Hickory Villa residents can shop for affordable seasonal decorations, such as lights, window clings and wall hangings, at some of the dollar stores near our assisted living community. We also organize transportation, so residents can enjoy shopping trips together at Target, Walmart Supercenter and other nearby retailers.
If you prefer to shop online, check out websites such as Amazon and have items shipped to you. Etsy is a great online store for unique handmade craft items.
Orange, black and purple are classic Halloween colors, but these hues aren't your only options at this time of year. Pastel Halloween decorations take some of the creepiness out of traditional decor. For a sweeter and softer look, try decorative pumpkins, skulls and ghosts in pale yellow, blue, pink and green.
You don't need a life-sized skeleton hanging in your suite to convey your passion for Halloween. Incorporate small touches throughout your living space for surprise scary accents. On a stroll through the Halloween aisle at the store, you'll find creepy spiders, fake mice, ghoulish statues and other props you can tuck on tables and shelves.
Decorations can also be functional, which is important if you have limited space and storage. A black-lace spider web tablecloth, for example, is an easy way to bring a foreboding feel to your living space. Look for seasonal placemats, coasters, dish towels and other practical items for easy accessorizing.
Window clings are easy-to-use decorative stickers that adhere to surfaces without glue or tape. Apply these Halloween-themed decals to a clean, dry surface. They're a fast way to transform your windows, and they peel off easily without leaving residue.
Colorful graphics of bats, vampires and haunted houses add an instant eerie feel to your room. You can also opt for all-black silhouettes of witches and ghosts for a more dramatic effect.
Hang a Halloween-themed wreath on your apartment door to greet visitors and bring a smile to your neighbors at Hickory Villa. If you're crafty, tackle some of these Country Living DIY wreath ideas, which use ordinary supplies such as ribbon, candy corn and cupcake liners. These unique ideas might inspire your own creative juices.
If you already have a fall wreath for your door, customize it for the occasion with some fake spider webs and plastic spiders to perk up your entryway. It's an economical way to transform your door for a couple of weeks. You can remove the Halloween accents once the calendar turns to November and restore your wreath to its original look.
Amplify the fright factor in your apartment by hanging Halloween-themed string lights around a window or shelf. Switch them on after nightfall to create fun mood lighting.
You can find indoor LED lights shaped like candy corn, pumpkins, skulls, bats or ghosts to celebrate the season. Regular string lights in colors such as orange and purple will also do the trick. They're the perfect backdrop for watching a classic Halloween movie such as "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
Halloween is synonymous with jack-o'-lanterns flickering in the dark. You can evoke a similar effect in your home with pumpkins illuminated by flameless candles.
Another option is to pick up small fresh pumpkins at the grocery store or a local Nebraska farm. A trip to Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch or Vala's Pumpkin Patch is a perfect way to spend time with grandchildren or other young adults in your life.
If you don't want the mess of carving a pumpkin, simply use black marker to color in the eyes, nose and mouth, and tuck some LED lights around your creation. For an easy living room accent, create different expressions on a trio of small pumpkins and arrange them on your coffee table.
Give your living room a quick makeover by adding some Halloween-themed pillows to your sitting area. Cushion covers are available in a variety of sizes, so you can slip them over your existing pillows for a fresh look.
Choose colors and styles to match your interior design and level of Halloween enthusiasm. If bright orange pillows or dancing skeletons aren't to your taste, consider a cover with a simple "Boo!" or "Happy Halloween" for an understated look.
For a unique decoration, try a tabletop Halloween tree. If you have a Christmas tree you pull out for the holidays, set it up early and decorate it for the spooky season. Wind some orange string lights around the tree and nestle in beautiful Halloween ornaments such as floating ghosts, cheerful jack-o-lanterns, flying bats and other iconic shapes. When Halloween is over, you can change out the decorations for Christmas.