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Arrangements for Halloween

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 22 Aug 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Halloween is a holiday enjoyed by kids of all ages and many people decorate more for Halloween than they do for any other day of the year. As the weather turns cooler, indoor decorations become more important and nothing is more festive than Halloween floral arrangements greeting guests when they step inside. Have fun with these displays by sticking to traditional Halloween themes featuring orange and black, incorporating candy and including whimsical accents to make others smile.

Feature Orange and Black

Orange and black has long been the colour combination associated with Halloween, though white, red and yellow also work very well in such flower arrangements. With some many options creating displays of different sizes and shapes should be no problem. Remember, however, that while colours which don’t naturally occur in nature (black roses, navy carnations, etc) are unusual, they can often look cheap and make an otherwise lovely arrangement slightly tacky. Use these items sparingly. Instead, consider working with:
  • Orange, peach, white, cream, yellow or deep red roses
  • White, cream, yellow, orange, red, brown Gerbera daisies or mini Gerberas
  • Bronze, red, yellow or white chrysanthemums
  • Orange, yellow, red, white or even purple alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)
  • Yellow, red or white carnations
  • Sunflowers
  • Daisies
  • Branches, sticks, willow, bark or autumn leaves
  • Eucalyptus leaves
  • Thistle
  • Miniature pumpkins and gourds
  • Raffia, string, yarn or ribbon

Incorporate Candy

There’s no way to separate Halloween from candy and trick or treating, so work with this connection rather than against it. Incorporate candy into your arrangements to draw in more colours, add textural elements, evoke nostalgic memories and as a functional way to display holiday treats. Just be sure to make it clear if items can be consumed directly from the display (most likely wrapped candy) or if they are simply decorative and should not be ingested (most likely unwrapped candy). If you choose to work with candy you could:
  • Hang wrapped candies from the bare branches of a small tree
  • Insert wrapped candies into arrangements via short plastic floral sticks
  • Make a hard candy or candy bar topiary
  • Fashion candy pomanders
  • Fill a vase with colourful candies to surround a floral bouquet
  • Arrange pre-filled candy bags as part of a Halloween tablescape
  • Create a lollipop bouquet
  • Glue gum balls or other round candy into flower shapes
  • Put together a wreath of wrapped candy bars
  • Stand full sized candy bars and boxed candy vertically to make an arrangements

Include Whimsical Accents

Halloween has such a variety of whimsical items associated with it that finding small decorative items to add to a bouquet should not be hard. Witches, witches hats, broomsticks, black cats, black crows, spiders, spider webs, jack o’lanterns, pumpkins, bats, gravestones, skeletons, skulls, coffins and haunted houses are just a few of the decorations commonly associated with this holiday. From small plastic figures and paper cut-outs inserted into bouquets to accompanying balloons or vases, there is much you can do to incorporate whimsical accents into your displays. If you’re really ambitious you could even create an large arrangement in the shape of one of these items.

Creating Halloween arrangements is the perfect opportunity to let your creative side run wild. Feature a traditional orange and black colour scheme, incorporate candy into your displays and include whimsical accents to really get into the festive spirit.

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