Films that Honor American Heroes

Heroism and patriotism have always been a favorite subject in film. These narratives are a wonderful way to remind people about the importance of struggling against injustice and defending our community and country against all that threaten them. At the same time, these narratives also honor the bravery and sacrifices made by the people who chose to fight for what is right. Here are five American films that pay tribute to our modern day heroes:

All the President’s Men (1976) 

the film poster for Alan Pakula's All the President's Men

Alan Pakula’s All the President’s Men focuses on one of America’s most talked about controversy: the Watergate Scandal. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford play Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two journalists who try to uncover the secrets behind the strange burglary at the Watergate complex. Aided by a secret informant, who calls himself Deep Throat, the investigation leads the two newsmen to a startling discovery that might compromise the integrity of the president and the administration. Based on real-life events, this movie shows Bernstein’s and Woodward’s unbreakable commitment to the truth, to journalistic integrity, and to what they owe the public.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July is part of Oliver Stone’s trilogy of films about the Vietnam War. This critically acclaimed movie takes the subject matter out of the deadly battlefield and brings it to the home front, in the invisible war that the media did not cover. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, a soldier taken out of the war zone due to injuries sustained during combat. In his hometown, the audience becomes witness to his difficulty in adjusting to the life he once knew before seeing everything he had seen in Vietnam. He finally gets his bearings, realizes that he does not want what he experienced to happen to anyone, and joins a coalition protesting against the war. The film is a testament to the horrors of war while honoring the men and women who would put themselves in the line of fire for their country.

The American President (1995) 

Rob Reiner's The American President

Rob Reiner’s The American President is an enthralling look into the life and responsibilities of the world’s most powerful man. Written by award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, this film focuses on President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas, as he deals with re-election, a debate over a crime bill, the conflict in the Middle East, and an impending environmental crisis, while trying to make a relationship work with a liberal lobbyist. The film expertly showcases the dedication of a man in his efforts to improve a country and his willingness to sacrifice his personal happiness for the betterment of the electorate.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan

Considered a modern-day masterpiece, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is a breathtaking and harrowing account of a small band of soldiers under orders to retrieve and bring home Private James Ryan, a paratrooper who had lost three of his brothers in World War II. With uncertainty, the soldiers plunge head-on into enemy territories, risking life and limb just to save one man. This film exhibits the bravery of our soldiers fighting out of the country and their dedication even in the face of death.

United 93 (2006)

Paul Greengrass' United 93

One of the most heartbreaking movies in our list, United 93 takes a look at the greatest tragedy of our times. On September 11, 2001, against the threat of an attack on US soil, the passengers of United 93 bond together and stop the nefarious plans of the Al Qaeda. Armed with nothing but their bravery, without any military training whatsoever, they fight off the terrorists and bring the plane down, just so they could save the capital from an act of violence designed to take hundreds of lives. This movie is beautiful and stands as an inspiring reminder that everyone can make a difference.

Remember the heroism of our dear countrymen with these stirring and inspiring film recommendations from Tree Classics.

DIY Classics: How to Preserve Memorabilia

Mementos, keepsakes, and souvenirs are part of every American family. They are special items that instantly call to mind memories and even transport people to the past.

Of course, these objects need to be preserved and taken care off. Tree Classics gives you a quick and easy guide on how to preserve these precious objects for the next generation to appreciate.

a wonderful collection of photographs

1. Organize Your Memorabilia

a collection of precious mementos beside a staircase

Organizing keepsakes is always the first step. Take all the memorabilia you want to preserve and display. Arrange them by material. Make sure all the objects made of paper are together. Keep everything made of wood separate from those made of metal. For items composed of two or more materials, place them in the pile of the material they have more of.

2. Choose a Suitable Location in Your Home 

a superb collection of mementos elegantly displayed

The location of your memorabilia is vital in the preservation process. Most materials are affected by factors such as heat, light, and moisture, so it’s important that the environment is ideal.

First off, attics and basements are not good choices. These are usually breeding ground for dust, and the extreme temperatures in these locations are especially harmful to delicate items. The best locations are those that are found at the end of a corridor or in the corner of a room.

The temperature has to be between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The light coming in from the outside must be minimal. Most importantly, the location has to be far away from hazards, such as pipes, air conditioners, and any ventilation shafts. It’s also smart to put memorabilia in a place where children or pets won’t be able to reach them easily.

3. Store Your Items Properly 

mementos encased in safe and elegant frames

There is a difference in how paper mementos and normal items are stored. Objects made of paper are usually encased in frames. Before being sealed off, however, they have to be mounted on acid-free or archival copy paper. This is especially important for photographs.

When attaching clippings and pictures, use acid-free mounting corners. Pins, paperclips, rubber bands, and tapes can damage your mementos. For comic books and newspaper clippings, transparent polyester sleeves are excellent options. When it comes to frames, pick out something with a thick glass frame. This will be additional protection against light and moisture.

an elegant display cabinet filled with precious mementos

Cases should have glare-free conservation glass. This will prevent any discoloration caused by sunlight and heat. It’s also important to pick out a stable and durable case that has several levels. The multiple levels will give you the opportunity to arrange your items properly.

When mounting the items in your display case, avoid using pressure sensitive adhesives, such as tape, glue, and superglue. Use acid-free mounting corners. This is the safest option for your mementos.

4. Clean Your Memorabilia Regularly

Maintenance is vital to taking care of your memorabilia. Cases and frames need to be wiped clean at least once a week. Using a normal cleaning spray can do the trick.

Paper does not need to be cleaned. In fact, it’s actually better if it remains untouched inside the frame. Wiping the frame with cotton swabs dipped in warm water is enough. Make sure to clean every inch of the item and leave it to air-dry before displaying it once again.

Keep your precious memorabilia and mementos safe for the next generation to enjoy with the help of this guide from Tree Classics.

DIY Classics: 5 Gorgeous Ways to Make an Autumn Wreath

Nothing celebrates this gracious time of year quite like a homemade fall wreath. Tree Classics features five gorgeous wreath projects that you can make yourself to help you add a statement of hospitality to your front door.

1. Fall Wreath with Fancy Bow from Tidbits & Twine

Elegant yet inexpensive, this fall wreath can be transitioned from season to season. You can use a bare twig or grapevine wreath as the base, and just wire in accent pieces that depict the season. For autumn, faux berry stems, pussy willow branches, faux hydrangea, pine cones, a small sign, and a fancy burlap bow are just perfect! Learn how to make this gorgeous décor from Tidbits & Twine.

Tidbits and Twine Fall Wreath with grapevine wreath as the base, Autumn accent pieces like faux berry stems, pussy willow branches, faux hydrangea, some pinecones, a small fall sign and a fancy burlap bow.
Photo from Tidbits & Twine

2. Moss and Pumpkin Wreath from 320 Sycamore

Inspired by a pricier counterpart from Williams Sonoma, this wreath by 320 Sycamore captures the festive spirit of autumn with its pumpkin patch appeal. Best of all, it’s easy and affordable to make. All it requires is a crown, reindeer moss, faux pumpkins, plus a rustic burlap ribbon!

320 Sycamore fall wreath with moss and pumpkins
Photo from 320 Sycamore

3. Dried Hydrangea Wreath from Julie Ree

Enjoy these beautiful flowers well after they blossom with this dried hydrangea wreath. With its browns and whites and touch of green, this wreath by Julie Ree gives your front door the perfect autumn look that is subtle and romantic.

Dried Hydrangea Wreath from Julie Ree
Photo from Julie Ree

4. Potpourri Wreath from Sweet Something Designs

Unique and rich with the stunning colors of autumn, this wreath by Sweet Something Designs is a gorgeous way to add warmth to your home décor.  Old potpourri in red and orange hues is upcycled to replicate a vibrant fall palette that would look great in both traditional and contemporary homes. A beautiful checkered bow makes a nice finishing touch.

5.  Wheat Wreath from Thrive

Bring natural beauty into your door front with a simple yet elegant wheat wreath. This traditional harvest wreath may look challenging to make, but it’s really very easy to. The base of the wreath is nothing more than cardboard wrapped in scrap fabric. Wheat was attached using generous beads of hot glue. Make this at home with DIY instructions from Thrive.

wreath made of wheat by Thrive
Photo from Choose to Thrive

Celebrate autumn with Tree Classics’ selection of five gorgeous DIY wreath projects and fill your door front with warmth and style.

How to Throw an Autumn Picnic

an autumn picnic with the family in a beautiful scenic spot

The fall season brings remarkably beautiful changes to the landscape. Before the cold settles in and the lovely rustic colors of nature fade into winter, clock in some quality time with the family and throw an autumn picnic. Here’s a quick guide you can use for this unforgettable outdoor meal:

1.  Pack the Essentials

a picnic basket filled with the essentials

Make sure to have everything in a large autumn-inspired wicker basket before you take off. Pack a big picnic sheet and several blankets in case the wind gets crisp and chilly.

Bring paper plates, paper cups, utensils, and condiments. Check if you need other kitchen tools, such as a bottle opener, cheese grater, or pepper grinder. Bring garbage bags and cleaning materials so that you can take care of any mess afterwards.

2. Choose the Ideal Location

a quaint place perfect for an autumn picnic

The perfect place for an autumn picnic is one that truly showcases the exquisite splendor of fall. Head out of the city to the nearest state national park. A beautiful setting should feature the wonderful colors and delightful blooms of autumn.

3. Prepare a Wonderful Autumn Menu

a delicious and refreshing cheddar and potato bacon

Prepare easy-to-pack but warm and filling food choices for your outdoor meal. Start off with a delicious autumn salad or Naked Avocado’s Paleo Chicken Caesar Salad or Simply Potatoes’ delicious and creamy Cheddar and Bacon Potato Salad.

a filling ham, brie and apple sandwich

Sandwiches are always an excellent choice for picnics. Thy can be prepared early on and are easy to manage. A delicious recipe is Fabtastic Eats’ Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato, and Asparagus Pesto Sandwich and Serious Eats’ Ham, Brie, and Apple French Toast Panini.

a delicious glass of strawberry iced tea

Dessert is always a plus. Prepare a crunchy and yummy apple pocket pie or a delectable peach cobbler. Don’t forget to blend refreshing drinks, such as Gimme Some Oven’s Sangria and Deep South Dish’s Southern Strawberry Iced Tea.

4. Play Games with the Kids

an exciting game of frisbee with the kids

Before packing up, spend a few hours in your picnic spot and relax. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a little fun with the kids. Take out the old pigskin or Frisbee and have a short game of catch. Or take a nice walk and see the gorgeous sights. Catch up and swap stories. Take a lot of pictures.

5. Wrap it Up before the Day Ends

a scenic view to end the day

Autumn evenings can get real cold. Make sure to end your picnic before sunset. Pack up your things and clean up your picnic spot. Don’t leave anything behind. Take a last group picture against the backdrop of your picnic destination! Turn this into an annual tradition so that your family will always have a date to look forward to every year.

Have a lovely and memorable autumn picnic with your dearest family members with this guide from Tree Classics!

Photo Credits

Photo by jplust via flicr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

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DIY Classics: How to Tell a Story with a Family Quilt

For decades, quilts have been used across cultures as a form of narrative art. Its lively colors and intricate designs often portray momentous events in a family’s history. From weddings to births, these stylish patchworks have symbolized our celebration for life. In this edition of DIY Classics, we take a look at how these colorful quilts are used to tell heartwarming and unforgettable family stories.

Sewing a Family Quilt
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Baby Quilts

One of the most well-known patchwork projects around is the baby quilt. Commonly sewn to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family, these quilts feature simple yet colorful patterns that represent joy and excitement. Compared to other storied cloths, baby quilts are easier to make because they do not take as much fabric. Families often embroider the baby’s name and date of birth on the quilt and hand it down from generation to generation.

Baby Quilt
Photo from normanack ia flickr. CC BY 2.0

Begin your own patchwork tradition by creating adorable baby quilts for your family. You can try sewing your own baby blanket design or a full-sized flannel quilt blanket.

Graduation Quilts

Sewing a graduation quilt is another popular American family tradition. This special patchwork project features patterns that represent the years spent by a family member in high school. It includes embroidered pictures of friends and classmates. Some graduation quilts also show high school varsity uniforms such as basketball or football jerseys. In this sense, sewing a graduation quilt is more personal, and it is often taken along to college later on.

A T-Shirt Quilt
Photo from normanack ia flickr. CC BY 2.0

Celebrate memories from your high school years by making your own graduation quilt. Try collecting old shirts and uniforms and sewing them into a stylish t-shirt quilt.

Wedding Quilts

Quilts are also used to tell stories of romantic unions. In many cultures around the world, wedding quilts are sewn by relatives and friends of brides-to-be in honor of the occasion. These patchworks feature vibrant colors and elaborate patterns to echo the esteemed family background of the woman. Wedding quilts are considered one of the most challenging to sew because of the fine details associated with their patterns.

A Wedding Quilt
Photo from DanaK~WaterPenny ia flickr. CC BY 2.0

Create the ideal wedding gift for your loved ones by sewing them an intricate wedding quilt. Start with this chic asymmetrical design to understand the concepts behind this storied cloth.

More than just mere decorative cloths, quilts have become part of hallowed family traditions. These sophisticated patchworks chronicle a rich and colorful history.

Classic Halloween Films for the Family

Nothing makes Halloween more fun than watching the perfect not-so-scary movie in the dark with the whole family. For your wholesome entertainment, here are Tree Classics’ picks for some of the best films that will put the entire household in the mood for a great Halloween night:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Poster1. Harry Potter (2001-2011)

A world full of wizards, witches, ghosts, centaurs, unicorns, trolls, demons, owls, and other magical creatures make any Harry Potter installment truly apt for the Halloween season. This is, of course, aside from the fact that many critical events in the series appropriately happen on October 31st. But one particular scene that is sure to put everyone in the Halloween spirit is the yearly Halloween Feast at Hogwarts – just because the Great Hall is festooned with candy-filled pumpkins, black cauldrons of big lollipops, carrot cake, bats, and orange streamers during this bewitching night.

Casper the Friendly Ghost movie poster2. Casper (1995)

Featuring the classic friendly ghost and his three mischievous ghost uncles, “Casper” sets a fun, spooky mood for Halloween. In this comedy fantasy film, a paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in a drafty old mansion with not-so-mortal inhabitants, who have their twisted ways of getting rid of the unwanted guests. As if to make it more appropriate for the occasion, the movie ends with a dance party on Halloween night.

The Corpse Bride movie poster3. Corpse Bride (2005)

Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” tells the story of a shy groom who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a deceased young woman as his real bride waits in the land of the living. Perfect for a Halloween night with the family, this animated fantasy horror is spooky and twisted, but sweet and magical at the same time.

 

Ghostbusters movie poster

4. Ghostbusters (1984)

In this supernatural comedy film, three unemployed parapsychology professors set up a ghost-catching business as unruly haunters run amok in New York City. Kids will love the spooktacular adventures the trio embarks on as they attempt to prevent a disaster of Biblical proportions!

 

Scooby Doo movie poster5. Scooby Doo (2002)

With a humor perfect for kids of all ages, the live action “Scooby Doo”, much like the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, is a fun movie to watch during Halloween. In this horror comedy film, the Mystery Inc. gang find themselves reunited on a resort called Spooky Island for some spine-tingling ghost hunting.

 

Coraline movie poster6. Coraline (2009)

From the director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Coraline” tells the story of a neglected child who discovers a strangely idealized parallel version of her frustrating home, but she later finds out that this Other World is not as good as it seems. With disturbing themes such as sewing buttons into eye sockets, this stop-motion 3D horror film is perfect for Halloween night but not with kids below eight.

Beetlejuice poster7. Beetlejuice (1988)

Directed by Tim Burton, “Beetlejuice” revolves around a recently deceased young couple who hires a bio-exorcist to scare away the obnoxious new owners of their house. Comedic with dark undertones, this fantasy film is suitable for a fun, not-too-terrifying Halloween evening.

 

The Addams Family movie poster8. The Addams Family (1991)

Who better to entertain you this Halloween than the eccentric and macabre members of the Addams family? In this comedy film, Gomez’s lawyer attempts to steal from the bizarre family’s vault using an accomplice who claims to be long lost Uncle Fester.

 

 

Hocus Pocus movie poster9. Hocus Pocus (1993)

On Halloween night, three witch sisters are inadvertently resurrected in Salem Massachusetts after their hanging 300 years ago. This time, they intend on getting eternal youth and beauty by sucking the life force out of children. Complete with song and dance numbers, this fantasy/comedy film casts the right spell for Halloween fun!

 

The Haunted Mansion movie poster10. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Inspired by the Disney theme park attraction, “The Haunted Mansion” shows some fun moments with creep factor. This fantasy comedy film revolves around a workaholic realtor who is trapped inside a haunted house with his family. Of course, he learns a valuable lesson in the end.

 

A fun Halloween night doesn’t have to be terrifying. Curl up on the couch together and be entertained by these family-friendly flicks.

Healthy Treats for a Happy Halloween Party

Sweet treats are a Halloween staple, but unfortunately, candies and other sugary delights can be a tad bit unhealthy for children. Instead of buying those processed snacks, why not make your own healthier and yummier alternatives. Here are some delicious and mouth-watering options children will love:

kids in fun and spooky costumes

1.  Apple Pie Slices

delicious bite-size apple pie treats

A constant favorite among kids and adults, apple pies are a choice dish especially during the cold fall season. Whip up this goodie and cut it up into small mouthfuls for children to enjoy. For a delicious take on this well-loved dish, try out this wonderful recipe from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter and place several handfuls in decorative bags. This filling snack will be much appreciated by kids.

2.  Chocolate Chip Banana Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies

gooey chocolate chip banana sandwich cookies fresh from the oven

Cookies are always a sure-fire hit. Elevate this dish with bananas and turn it into a sumptuous and delectable fluffernutter sandwich cookie with this great recipe from Pin Cookie. This marvel has a thick and yummy white frosting that kids will not be able to resist. Make sure to make extras. Kids will definitely come back for seconds.

3.  Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites with Salted Caramel Sauce

delicious baked pretzel bites

These soft pretzel bites from Kevin and Amanda are a healthier and more delectable alternative to the usual deep-fried pretzels widely available in the market. Soft and buttery, these pillow-like bites are to die for. Dip it in syrup for a more heavenly experience. Be sure to bake a big batch. You will want to save some for yourself and your family.

4.  Chocolate Caramel Apples

delicious apples covered in chocolate and sprinkles

These chocolate caramel apples from She Wears Many Hats combine gooey chocolate, delicious caramel and crunchy apples without any of the additives and high fructose  levels of typical candy bars that can ruin children’s health. Kids will enjoy chomping on this classic and addictive treat while they continue with their Halloween adventures.

 5.  Crunchy Granola Bars

Photo from The Pioneer Woman

Granola bars are fun crisp snacks that provide a quick energy boost, making it an ideal chow during the exciting festivities that usually surround Halloween. These tasty granola bars from The Pioneer Woman Cooks make use of both grains and various types of cereals, which kids will gobble up in no time. Make sure to wrap these wonders in fancy paper so that children can save them for those lazy autumn days.

Do something different this Halloween and try out these recommended recipes from Tree Classics!

Photo Credits

[1] Photo by Paranoid Black Jack via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[2] Photo by dopub via flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0.

[3] Photo by iferneinez via flickr. CC-BY-ND-2.0.

[4] Photo from Kevin and Amanda

[5] Photo from She Wears Many Hats

[6] Photo from The Pioneer Woman

DIY Classics: Creative Ideas for Your Jack-o-Lantern

Halloween captures the imagination of people who just love to turn fright night into a fun night with family and friends. People often fill their homes with spooky decorations, such as ghosts, goblins, wraiths, and witches for an evening of terror and laughter! The most popular of these characters is the classic Jack-o-Lantern. But the often grisly yet comical pumpkin head deserves a new face on old Hallow’s Eve.

In this edition of DIY Classics, we give you four simple ways to highlight your home with the all-time favorite Jack-o-Lantern.

Pumpkins with a Message

Welcome guests into your haunted mansion by transforming the favorite Jack-o-Lantern into the ideal Halloween greeting. Carve out a special message or a creepy warning on pumpkins and gourds to turn them into unique and personalized holiday décor.

Ideas for carving out a message on your Jack-o-Lantern
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Pumpkin Luminaries

Accent tables with these adorable pumpkin luminaries. With this simple and artistic re-imagining of the timeless lantern, these baby pumpkins will highlight the spooky corners of your home with an otherworldly luminescence.

Small Halloween Lanterns
Photo from MarchieCTID via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkin Topiary

If you’re an avid gardener, you can create your own garden of fright by shaping wire into large spheres with that mean old goblin face. You can also stack a few pumpkins on top of each other to produce a ghostly topiary of Jacks. These towering creepers not only add character to your garden but also help illuminate your walkways.

Halloween Pumpkin Topiary
Photo from Free Flower via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkins as Canvases

Express your creative side by using pumpkins as your canvas! Aside from the traditional Jack-o-Lantern face, you can also carve out other timeless Halloween characters. Create your own unique patterns or check out some easy-to-follow designs.

Carved Halloween Pumpkins
Photo from anonymous to you via flickr. CC BY 2.0

This Halloween, give old Jack a face lift! Try our easy, spooky, and silly ideas for your Jack-o-Lantern!

Top 10 Silly and Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a fun time to get creative with your home decorations. Whether you are planning to set up a scary scene, or finding a way to show off your silly side, there are lots of ways you can wow trick-or-treaters. Get inspired by these silly and spooky finds!

1. Twisted Vine Wreath with a Vintage Photo

Who knew such a simple, easy-to-make wreath could give your home the nostalgic appeal of American Horror Story? Twisted vines, spiders, cobwebs, a pumpkin, and a ‘Boo!’ sign give this Halloween décor undeniable spooky (and, well, seasonal) charm! Plus, that old mysterious photo provides the creep factor!

2. Bloody Hands Bathroom Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Build up the suspense in your home by creating a shower scene reminiscent of the Hitchcock horror film Psycho. Featuring gory hand stains and the words ‘Help Me’ written in blood red ink, this bathroom shower curtain will give anyone a good fright!

3. DIY Graveyard

Makeshift Graveyard for Halloween

Photo by Tammra McCauley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Turn your front yard into a creepy cemetery. Make eerily realistic tombstones with scary epitaphs using wooden boards or plastic foam. Accents like skulls, chains, and a zombie bride will amplify the spine-tingling effect.

4. Pickled Brains as Edible Decorations

Bring the Halloween jitters to your dining room with a spooktacular hors d’oeuvre that is sure to satisfy every zombie or hungry monster on your guest list. Make pickled brains by soaking cauliflower in a mixture of water, vinegar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions.

5. Spiders on Cobwebs

Spiders on cobwebs Halloween decor

Photo by akfoto via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Halloween is not the same without spiders on cobwebs! This classic Halloween décor is cheap and easy to make, and is great for draping furniture and covering windows. You can use store-bought spider webbing or an old net. Either way, these arachnids will give your guests a hair-raising experience.

6. Scary-looking Pumpkin Carvings

Take fright night to a whole new level with ghoulish pumpkin carvings. Put your own creative spin and let their fearsome faces peer out from porches and doorsteps. Illuminated by candles, these jack-o-lanterns will stare out at passersby.

7. Spooky Eyes

Spooky eyes for Halloween

Photo from indulgy.net

Add fun to your Halloween lawn décor by putting chunky eye balls in your trees and bushes. This pair of peepers can be made easily out of old beach balls or pumpkin buckets. With this creative decor, trick-or-treaters are sure to do a double take as they pass by your watchful trees!

8. Witch Flying into a Tree

Witch Flying Into Tree - Halloween Decoration

Witch flying into tree Halloween attraction

Head on over to the silly, humorous side of Halloween by displaying funny yard decorations. This witch who has flown straight into a tree will give kids and grownups a good laugh, and will help you create that grim ambiance on this fun holiday.

9. Ghoul Hiding in Tree

 

Ghoul hiding in tree

Scary looking tree

Create a hauntingly realistic yard décor by hiding a ghoul in your tree. This clever décor will trigger screams as guests find themselves looking into a creature of the night just when they least expect it.

10. The Classic Ghost

Classic ghost decoration

Photo by this lucid moment via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The classic ghost makes a perfect family-friendly decoration that gets you into the Halloween, er, spirit. Hang this happy ghost silhouette in your lawn or beside your front door as a fun welcome to trick-or-treaters!

Whether they’re for a fun or fright night, our picks for Halloween decorations are guaranteed to bring out the screams. Start prepping your house for Halloween with these creative ideas.

DIY Classics: Halloween Costumes for the Family

The best thing about Halloween – apart from all the treats, of course – is the chance to dress up the whole family in fun costumes. Yes, that includes everybody in the household. But always purchasing such fancy outfits year after year for everyone can be a problem. Most coordinated outfits that are available in the market are expensive. On top of that, it’s also quite challenging to find a themed costume for the whole household. Luckily, with a few simple items, parents can whip up outfits for everyone in a jiffy. Here are some of our favorite Halloween costumes you can make at home:

one way to celebrate Halloween is to dress up in fun costumes

Classic Flintstones Costumes

Hitting the streets as one of America’s most beloved family is always a marvelous idea. With this cool and amusing DIY Flintstones Outfit from Coolest Homemade Costumes, the whole family can create a suit straight out of the Stone Age using a few pieces of fabric and some leftover school supplies. Turn heads and give fellow trick-or-treaters a smile on their faces by dressing up as Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles.

Neverland Gang Costumes

with the right tools, your family can dress up as the various characters from Peter Pan

What better way to celebrate Halloween than by dressing up as the immortal characters from JM Barrie’s unforgettable novel, Peter Pan. Courtesy of Dessert Chica Ramblings, this DIY idea is perfect for large families. Recreate some of the book’s famous scenes in your backyard. Hunt for treasure and gold chocolate coins when you go out. Kids and grown-ups alike will have a delightful and exciting time with these quirky costumes.

Phineas and Ferb Family Costumes

this Phineas and Ferb costumes will be loved by your children

Take inspiration from Me and My Insanity’s simple and easy DIY project and dress up as the cast of the animated series, ‘Phineas and Ferb’. Have your kids re-enact their favorite episodes. Tell them to be in character when they go trick-or-treating. Make sure to take photos and capture some video. This will be one Halloween your kids won’t ever forget.

S’mores Costumes

these s'mores costumes can be made with the simplest materials

This adorable S’mores costume from Cheerios’ and Lattes is inspired by the timeless snack. What’s particularly great is that you can use everyday items, such as boxes, pillows, and tape. To make the event sweeter, hand out packets of S’mores to trick-or-treaters. Kids will love this awesome and funny twist.

Wizard of Oz Costume

Bring Frank Baum’s Emerald City to this special holiday by dressing up as Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion. These Wizard of Oz-inspired costumes from Baby Dickey can be made in no time and are perfect for your cute and cuddly toddlers.

Have a fun time this Halloween with these amazing and practical DIY costume recommendations from Tree Classics.

Photo Credits

[1] Photo by Tom Grill via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

[2] Dessert Chica Ramblings

[3] Me and My Insanity

[4] Cheerios and Lattes