It’s that time of the year again where children and, for that matter, people of all ages can dress up in their favourite costumes and hang out with their friends – collecting treats from participating homes. Though it may seem a bit different this year, there’s no reason why concrete driveways all over Melbourne shouldn’t be dressed up in spooky Halloween decorations. That’s why today, we’re going to be looking at some key features to consider when transforming your yard and concrete driveway into Halloween eye candy, so let’s jump right into it!
Whether you’re going to be visited by trick or treaters or not, creating a safe landscape is important even if it’s just for your own navigation. The first thing you should do is sweep any loose gravel or small rocks from your driveway and mow your lawn to establish a neat environment free of natural hazards. This includes collecting any loose branches or other similar elements that may be lying around. If you’re planning on putting up temporary lighting features, then ensure that all cables are secured unobtrusively to mitigate the chance of tripping over them.
Whilst Halloween occurs during daylight savings for us here in Melbourne, it’s still important to line any walkways and paths you have with adequate illumination in case you do get some late-night stragglers who are trying to experience an authentic trick or treat adventure. The last thing you want is someone injuring themselves. If you have a pet that often roams around the front yard, then it’s a good idea to keep them inside for the evening just so they don’t get too excited by the influx of visitors.
Selecting lighting features
There are several avenues you can follow from simple pumpkin lights placed around your lawn to extravagant mini billboards you can mount on your roof. Thousands of concrete driveways in Melbourne will have varying degrees of seasonal investment – it’s entirely up to you how much you want to put into it. We do recommend lighting decorations as a must, though, as when it gets dark, they do particularly well to illuminate walkways as well as generally accentuate the spooky theme.
Light up pumpkins and ghosts are classic staples that work well when placed at the beginning of your concrete driveway as well as around the yard. Ensuring all the lights are correctly and safely connected is the key to a happy trick or treat experience so be sure to follow all the instructions to the T when setting up outdoor lighting around your home.
If you’re looking for a traditional and homely approach – then you can create your own jack-o’-lantern by hollowing out a pumpkin, carving a face or symbol into it and then placing a light (or even a candle) into it. Keep in mind that if it’s windy the candle may not be as effective and can also pose a potential fire risk if it were to accidentally be knocked over. You can purchase battery-powered candles as an alternative so you can still enjoy the aesthetic without the potential risk.
Not all decorations have to be complicated and require electricity. Sometimes the simple decorations still work a treat (pun intended). Simple headstones situated around your lawn as well as DIY ghosts – white sheets held up by supports – will look hauntingly brilliant regardless of the time of day. The loose nature of the DIY ghosts will also make them flutter in the wind, adding another layer to the eerie ghouls. Fake spiders and webs that you can purchase from the $2 store also make for fun and easy decorations.
If you would prefer to not attend to the door every time a trick or treater comes by, you can set up a bowl of treats by the front door with signage instructing them to only take one (or whichever number you’re comfortable with). Of course, this doesn’t always go to plan so the safest way to ensure that everyone gets their fair share of treats is to distribute it the old-fashioned way.
The concrete driveway experts of Melbourne
Halloween is a fun and exciting time for many and ensuring your concrete driveway and front yard is up to the task of facilitating so many spooky guests is an important part of the celebration. Having a solid concrete driveway in the first place, however, is the best head-start you can give yourself. Prestige Concrete Services specialises in several residential concreting solutions and have completed many concrete driveways around Melbourne.
If you’d like to learn more about our services, then please give us a call on 0411 440 157 or fill out the contact form on our website.