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October 18, 2021

Getting Ready for the Halloween Season

Halloween night is steadily approaching, so at Alvarez Construction, we wanted to take a minute to help get you in the holiday spirit. From costumes to home decorations and fun fall events for the whole family, read on to see how you can make the most out of this Halloween season.

Get Creative With Your Costumes

For one night every year it’s perfectly acceptable to walk around your neighborhood in an animal onesie asking for candy. In fact, it’s encouraged. Whether you’re dressing up for a Halloween party or taking the kids out for a night of trick-or-treating, you’ll need to make a decision on what costume you’re going to dress up in this year. If you’re buying costumes or making them yourself, here are a few ideas to get you started. 

In recent years, Halloween costumes have edged away from the typical witch, ghost and vampire classics. Superheroes, Disney princess and movie character costumes have officially taken over Halloween, and the key to your costume is creativity. For a family affair, try channeling your inner Adams Family looks or the beloved Flintstone household. If you’re trying to spend less and pull items from your own closet, grab an umbrella, white button up and a simple skirt for an easy Mary Poppins look or throw on some ripped jeans, a black tee and flannel and channel your inner Wayne’s World favorites. 

Halloween Home Decor

After you’ve sorted out your costumes for the big night, it’s time to get decorating. When it comes to holiday decor for Halloween, it’s never a bad idea to keep it classic. Fill your front yard with pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns and hang some DIY ghosts or bats from your trees, and you’ll have the house on the block that no one stops talking about. 

If you want to get even more into the holiday spirit, go one step further and turn your front yard into a graveyard. There are many places you can purchase Halloween tombstones online, but if you want to make your own headstones, you’ll typically need foam board as your main material. Here are some steps for DIY tombstones:

  1. Shape the foam into the design you’d like.
  2. Add in some cracks with a craft knife.
  3. Use a stencil to write names and text on the foam, and use the knife to carve it in.
  4. Add grey spray paint for a base coat on the tombstone. 
  5. Once the paint is dry, mix a variety of paint colors (any of your choosing, but people typically include black, brown or dark green) with water and add it to a spray bottle.
  6. Spray the mixture on the tombstone, allowing it to dry in-between until you reach your desired look.

Make sure you also include enough lighting in your yard for the big night of trick-or-treating so everyone will be able to see your graveyard scene. 

What to do for Halloween in Your Community 

You have the perfect costume, your home is ready for Halloween night, but there are plenty of days between now and then for some much needed seasonal fun. 

If you’re in the mood for music, you may have already been to a Live After Five event at the Galvez Plaza in Baton Rouge, but on October 29 the event is taking it up a notch. Put on your Halloween costume and get ready for a night of 80s music and the chance to win VIP tickets! The event starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.

If you’re really looking for a spooky Halloween experience, there is one haunted house in Baton Rouge you won’t want to pass up. The 13th Gate is largely seen as one of the scariest haunted houses in the state. While inside, you’ll make your way through 13 sections of the house, all with different scenes that are spectacular in spectacle and filled with amazing actors bringing the scary story to life. For haunted house connoisseurs, this is not one you’ll want to miss, and for those who are always hesitant about haunted houses—you may want to look elsewhere. 

Whatever you do this Halloween season, we hope you have the best one yet, and if you have any questions on new homes around the Baton Rouge area, our team would love to help. Check out our communities and get in touch with us online to start your new home journey.

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