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Summon Those Halloween Spirits for Your Outdoor Display

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Need decorating ideas for your Halloween party, porch or yard? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisly side of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant, eerie and even historical style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers at Roger's Gardens in Orange County, California, have created for their popular annual Halloween display.

Every year, the high-end garden and home decor center in Newport Beach stages its Halloween decorations and fall plants around a theme, often with a fictional story behind it. A recurring favorite is the creepy collection of spinster Madeline Havenhurst, who lives at 13 Blackbird Lane, ca 1909. While Madeline has gone "missing," her macabre magician-brother, Morris, has taken possession of the basement in her house, where he's proved to be a curious experimenter, hoarder and all-around peculiar guy. Another year featured demented toys in a haunted toy factory, while the following year set the stage for a back-alley theater with some sinister goings-on.

While we all can't execute porch decorations or a Halloween party theme on such a professional scale, the annual displays at Roger's Gardens are meant to inspire visitors. The take-away? Hunt around in the basement or attic for some vintage props, then get some spray paint, a glue gun, create some characters and a macabre theme -- and let your imagination run wild. Make it sophisticated by using only a few colors, and pay attention to details like textures, lighting and decorating the whole space -- overhead, at eye level and on the ground with safety in mind. Keep it interesting, elegant and fun without being too busy.

Enjoy our tour and delight in every devilish detail.

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