If you're hosting a Halloween party, or simply want to make your back garden look ghoulish, try out these simple decoration ideas you can make yourself, or with the help of your children.
1. Floating Faces Buy a selection of orange and white balloons, and blow them up with normal air (not helium). Use a black marker pen to draw on scary faces, then hang the balloons from your climbing frame or slide, tree branches or wherever else you like.
2. Mummified Trampoline Use toilet roll or kitchen paper to mummify the trampoline, by wrapping around the safety net. Make sure you leave a gap big enough for children to get on and off it. Make it look especially fearesome by cutting out cardboard facial features and have them peeking out from underneath the 'bandages'.
3. Spying Eyes Gather up your empty cardboard tubes, and cut out pairs of eyes from each one. Then add a glow stick, tape up each end, and hide under the slide, on in the bushes. When it gets dark it will look like glowing eyes are peering into your garden.
4. Glowing Ghosts Semi-transparent plastic milk bottles make excellent ghosts. Use a marker pen or black paper to create a face, then add a glow stick, and put the lid back on. These are very effective if you make six or more, and line them up along the path, or scatter them throughout the garden.
5. Uninvited Guest This is not for the faint-hearted, or young children. Fill up your paddling pool with plastic balls or leaves (not water as this will be too much of a hazard in the dark, with lots of children around). Then half submerge a plastic skeleton decoration. Try to prop the top half up so he looks like he is taking a bath. If you really want to scare people, you could tie a piece of string to his head or finger, and pull it while you stand out of site to make him move around.
6. Just Add Eyes The quickest and easiest way to add a Halloween atmosphere to your back garden is to add eyes to everything. Make pairs of scary eyes of different shapes and colours, on card, then go round the garden adding them to fence panels and play equipment.
7. Bring Your Own If you're hosting a Halloween party, ask each of your guests to bring a carved pumpkin. These decorations look great when amassed together but they can be time consuming to make. Light them all up, and arrange them on the lawn like a little army of Jack O' Lanterns ready to attack.
8. Silhouette In The Window Use black craft paper or cardboard, and cut out spooky shapes like witches, spiders, or even the outline of a person. Stick them to the window, and leave the light on, then from the outside it will look like these creatures are in your house.