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by Phil Kelley

~Halloween used to be about pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns. Now it’s on the level of Christmas trimmings – extravagant and sometimes over the top. Not everyone has the inclination or budget to go all out for what used to be just a kid’s holiday, but below are a few basic, inexpensive, family-friendly yet frightening ideas to give your home a haunted look.

It’s all about black – This works best indoors. Black candles, black vases, black flowers.

Bump up the candle display – Votives are fine, but candelabras are better.

Bones – Dollar stores offer a plethora of inexpensive décor and bones are among the many that drive the spook factor home. Prop them on steps, porch swings and throughout the yard.

Dead Flowers – Long-stem varietals or thin branches create more drama. Pull a few stems and paint them black for extra eeriness.

Tombstones – These can be found for cheap or made from cardboard at home.

Spider Webs – You’ll probably need several bags to create the desired effect, but these are a dollar store staple.

Ghosts – These undoubtedly do the trick. Drape and rubber band a white curtain or sheet around a small ball then hang from porches, trees, or in front of windows.


by Phil Kelley

~Fall is upon us – a season ushered in with brisk mornings, early evenings, and so many things to celebrate. As we prepare to revel in apple picking, pumpkin patches, scarves, sweaters, scents of cinnamon, football, and falling leaves in refulgent hues, let’s take a moment to adorn our houses accordingly.

While holiday décor has increasingly inched its way over the top in recent years, homeowners can still add a bit of seasonal festiveness sans all the Halloween hubbub.

Year-round wreaths can be a bit of overkill, but there’s no reason not to warm up the winter holidays with a tasteful wreath of leaves, sunflowers or other deep orange, yellow and red flowers. An assortment of pumpkins is also an easy way to celebrate the season. Display a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, along with a few accent squashes. Step it up by assembling them in a red wagon or overflowing from a cornucopia basket.

For the indoors, swap out bright colored pillows with those of warmer shades and earth tones. Drape a cozy throw over the back of a chair to add uncluttered layering to your living room.

Create centerpieces and interesting elements throughout the house with an arrangement of (mixed color) apples and pears or mini pumpkins. Pile them abundantly in a wooden bowl or stock a hurricane candleholder or vase.

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