Saturday, October 1, 2011

The 31 Days of Halloween: Day 1

Halloween is the best time of the year. It's a wonderfully indulgent time, where your inner ghoul is given societal license to be put on display. To celebrate it to it's wicked fullest, the Midnight Cheese will be posting every day in October with excellent ways to enjoy the season. Whether it's horror films, video games, books or activities, check back every day for some new Halloween fun.

Halloween Decoration

Decorating for the scary season has evolved quite a bit over the last two decades. As Halloween gains more mainstream acceptance among the traditional "big boy" holidays, the options available for turning a house into you very own little shop of horrors dramatically increases.

If you're looking to decorate on a more classic, traditional scale, we suggest you create a few scarecrows, get a hay bail or two and (once we're a bit closer to the 31st) carve those Jack ' Lanterns. Being an extension of a Pagan fall harvest festival, hay bails and pumpkins were setup at harvest time, not originally specifically at Halloween. That's carried over and melded with our celebration. Scarecrows were (and still are) easily and cheaply made, which is why they became a popular decoration in the first place.

If you're tastes lean a little more knee deep in gore or soul deep in the macabre, there are plenty of low tech options: bloody severed limbs, fake tombstones (of varying realism or with wicked puns on them), plastic skeletons and rubber bats. If you're a technology loving Halloween nerd, the last few years must have been awesome for you. From the cornucopia of string lights, to full blown animatronics- you really aren't wanting for options.

I like to use a projector and bed sheet in my bay window on Halloween night to projection horror films while the Trick or Treaters do their ghostly rounds. Of course, that's only setup on the night of.

The point being, as with all things Halloween, make it your own and have fun with it!

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