October is the time when fall really starts to sink in: the days get shorter, the air gets cooler, and the leaves change into beautiful, robust colors! The best day of the year also happens to fall on the last day of the month of October – that’s right! It’s the month of Halloween when everyone gets to celebrate their cute and spooky sides, eat everything pumpkin flavored, and decorate the house with pumpkins, ghosts, and more.
As you know, at Zeitgeist Gifts, we love modern and cool stuff! We hope to inspire you with some fun and new ideas like creating a “poisonous apple” theme at your Halloween table or trying some unique DIY costumes! Let’s get started.
The Décor For Your Halloween
Orange and black are the main colors of the season, of course, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your decorating prowess to just pumpkins and bats! Think outside the box about something that you haven’t done before. You’ve heard the saying “less is more”, right? Modern Halloween decoration ideas fully embrace this adage and often feature just a few elements or symbols for a more minimalist approach.
This applies to your outdoor features and table decorations, too! Whether you choose a skull, a spider, a skeleton, scary pumpkin faces or a poisonous apple – let your imagination free and get creative! Minimalisti has some great ideas to avoid excessive decorations while still concentrating on a theme.
If a minimalist approach isn’t your Halloween style, what about something quirky? Bring a creepy little giggle to your guests as they hang their coats on an eyeball dangling off a skull decal or little monsters! Not only will these wacky décor choices start conversation, the kids will surely love it!
Munchies fit for Skeletons, Zombies, and Ghosts!
Unique and different decorations are just one aspect of getting into the Halloween spirit: what about the food? You can’t just serve people peeled grapes and call them eyeballs anymore! Even cute Halloween themed cupcakes can leave guests underwhelmed these days. So what can you do?
We all know candy is important, but let’s be honest, you can’t just serve bags of Skittles to everyone! If you have guests over on Halloween night, serve them festive punch in regal goblets! Of course, your menu for the evening has to maintain the theme. We recommend zombie fingers, devilish eggs, saucy spiders, and pumpkin cheesecake brownies to get started. You could even wow your guests with a hybrid of a classic dessert conundrum: pumpkin pie cake!
Costume Trends 2016
You can easily guess that the biggest costume trends of the year will follow the biggest events of the year! With 2016, you can expect female Ghostbusters, Pokémon and Pokémon Trainers, David Bowie, The Joker and Harley Quinn, Prince, and any Game of Thrones character. Lots of political costumes are also quite likely (thanks, election year!). Harry Potter is an evergreen theme for every Halloween, too!
However, just like with fashion, you’ll have the most fun on Halloween if you pick a Halloween costume that you love and feel comfortable in, even if it’s not necessarily trendy! A classic witch or zombie costume never goes out of style. If you want to go the DIY route, we found some awesome and unique inspiration on Popsugar. Capture some Pokemon and candy in your own custom costume!
Last, but certainly not least, Zeitgeist Gifts always loves to give our marvelous clients a bit of background on history and where things are coming from! Did you know that carving pumpkins is a tradition that goes back to the 19th Century and originally has its roots in Ireland? Children used to carry lanterns crafted from turnips around on All Saints Day and All Souls Day which fell on the First and Second of November. Nowadays, we leave the pumpkins on the porch, but we still carve and decorate them to let the children know they can stop by and get candy!
If carving isn’t your favorite thing to do, don’t sweat it--you can easily decorate the pumpkins with paint, markers, glitter, or our giant googly eyes. If your kids or friends have any food allergies, the Teal Pumpkin project is a great way to raise awareness and avoid harm. You simply leave a teal-painted pumpkin on your porch to let everyone know you will be handing out non-food items, too, so that children with allergies can safely participate in trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.
Halloween is all about family and fun, so no matter what you choose to wear or how you decorate, remember to enjoy the little moments with your loved ones. And eat as much candy and pumpkin-flavored-everything as you please!