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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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This year we've added a entire Halloween Tree display to our dining room built with a variety of products bought at local department stores and Halloween shops. Before we begin, I should mention that digital camera's do not do justice to bright and colorful objects, but believe me, this display looks very impressive! Below is what we used to create our 2007 Halloween Tree display.

Halloween Decorations - Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree
Called the "Lighted Grapevine Tree", this is one example of a very well made, commercially manufactured Halloween tree available during the Halloween season. It measure a full eighty-four inches tall, even though the box stated that it was only seventy-two inches tall.

The limbs are bendable, so you can arraign them just about any way you want. Just don't bend them to far or the paint will begin to chip. The tree comes pre-strung with orange mini-lights, saving us the chore of stringing them ourselves. The tree is boxed in three pieces and is very easy to assemble, and includes a bendable wire stand.

Halloween Decorations - Halloween Tree

The Arch
The Tree fits perfectly inside the large, metal framed "Vine Arch", which measures ninety-nine inches tall by forty-eight inches wide. It is boxed in three pieces and is very easy to assemble.

The only problem was that since the tree, fence and arch all came pre-lit with orange colored mini-bulbs, it was actually to much orange and needed a contrasting color. So, we replaced the three strings of orange lights on the Vine Arch with an equal amount of purple mini-lights.

Halloween Decorations - Halloween Tree

The Fence
The "Black Lighted Fence" panels create a creepy gothic style fence. They come in a set of two, with each panel measuring forty-six inches wide by thirty-seven inches tall and come pre-strung with orange mini-lights.

They are packaged three pieces per panel and are very easy to assemble. You could also add a very small amount of fake cob webs running from one finale down to the base.

Halloween Decorations - Halloween Tree

The Lamp Posts
Two sixty inch tall "Lighted Lamp Posts" make a great addition to the overall display. They come boxed in three pieces and are very simple to assemble.

We replaced the standard C7 bulbs that came installed in the lamp posts with flickering C7 bulbs to give the effect that the lamps are actually lit by a candle or lantern wick. You could also apply a very light amount of fake cob webs running from the lamp down to the base.

Halloween Decorations - Halloween Tree

We used a variety decorations and ornaments to adorn our Halloween tree including:

An Artificial Crow
Skeletons Hung from Nooses
Orange and Black Glass Bulbs
Jack O' Lantern Ornaments
Plastic Spiders and Bats

Halloween Decorations - Halloween Tree

Glass ornaments should be hung as close as possible to the mini-lights so that they will pick up light and reflect it. To hang our ornaments we used regular metal Xmas ornament hooks.

For the tree topper we used an evil looking Jack O' Lantern Halloween decoration. If you have indoor pets you may want to cordon off the area as they want to play with the shiny decorations and in the Spanish moss.

Additional Decorations
We didn't want our Halloween Tree display to simply sit on our tile floor, so we made a blanket of Spanish moss, dried leaves and twigs around the entire display.

We also applied some moss to the base of the tree to look as though it were slowly creeping up it. After Halloween you can store all the moss in large Zip-Lok bags and use it again next year.

Halloween Decorations - Halloween Tree

On the right hand side of the tree, we placed a large high quality Tombstone, then placed an  "Amazing Rainbow Pumpkin Light" behind it to create a very eerie effect. On the left side we placed two medium size, lighted artificial Jack O' Lanterns sitting on top of two cut logs of different heights for a two level effect. Finally, we hung a spooky looking wreath on one of the walls as a finishing touch.

Halloween Tree

Halloween Tree


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