Halloween is an exciting time of year for everyone to enjoy! Whether you’re young or old, getting dressed up for trick-or-treating and costume parties is always a blast, and there are endless fall activities for people of all ages. At Schaeffer Family Homes, our favorite way to get in the Halloween spirit is by decorating our homes with spooky spiderwebs, ghastly ghouls and all things haunted! Here’s everything you need to know for making your home the most “wicked” trick-or-treating stop on the block:
Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without spiderwebs! Head over to the nearest dollar store or craft shop and grab a bunch of fake cobwebs. Not only are fake cobwebs quick and easy-to-use, but they can be utilized in so many different places! Our favorite spots to place our cobwebs are throughout walkway bushes and along the plants and decorations that sit on our doorsteps.
When decorating for fall and Halloween, we recommend sticking with a color scheme in each room to maintain a cohesive, yet festive feel. Choose a few colors that complement each other (for example: black, orange and white) and decorate within that color palette for each area. Mantels and fireplaces are a great space for fashioning a colorful Halloween-themed centerpiece at the heart of your home (along with a few cobwebs, perhaps?).
Mums are fall’s favorite flower, so swing by your local garden shop and stock up on this seasonal staple! Plant your mums in a decorative Halloween pot to liven up your front yard or doorstep. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids (or you’re just feeling extra festive), you can buy some plain flower pots or tins for your mums and paint them as ghosts, pumpkins, black cats and more!
Window space is very important when it comes to decorating for all holidays. Adorn your windows with creepy carve-outs, funky orange lights or fake cobwebs to take your space from homey to haunted.
Whether your yard is big or small, you should utilize its space! Use outdoor decorations and mysterious lighting to create spooky scenes. Maybe you’ll arrange a few witches around a smokey cauldron or display a headless horseman who’s ready to ride! Don’t be afraid to get creative and creepy with different ideas to make your home the most wicked on the block!
We love decking out our banisters for the holidays! At the craft store, you can buy all sorts of garland, lights and string to wrap around your banister’s handrails. If you want to keep your banister decorated through Thanksgiving, you can easily adorn it with garland made of fake fall leaves that make a lasting impression. Or, if you’re interested in taking the wicked route, you can use black garland and orange lights for an eerie atmosphere that’s perfect for Halloween.
Front doors aren’t just for wreaths! You can “mummify” your front door with white strips of paper and large googly eyes, or even turn it into a furry monster with fuzzy faux fur and fake teeth! There are endless ways to make your entryway spicy and spooky with wrapping paper or colored painters tape and more. Front doors and patios also offer a great opportunity to create a theme for your haunted home (for example: “The Morgue,” “The Witches Coven,” “The Potions Cellar,” and more!)
Real or fake, pumpkins are a necessity when it comes to Halloween. Festoon your doorstep with pumpkins galore! Whether you paint them, carve them, or leave them as-is, pumpkins are vital for getting in the Halloween spirit. Scatter pumpkins of all different shapes, sizes and colors in and around your home to complete your haunted house creation!
Whether you decide to use one, none or ALL of our decorating tips this Halloween, we know your Schaeffer Family Home will look as wicked as ever! Tag us in your decorating photos on Facebook or Instagram @SchaefferFamilyHomes and show us what you’ve got! From everyone at Schaeffer Family Homes, we hope you enjoy a thrilling, chilling and safe Halloween!
Fall is an exciting time of year – the leaves start changing colors, the weather cools down and there are endless exciting fall events to attend with family and friends! Throw on your fall jacket and take advantage of these fabulous and fun events coming up this September and October!
Time: 11am – 7pm
Location: Freedom Park – 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055
Experiencing Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is on many people’s bucket lists, and fortunately, the next best thing is only a short drive away in Medford, NJ on Saturday, September 21st! Take a trip over to Freedom Park for Medford’s biggest party of the year – complete with three stages of live music, a massive beer tent featuring local and national craft beers, German food and food trucks, kids’ activities, a traditional stein holding contest and more! There will also be local vendors and crafters selling clothing, decorations and more! The best part? Admission and parking are FREE!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/403516393626810/
The Evesham Harvest Fest is one of the most popular fall festivals in South Jersey! With over 90 local crafters and artists, local food vendors, live music, games and more, we’re sure you won’t want to miss stopping by this event on Saturday, September 28th!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2581825611835966/
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Location: Camden County Technical Schools, 343 Berlin Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, New Jersey 08081
Check out the first annual Food Truck and Fall Craft Festival on Saturday, October 5th in Sicklerville! This festival will feature local food trucks and craft vendors, live entertainment, scarecrow-making, raffle baskets, pumpkin painting and more! Pumpkins and mums will also be sold, with proceeds benefitting the FFA Chapter at Camden County Technical Schools. To make things even better – admission is FREE!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/394254404730853/
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Station Ave, Haddon Heights, NJ, 08035
One of the best parts about fall is visiting local festivals for family fun and entertainment! The Haddon Heights Fall Festival will feature local entertainment, a “Kids Zone” with all proceeds going to support community projects, as well as three blocks of vendors including artists, businesses promoting their services, crafters offering a wide variety of handmade items, food vendors, municipal services and non-profits! Spend the day with friends and family by supporting local “mom-and-pop shops” and participating in exciting fall activities!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/905879106433827/
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Mainstage Center for the Arts, 27 S Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012
There’s nothing better than enjoying a gorgeous fall day outdoors. Stop by the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 6th for some cider doughnuts, live music and entertainment, fun games, shopping and, of course, PUMPKINS! Partake in fun fall activities like pumpkin painting, hayrides, amusement rides, scarecrow making, bounce houses, pumpkin carving contests, face painting and more!
Visit www.mainstage.org for more information!
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Location: JJ Bootleggers, 35 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Living in South Jersey means being close to one of the greatest cities in the world – Philadelphia! This 21+ event may not be great for kids, but it’s the perfect fall activity for adults looking for something new and exciting! This event features five Philly bars and restaurants, premium hard ciders and 3,000 (yes – 3,000!) custom doughnuts! What could be better than enjoying a crisp hard cider and delicious doughnuts at the same time?
For more information or to get tickets, visit: https://phillyciderdoughnut.eventbrite.com
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Cooper River Park, 5300 North Park Drive, Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109
If you love eating Italian food (and really, who doesn’t?), then the Italian American Festival at Cooper River is where you want to be on Saturday, October 12th! The Italian American Festival will be an amazing event filled with Italian traditions, delicious food, kids activities, live entertainment, Italian-made automobiles, local wine and a beer garden! This event, hosted by the New Jersey Sons of Italy, is great for friends and even the whole family to get outside and enjoy some incredible eats!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/537775980084269/
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Mainstreet in Woodbury, NJ
Halloween is right around the corner, and that means costumes, candy and ghost stories! Try something new and exciting this Halloween and take a guided spooky walking ghost tour through Historic Woodbury, New Jersey! This event is family-friendly but may not be appropriate for young children.
For tickets and more information, visit: http://mainstreetwoodbury.org/ghost-tours-2019/?fbclid=IwAR3uuchnsEVyz8USzwF2SW9VcWCOHxspy5wESnU17__s-O9N386Ig_0aqd0
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: 2400 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, NJ 08043
Get the family together for some fall fun on Saturday, October 26th in Voorhees for the Halloween & Fall Festival! Parking and admission are FREE! This event will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, live music, a costume parade, local food trucks and MORE! The Sustainable Voorhees Greenfair will also be offering fun activities like making re-usable tote bags and crafting bird feeders out of paper towel rolls!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/712119892561606/
Second Annual Port Richmond Fall Festival – Saturday, October 26th
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Location: Friends of Campbell Square, Belgrade St & East Allegheny Ave (Port Richmond), Philadelphia, PA
Head across the bridge to Philadelphia for Port Richmond’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival in Campbell Square Park! Along with fun activities like costume contests, there will be Trick of Treating for the kids, live entertainment, local food trucks and beer for the adults!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2286795341398149/
When you’re not busy snuggling up in your Schaeffer Family Home this fall, we hope you get a chance to attend some of these amazing events the South Jersey and Philadelphia area has to offer! We hope to see you there!