I'm wondering if I'm alone in this, but I feel I get a better effect in my decor if I compliment the natural setting instead of trying to fight it.
This isn't a very upbeat post, btw, since a lot of us live in very modern homes.
My residence is a small brick square with old white wooden trim, sitting between two other little brick squares with a little yard out front. We are a brick house in a neighborhood of little brick houses, street after street. There are a few older trees, flower beds, that sort of thing.
So when I look at my house, I don't see is a family plot. No gothic stones, no civil war era markers, no wooden crosses, nothing like that. A larger, older home can pull off a small family graveyard, not me.
In fact, the whole medieval/baroque/victorian side of Halloween just seems out of place on my property. I love the stuff, sure, but then I love old English gatehouses and cottages. Sadly, I don't have one of those.
The agricultural/country Halloween can be used by most anyone, but only within reason. A farmhouse can go all out, certainly, with scarecrows, cornstalks, crows, demented farmhands and butcher shops, but for me, in the heart of a large midwestern city, A few cornstalks and a crow or two is about as far as I would be willing to go - and frankly, it isn't my style.
So what to do? Well, I figure I have a few options.
One is abandoned. Strange lights inside, otherwise the windows are boarded, burlaps tatters hang from the sills and railings, spooky noises.
Weird garden - the resident has some strange and likely dangerous flora and fauna around the place, like man-eating plants, sinister vines, horrifying flowers, goblins and sprites in the underbrush.
Fun, but not as sinister as I'd like. Just a hair too cute.
Pumpkin-fest. The grounds are heaped with pumpkins and pumpkin-related structures, like pumpkins on poles or jack-headed sculptures.
Maybe. Be a lot of work, would need to find a source of pumpkins, or start slowly buying Funkins and find storage space for them.
Madman's residence. Body parts abound, freshly skinned skulls on stakes, mobiles made of teeth and bone.
That might be fun once. I like a gory movie, but I like my gore in Halloween decor at a minimum. I don't want to traumatize the little ones.
We see maybe 15-20 TOTers every year. I blame a lack of sidewalks. It is a decent neighborhood, but kids are uncommon.