From: Dorothy St. James's White House Gardener Mysteries
Halloween is the time of year when we are given the chance to have a little fun in the White House gardens.
Each year, the administration invites children from local schools, military families, and staff to come trick or treating at the White House. It's a time for the gardeners to give the children a fun (but spooky) experience as they approach the famous front door.
Here are some things we do at the White House that anyone can do at home to make for a spooky fun time this Halloween!
1. Turn off the porch light. Instead, shine orange spotlights on the house.
2. Decorate the porch with a harvest theme that can last until Thanksgiving using pumpkins, dried ears of corn, large pots (cauldrons) of orange marigolds. Give the decorations a Halloween twist by hanging over sized spiders and spiderwebs. Don't forget to hang a skeleton in a corner!
3. Line the walk with flickering illuminated bags using electronic candles and paper bags.
4. Always look for niches to place the unexpected "monster" in your front garden.
If you do this, I'm sure the neighborhood ghosts and goblins will come to your house looking for treats instead of bringing tricks.
Have a safe and fun Halloween this year!
Be sure to read all about the adventures I had in the White House gardens this fall in my latest mystery novel, OAK AND DAGGER.