every year i try to use dried materials from my garden to decorate for Halloween. this year i had a large number of dried Chinese lanterns from the garden, as well as dried ornamental grasses for one arrangement.
for my pumpkin arrangement, i used dried walker’s low catmint which grows in abundance in the garden. these materials dry very quickly hanging upside down on a rack in my garage. the catmint has a great aroma when dried and seems to attract the neighborhood cats.
for indoor decorating, i use dried ornamental corn and have used the same popcorn kernels for years. this arrangement has been done in tall cylinders, short fat glass containers and this year in a round pedestal glass dish.
another table arrangement i tried this year used black licorice strings, which are not very easy to find. i finally located them in a small neighborhood candy store about 25 minutes away. these strings look creepy when covered in a glass dome and have been fun to look at during the season.
finally, every Halloween table must have spiders of some sort, so this year i found these black metal spiders at crate and barrel. they are quite realistic when placed on the table runner.