Category: ‘Halloween’

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Halloween Flowers

by Stephen Rittner on October 26, 2015 at 7:48 am

Spiders—The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonHalloween began as a very somber and serious holiday. The Celts viewed it as the end of summer and the start of winter. They called it Samhain. It was a time when the boundary between our world and the “otherworld” became thin. It was believed that the dead and fairy folk could cross over into our world.

Today, Halloween is far removed from its Celtic roots. It is a time for parties and enjoying being a little bit spooked. Trick-or-treat, ghosts, spiders, witches and things that go bump in the night are part of the overall party atmosphere — enjoyed by the young and old alike. Read More

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Boo-ti-ful Halloween Parties

by J. Robbin Yelverton on October 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

Halloween-FBIt’s time to get your black and orange on, light up those pumpkins and sharpen those sweet tooth fangs. Halloween is hiding just around the corner! Planning a party with friends? Halloween can be one of the easiest and most fun events to pull out your decorating magic tricks.

Let’s first start with the front door. Creating a fun and freaky entrance always sets the mood for the party. Go traditional with corn stalks, jack-o’-lanterns and spider webs, or go all out with animated creatures, lighting and sound effects. It cannot be too over the top. Just be careful with actual live candles. Make sure you are fire-safe with candles in fire-resistant containers of glass or metal.

With a few well-placed accents, some sheer draping over lamps and plenty of candlelight, your living room can take on the look of a suitable “parlor” of horror. Hanging black sheer or lace over mirrors as they used to do back in the day for funerals also adds a spooky touch. Throw in a couple of inexpensive strobe lights, and your haunted home is set. Read More

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Nothing says Halloween like our friend the pumpkin. From a decorative Jack-o’-Lanterns to tasty pies. Native to North American this versatile squash is used as food and recreation. For carving, pumpkin-chunkin (world record at over 4,000 ft.), pies, breads, muffins, pancakes and lattes, it sure gets around. Originating in Ireland and Scotland, carved pumpkins made their United States debut around 1866. They’ve been said to protect your home against the undead and ward off evil spirits. The world’s largest Jack-o’-Lantern weighed in at 1,469 pounds and was grown in Pennsylvania, not Transylvania. Just hack off the top, scoop out the inside flesh, carve out a scary face and put in a candle.  Now your front porch is ready to greet little ghosts and candy eating goblins on a moonlit chilly late October night. Read More

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Decorating Home for Halloween

by Leanne Kesler on October 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

Autumn Pumpkin — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.I am certainly one to fill my house with seasonal decorations, and Halloween is no exception. Corn stalks, spiders and web. Pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn, too. Dahlias, sunflowers and hydrangeas. Oh! I get so excited just typing the words.

My home is an “autumn” home. Its red walls, warm woods and black furniture welcome the traditional Halloween look. A pumpkin hollowed out and filled with fiery colored flowers, rose hips, cattails and autumn leaves greets guests at the front door. Read More

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Get in the Halloween Spirit With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on October 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Photo Courtesy Teleflora

Ghosts, goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches are appearing everywhere in the spirit of Halloween. What used to be a simple time for children to Trick or Treat has turned into a major holiday with all the trimmings. Young and old alike enjoy this crazy time and the more festive the better!

In addition to elaborate costumes, outdoor decorations and displays, you can have a great time for Halloween with flowers. Simple but clever arrangements can be just the right touch to complete a table setting, cheer a friend at work, or maybe sit on your favorite teacher’s desk. Fun or ghoulish, it’s up to you and your personality which interpretation you choose. Read More