10 day until Halloween! 10 days until the Pagan New Year's Day!
I'm a bit sad that the trick or treating part of Halloween likely won't happen this year but it has been slowly on the way out since they found razor blades in apples a long time ago. I think parties would be more fun anyway except that this year even that may be out.
They have tried to cancel Halloween for the last 10 years or so- looks like this pandemic will make it a reality. Doesn't mean that you can't have a little Halloween fun even if it's just you who will see it.
Let us start with the colours ... black & orange are the colours of the day. They usually add green and purple and yellow as well but other than the yellow to provide light for the dead to follow I don't think they count as much as orange & black.
Yes, I said the dead as in Pagan Mythology this is the day we will most likely be able to speak with the ghost of our ancestors as the veil between life and death is very thin. They have much to teach us!
Anyway ... orange and black. A visit to the dollar store will net you foam pumpkins which I recommend over the live ones since they don't rot and are reusable for many years. While you are there check the party aisle for a cheap paper table cloth or the home goods aisle & pick up a set of Halloween towels. The towels if you can find some with the halloween colours have multiple uses.
Since I am about reusing things I always look for things that can serve double or triple duty.
Carve the pumpkins like you would the live ones using a knife or Exacto and your imagination. Add a couple to your window with a tealight candle in them. If you want another challenge or you picked up more than a couple- carve out the front and make a little graveyard scene or something in it. That's for you. If you don't want to be that fussy just take a thick black marker and draw the face on the pumpkin
The towels can be used as a table runner alone or sewn together and if you sew them together on the long sides you create a table cloth. I wasn't able to find a tutorial but it's pretty simple. If you got more than one set use the other set in your kitchen as decoration by hanging them on your oven door handle.
For more inexpensive halloween decorations and foods check out my Pinterest Board