Kids have always been drawn to Halloween. After all, dressing up and asking for candy are second nature for excited tots. But in recent years, the Halloween holiday has lured more and more adults into its web, becoming an anticipated tradition for those who love to transform their cozy home into a haunted mansion each October. For these playful souls, there are all sorts of freakishly fun ways to cause a fright:
ENTER… IF YOU DARE.
Doorways get a lot of trick-or-treat action on Halloween. Pick up a few large structural elements to fit your space: big jack-o-lanterns, a creatively dressed skeleton, some corn stalks or spooky gargoyles. Then add in the fun details: a dusting of cobwebs, some fuzzy spiders and dangling bats, a talking candy bowl, etc. If you want to go all-out eerie, pick up a fogger and let it cast a spooky haze across the whole spine-chilling scene.
Looking for a fun, low-cost decorating idea? It’s dangling right in front of you in your garden. Just remove a large bare branch from a tree and secure the end in a heavy vase or a pumpkin. Drape the branch with strips of ghostly gauze or orange or purple twinkle lights, hang a few fluttering paper bats, and set the arrangement against a light-colored wall to create a spooky silhouette.
THINK OUTSIDE THE PUMPKIN
Yes, a big, orange, toothy jack-o-lantern is a great Halloween classic. But this year, go beyond the traditional. Load your wheelbarrow with oversized warty-orange, squatty French heirloom Cinderellas or ghostly white pumpkins; and nubby gourds in unusual shapes and shades. (There are also some gorgeous ceramic, iron and woody-stem pumpkins that you can use year after year.)
Cluster your pumpkins and gourds together on tabletops and front steps, experimenting with different colors and textures. When November hits, toss your carved creations in the compost, and surround the remaining pumpkins and gourds with a scattering of richly colored leaves for an autumn centerpiece that will last through Thanksgiving.
THE FUN STARTS AT MOLBAK’S
Molbak’s has pumpkins, gourds and all the devilish décor you need to turn your home into the neighborhood’s spookiest spot.
We’re also celebrating Halloween with a very special event: The Monster Walk & Trick or Treating, hosted by The Woodinville Influence Magazine, Costco and Molbak’s.
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Molbak’s on October 31 from 3-5 p.m., and enjoy free hot cider, a sweet treat from Starbucks, face painting and a complimentary photo from Portraits by Carol Hook. Enter to win great prizes from local businesses. And pick up a complimentary copy of m.i.l.k. (Managing Information on Lost Kids) Digital ID and Home Organizing software from Farmers Insurance Group. Grab a map then begin your Monster Walk to participating businesses for trick-or-treating (some businesses close at 6 p.m.). It’s so safe and fun, it’s frightening. So join us.
For more information, visit molbaks.com.