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How to Turn Your Beautiful Garden into a Terrifying Halloween Nightmare!

The reason why we fall in love with gardening is because it allows us to unleash our full creative potential. Just like Hemingway when he sat down in front of the typewriter, you can also create art that takes someone’s breath away when they stumble upon it. Do you want to know how to do it in a way the neighbourhood kids will never forget?

They might be too young to appreciate your fancy flowers and juicy vegetables, but Halloween is around the corner and you can delight them in a different way. Turn your garden into a creepy place the trick-or-treaters will think twice about walking through. You’ll still get to come up with an unlimited amount of creative ideas, but read on for a few ways to get you started.

Build Your Own Eerie Cemetery

Adding a collection of headstones to your lawn is the best way to spice things up without causing any damage. First of all, if you want to do things the easy way, you’ll need some cardboard to create the outline of the tombstones before you cut them out using a pair of scissors. Double them up using glue if you don’t think they’ll be strong enough to stand upright for a couple of nights.

You can then move onto the next stage, which will involve painting them grey and writing creepy messages on them. Duct tape thin metal poles to the back of each tombstone, because they won’t create as much damage as wooden stakes when you’re putting them in the ground. Steel metal sheds also come in handy as they’ll offer people protection if any zombies rise from the dead.

Bring Your Fruits to Life

Maybe you don’t grow any pumpkins in your garden, but you’ll still be able to pick a few up from the store before the big day. Kids won’t be able to tell either way, so they might think your creations have suddenly came to life. The best way to achieve this is by making their scary faces as realistic as possible, and you can always use stencils if you’re not artistic.

Once you’ve scooped out their insides and stuck a candle inside each one, you’ll have to figure out the best place to put them. If you want them to look as mysterious as possible, stick them in between the flowers at the sides of your garden to make people think they’re being stared at. Remember to keep them away from anything they could accidentally set alight.

Attack of The Giant Spiders

Your garden must get attacked by a lot of creepy crawlies at the moment, so you’ll finally have some in your garden with no intention of destroying all your plants. They will, on the other hand, destroy the confidence of all but the bravest of trick-or-treaters. To build them you’ll need some PVC pipes, black spray paint, and various other supplies.

If you don’t want to go through too much hassle there is another way to build your spiders. They won’t look as scary, but they’ll save you plenty of time. All you will need is a pile of black bin liners and anything cheap you can find to stuff them with. After you’ve added a couple of extra touches like the eyes and mouth you’ll be done.

Do Something Terrifying with Your Trees

It will be great if you have a small collection of trees in your garden, and if they’ve already shed all their leaves they’ll look even scarier. Unfortunately, if you want to increase the creep factor you’ll have to do a little more with them. One of the easiest ways to do it is by going to work pulling apart large cotton balls until you can turn them into stringy cobwebs hanging from the branches.

If you want to go even further you can hang a fake body by the neck, and you’ll get bonus points if it’s dressed like a terrifying clown. For those who think it might be going a little too far, you can always hang a skeleton from a tree instead. Everyone will know it’s fake, so you won’t have any cops showing up on your door. They’re also pretty cheap to buy from any Halloween store if you’re not a biology teacher.

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Due to the fact you love gardening more than anything, you don’t want to go too crazy turning your garden into something from a horror film set. Everything we’ve talked about today should be more than enough as far as big things are concerned. There are lots of little things you can add too, and you’ll be the talk of the neighbourhood on Halloween. You better make sure you have enough candy ready because you’ll get visitors all night.

About the author: Professional horticulturalist from NSW. Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well! Aussie_green_thumb.

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