How to Decorate Outdoors for Halloween

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    Halloween is a fun time of the year to decorate your yard for the fall season. Choose a scary theme or a child-friendly theme. Spook up the outside of your house this year with jack-o'-lanterns and ghosts, or zombies and spiders, and make your house every child's favorite stop on the trick-or-treat trail.

    Things You'll Need

    • Fake Body Parts
    • Spider Webbing
    • Halloween Candles
    • Halloween Decorations
    • Halloween Light Sets
    • Cauldrons And Foggers
    • Fans
    • Fog Machines
    • Jack-o'-lanterns
    • Tombstones (prop)
    • Halloween Sound Effects CD

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    Set out carved pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns with votive candles inside them. Put them around your door and along your walkway, or line your walkway and stairs with jack-o'-lantern candles or lanterns.

    Hang white Christmas lights in trees or along fences.

    Make a scarecrow. Scatter autumn leaves, miniature pumpkins, gourds and uncarved pumpkins around the scarecrow. Have the scarecrow hold up a sign that says something fun like, "This way to tricks, that way to treats

    Make smoke around your doorway with a fog machine or by putting dry ice in a bucket of lukewarm water. The water-to-ice ratio should be about two-to-one. Hang spider webs and large plastic spiders around the front door.

    Hang an old bed sheet and make it look like a ghost. Cut out a face. Place a small electric fan underneath the ghost so that it flutters in the wind.

    Display decorative ghosts or jack-o'-lanterns in every window of the house facing the entry.

    • Never leave candles unattended.