The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 9, 2013

DIYW (Do It Your Way) Halloween


This year, something had to give. The woman whose recent Facebook posts include: “Halloween Wars (Food Network) is on. YAY!! I wait all year for this!” has scaled back, at least temporarily, confining her staging to one room in her house, a clever idea for those who lack the time or motivation for inside-out decorating.

“I have had a big Halloween party every year since college. Then we would always go to Universal Studios in Orlando for Halloween.” Now, she has two children, Blaine who is 1 year old and Alston, three. Add to the mayhem the fact that her oldest is in a bodycast from a recent accident.

“About the only thing he can be this year is a mummy,” she admits. Fold in her extra mom duties, a crazy 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. schedule and her friends’ “married with kids” status change, and it’s a recipe that could use a pinch of rest. So, at least this year, she opted to forego most of the outdoor decorations and focus her efforts to a definite space in the dining room, choosing carefully from stuff she’s accumulated over the years and adding a few things here and there.

Instead of the daunting, three-day ordeal plus a DJ, she comes home now after a long day to enjoy the creepy scene she created. “Honestly, we’re never home to enjoy outdoor decorations. So, when I do get home now, I just turn on everything inside then.”

Even pumpkinheads could take a lesson from Wills’ compromise: You don’t HAVE to do outdoor decorations and you also don’t have to carry decorations throughout the home. Pick a clever theme and confine it to a room, which also makes clean up easier. Use what you have, and make new additions each year.

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