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30 Awesome DIY Halloween Decor Ideas You Can Try This Year

30 Awesome DIY Halloween Decor Ideas You Can Try This Year

Halloween decor need not be scarily expensive. You can have the Halloween decor you want for less. These 30 DIY ideas are sure to make your Halloween a hauntingly good time. Most of these decorating ideas can be done in less than an hour and with things that can be easily found around the house.

1. Tin Can Luminaries

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    You can light the path for those trick or treaters with these tin can luminaries.

    2. Candy Corn Centerpieces

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      Candy corn centerpieces look beautiful whenever you are ready to start celebrating fall.

      3. Hanging Ghosts

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        These hanging ghosts can also be hung from the trees for a ghastly good time.

        4. Crafty Pumpkins

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          Dress up your Halloween decor with these crafty pumpkins.

          5. Cat Pumpkins

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            are so cute, you won’t be able to resist adding them to your Halloween decor.

            6. Flying Bats

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              Add the eerie with a flock of flying bats.

              7. Halloween Wreath

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                Welcome trick or treaters with a wreath on the door or hang one inside.

                8. Pumpkin Family

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                  Have a happy pumpkin family as a centerpiece.

                  9. Backyard Cemetery

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                    Turn your lawn into a creepy backyard graveyard. One idea for an inscription is: “Here lies Wes More. Shot down by a .44. No Les. No More.”

                    10. Ghostly Peeps

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                      These ghostly peeps make for a tasty treat and a peculiar table centerpiece.

                      11.  Jack-O’-Lantern Lanterns

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                        These Jack-O’-Lantern Lanterns will spook up any window sill.

                        12. Shrunken Apple Heads

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                          can be eerily placed around the house, set on a window sill, or table.

                          13. Origami Bats

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                            Save the planet with these Origami Bats made from recycled paper.

                            14. Mod Drilled Pumpkin

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                              Light your pathway with Mod Pumpkins.

                              15. Bat-And-Cat Garage Door Design

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                                This is a great and spooky design for the often neglected garage door.

                                16. Spider Silhouettes

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                                  Get your spook on with these scary Spider Silhouettes.

                                  17. Spooky Jar Lanterns

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                                    Add Spooky Jar Lanterns to enhance you Halloween decor.

                                    18. Spooky Eyes

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                                      are sure to put a scare in any and all trick-or-treaters.

                                      19. Eyes In A Tree

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                                        Add a touch of whimsy to Halloween shenanigans with these eyes in a tree.

                                        20. Bloody Handprints

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                                          Because what could be creepier than bloody handprint clings?

                                          21. Wall Spider Web

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                                            Put the fright into your guests with this DIY wall spider web.

                                            22. Ghostly Garland

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                                              Light the pathway or  porch with a ghostly garland.

                                              23. Hanging Bats

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                                                Put these hanging bats throughout your yard for a scary good time.

                                                24. Jar Lanterns

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                                                  These jar lanterns give off a spooky glow and are perfect for a sidewalk or porch.

                                                  25. A Murder Of Crows

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                                                    Spread Poe’s spookiness with a flock of crows, officially called a murder. Of course, you can always blame Poe for the inspiration.

                                                    26. Frankenstein Front Door

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                                                      Trick-or-treaters are sure to love this monstrous, but friendly Frankenstein.

                                                      27. Boo Doormat

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                                                        Add this ‘boo-rific’ door mat.

                                                        28. Upside-Down Halloween Witch Urn

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                                                          Add an eerie feel to any porch this year with this witch who lost her way. Trick or treaters will love the element of surprise.

                                                          29.  Mice Silhouettes

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                                                            Add these paper mice to your Halloween decor and be overrun by the rodents.

                                                            30. Overflowing Witches’ Cauldron

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                                                              An overflowing cauldron of eyeballs, spiders, and more. You can tell trick or treaters the witches left their mess for you to clean up.

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                                                              Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                                                              Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                              Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                              There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                                              More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                                              Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                                              You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                                              During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                                              Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                                              Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                                              The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                                              This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                                              Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                                              The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                                              This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                                              This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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