Unusual Halloween Decorations for Your Home and Garden

During the whole month of October each year, many people would be in a tizzy helping with the preparations for a Halloween party in the office while also searching for a fancy costume to wear. ‘Tis no wonder that these busy bees barely had the time and energy to dress up their homes before All Hallows Eve. Finding these novelty holiday decors for Halloween certainly cuts down the guesswork. The following decorations looked most unusual and fashionably grotesque to put in your backyard garden or front lawn and to hang on the walls and windows of your home.

The Right Kind of Weird Decorations for Younger Kids

Sharing and listening to scary stories about ghostly apparitions and haunted houses always make any campfire gathering fun and exciting. However, imagining the monsters under the bed doesn’t compare to terrorizing young children with the sight of severed limbs scattered on your lawn and wet blood splattered on your front door and windows. Older kids and adults may appreciate the awesomeness of your hyper-realistic props and makeup, but smaller kids are too young to realize at first that everything’s fake. The blood and gore weren’t real and nobody had had been chopped up and left to rot somewhere.

Age-appropriate decorations normally include bat and skull decals, glow-in-the-dark skeletons, and a crashing witch d├ęcor on the front door. String up some party lights of grinning ghosts or glowing skulls under the eaves and on window frames. Line up several three-inch skulls covered in purple, orange or black glitter on the window sill. But, the best Halloween decors for little children are those animated figures that light up and make spooky sounds. Popular items include the laughing witch that spins around crazily after dancing the boogie across the floor. She stands more than twelve inches tall dressed in a blue frock with gold stars and moons and holds a flashing skull in one hand.

Give Your Visitors a Fun and Frightening Welcome

If you’re familiar with dioramas, then you’ll immediately see why it’s more fun to decorate the front lawn than any other part of the property, including the landscaped yard at the back. Use your front lawn as a staging area for a climactic scene with the rise of the undead just like in the movies. Find a groundbreaking life-sized skeleton that you can stake into the ground. There’s even one that includes batteries for its light-up brain. Stop strangers and neighboring folks from trampling all over your lawn by staking a fence of skull-tipped spikes than stand almost two feet from the ground and connected to one another with a hanging chain that’s almost four feet long.

Most garden sets for Halloween have stakes or sticks with a skull decoration on top. This time the voodoo skull has long straggly hair hanging at the back while a short plait of hair sticks out of its chin. The skull’s grinning visage is decorated with a small skeleton sitting atop its head. The stick is less than two and a half feet long and can be used as yard decoration or as a prop for your Voodoo Priest costume. As a final touch, post some giant animated figures near the entrance to your home or on the edges of your lawn to give passing strangers a frightful surprise. So far, the best item among them is the movement-activated screaming skeleton with red flashing eyes that’s a little more than a meter tall with an umbrella base.

Add Gazebos to Your Home and Garden for Added Elegance and Romance

If you were to sit down and think about what would be a good addition to your garden, gazebos would probably be the first thing that comes to your mind. Gazebos speak to us of enchantment and romance so much so that they often are the focal point in a garden. In some cases, if you have larger gazebos, they usually become the venue for garden weddings and other functions. You can also see strategically placed gazebos in public places like parks and courtyards where they serve as shelter from the rain and resting places for when you get tired from walking.

If you want to place gazebos in your house, your initial options would be your deck, patio or garden/yard. Gazebos may be placed on the deck or the patio either as a stand-alone structure or as part of the whole ensemble and attached to the wall. You have more options of designing around your gazebo when you place it in your garden or yard. You may play with the landscaping to get the best ideas for your gazebo. If you’re near the waterfront, you may prefer to place the gazebo there for a better view and better breezes.

When choosing a gazebo, you need to think about the material, the shape and the size. Most gazebos are built of wood because they respond well to the harsh conditions of the weather. However, modern gazebos may also be built of vinyl which is stronger and more durable than wood. Gazebos can come in many shapes. The most popular shape is the octagonal although you can often see rectangular, oval, hexagonal and dodecagonal gazebos. The size of your gazebo will depend on how much space you have in your garden. You want it to take not more than 50% of your space so it will look nice on your garden.

Gazebos are available for purchase from most outdoor furniture stores. They come in assembly kits which you can do yourself if you believe in your skills in putting them together. If your carpentry skills are more than average, you may opt to build the gazebos for yourself in which case, you really have control over what you want the gazebos to look like. If that’s not an option, go ahead and find somebody with the needed skills and expertise. You can work with this person to get exactly what you’re looking for.

Home and Garden on a Budget – Free Shed Building Plans

The economy has barely been letting up lately, so for those of us who are money conscious (and who can afford not to be?) getting free plans for our projects is very helpful. So when the last project, a storage shed, reared it’s ugly head, I was left wondering what I could do about free or inexpensive plans to get my project a-moving.

Where money is concerned, my advice remains the same. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! You’re never going to get the best deal on your plans if you don’t put in a bit of time and effort. After looking around a bit, the prices are pretty diverse too; ranging from free storage shed plans to professionally drafted plans costing hundreds… if not THOUSANDS of dollars. They get very costly, and honestly I personally can’t justify spending that much on a structure that’s sitting out of the way on the edge of my property. I barely even see it!

With that in mind, I began breaking it down. It seems that there are, in fact, a very few well reviewed sets of plans out there, that I could easily afford and not break the bank… and guess what? There are even some free ones out there! Eventually I settled on a blog “Free Shed Building Plans??” to help me locate what I needed.

I gave the free plans a try and they actually proved to be quite good. I ended up doing what the blogger suggested as well and tried out the paid plans. I actually found a set that I liked quite a bit in the package, and committed to that. I called up the local Lowes and had all of the materials delivered over.

Build time was actually shorter than material delivery time, between myself and a few friends. So far I’m very happy with the results.