Halloween Door Decor
Samples of the Black Idea
Halloween is Upon Us!
The time has come to decorate for Halloween! If you are like me, you love to look at magazine photos of unique decorations. In the fair, historic city of Mobile, Alabama(circa 1702), there are women (and men) who can outdecorate any magazine stylist. If I am looking for ideas, the first thing I do is hop in the car and drive around the historic districts. The Oakleigh Garden District is always going to supply the best ideas and it must be difficult to live on South Georgia Avenue if you aren't crafty! Other streets and districts offer a plethora of ideas, like Lafayette Street and also North Reed. You don't have to drive to Mobile for ideas so sit back as you enjoy my compilation the very best of Mobile, Alabama Halloween doors.
Consider unusual colors to decorate in Art Mesh like lime green or purple. You can find Art Mesh at Hobby Lobby's online site. Lime green looks great with black. Purple and black look nice together too. They now have purple or black lights for Halloween lighting now, similar to Christmas light strands. At Michael's, they carry strands of flicker flame lights that give off a gas-style light.
Also, don't skimp on the garland. You truly want it to go almost down to the sides of the door.
Choose a Style: Black
In the first photo, they have used inexpensive black bat cutouts. This style is going to look better with a small door like this. Use black as your cue; you can never go wrong with using black. Personally, I don't care for the gory scenes that so many companies seem to be pushing on us. With the poor U.S. economy, I've noticed a trend to the tacky and the gory. Hopefully, when things get better, Martha Stewart will crank up her Halloween productions again! Some of my favorite haunts for classy Halloween supplies are: Martha Stewart Living, Grandin Road, Walgreens,and even Dollar Tree!
Think of other Halloween items or symbols that are black and go to town with them: black cats, black spiders, and so on. Black glitter some pumpkins. Take some tree limbs and spray paint black and add some black crows- you're done! Add some black lantern lights and you are set. Another idea you can do is to take large furry black spiders and have them completely "take over" your house. More is more! Check out this New Orleans Garden District home...notice how they just added some white webs and large black spiders.. Haunted stuff just looks better on a historic house. I love the simple mummy door too.
"Enhanced Eerie Elegance"- I need that book!
Harvest Pumpkin Style
Harvest style is more appealing to many people. For one thing, you can use this through Thanksgiving holidays. Orange colors make me happy. Invest in some grapevine, which is usually sold in 18 foot lengths. You will have to soak the grapevine in water half a day to soften it so it's much easier to work with. You can weave Art Mesh in it or take strands of fake autumn leaves and add to the grapevine. The wicker pumpkins make a nice touch and you'll want to look out for some bronzed candle lanterns, which you'll use year-round.
Black mixed with orange is a classic color combination. Some people enjoy getting dried out corn plants/wheat plants and make a harvest scene of bales of hay, pumpkins, and all things harvestable.
A hot market on eBay, vintage Halloween decor is all the rage so you'll need to update yourself on pricing if you delve into this market. Since it is vintage, you'll probably want to keep it in your foyer or some interior room that is easily seen by trick or treaters so all can enjoy it.
Keep It Classy
In decorating for Halloween, you want to avoid anything gory, as there will be young children coming to your door. Keep it happy and fun, even creepy, so you don't scare your trick or treat customers away. In American culture, Halloween has become big business, so you should be able to buy reasonably priced items to make it the best Halloween ever!