Sunday, October 26, 2014

Holidays: Halloween, Tropical Style!

Let’s celebrate Halloween Tropical Style!  Just put a beachy twist on Halloween stand-by’s, and turn your Halloween into a spooky, fun, seaside-inspired celebration. 

Pumpkins are a Halloween requirement.  Use one of these clever twists to give ol’ Jack a tropical makeover.
  • Carve a grouping of pumpkins with understated sea life for a classy look, like these at Coastal Living.
  • A glowing tropical sunset right on a pumpkin, like the one at  Beach Bliss Living.
  • Tacky lawn flamingo meets pumpkin in the genius mash-up at Paper & Fox.
  • Give a pineapple the jack-o-lantern treatment for a whimsical, glowing character (above)
  • Take your pumpkin carving to the next level with an underwater pumpkin carving contest (via people)!  

Costumes with a beachy twist are nothing but fun.
  • A hula girl – grass skirt, coconut shells and a flower lei – bam.  For an elaborate twist – this hula girl in a snow globe is too fun. 
  • A fun group costume: the characters of LOST.
  • Surfer dude – floppy bleached hair, puka shells, sunglasses, baggy shorts, and a board!  Attach a stuffed shark, just for kicks. 
  • Tropical bird – start with intricately made up eyes, add colorful feathers and wings (look at these gorgeous eyes from Maryam Maquillage).
  • Pirate – Arrr, the classic villain of the Caribbean is a Halloween favorite.  Get a group of swashbucklers together for a great group costume.  
  • Carmen Miranda – attach plastic fruit to a turban, don a vividly colored ruffled skirt and top, and samba the night away. 

Cocktails, the Tropics and Halloween: a fabulous (and slightly dangerous) combination.

Spending Halloween at the beach?  Lucky you!  Make it extra special with some spooky, sandy activities. 
  • Gather seashells, spookify them with some paint and even glitter.  This pumpkin (via Completely Coastal) is adorable, or maybe a ghost?
  • Sandcastles become jack-o-lanterns with some sand sculpting skills (via Corona Del Mar homes). 
  • For a simpler approach, draw a pumpkin shape in the sand, and decorate it with beachcombed objects like shells, seaweed and driftwood.
  • For a kid friendly activity, give classic sandcastle building a Halloween twist by use an orange pail, and adorn it with spiders and other creepy crawlies (see above photo).

Decorate your Halloween home with a tropical, beachy vibe.
  • Put a dome on it.  Inside a domed cake stand, add touches of the sea such as shells, starfish, driftwood and coral and some Halloween elements like pumpkins (see a great example at Completely Coastal).  Leave it there for a classy Fall look, or take it in a scary direction with the addition of bats, skeletons and creepy cobwebs.
  • Fill a large vase with sand, seashells and miniature pumpkins - look at the pretty example at anythingology.  If your Halloween décor leans to the yukky side, add some plastic rats and flies!
  • Prop up a few starfish in a tray of sand, then add tiny witches hats and brooms.  A miniature cauldron completes the look (photo above).
  • Skeletal Lawn Flamingos.  Tacky, spooky, fabulous.  Find them at Amazon and beyond.
  • Turn a starfish into a spiderweb with some string and black spray paint.  See the tutorial at The Artful Life.

How will you give your Halloween a tropical twist?


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