The flotsam and jetsam of Halloween decorations have multiplied over the years at my house without rhyme or reason other than we like them. And we’ve had fun coming up with costume ideas for various and sundry parties. Halloween time is something we thoroughly enjoy.
I recently read an online article by an interior decorator in which she provides rules as to how to decorate elegantly for Halloween—any other way is tacky, she stated. Then I found a few blogs that assert decorating for Halloween or any other season is in poor taste. This made me think about how we do things at our house and why.
Seasonal decorating is a big thing in my subdivision. It’s a community effort that has us talking to each other and sharing ideas. Too bad the whole world can’t work together like this.
On Halloween night, we enjoy chatting with parents as they accompany their little clowns, ballerinas, and ghosts to our front door. My husband and I think the children are sweet examples of faith in the inherent goodness of people. These darling costumed characters go door-to-door with their little cries of “Trick-or-Treat,” trusting that it will indeed be a treat.
Good taste is finding ways to celebrate life in a way that brings joy and amity with others. A simple smile is always in good taste.
I’ll accept being tacky. As such, my tacky decorations are going up. And I’m smiling.