Halloween Decorations: Get ‘Em Before They’re Gone

Halloween will be here in just a few short weeks. There’s still plenty of time to get your orders in, receive the goods and put up your decorations in time for Halloween. Our favorite haunted holiday comes and goes too quickly. The good news is you can proudly display your scary decorations for the entire month of October if you want. Get your Halloween decorations while there’s still time! Here’s a few of our Halloween favorites.

It’s Alive!
These frightening Halloween decorations move, light up or make spooky sounds!
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The scary Barking Skeleton Dog is perfect for frightening Halloween guests and trick-or-treaters. Sound and touch activated, it unleashes a devilish barking noise (and its eyes light up red) when people get too close.

The Radio Control Tarantula looks so real it might scare your friends! Move the tarantula forward, backward and side-to-side, or press the auto-movement feature to make it crawl and spin on its own. Eyes light up red.

55″ Animated Demoness springs to life to startle trick-or-treaters who dare approach your door. Hanging by shackles, the sound-activated demoness’ eyes glow red, and she shakes as she belts out scary warnings.

Wicked Witches
Go for a classic Halloween look with a classic Halloween character…
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Transform your yard into a ghostly gathering spot with the Halloween Silhouettes. The solar lanterns create spooky shadows at night. The 3-Pc. Stake Set creates a scene of witches working over a steamy cauldron.

Halloween Witch’s Brooms accent your home in the spirit of the season. It features natural elements such as grapevine, burlap and raffia alongside spooky accents and a witty phrase. Easily disassembles for storage.

Enjoy the funnier side of Halloween with Sound & Motion Crashing Witch. The poor thing looks like she just crashed into a wall. Activated by sound, her legs start kicking, and she screams and says several phrases.

Perfect Pumpkins
Enjoy the lighter side of Halloween with Jack-O’-Lanterns and decorative pumpkins!
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Metal Polka Dot Pumpkins add playful color for your autumn home. Metal tabs attach leaves to the pumpkin. The scrollwork stem doubles as a hanger so you can display the pumpkin from a hook for an original look.

The color-changing 14″ Lighted Stacked Pumpkins adds a cute look to your Halloween decor. Each friendly jack-o’-lantern face lights up different shades. Their carved wood look fits in nicely with rustic country decor.

Add some rustic charm to your Halloween porch with the Country Lighted Welcome Pumpkin. Perfect as a friendly greeting, the LED light inside simulates real candlelight, safely shining through the six cutout stars.

Seasonal Harvest Decor that Also Works for Halloween

The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. But it can also be difficult if you’re trying to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving back to back. As long as you’re not dedicated to transforming your home into a haunted nightmare, it’s easy to find seasonal harvest decor that also works for Halloween. Check out some of our best harvest ensembles for the front porch, bathroom, living room and dining room.

Front Porch Favorites

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Harvest Porch Decor can be displayed during the entire autumn season. Get a Pumpkin Door Hanger and Wooden Pumpkins to liven up your porch for fall, and flip around the Set of 3 Pillows for a Halloween theme.

Add beautiful accent light to your porch with the Hanging Star Candleholder. The glass panels feature an etched design and the perfect color for fall. It opens in the center to reveal a holder for your tea light candle.

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The Seasonal Porch Sitter Planter will look great on your front steps all season long. The cute character is holding a planter box. Add your favorite flowers or fall plant to the box for a display your guests won’t forget.

Easily stay festive no matter what the season with the 9-Pc. Interchangeable Seasonal Yard Stake. With a variety of seasonal greetings to keep you covered all year, it has what you need to get through the holidays.

Autumn Interior Decorating Ideas

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The Pumpkin & Stars Bathroom Collection brings a warm, seasonal autumn touch to your bathroom space. Get a wide range of useful items to cover your entire bathroom with pumpkins, country stars and fall leaves.

Decorate your living room with family-friendly Halloween decor using a Primitive Country Halloween Pillow. The harvest colors and symbols are ideal for autumn, and the Halloween elements are simple and innocent.

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The Primitive Country Stuffed Pumpkins add a simple, stylish touch to your harvest display nearly anywhere in your home, even as a dining room centerpiece. Each features a patchwork design with traditional colors.

Create an autumn display for your kitchen or dining room table with a 4-Pc. Ceramic Pumpkin Centerpiece. Each pumpkin has a removable lid and a spacious interior for holding Halloween candy or random goodies.

Fun Facts About Candy Corn

Candy CornLove it or hate it, Halloween would not be quite the same without candy corn. It’s been around as long as we can remember — but the confection we’re so used to seeing this time of year just becomes part of the Halloween decorations. But it has a few interesting details you may not be familiar with. Here are some fun facts about candy corn — the fall candy Americans fell in love with more than a century ago.

Chicken Feed Little has changed about candy corn since it was first manufactured in the 1880s except for the name. Candy corn was originally called “Chicken Feed” and the packaging featured a rooster as part of the logo. It originally had a very strong following among farmers.

Wedding Cake One of the ingredients that gives candy corn it’s unusual hard-yet-soft texture is fondant. Fondant is sugar and water heated together just long enough for it to be moldable. Fondant is used as icing on elaborate wedding cakes because you can sculpt it and make beautiful, ornamental cakes you can’t make with regular icing.

Candy CornSpecial Recipe Though Brach’s wasn’t the company to introduce candy corn to America, they’ve been making it for a long time with their own recipe – and that recipe includes honey. Most other candy corn is made with plain corn syrup.

Not for Vegans Even if you opt for the makers who don’t use honey (honey is not a vegan product), it still wouldn’t be a vegan treat because one of the ingredients in candy corn is marshmallow which contains gelatin. Gelatin is made from animal protein. More specifically, gelatin is made from collagen which comes from bones and joints of animals. It’s an ingredient in many of the things we eat but it’s a no-no for a vegan diet.

Shellac Shine Candy corn allegedly contains shellac – it’s what makes fingernail polish shiny. Shellac is a resin secreted from a lac bug found in India and Thailand. It’s used in all sorts of products and candies to give them a sheen – but it’s another reason candy corn isn’t considered vegan.

candy pumpkinPurple Corn You’re probably familiar with the slight variations in shapes and colors — pumpkins for Halloween or bunnies for Easter — but in eastern Canada, they produce a purple candy corn. The flavor is blackberry cobbler.

Of course, if you really love candy corn, you don’t have to wait until October every year to have it – you can eat it year-round if you make it. The Food Network’s Alton Brown has his own recipe for the fall favorite. Otherwise, there is plenty of candy corn coming at you in the next few weeks!

 

8 Trick-or-Treat Halloween Tips

Trick-or-TreatLike the first day of summer vacation and Christmas morning, Halloween is one of the biggest days of a child’s calendar. Dressing up in costumes and getting free candy are both exciting, but together, they’re a recipe for memorable Halloweens. If you’re on the giving end of the trick-or-treat equation, it’s still plenty of fun, especially if you wear a costume for the occasion.

These Halloween tips will make the day a treat and help avoid any potential tricks that could spoil your spooky holiday.

1. Give trick-or-treaters their own flashlights
Some Halloween festivities get started around dusk, and for little ones, navigating sidewalks and porch steps without sufficient light can lead to falls. A lightweight flashlight that clips to a costume sleeve or wristband is ideal for trick-or-treating. The new LED flashlights are an improvement over traditional bulbs that get hot or can break when dropped.

2. Supply ample lighting (Especially If you’re handing out candy instead of collecting it)
You can get creative with your Halloween lighting by supplementing it with strands of orange or purple fairy lights, jack-o’-lanterns and colorful flood lights, but make sure the path to your door is well-lit. Proper lighting also puts trick-or-treaters at ease for a Halloween outing that could feel a bit scary for little ones.

3. Emphasize practicality over looks for masks and costumes
While you want your little ghoul or goblin to look great for Halloween, remember that trick-or-treating is an active event. Masks that impede vision and costumes that limit movement are not for going door to door. A young fairy or pirate might want to wear fancy shoes, but insist on practical sneakers, not the costume shoes that come with a pre-made costume.

4. Consider skipping the mask and going with cosmetics
With zombie or witch face paint, you can create your own unique look for your child’s costume without a cumbersome mask that could hinder peripheral vision. Shops right now are full of Halloween makeup kits that include ghostly white, witch green and blood red paints. Other costumes look great with cosmetic accessories such as hair gems for a fairy princess or temporary tattoos for pirates and sailors.

5. Use candy bags your child can carry when full
Heavy candy buckets and bags become cumbersome for kids, especially if candy-givers are generous, and could cut the festivities short. Look for lightweight but sturdy plastic or cloth candy-catchers that won’t weigh too much when loaded or drag on the ground and burst.

6. Let your Halloween flag fly
Kids won’t come to your door if they aren’t sure your home is part of the trick-or-treat circuit, so decorate for the holiday and let them know they’re welcome. Hanging a Halloween bunting and decorating your porch tells kids that your house is open for trick-or-treating, and is one of the most overlooked Halloween tips.

7. Always check candy before allowing a child to eat it
Well-intended as they may be, homemade treats don’t have the quality control of factory-wrapped candies. If you aren’t sure what’s in it, how it was made and who gave it to your child, be safe and remove it from the haul.

8. Feed kids well before the main event
A hungry child will be sorely tempted to dip into the treat bag before you’ve checked the candy and could overindulge before you know it. Don’t let a stomach ache spoil Halloween fun; serve a hearty, healthy dinner before going out trick-or-treating.

Halloween festivities should be memorable. With these safe Halloween tips, you can make sure your children remembers the holiday for all the right reasons.

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Decorate Your Home for Halloween with These 10 Tips

Halloween-DecorationsHalloween costumes are for more than you and your kids; your home also gets a scary new look when you decorate for the holiday. This year, make Halloween extra special with these spectacularly spooky decorating tips that are ideal for impressing party guests, trick-or-treaters and anyone who visits.

1. Create a focal point for every Halloween scene

Decorating experts recommend making a favorite piece of furniture or art the focal piece for a room, and the same design concept holds true for temporary decorations at Halloween. If you have a favorite decoration or hand-created centerpiece, use it as the inspiration for the decor around it.

2. Give guests a dramatic entrance

Your front porch, door and foyer set the tone for the rest of your house’s Halloween finery, so make an impact where it counts with decorations up front.

3. Lighting sets a mood

Things that go bump in the night seem spookier in eerie, subdued lighting. At the same time, keeping lighting levels too low affects safety for trick-or-treaters and party guests, so look for ways to light it up while sticking to your Halloween theme. Lighted decorations, such as this ghostly ground-breaker, are perfect for lighting your Halloween event.

4. Make your own decorations

Nothing puts a fun new spin on Halloween decorating like coming up with your own wreaths, tabletop displays and centerpieces. Old clothes, some straw and newspapers can become your very own scarecrow. Cut your own bat shapes out of construction paper. Whatever you decide to craft, start early, so your decorations will be ready for Halloween.

5. Incorporate nature in your decorating scheme for Halloween

Naturally warty or oddly shaped pumpkins and gourds have character, especially when you group them together. Find bare branches from your backyard to serve as a spooky take on floral arrangements.

6. Add surprises throughout your home

Party-goers don’t stay in one room, so add a few Halloween touches to the kitchen, restroom, and back porch or patio. Anywhere that guests might see should get a few fearsome touches.

7. Use age-appropriate decorations

For households with small children, some Halloween decor is a little too gruesome for comfort. While the kids are little, stick to friendly ghosts and smiling jack-o’-lanterns like these cheery porch Halloween light covers.

8. Appeal to all the senses

Your decorations may offer spooky sights, but don’t forget to add an equally eerie soundtrack to your Halloween display. Halloween scents such as pumpkin and candy corn evoke memories of the holiday for guests. If you’re really ambitious, add a fog generator for atmosphere.

9. More can be better

If one pumpkin on your porch looks good, then a row of them will look great. When you multiply decorating elements, you increase their impact. Some items work best as stand-alone displays, especially if they’re large and dramatic, but for smaller items, grouping creates an interesting tableau.

10. Go with your tastes

Picking decorations that suit your style will give your Halloween decorations a unified feel. This Medusa Halloween decoration would look right at home on an elegant mantel. If you’re fond of country style, decorate with scarecrows and straw bales.

However you choose to decorate this year, shop Lakeside’s selection of Halloween goodies for your home and make it your best spooky season ever!

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Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays, and one of our favorite ones, Halloween, is coming up soon! Get everything you need to make your home and yard look gorgeously gruesome for Halloween today, and you’ll have plenty of time in October for planning parties, creating costumes, and adding cute or creepy finishing touches to your decor. If Halloween’s ghosts and ghouls aren’t your style, you’ll also find beautiful seasonal decorations to celebrate autumn. No matter how you decorate for October, you’ll find what you need.

Every Halloween display needs a focal point, and we love this skeleton decoration for its weird and whimsical charm. Just because he’s passed on doesn’t mean he forgot how to take life easy, so he’s found a comfortable spot to relax for a spell. This sleepy skeleton’s chest rises and falls as he snores in his hammock, perhaps resting up for a big Halloween night. His hammock is 8 feet long, so it’s a large enough piece to be the center of your yard’s display. Add a spotlight or two to show him off, and you’ll have one of the most unusual decorations on your block.Interactive-skeleton-hammock

Halloween is about more than spooky skeletons, though. With this cheerful Halloween bunting, you’ll get in the spirit of the season while still keeping your decor friendly enough for the littlest kids. Made of durable polyester fabric, the bunting is perfect for a porch rail, a deck or a fence. At almost 60 inches across, this adorable hanging makes an emphatic statement. Choose from jack-o’-lanterns in festive fall hues of orange and black with green accents or a trio of cheerful, bow-tied ghosts. If you have plenty of space to cover, choose both – they look great together or separately.

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If your kids’ trick-or-treating days are behind them, or if you prefer a more sophisticated take on Halloween, try these oddly elegant lighted Halloween urns to flank your door or adorn your porch. Welcome guests to your Halloween party in style with these black, molded plastic urns filled with bare branches and twinkling lights. Choose from traditional Halloween black with miniature orange lights or an elegantly eerie purple with blue lights. If you prefer, you can mix and match them to create a dramatic setting for your next Halloween party. Each pair of urns is over 22 inches tall, so you can also use them as a towering tabletop arrangement or near your fireplace.

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Halloween is also harvest time, which is why we’re showing off these sweet garden decorations for your yard. These painted metal pumpkins stake into the ground and give your front or back yard a festive touch that works for Halloween, Thanksgiving and beyond. Pair them with hay bales to impart a country harvest look to your yard.

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Whether your Halloween style is cute, creepy or comforting, we have your look! Get started today, and you’ll have the best-looking display in your neighborhood. We’re always getting new stock in, so check back often to see what else we have in store for the holidays.