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HALLOWEEN PEDESTALS


The most common thing to use a pedestal for is as a stand for a Jack O' Lantern, and they look great sitting on them. Other things such as a smoking witches cauldron or a skeleton sitting on one look great too. Below are some of the things that we have used as pedestals for our Jack O' Lanterns and as stands to sit Halloween props on.

Old tree trunks or cut sections of very thick tree limbs make great stands for your Jack O' Lanterns, witches cauldrons and other spooky props.

You can sometimes find these at your nursery or you can also check with local firewood providers. You can also break out your chainsaw and head for the hills. Just make sure to check with your local forestry department for any special instructions, regulations and permits that you might need before cutting down any trees!

Garden display pedestals found in the Home and Garden section of department and hardware stores, and at nursery's make great Jack O' Lantern and prop stands.

We prefer those made of resin, rather than plaster, because the plaster ones can break and can be affected by rain. We even saw some gothic style pedestals for sale in the Halloween section at Target stores last year.
 

Halloween specific prop pedestals such as the four foot tall "Skull Pedestal", are a great way to display Jack O' Lanterns on either side of your front porch. Props like these are usually manufactured from a dense foam and stand up to extended use quite well.

We like to place one of these pedestals on each side of our driveway entrance with a large Jack O' Lantern on top of them to greet our Halloween visitors.

A bail of hay is a wonderful way to display a spooky scarecrow and a couple of Jack O' Lanterns on or near your front porch. Multiple bails of hay can be arraigned to create large Halloween displays.

Check with your local feed store for price and availability. The Jack O' Lanterns should be illuminated with battery powered lights only, never candles, as hay is very dry and can catch fire easily.

Commercially made metal pumpkin stands like the one shown to the right hit the market a few years ago. They are available in various sizes allowing you to create a multi-level effect with different sized pumpkins. Some of these stands are quite nice looking and work particularly well for displaying your carved pumpkins indoors. We placed a couple of these next to our fireplace during the Halloween season.

Large stones with flat tops can also be used a stands, and can be found just about anywhere if you look for them. Take a drive out into the booney's and start looking. Just make sure you are not on private property. Large decorative stones can also be purchased at your local nursery or landscaping company.

Tree limb stands can be made from three limbs cut to the same length and attached together near the top with rope forming a triangle.

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