Decorate the party room
with straw and fall leaves.
Bring the season to your Halloween decor by stocking up on raffia. This crumpled paper ribbon resembles hay and can be found at any craft store. Make a scarecrow head by bunching up old newspaper and covering it with raffia. Use hot glue to hold if needed.
Leave the head like this, or
decorate it with button eyes, a cutout nose and mouth, and a real
corncob neck. Top the head with a straw hat. Set the head on top of an
outfit stuffed with clothes or newspapers that you've positioned in a
chair, and then stuff the arm and pant cuffs with a little raffia. You
can also wind a couple layers of raffia around small boxes to create
Fall just isn't fall without falling leaves, so string some leaf-shaped accordion streamers (find them at party supply stores) along the walls, windows, and door frames. Don't want to buy any? Make your own streamers by gathering leaves from the yard. Soak curled ones in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to soften, pat dry with paper towels, and then press them in a book for a few days. Tie the stems onto a length of ribbon to make a garland.
For a more permanent garland, lay each leaf between 2 squares of waxed paper, smooth a dishtowel on top, and then press an iron (set on low-heat, no steam) onto the towel. The waxed paper will seal the leaf inside. Cut around each leaf, and string them using a needle and embroidery thread. Then hang the garland around the room.
While you've got the ladder out, hang a yellow poster board harvest moon outlined with gold glitter, as well as some silver stars. Arrange some colorful gourds for the table centerpiece.
Next, learn how to give your Halloween get-together a magical, mystical ambience. Get the enchanting details for some magical Halloween decorations in the next section.
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