Make a statement this Halloween with these trends

Halloween isn’t for sissies.


Forget pulling out all of the stops for just one day. Today’s scare seekers are donning costumes all month long (making those pricey price tags a bit easier to justify) and parents are filling up the ’gram with adorable pics in apple orchards and pumpkin patches.


But that’s not all that’s cool when the temps dip this month.


We turned to interior designer Keki Cannon, who riffs about home and parenting at her blog Home with Keki while wrangling her three little pumpkins, for her take on some of this year’s biggest Halloween trends.


No. 1: Put down those scary serrated pumpkin cutters.


No-carve pumpkins are bigger than ever.


“I love this because it is not as messy as carving with little kids,” Cannon says. You can create trendy designs like buffalo-check patterns or have the kids simply let their inner Picasso come out. Using paint, glitter, glue, googly eyes, fabric – there are endless options.”


If you need a little inspiration, check out this story. If you need even more, hit up Pinterest.


Just for fun, check out columnist Matt Boresi’s humorous take on pumpkin carving. It will definitely get you on the no-carve bandwagon.


Also, consider adding a teal-painted pumpkin outside your door to let kids know you have allergy-friendly treats safe for them. The need is real.


No. 2: Shun the all-orange look.


Black and white is white-hot in home design and Halloween is no exception, she says.


“Imagine a lot of white pumpkins, paint some all-black pumpkins and add in black bats and white spider webs. I personally do add a touch of orange, maybe a few small orange pumpkins,” she says. #popofcolor


No. 3: Change up trick-or-treating.


Going door to door on Halloween night is so old-school. These days, the trunk-or-treat movement is sweeping the nation, Cannon says. Parking lots are becoming the place to be for Halloween, with car trunks all decked out welcoming little werewolves, princesses and everything in between. “Some of the trunks I have seen are just amazing. It is a fun family event,” she says.


We’ve rounded up some great ones for you. All you have to do is bring the bag.


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