Yesterday I noticed that many homes are showing signs that Halloween is not far off. Actually it is only 18 days away. It will be here before you know it.
Since my children are grown and out of the house I haven’t had anyone pressuring me about decorating. If you have younger children I’m sure you hear about it all the time. If you haven’t started yet, like me, then now is a good time to start.
I plan to take a few things out of the boxes each day. That will slowly bring a festive look to my home. Last night I took out the front door decoration ( a wood pumpkin welcome sign) and hung it up. I also put a few things on the mantle. Today will be a few more things put out for display.
If you’ve been procrastinating because you just don’t have the time to put it all out at once then the daily approach may work for you. Set a time each day for you and your family to spend decorating for Halloween. After school or dinner would be a good time. The kids would have a fun time (set a timer for maybe 30 minutes) and then can settle down to homework or evening routines. They will look forward to it each night and not bug you all the time.
When you go through your decorations try to look at them with the following questions in mind. This can help you weed out some of the ones you don’t enjoy or are past their prime. That would leave room for a couple of new ones.
1. Do you enjoy the item?
2. Is it in good shape?
3. Is it a fire hazard or could injure someone (sharp edges)?
4. Are you tired of it? If so, get rid of it and enjoy something new.
Halloween is a fun holiday so don’t make it a chore. This site has some instructions for homemade crafts and decorations.