This year, get into the spooky spirit and host a backyard carnival party for Halloween. Using decorations that incorporate bright, fun colors and updated Halloween style, you can create a laidback atmosphere that both children and parents can enjoy.
From the moment your family and friends arrive, they'll know they're at the party. To greet your guests, mix an array of bold shapes and colors to create a customized look.
Here, oversized spiders scale the railing, and stairs are lit with candles placed under glass globes in hand-painted terra-cotta pots. Hay bails, mums, and more spiders add to the carnival atmosphere, and an oversized handmade candy corn serves as yet another welcoming treat.
Fill your foyer with creatures that will lure guests to the backyard celebration. Hang basic bat shapes (in varying sizes) on the walls to cast spooky shadows.
Place simple black cats, ghosts, and pumpkins (normally used as wall decorations) underfoot to create a pathway to the party. And for a punch of color, add orange-and-white-striped pillows to a standard bench or chair.
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Transform your everyday patio into a fun, festive atmosphere that's perfect for all ages! The tablescape is filled with easy pick-up food on brightly colored serving trays. And an autumn-inspired centerpiece -- decorated with orange pillars, a Halloween table runner, and an arrangement of fall berries -- rounds out the look.
Place ice-cold beverages in a large galvanized bucket (and throw some juice boxes in for the little ones). Surround the bucket with hay bails and mums to round out the station.
And give adults a seasonally stylish place to relax and keep watch over the children by accenting a seating area with decorative indoor pillows covered in fabrics of seasonal color.
Occupy the little witches and superheroes by filling the backyard with an array of games that are easy to assemble.
Start with a kid-sized table on the patio that serves as a creative zone, and give the children colorful foam stickers to design their own trick-or-treat candy buckets. For the yard-turned-carnival ground, set up a beanbag toss, a bobbing-for-apples station, and a piñata filled with lots of candy for everyone to enjoy.