Five Last Minute Halloween Ideas for Spooky Kids Decor October 31 2009

[caption id="attachment_1085" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Black Cat Halloween Silhouette Halloween Decorating Idea"]Black Cat Halloween Silouette Halloween Decorating Idea[/caption] Looking to put the finishing touches on your home decorating before the big party?  Or, trying to keep the kids entertained before 5 pm trick-or-treating?  Here are a few quick decorating ideas perfect for you to do with the help of the kids. Decorative Halloween Silhouettes - Download free stencil patternsand use them to trace colored construction paper to create easy window or wall decor.  This is a great project for little kids to help with.  Consider getting some contact paper to create your own wall decals or wall stickers.  The silhouettes featured above are from Martha Stewart crafts. Painted Pumpkins - Whip out the washable paints and borrow an Easter Egg tradition.  Consider decorating with just black paint to keep the contrast high.  For a little more pizazz, consider glow-in-the-dark glitter for your pumpkins for a spooky nighttime effect.  Glow in the dark glitter can be found in most major craft stores. Creative Costume Recycling - Dress unused costumes with old newspaper stuffed in plastic bags.  Sit your homemade critters in chairs on the front porch to greet your trick-or-treaters this evening. Halloween Door Decor - Create Halloween garland with black, white, and orange construction paper.  Simply cut 8.5" x 11" inch paper into 1 inch thick strips and glue or tape interlocking rings together.  Hang them from the top of the front door (on the outside) to add Halloween aura for your trick-or-treaters. Spooky Tunes- Although more of an aura creator than a decorative idea but achieving the same result (i.e. an excitingly spooky Halloween home), go to itunes for some hip Halloween hits including.  There are a few play lists already created (The Basics, Next Steps, and Deep Cuts) that include favorites like Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash. Happy spooky kids decorating and be safe this Halloween!