There Is Still Time To Decorate For Halloween

halloween-500113_640Halloween is right around the corner and, if you haven’t decorated yet, there is still time. Get your home ready for the season with these fun and easy ideas (that don’t break the bank).

Pumpkins can add a simple and yet spooky addition to your home. Add a variety of sizes and colors around your entryway to make it pop. A personal favorite of mine, incorporate gords of rich greens, stunning white, and golden yellows for different colors. There are many pumpkin patches around here to explore.

If you are feeling ambitious, carve faces into some of your pumpkins to greet (or spook) any visitors who come to your door. Or, you can add some interesting designs on your pumpkin with some elaborate stencils. Remember to always practice safety when carving your pumpkins.

Not into carving? No problem because there are a lot of other great things you can do to decorate your pumpkins. Let your creative side come out by adding paint. ribbons, flowers, and glitter for a new look. There are lots of great ideas out there to pull inspiration from. Does anything inspire you?

How To Create The Best Jack-o-Lantern This Halloween

Halloween is almost here. With the excitement of trick-or-treating and putting out your spooky decor, another fun tradition many people enjoy is pumpkin carving. As you can about picking the best pumpkins, here are some carving tips to make the process a little easier.

Make an incision wide enough for your hand to fit easily inside the pumpkin so you can maneuver your hand while cleaning out the inside. Use a spoon to scrap out the inside of the pumpkin, taking care to remove all the seeds and other gunk. If you want to eat the pumpkin seeds afterwards, here is a great recipe to try. Also, take a moment to ensure the base of the pumpkin is flat so your candle stays upright.  4062692354_cfed5b0159_z

Once your pumpkin is cleaned out, use a pattern or create your own to give your pumpkin a spooky design, face, or whatever you decide. There are many great patterns to choose so you’ll probably want to pick up a few pumpkins for all your creations. As you decide your pattern, secure it on the pumpkin with tape and then carefully outline the stencil onto your pumpkin. Use a knife to remove the pieces once the outline is completed.

To help preserve your pumpkins, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the cut areas of your pumpkin and any area where the skin was removed. Another thing you can do to help prolong your pumpkin’s life is to store it in the refrigerator  during the day.

Remember, always be careful and use safety measures when using a knife to carve your pumpkins. Learn more about carving here.