I spotted my first front porch pumpkin of the season this morning. It definitely put my girls and me in the fall and Halloween spirit.
I keep seeing articles about how Halloween has evolved into an adult-centered holiday. I suppose that's partly true, but in my world, Halloween is mostly for the kids.
Our daughters already have a plan for this year's costumes. They want us all to be characters from The Nutcracker. The oldest is going to be the Sugar Plum Fairy. Our youngest wants to be Clara. I'm going to be the Mouse King, and my husband is going to be The Nutcracker (minus the tights, he tells me).
Are you starting to see signs of Halloween? Want to get the kids excited by decorating the front porch while they're at school today? Here are some ideas for being the first on your block to get into the Halloween spirit:
- Crafting Really Awesome Free Things has a roundup of DIY Halloween wreaths.
- Or how about the yarn wreath pictured above? That's one the kids could help you make. It was done by Kristin from the blog Write It Down after being inspired by a project in the book The Farm Chicks Christmas: Merry Ideas for the Holidays.
- About.com's Guide to Pool and Patio has a photo gallery of front porches decorated for Halloween on her site.
- FamilyFun magazine has some cute, kid-friendly ideas for Halloween decorations, including ghostly milk jugs and an idea for turning the front of your house into a Jack o' lantern of sorts.
- Parents magazine offers its ideas for outdoor Halloween decorations, too. I think this gourd ghost display is actually quite pretty (and, again, something the kids could help make).
Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? What are your ideas for spooky front porch displays?