(Don’t) Go Bump In The Night
But as we get closer to winter, the nights are getting crisper and darker, and they’re rolling around earlier. Of course, for parents escorting their youngsters door to door, this wouldn’t usually be a concern. But with street lights in many areas of the UK turned off, and even more rural areas managing without street lights at all, making sure your street and property is safe for visiting ghouls is imperative.
You not only need to light the way in a safe, atmospheric and eco-friendly manner; you also need to decorate in a way that creates just the right amount of fright and fun, respectively.
So read on for more of www.littlecherry.co.uk's suggestions on how not to go bump in the night this Halloween.
LED fairy lights and organic candles
Any atmosphere starts with the lighting. How you illuminate a space can change the whole feel of it, no matter how amazing your decorations or how spooky your soundtrack is. For lots of light, a flexible display and a low-maintenance option; opt for fairy lights. LED varieties are best because they emit more light, and they use less energy in the process, proving to be greener long-term. You can string them around trees, across porches and along fences.
Of course, for an authentic spooky feel, use some of our organic candles, strategically placed in shadowy corners. To stop the wind and little fingers getting to them, use storm candle holders or lanterns; perhaps even paper lanterns. And if possible, in the name of safety, keep them high enough that they can’t be knocked.
Clear paths and signposting
With the expected Halloween traffic, it is important to make sure you make a clear pathway for your guests. Don’t obstruct the route with things that can be easily missed or easily tripped over, such as dog toys or hosepipes.
Similarly, if you want Trick-or-Treaters to explore your front garden graveyard or haunted house theme, make sure you think practically, and don’t put the tombstones amongst your flowerbeds because they’re going to get trampled on.
For homes that aren’t immediately apparent from the street, or for decorated gardens that need a little bit of instruction to navigate and explore, use signposts. Hand painted ones could work, as can chalkboards with neatly written directions.
Last but not least, organise things in the name of efficiency. The best way to do this is to prepare for busy spells, even if there won’t be a constant flow of Halloween traffic. Set up a conveyor system that lets children get what they came for (sweets!) quickly and without any hiccups. They can wander and mooch around your spectacularly decorated garden by all means, but when it gets down to the Trick-or-Treating business, prepare for the busy periods. Tables ready-stocked with bowls of sweets will make sure you don’t greet Halloweeners empty-handed.
These quick tips should get you started with your Trick-or-Treater preparations. Of course, it might be that you’re throwing a party instead of answering the door all night, in which case, you’ll have to plan and prepare accordingly.
You can always translate our tips to a party, though; the lighting will work either way and having clear spaces for people to gather, dance and get around easily is essential. As for the in-grab-out setup, this is one to bear in mind for the buffet table!
And don’t forget, if you are having a Halloween party this year, you’ll find frightfully good party supplies, here at Little Cherry.