Whether your Halloween is all about chasing your friends with a fake chain saw, inviting them over for a swanky Halloween cocktail party or just taking your kids trick-or-treating, this year's choices for decor and ideas for easy-to-make crafts abound locally.
Where you shop depends on your personal Halloween style. If you're into bloodcurdling terror, stop by Party Galaxy and pick up a zombie that screams every time you walk by or a realistic, ready-to-snap snake.
The superstore at 300 N MacArthur Blvd. has a large selection of costumes, props and all the other ingredients for a terrifying Halloween.
But maybe you're looking for something a little less scary, more kitschy.
Many stylish gift and home decor shops such as Scruples of Edmond, 115 S Broadway, owned by Susan Hines, offer a creative array of Halloween decor.
Some of her most popular items this season are black candelabras and an array of taper candles, shaped as skeleton brides and grooms. She also sells candles shaped as bloody fingers with long red nails and with snakes
Speaking of colors, add bright pink and lime green to your Halloween decor palette. These “Wicked” (the musical)-
Many of today's Halloween decorating trends are weirder and more darkly absurd than ever, Hines said. An example is salt and pepper shakers shaped like tombstones embellished with “Here Lies Salt” and “Here Lies Pepper.” A pair of black cats with yellow eyes or a pair of witch's boots also make festive salt and pepper shakers.
Some Halloween decor goes beyond cute but weird into the realm of dark and disturbing. For example, dress an inexpensive skeleton in an old wedding gown bought at a thrift store and prop her up in a chair outside your front door. Place some black silk roses in her bony hands.
Get ready to party
Last Halloween, I printed about 20 creepy photos I found online. I framed them with a set of small, Halloween-themed cardboard frames bought at Michael's and strung them along a long piece of black ribbon. I ran the “garland” along my mantle.
Instead of carving pumpkins, why not carve gourds? Their oblong bodies make for unusual Halloween decorations.
For a Halloween party, whip up a batch of shrunken heads. They're easy to make: Just cut small apples in half, use a small knife to carve faces on the inside of the apples, bake them for about an hour and float them in a vat of cinnamon and apple cider. Spike the mixture with spiced rum if you dare.
While wearing a witch's hat headband, you can keep your canned refreshments cool longer with koozies with phrases such as “Drink if you Dare,” “Wicked Spirits,” and “Elixer of Doom.”
However you decide to decorate for Halloween, Hines recommends decorating in groupings, “A little bit here, a little bit there.”