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Using Mums, Pumpkins and Other Unusual Plants in Your Halloween Decorating

Updated on September 28, 2012

Looking to do something a bit different with your Halloween decorating this year? How about incorporating plants into your decorating for this spooky holiday. You will likely have many visitors including trick-or-treaters, start now by making your front porch area beautiful and welcoming by incorporating all the halloween colors! Decorating with plants around this season does not just mean the traditional mums. Here are some unique and unusual ways to use different plants and flowers to create wonderful holiday decor.

Spooky Decorating with Plants and Flowers

Here are some great ideas to use for this Halloween:

  • Venus Flytraps - These insect eating plants are a perfect addition to any indoor Halloween table. It is a perfect fit with the Halloween theme with its spiky leaves. Pure water, lots of light, and nutrient poor soil (no fertilizer) will ensure your little insect eating plant stays happy and healthy.
  • Use flowers in the traditional Halloween colors to decorate indoors or on your front porch: orange and black or orange and purple. Consider these flowers in your decorating: chrysanthemums or mums are available in orange and purple, pansies come in black, purple and orange. Check out your local nursery for other flowers in these colors. Red flowers can also fit into the Halloween theme. These will make a beautiful addition to your front steps or porch and a nice welcome to fall visitors or trick-or-treaters!
  • Use your pumpkin as a pot for your plant - Carve your pumpkin (top) and place a potted plant inside. You can use a pen to draw the pumpkin's face on the front. Any type of plant can work, just decide what kind of "hair" your pumpkin should have! Spiky, grass like plants look great! You can use your favorite color mums too. Don't want to use a real carved pumpkin? You can also use a plastic pumpkin as a pot too. Sit them near your front door, on your front porch, or on your steps.

Have any other unique ways to incorporate plants and flowers into your Halloween decor? Share with us below!


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing these decorating tips.

      Love the idea of using a real pumpkin with drawn on face as a planter and spiked plant for the "hair."

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love to decorate with pumpkins and gourds in fall. I have never thought of using a pumpkin as a pot! Great idea! I can even use the cheap plastic pumpkins the kids use to hold their candy. Hmmm, I am seeing several of these with orange and yellow mums and black pansies in them now. Looks like a trip to the flower store for me today! Great hub, voting up and sharing! Thanks for the ideas! :)


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