Decorating Your Garden for Halloween

A hooded figure walks down a garden path, lit by glowing pumpkins.

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It’s the scariest time of year, and your garden should be no exception. You’ve already got great scenery at your disposal, so why not use it to create a scene both beautiful and haunting? Here are some ideas to spookify your garden space.

  1. Hang red or orange string lights between sturdier plants or around railings. White lights give too warm and happy a glow, but dim, red, or orange lights will give off a decidedly creepy vibe. Plus, the small lights can help children to your front door as they come to Trick-or-Treat.
  2. Wrap hanging lanterns in fire-safe white fabric. Their spooky glow will look downright ghostly, and the movement of the white fabric in the breeze will both beckon and terrify.
  3. Add some carnivorous plants to your garden, or just to your window for a nice silhouette. Some carnivorous plants are fairly delicate, like the Venus flytrap, but oh-so-fun to watch. Consider planting monkey cups, also carnivorous, with long pods that dangle, the color of blood and snow. Or you could plant some black bat lilies, the beautiful plant whose long tendrils will look eerie in the dark.
  4. Plant some pumpkin window boxes. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes (have you ever seen a knucklehead pumpkin? Yikes!), so if you already have a planter box beneath a window or want to create one—or just add to your larger garden—getting some pumpkins in a size or variety you look may be the best way to get into the festive spirit.
  5. Drape some lace or fake cobwebs all around the garden. The color will stand out stark against the surrounding dark, and even in daylight they’ll tell a story of something gone amiss.
  6. If you’ve got dead branches in your garden, leave ’em. Decorate them with plastic crows or rats, pumpkins, or tendrils of lights and lace. A dead branch is perhaps the most indicative sign that Halloween and fall are upon us, and you don’t have to buy them.

There are limitless ways to decorate a garden for Halloween without too much work or making too many changes. What would you do with your garden? Show us!

About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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