22 Decorations Perfect For Both Halloween And Christmas

Between the increasing popularity of Nightmare Before Christmas decorations, Halloween trees and spooky wreaths, Halloween and Christmas are becoming increasingly tied in together. For people who love decorations, but hate putting them up and taking them down, this is a fantastic combination because now you can finally decorate for Halloween and leave your embellishments up all the way through the end of the year. Here are a few great ideas for spooky Christmas decorations.

Halloween Trees

These days, lots of people are buying adorable, spooky ornaments to spruce up their Halloween trees. While you can always use a regular Christmas tree for this purpose, the green trees don't look nearly as Halloween-y as black or orange trees. If you want a tree that will work for both Halloween and Christmas though, go for either white or black -both of which work perfectly with a wide variety of ornaments.

Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Here's an example of how great a white tree can look with the right ornaments -in this case, Nightmare Before Christmas decorations. It's no wonder that this tree looks marvelous when you consider that it was put together by Marvel artist and painter Greg Horns.

Black Magic Tree

On the other hand, while you might expect a black tree to look too dark for Christmas, here's proof that they can actually look quite elegant. Coco & Kelly did an amazing job decorating a stunning tree that would look just as good in October as it would in December.

Vampire Tree Topper

Chances are your existing tree topper wouldn't quite work for Halloween time, but with a little creativity, it's easy to come up with a great topper that will match your multi-holiday decor. This great Nightmare Before Christmas vampire by Christy Pepperd Dawson is a great example.

Silhouette Tree Topper

For something a little more elegant (and available for purchase), this paper tree topper is just creepy enough to fit in with your Halloween decorations, yet beautiful and subtle enough to blend in with Christmas decor.

Candy Corn Garland

Are you someone who just doesn't feel like a tree has been properly trimmed if it lacks garland? Well don't worry, you can combine your holiday fun with a cool DIY candy corn garland. Momtastic shows how easy it is to make with just string, candy corn and a hot glue gun. You could even space it out with some popcorn if you want to break up the colors.

Skull Tree Skirt

Every Christmas tree needs a tree skirt, but if you want one that will feel fitting for both fall and winter, look for bright colors that are appropriate for both seasons. This Day of the Dead tree skirt from Kay's General Store is festive enough to use all the way through the New Year.

Christmas Light Spiders

What's a holiday tree without ornaments? And these cool ornaments by thedustyraven are a perfect way to branch the gap between Halloween and Christmas with their spider shapes and Christmas light bodies.

Nightmare Before Christmas Ornaments

With a little paint and a few markers, you can turn clear Christmas ornaments into Nightmare Before Christmas masterpieces that look great on your multi-holiday tree, just like HolyShiitItsAsh did here.

Headless Horseman Ornament

The coloring and theme of this cute clothespin ornament say "Halloween," but the big jinglebell head says "Christmas." How to solve the conflict? Put this Headless Horseman from ModerationCorner up for both holidays.

Gingerdead Man

What does an undead gingerbread man want for Christmas? The same thing he wants every other day of the year -brains! And this precious ornament by ChaosSquirrel is a great reminder of all we lost in the great Walking Gingerdread wars.

Zombie Santa Ornament

Santa ornaments are pretty much limited to just Christmas trees, but an undead Santa? Now you're talking! This spooky Santa is just perfect for making your Halloween tree just Christmas-y enough to stay on display for the rest of the year. Of course, if you prefer to kiss under the zombie mistletoe, there's also this gory toe ornament available.

Man-Eating Wreath

If you have a tree inside then you might as well have a wreath outside and these days, there are plenty of wreaths that can perfectly straddle the balance between Halloween and Christmas -especially if you're a Disney fan. The Nightmare Before Christmas has inspired many Halloween/Christmas displays and the man-eating wreath is one of the most popular DIY decorating pieces around. DIYNMBC Props can show you how to make your own to scare trick-or-treaters and Christmas carolers alike.

Oogie Boogie and Crew Wreath

By taking advantage of a white, purple and black color scheme, this cool wreath by Super Vixen Bad Girl manages to not be overly Christmas-y or super Halloween-y, making it perfect for both holidays.

Ursula Wreath

Again, the use of colors unassociated with any major holidays makes this wreath by Tis A Season perfect for use during Christmas and Halloween -and even Mardi Gras.

Holiday Pumpkins

Pumpkins are classic icons of autumn, but with a little paint, you can transform your uncarved Halloween pumpkins into Christmas decorations thanks to this tutorial on Club Chica Circle.

Rotoff the Deadnose Reindeer

Keep in mind that a rotting Rudolf and Santa Claus might be a little too scary for a lot of kiddos, but if you really want to go for a creepy Christmas, these decorations will set the scene for scares. PaHalloweenFreak can teach you how to make the props for yourself.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Outdoor Props

The greatest thing about decorating with a theme based on The Nightmare Before Christmas is that it works for both Halloween and Christmas.  There are all kinds of tutorials to make your own characters online, but if you're going for a look that can span the two holidays, consider adding lights and fake snow to your roof and putting Jack in his Sandy Claws suit.

Halloween Forum user Glass Eye did an amazing job with his Jack Skellington and the process sounds fairly simple since it just involves wrapping felt around PVC pipes and using a mask for the face. Once you have your Jack, you'll probably want to have a Sally as well, and perhaps even the Mayor of Halloweentown. DIY NMBC Props has instructions to make both of these a reality. If you want to add some related pieces to help set the scene, the site also has a lot of other great tutorials for all kinds of Nightmare Before Christmas projects.

Put A Santa Hat On It

How do you make a spooky Halloween decoration perfect for Christmas celebrations? A Santa hat, of course, and a few lights and strands of garland. This cheerful skeleton photographed by DeviantArt user Putnish shows that everyone loves a good holiday party -even those who perished long ago.

Apothecary Stocking

You'd look crazy hanging up your stocking before Halloween has even ended -unless it's a delightfully creepy design like this decoration by AijoEcoTotes.

Nightmarish Stockings

Alternatively, Nightmare Before Christmas always manages to blend seamlessly with both holidays and it's hard to beat these precious stockings by Craftster user smashu.

Zombie Nativity Scene

Yes, giving the nativity scene a spooky twist is really pushing the envelope -especially if you live in a very religious area. But if you really want to make your Christmas decorations creepy, a zombie nativity (like the one spotted by Redditor celestialbean) is an effective way to do so.

Sure some of these ideas might seem a bit dark for Christmas, but for dedicated Halloween fans, spookiness is always worth celebrating. If you're looking for a few more Halloween decorating ideas you can create in a hurry, don't miss our past article on last minute decorations for Halloween.


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Ready You Home For Halloween Fun With This Cool Pumpkin Disco Ball

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Looking to light up your Halloween party this weekend? Then consider grabbing a pumpkin, a flashlight and some thick string so you can put together your own cool pumpkin disco ball. This video, by YouTube user DaveHax, can show you how to put together a perfect party light with those few items and either a screwdriver or a drill. The basic process involves hollowing out the pumpkin, drilling in holes for the light to shine out of, putting a light in the pumpkin and the hanging it up with the string. If you have a strobe light function in your flashlight, the end result will be even better.

Of course, if you're using a real pumpkin as a light, be sure to wait until the day of your party to put together your light because this is one decoration that you don't want to rot -rotting pumpkin guts aren't something you want dripping on your guests or your floor.

For more cool ways to decorate your pumpkin or to get ready for a Halloween party, don't miss these great posts too.

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This Swedish Apartment Makes the Most of Its Small Space

After being used as nothing more than a storage space for thirty years, it seemed this Swedish apartment was finally going to be used as a residence when the owner started renovating in the 1980s. Unfortunately, he got sick shortly after and had to discontinue his work on the space. Almost twenty years later, Karin Matz was hired to complete a full renovation on the apartment. 

When work started, the space was in shambles with the wallpaper half removed and rats taking residence in the bathroom. While Matz was supposed to keep the historic aspect of the apartment alive, but even getting the property clean and modern was stacking up to be a challenge. 

With only 388 square feet, Matz also faced difficulty making the property habitable. Incredibly, the end result not only crams everything a person would need to live comfortably into the tiny space, but also manages to look open and comfortable.

The most obvious space-saver is the built-in bed structure that combines kitchen cabinets, a walk-in closet, storage and a bed in one small space. To help maintain the classic look of the apartment, spaces that weren't renovated to become more spacious were left mostly the same as they had been over the last 20 years, letting the rough, imperfect walls to create a modern industrial look.

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Whiskey Elements Make Your Spirits Taste More Expensive

Love the taste of fine whiskey but hate the high cost of quality spirits? Then head over to Kickstarter where Portland-based Time & Oak is selling their new tool that claims to make cheap whiskey taste like a delicious, oak-aged treat in only 24 hours. 

Time & Oak argues that whiskey is made great after it is aged in quality oak barels, but that by adding a specially designed oak stick, called a Whiskey Elements, to a bottle of cheap whiskey, you can replicate that experience in a much quicker time frame. In fact, they say their "accelerated transpiration through capillary action" can properly age a cheap whiskey into a quality one within only 24 hours by filtering impurities from the whiskey and infusing addtional wood flavor in the spirit. Chemical analysis of expensive, aged whiskeys, cheap whiskeys and cheap whiskeys that have been filtered with Whiskey Elements show the treated inexpensive whiskey shared more chemical similarities with the expensive spirits than the control whiskey.

It takes one stick to age a fifth and two Whiskey Elements to age a half-gallon bottle and the elements will come in a variety of flavor profiles that will infuse different flavors such as vanilla, maple, smokey and peaty. The flavors are not enhanced with artificial chemicals or flavors, but through a proprietary curing process that adds subtle flavor differences to the wood. Each stick should only be used once for maximum effectiveness.

You can get your own Whiskey Elemements on Kickstarter, starting at only $12 for a set. Impressively, the company still has three days left, but their project has already raised over 8.5 times their $18,000 goal -so if you purchase one, you'll know you're in great company.

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This Cool Electric Kettle Lets You Heat Only What You Need

Sometimes you need just a little hot water for a packet of oatmeal. Sometimes you need enough for a cup of tea. Sometimes you need enough for a French press coffe maker and every now and then you might need enough for a whole group of visitors. Up until now, you could either use a kettle, which takes way longer than an electric kettle or an electric kettle that needs to be filled to a certain level before you run it -and both devices will limit you to a maximum amount of water.

Thanks to German designer Nils Chudy from studio Chudy and Grase though, you can now heat up as much or as little water as you need. The device, called Miito, uses an induction plate and rod that directly heats the water you need so you don't have to heat more than you need. The device immediately shuts of when your water is heated all the way, again reducing the amount of electricity you need it. 

Just set any iron-free cup, bowl, pitcher, etc. on the base, insert the heating rod and you're ready to go. Best of all, you're not only limited to water. You can also heat milk, soup or any other liquid you need to use and the rod's minimalist shape allows for easy cleaning.

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Using 11 Common Household Objects to Decorate Your Pumpkin

We've all carved a pumpkin using standard kitchen knives and a big spoon, but everyone knows specialty tools are the way to go if you want to create a more impressive masterpiece. But you don't have to buy a fancy pumpkin carving set just to make something you're proud of. In fact, you can create something wonderful with things you already have inside your home -and some of these ideas will make the process fly by in no time too.

Drills

Powertools and pumpkins are a match made in heaven. In fact, fitting a drill with a pumpkin gutter attachment is by far the easiest way to clean out your Jack-O-Lantern prior to carving. But your drill can do a lot more than clean your pumpkin for you. It's also a great way to carve your pumpkin in no time. Just select your bits and drill through the pumpkin flesh for even-sized holes throughout the Jack-O-Lantern.

Images by Jason Alley and Patrick Buechner

Christmas Lights

Using a drill to add in small holes to your pumpkin can also give you a great way to light up your pumpkin as Martha Stewart demonstrates with her Celestial Pumpkins. Just string your Christmas lights through the inside of the Jack-O-Lantern, letting a little light pop through each tiny hole.

Apple Corer

Like a drill, an apple corer can be used to punch even-sized holes through your pumpkin. While this manual tool takes a lot more elbow grease, it provides one major advantage -you can keep the pieces you pop out of the pumpkin. This gives you the opportunity to reuse those cool pumpkin plugs for all new purposes -like these polka dot pumpkins featured on Meaningful Mama.

Melon Ballers

Unlike a drill or apple corer, a melon baller won't go all the way through your pumpkin's flesh, making it a great option for putting nice round holes just in the outside of your squash. Like the apple corer, this technique also leaves you with perfect pumpkin pieces that can be reused for a fun effect -like the playful monster eyes seen on Woman's Day.

Peanut Butter

In this case, the peanut butter itself isn't going to do much to your pumpkin, but if you live in an area with raccoons, squirrels and/or mice, it can be a great way to get a critter to do all the work for you. Just put a few guide holes for your fluffy friends using a drill and then fill the holes with peanut butter. Leave your pumpkin in a critter-filled piece of your property and come back in a day or two to find your "self-carved" pumpkin filled with nibbled holes. You can even guide the progress by adding more peanut butter in places you'd like to see chewed on more.

Cookie Cutter

Want good, exact shapes in your pumpkin, but have a hard time carving evenly? Then grab some metal cookie cutters and a plastic mallet and get whacking! That's right, you can use cookie cutters to cut exact holes through your pumpkin. Modern Parent Messy Kids shows how simple the process is and how great the results can be.

Potato Peeler

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This video shows that a little potato peeler can go a long way when it comes to carving your pumpkin. It's a perfect tool for more detailed creations as you can shave off just a little of the flesh at a time, giving you a quick way to remove just enough skin.

Dremel

If you can't get enough from your power tools, try adding a dremel into your carving routine. The different tips are a great way to carve, shape and smooth your detailed pumpkin piece. If you want to practice doing more artistic creations that don't pierce all the way through the skin, the dremel is a perfect tool for the job as Simply Designing demonstrates.

Foam Insulation

Even a pretty basic pumpkin carving can look ten times cooler when you add a little bit of brains to the mix. Just spray expanding foam insulation into the cavity, letting it expand out the top into beautiful, bulging brain shapes. Remember, it will continue expanding as it dries (as these Extreme Pumpkins images show), so don't fill it up too high on the top.

Spaghetti

Want your Jack-O-Lantern to have some kooky hair to match his crazy face like this one from Southern Living? Then poke (or drill) some tiny holes into the top of his head, then boil some water. Dip spaghetti halfway into the boiling water for a few seconds until it starts to get bendy and then poke the uncooked half into the holes in his skull. Who knew a pumpkin could have such luscious locks?

Bleach

If you'd like to minimize mold growth on your pumpkin, bleach is a great way to go. As My Science Project points out, it will cause a little rot, so you should flip the pumpkin over and let it drain before setting it out on the porch. Also, Pumpkin Fresh (a commercial pumpkin protector) will let your pumpkin last even longer than bleach, but if you don't want to buy a specialty product intended for only one purpose, bleach is probably your optimal solution.

Looking for a few more fun decorating ideas? These terrifying tactics can leave visiting monsters running the other way, these interior ideas are sure to put the "boo" in your booutiful dinner party and if you're running out of time, you can still try these last minute tricks and treats.


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The Future of Travel Might Be Smart Luggage

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Whether or not you've ever lost a bag while traveling, you almost certainly have heard horror stories of travelers arriving at their destination without any of their essentials. As if that weren't bad enough, airline baggage fees make checking bags even more frustrating. Unfortunately, sometimes it's hard to avoid checking bags because your suitcase is too heavy.

The new Bluesmart luggage system combines the power of technology with luggage so you can travel more securely and more efficiently. The bag has a built-in scale so you can ensure you never exceed carry-on weight no matter what airline you fly with. 

And that's not the only benefit of the Bluesmart. It also features a TSA-approved master key lock. The sensor can also tell you if your bag leaves a pre-determined radius so you know if someone else accidentally grabs your bag and stay secure if you do end up having to check your bag. The tech-friendly suitcase features three layers of polycarbonate and anodized aluminum that will protect laptops, phones and tablets, and a great flap design makes storing laptops and tablets simple -and TSA checkpoints a lot quicker and simpler.

The Bluetooth connectivity app is available for iOS and Android. Worried your phone might die during the flight? Don't worry, the bag features a built-in battery pack that can charge up to two devices at once.

The bag is also equipped with a handle and wheels so you can pull and push your bag everywhere you need to go without worrying about the spokeless wheels. You can pre-purchase your own for $235 at Indiegogo in advance of the July 2015 release.

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The New Dyson Humidifier Seeks To Clean Your Air While Adding Moisture

Winter is known for being particuarly dry and for being the peak season for colds and flus. A humidifier can help both conditions, but the devices are also ripe sources for bacterial growth -putting people with dry skin, dried out nostrils and the sick with a dangerously high chance of catching an infection. 

Dyson, who has already revolutionized the vacuum game is now introducing a new take on the humidifier, by adding in a UV sanitizing light that kills 99.9% of all bacteria in the water before it is added to the air. The inventor says his device is the first humidifier to use UV technology to kill bacteria before it is circulated into the air, making it the most hygenic design on the market. 

"The problem with current humidifiers are that they harbour nasty bacteria which when the machine is turned on, is then blown around the room," Dyson said. "Experts say it’s actually more dangerous to breathe in this bacteria than drink it!"

The Dyson humidifier can hold an impressive three liters, so you will no won't need to refill it constantly like many other humidifiers. The machine can run 18 hours without a refill and even has a built-in sleep timer so you can save electricity when you aren't using it.

A humidity and temperature guage can automatically adjust the humidification level, but the device also has a manual control that can be operated with a remote control. The humidity can even be turned all the way off, allowing the humidifier to operate like a traditional fan, so it can be used year round.

The humidifier was released to the Japanese market yesterday and will be introduced to the UK next year. No release date has been announced for the US as of yet.

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MFRMGR Makes Cubicles That Feel Cozy

There are very few people in this world who actually enjoy cubicles. They are all at once too public and too closed in. They make us feel shut off from co-workers while still feeling like we have no privacy. Worst of all, even when we cover the walls and desks with mementos, nick knacks and photos, the cubicle still feels cold and soulless. But MFRMGR just might change all that with the brilliant cubicle designs they created for Warsaw-based company Decerto.

Decerto wanted their employees to have personal spaces that didn't feel cold and closed off like traditional cubicles, hoping that something a little homely could result in increased productivity. To achieve these goals, MFRMGR created mini-cabins that stretch to the ceiling, providing ample privacy for workers. At the same time, the cubicles are fitted with windows so workers can look out and see what's going on around them, enjoy natural light, converse with those passing by and even store toys and plants on their windowsills. 

The exterior of the cabins is covered in plaster and paint to further sell the illusion and the walls are covered in mirrors to make the entire space seem like a full village with streets and houses galore.

Inside, the wood-lined cabins are fitted with carpet, shelves and even closets to make them feel even more homely. 

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This Penguin Can Make Your Swiffer Fun

Few of us actually enjoy chores, but if you use a Swiffer or other floor wipe, this adorable little accessory can make cleaning the floor a little more cheerful. The plush penguin doesn't just look cute, it also helps store extra pads and other cleaning supplies in his playful belly.

If you're absolutely in love with the critter but don't use a Swiffer-style cleaner, you can also use the penguin to cover your tissue box cover -though then you'll miss getting to see him slide on his belly along your floor while you clean.

Designed and sold by Japanese retailer Felissimo, the cute cover can be yours for only $33 -plus international shipping charges. The penguin is only one of the many precious household products available in Felissimo's You + More line that also includes great animal items like this cuddly bear pillow, this adorable lap heater and this bedding set that lets you pretend to be a panda in the circus while you sleep. 

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