By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann
Scripps Howard News Service
The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and Halloween is right around the corner.
So let’s decorate!
Usually, Halloween colors are black and orange. Sometimes Halloween colors are black and silver. Combine all those colors if you wish.
Pumpkins are a tradition for Halloween decoration. Lighting them up at night supposedly keeps the creepies away, but mostly those lit-up decorations make for a seasonally festive look. Yes, go ahead and carve some interesting faces on them, but you can also cut out the top, clean out the inside and place flowers in the pumpkin for an interesting seasonal centerpiece on the table. Placing a small vase that won’t be visible inside the pumpkin will allow for the flowers to stand properly and also allow you to add water to the stems.
Are you more interested in a fancy look? You can paint the pumpkins in silver or gold and attach jewels in some sort of pattern for a classy finish. A black tablecloth on the table with a few silver or gold pumpkins added is another Halloweenish look. Another idea with the black tablecloth is to put a white lace tablecloth over it.
Can you draw? Then make your own tablecloth decoration. Pick whatever color tablecloth you want for this Halloween decoration and draw spider webs and spiders on it with white fabric marker. “R.I.P.” and “Boo!” can be added as well.
Are you having friends over for Halloween dinner? You can make little name-card holders for them. Buy little pumpkins. Cut small place cards out of the black paper. Write each person’s name on the black paper in orange or red ink. To attach the place cards to the little pumpkins, glue a toothpick to the place card and then slip it onto the pumpkin.
Candles — lots of candles — make for the right atmosphere for a Halloween party. Turn the lights off and only light the room with candles. Eerie-looking. (And, of course, always be careful when you’re dealing with fire!)
To welcome guests and trick-or-treaters at your front door, make a scarecrow. Take old clothes (pants, shirts, shoes) and stuff them. You can use gloves for hands. For the head, a lightweight ball will work if you cradle it in the shirt. A big hat will hide a good amount of the ball. Place the scarecrow on a chair outside your door and you have a greeter for your guests.
Enjoy the holiday. Eat lots of candy.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.”