Halloween is one of the most popular events celebrated around the world. According to the History Channel, Halloween originated from Samhain, a religious festival celebrated by ancient Celtic. It’s when they wear costumes and light bonfires to drive away wandering ghosts.
October 31 was first called All Hallows Eve and later became Halloween. As time goes by, people added more activities instead of just the two mentioned above.
So, are excited about it? Then you must have been preparing to decorate and attend parties. When it comes to decorating, there are lots of DIYs and inexpensive tutorials online. One of the things you should try is to decorate a tree.
It’s fun to see people’s reactions to your creepy tree, especially if it’s right in front of your home.
Do you need some ideas? Check the tips below to learn more!
1. Hang creepy characters
There are many creepy Halloween characters and symbols that you can find in specialty stores and decor shops. You don’t need a lot to hang on the tree, especially if it’s a big one.
However, before you start hanging things on a living tree, you should ask an arborist to check it first. It would be a waste if you buy a lot of decorations and not be able to use them just because the tree is too fragile.
Some of the popular Halloween-related decorations you can hang on trees are witches’ hats, jack-o’-lanterns, bats, and ghosts. You can be as creative as possible, and can also hang different decors depending on your preferences.
2. Use Halloween-coloured lights
Do you want to keep it simple? You can gather some wired twinkle lights, preferably the orange and purple ones. But you can also try other colours, just not those that are used for Christmas. If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to find wired twinkle lights with jack-o’-lanterns or ghost designs.
When installing the lights, make sure you’re not compromising the health of the tree, especially since the lights need electricity. So just to be sure, contact your arborist to give you some tips on how to safely install wired lights. But if you still can’t do it yourself, don’t be shy to ask for help.
3. Add some signages
Another simple yet brilliant way to decorate a Halloween tree is to add some creepy signages. If you’re a fan of horror films, you can easily think of signs that people can easily get. However, instead of using nails to install the signages, you can just tie them around the tree. Hammering nails into trees can damage their overall health, so just pick the other options.
To help you get started with the signages, you can write Beware of Ogres, Flying witches ahead, and Elm Street. Moreover, there are printable signages that are free to download online if you don’t have enough time to make them from scratch.
4. Attach some skeletons
Do you have access to come or at least one plastic skeleton? Then you should take the liberty of hanging it on your tree. If it comes with a stand, you can just tie it beside the tree so the wind can’t blow it away.
Aside from the skeleton, you can also add a spotlight so that it’s easier to get the attention of the passers-by.
5. Draw spooky eyes
Do you also find it annoying and creepy when you feel like you’re being watched? Another must-try tree design is to stick a lot of glow-in-the-dark eyes on its trunk. If you can’t find the ready-made eyes, draw and cut some eyes from a glow-in-the-dark foam.
Another option is to use white balloons and draw eyes on them once they already have air inside. Then, stick them into the tree trunk. You can make eyes with different expressions, shapes, and sizes. The creepier they look, the better the result will be.
If you don’t know the safe glue or tape to use when sticking the eyes to the tree trunk, you must contact your arborist and ask for recommendations.
6. Stage an odd installation
Have you seen some Halloween-inspired installations before? Usually, they can be seen in parks and malls. But if you want t add more decorations to your property this year, you can also make your installations.
The first thing you need to do is to find inspiration. Of course, you can create one based on various Halloween characters, but you can also base it on films and TV series.
For instance, if you’re a fan of the Friday the 13th franchise, you can stage Jason behind the tree while holding a knife. Additionally, you can add some characters he killed in the film.
Use your imagination, and create the best installation you can think of. Don’t forget to make the process fun and exciting.
To make the Halloween tree decorations more interesting, you can ask your kids or friends to help you finish the project. However, if you like to surprise them, you can also do it on your own. Let us know what your Halloween tree looks like by leaving a comment below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Aliana Baraquio is a web content writer working for Sydney Tree Solutions, a company that provides tree removal and arborist services throughout Sydney. As a writer, she is passionate about providing good quality articles that help readers make the right choice.