Decorating for Halloween is as easy as saying, “trick-or-treat,” and what better way to decorate for this sugary holiday than with candy? Since candy is the main focus of the night, especially for the trick-or-treaters, why not use candy to add color and “taste” to the home?
First of all, the easiest way to add some Halloween spirit to the house is find some glass jars and fill them with candy corn or candy pumpkins. Try buying two or three jars that are different heights and place them on the kitchen counter or the center of the table.
If desired, use another type of Halloween candy. Grab a few bags of Halloween M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces to place in the jars. Try finding Halloween candy that has Halloween colors or colored wrapping, just to add a Halloween feel to whatever room it is in.
If throwing a party, find some plastic pumpkins or plastic black cauldrons, and fill them with any type of Halloween candy. Place them around the house, by the entrance (outside and inside), by the stairs, on the kitchen counter, by doorways, and on the table. This way people can walk by and grab a piece of candy while enjoying the party. Just remember to keep them full for the guests.
In the October issue of Everyday With Rachael Ray, there is a picture of a tree decorated with Halloween goodies. This is a fantastic idea for anyone, especially if throwing a Halloween party.
Place wrapped butterscotch candies and other Halloween treats on the tree. This is a great idea for trick-or-treater’s as well. Place the tree by the door with all the goodies on it, and a bowl of goodies beside it. For more information on the tree and other ideas look for the October issue of Rachael Ray Magazine.
Candy WreathThis is a take on the candy tree, just using a wreath. Find a Halloween wreath, and stick lollipops or other candies on the wreath. Remember to eat the goodies, and let guests or trick-or-treaters grab treats off the wreath.
Decorating for a Halloween gathering can be stressful, especially if Halloween falls on a weekday and the gathering is after work and school. One of the easiest ways to decorate is to carve a classic jack-o-lantern and set it in the center of the table. Place the food items on the table, and spread Halloween candy around the table. After all, the last thing one wants to think of is the table setting. This is a quick, simple idea, and easy to put together.
Candles and CandyNothing makes a holiday better than the glow of a candle and good food. Why not combine the two? Find a “hurricane” jar for pillar candles. Fill the bottom of the jar with Halloween treats. Hurricane candle holders can also be used just for candy, with the candle off to the side.
If decorating a fireplace mantle, place two candles (votives or pillars) on the ends, have a small jack-o-lantern in the center, and place candy side by side in between. To add more Halloween flair, hang some autumn leaves or Halloween tinsel on the mantle.
Something else that would be easy to do is to find a vegetable platter big enough to place a candle in. Use a votive inside a holder or a pillar candle, and place candy where the vegetables would normally go. All of these ideas are simple, easy, and require little fuss. Even so, they add flavor and flare to Halloween get-togethers, and pick up will be easy with everyone grabbing candy as they go.
Be sure to practice fire safety when using candles, extinguish them as soon as the party is over, do not place them where children can reach them, and do not put them too close to items that could melt or catch on fire. Be sure the flame is a safe distance from the items around it.
Have a fun, simple, and safe Halloween!