Versatile Halloween Arrangement

 I love to decorate for the holidays, Halloween and Christmas especially.  With fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving flowing so close together I decided to make it easy on myself this year.  I created an arrangement which is versatile enough to take you from Fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving with very little effort to change in-between.

Materials Needed:

  • Plantar
  • Long wooden rod
  • Skeleton
  • Fish String
  • Tack
  • Pumpkin
  • Gourd
  • Hedge apples
  • Dried lotus pods
  • Sticks
  • Long wooden skewer{s}

How to make a Versatile Halloween Arrangement:

1. Cut rod to length.  You will want it to be long enough that it can be placed into the plantar as far as possible, allow enough length for skeleton, and provide space below for the pumpkin and gourd.

2. Paint rod and sticks black, and allow to dry.

3. Securely attach skeleton to rod.  Place tack at top of rod, and tie fish string around skeletons neck.  Double loop string from around neck around tack.  This should make this stable enough to allow for mobility between display and storage without falling apart.

4. Insert rod into plantar.  Place it as far back as you’re able, and drive rod down into planter as far as possible.

5. Place pumpkin in plantar.  Try to center it as best you can.

6. Use wooden skewer to secure gourd to pumpkin.  Insert one end into gourd, the other into pumpkin.  Allow gravity to do the rest, helping if needed, slide the gourd down until there is no space remaining between the pumpkin and gourd.

7. Add hedge apples.  This can be done a few different ways.  If there is enough room around the base of the pumpkin, lay the hedge apples around it in the plantar.  If not, you can use wooden skewers – placing the apple at the top, and insert the bottom into the space between the pumpkin and edge of planter (shown below).  Or, you can use hedge apple garland and tie it around the base and top of pumpkin (shown in final image).

 8. Insert dried lotus pods behind the hedge apples, but in front of the pumpkin.

9. Insert sticks behind skeleton rod at various angles allowing them to be visible from the front of arrangement.

10. Your Halloween arrangement is now done!

 11. Now, to transform the arrangement into fall ‘neutral,’ remove the skeleton rod.

 12.  To transform the theme for Thanksgiving, you could simply add a turkey or pilgrim to the top of the arrangement.  If you don’t have something like that on hand, you could easily stencil the word ‘Thanksgiving’ down the front of the gourd.

 More ideas for hedge apples can be found here.

Come back tomorrow to learn how to make Barnwood Tombstones!

Happy haunting…or giving thanks,


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