Article by Nick Rinylo
Decorating Your Garden for Halloween
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the nights are getting longer, and it’s officially pumpkin season. Due to the covid-19 restrictions, Halloween might be a bit different this year, but it won’t stop us from celebrating it! There’s still loads of fun and excitement to be had, a house to decorate, and spooky outfits to be worn. So get your scariest costume out and some treats for the little ones – things are about to get spooooky!
Nothing screams Halloween more than the iconic pumpkin. With pumpkin farms seeing more pumpkin pickers than ever before and the range of pumpkins ever-expanding (white ones, green ones, nobbly ones), there’s tons of great ways to make yours stand out. With just a little help from one of the many pumpkin carving tutorials on YouTube, you can get creative and carve a masterpiece to scare off the ghouls this season.
And there are more benefits to having a few pumpkins lurking around. When they have served their decorative purposes, don’t just throw them away. You can use them to make pumpkin hummus, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie – the list goes on. In order to preserve your pumpkin to ensure you can cook with it is to keep it hydrated, keep it in the fridge overnight and use a fake candle to light it up, as opposed to a tealight. If you let it rot, it won’t just be the ghouls you’ll be scaring off!
If you don’t like the taste of pumpkin, there’s plenty of animals out there that do. Chop your pumpkin into bite sized pieces and spread it amongst your local woodland to keep squirrels, badgers, birds and hedgehogs going throughout the colder months.
Fancy giving your flowers a Halloween makeover? There’s some great Halloween flowers out there that you can plant in your garden to give it a dark and mysterious feel. Think deep red roses, violet pansies and of course, orange-leaved croton.
We all know that Halloween really comes into its own at night, so make sure that you can enjoy your flowers even when the sun goes down. A few Halloween-themed fairy lights might not quite cut it, so check out our lighting range available for your garden. The LED rockets or LED eggs give off the perfect spooky-vibe.
Something for the Kids
One of the best things about Halloween is seeing children of all ages enjoy it. There are plenty of activities to do with the little ones, even if you are in lockdown. You don’t even need to leave to house to enjoy apple bobbing, wink murder, toilet paper mummy, and for the older kids… ouija. When the games have all been won, turn the lights down, grab some blankets and have a scary movie marathon.
To get the kids outside this Halloween, could you create a scavenger hunt in the garden? There are endless amounts of Halloween themed sweets in the supermarket at this time of year and if trick-or-treating is off the cards, stock up and hide them around your garden as an alternative way of filling those Halloween treat buckets.
Embrace the spooky season
We hope you’re filled with tons of inspiration and have some great ideas in the works. You might not be able to head out trick or treating, but don’t let that stop you celebrating. Now more than ever it’s important to indulge in a little escapism and seasonal spook.