Halloween can be expressed as a mathematical equation. Much like the Powerpuff Girls, Halloween is made up of three parts (plus an accidentally-added extra ingredient to the concoction — Chemical X). First, there are the costumes — not much of a holiday without pretending to be courageous heroes and nefarious villains! Next, of course, there’s the candy. Delicious. Sweet. Deliciously sweet. Finally, there are the spooky decorations, without which Halloween would be just another cosplay party where we binge on chocolate.
In the final rush towards Halloween, Bored Panda brings you the most creative, the most original, the very best decorations to show you how some people go all-out for the scariest of nights! Upvote your fave decorations and share the link with your friends and family for some inspiration that doesn’t revolve around carving pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns.
Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the foremost expert on Halloween on Earth, author Lesley Bannatyne. We talked to her about the meaning of Halloween and how it can be as much about silliness and having fun as it is about seriousness and darkness.
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Successful decorations are those that make you stop in your tracks and do a double take. Whether it’s a giant dragon, a massive guillotine, or a ‘body’ trapped underneath a garage door, we can’t help ourselves being fascinated by what’s gory and unexpected. We just wish we thought of some of these ourselves.
Bored Panda talked to Halloween expert Bannatyne about what her interpretation of the holiday is: whether it’s gritty and dark owing to its history, or something else entirely.
“Halloween’s never been dark for me. If anything, Halloween has always brought a little light to the darkness,” Bannatyne proclaimed.
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“We impersonate the things we’re scared of or try to meet them face to face in a haunted attraction or cornfield. I heard Joe Hill once talk about his horror writing, saying: ‘You kick the darkness until it bleeds light.’ That’s how I think of Halloween,” she explained.
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Bannatyne went into detail about the essence of what Halloween is all about: “At its core, Halloween was a warning.
“Two thousand years ago, people in northwestern Europe gathered together, brought their animals to shelter, and prepared for the deathly, dangerous season of cold and dark.
“Today, in parts of the country [the United States] that have a cold season, Halloween’s the last outdoor hurrah, a big blast of fun, like opening the fireplugs one last time before we go back inside and wait for spring.”