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Features - Posted September 27, 2009 6 a.m.
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The Perfect Scary

It’s time to decorate your house for Halloween, and instead of grabbing a bag of plastic spiders for the porch and a cardboard witch for the front door, think bigger. Pick a theme, commit to it and execute it with detail.

This season, The Secret Garden created the perfect scary outdoor scene using Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, and Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven, as inspiration. Combining black and purple with pewter and metallic accents, as well as incorporating traditional autumn items like pumpkins and cornstalks, an entire scene was built to give the house a sinister, yet original, look.

Tips:
- Keep costs low by spray painting dead or dying plants. Repurpose old Halloween décor, like plastic pumpkins, when possible.

- Subtlety isn’t enough when it comes to creating an entire theme. For example, instead of two or three crows, make 20 or 30 in different sizes.

- Think outside the box. A Halloween theme doesn’t have to be gory or evil, nor do you have to stick to orange, green and black.

by Parie Villyard

The Secret Garden
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