current holiday décor to a frightful new height.

Witchy Workspace Digital Wallpapers

If you’re a Halloween fanatic, your décor will likely spill out from your home into your workstation. Take a look at our two desktop wallpapers below and decide which gets you into the Halloween spirit most. Save the image and replace your computer’s background. Like both? You can use one this week and one the next!

“Get it Ghoul!” Computer Wallpaper

For those days you ghouls and boys need a little extra motivation to make it to the weekend.

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“Treat Yourself” Computer Wallpaper

Because after hitting that deadline or just getting through a Monday unscathed, you deserve to celebrate!!

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Mobile Wallpaper

Don’t find yourself tied to a desktop or laptop too often? Never fear, we have versions of these wallpapers for your mobile devices as well!

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Hallowed Home Printables

With Halloween being the unofficial-official kick-off to the holiday season, putting up and taking down décor for a multitude of occasions can be overwhelming during an already jam-packed time of year. One of our favorite “easy” solutions for this is to dedicate a picture frame in your home where you can easily swap holiday-themed printables in and out. Whether you place the frame on a shelf, mantle or hang it on a wall, you can easily save your favorite designs in the back of the frame to rotate through each season. Take a look at Pinterest for printable options for other holidays like Thanksgiving or Fourth of July.

“Home is Where the Heart is” Printable

A classic saying with a Halloween twist!

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“Welcome to our BOO-tiful Home” Printable

This welcome sign fits perfectly in an entryway or strung from your front door.

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Simply Sweet Treat Tags

Fill up small bags with treats and attach these printable tags for classroom giveaways or for a sweet surprise for the guests in your home.

 

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Poppin’ Pumpkins

With your digital devices, home and gifts covered for Halloween, that just leaves one last detail. The pièce de résistance, the jack-o-lantern. Pinterest, again, offers tons of printable templates if you want to try your hand at an intricate design, but, if you’re looking for a few other options, consider the following.

Go “Old-School”

A perfect solution for younger participants, or those wanting to relive their younger days is to simply draw a face onto a pumpkin and get to carving. Grab a permanent marker, pumpkin, large metal spoon, and carving device. Carve a circle around the stem (pro-tip, also carve out a notch so you can easily remember how to put the “lid” back on), then proceed to remove all of the pumpkin “guts.” Be sure to scrape down the inner sides of the pumpkin, this helps to keep the gourd from rotting too fast. Then, start drawing a silly or spooky face onto your pumpkin with the permanent marker. Once you have your drawing ready to go, use your carving knife and get to work!

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Painted Pumpkins

If you’re planning on putting out pumpkins sooner than a few days before Halloween, we recommend holding off on the carving for a bit. Once carved, Jack-o-Lanterns last little more than a week, if that. Instead, grab some paint, stickers and any other fun items you find at a craft store and keep your decorating to the outside of the pumpkin. This will make your masterpiece last much longer.

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Fake it!

Looking for something you can use year after year? Head to your local craft store and pick up a plastic pumpkin. Make sure to look for the somewhat heavy-duty plastic models so they will withstand getting packed up and put in the attic or garage. Then, you can use metallic paint and glitter to make some eye-catching, reusable decorations.

What Halloween decorations does your family bring out year after year? Share in the comments below.

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3 Quick & Easy Ways to Get into the Halloween Spirit

by Shea Homes on October 15, 2015

Quick & Easy Halloween Decor IdeasFront lawns are suddenly adorned with artificial cobwebs and gravestones, pumpkin patches have popped up on every street corner, and candy aisles are increasingly picked-through – October has arrived, and Halloween is creeping in all-too fast. Whether you’re helping your child put together a last-minute costume, throwing an impromptu Halloween party, or simply wanting to spruce up your home with seasonal festivity, check out these quick and easy ideas to make this Halloween a success!

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