Halloween in the tropics might look a little different than the traditional chilly night with hands hugging a cup of pumpkin-spiced something as kids dart door to door for trick or treating. But that’s the fun part. Embrace the palms and beach inspiration to decorate differently. Vampires and mermaids can be friends, and flamingos can certainly be ghoulish.
Don’t believe me? Check out these skeleton flamingos from Amazon:
To help me make Summerween happen, I met with Sarasota artist and illustrator Ron Genta of Gentafication Design Services to show me how to do it in fun, colorful and inexpensive ways. A glue gun and fake dollar store flowers are a good place to start. Genta transformed this plain human skeleton from Amazon into a Summerween southwest Florida pirate:
He also used an old cigar box and painted it in electric purple and orange. Inside is a Day of the Dead-themed cocktail napkin from Party City decorated with fake flowers. Above and on either side of the skull, he used old thrift shop earrings that add glam and depth. Then he strung the back so it can hang as Summerween wall art:
The skeleton mermaid below is also available on Amazon and received the Genta treatment. A cord running from her hand to her tail makes her hangable: