Creative Halloween Decorations for your House
Looking for some creative ways to decorate your house for Halloween? Halloween decorations are simple, fun, and can really enhance the holiday. From simple things such as pumpkins to elaborate ones like a full graveyard scene, there are plenty of ways to add some spooky fun to your home.
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- Pumpkins are a classic Halloween decoration, and for good reason. They’re easy to find and carve, and can be used in a variety of ways. Put them on the front porch, steps, or windowsills as traditional jack-o-lanterns. Or, try something different and paint them instead of carving them. You can also use pumpkins as vases for fall flowers or as planters for small plants.
- Another popular decoration is the Halloween wreath. You can make your own with some wire, fake spider webs, artificial leaves, and Halloween-themed decorations such as bats, ghosts, or witches. Or, you can buy a premade wreath at most craft stores. Either way, it’s a quick and easy way to add some Halloween spirit to your home.
- One of the most popular Halloween decorations is the Halloween lights. You can find these in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. String them up around doorways, windows, porches, trees, or anywhere else you want to add some spooky fun.
- If you really want to go all out with your Halloween decorations, why not set up a full graveyard scene in your yard? This can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. You’ll need some fake tombstones, grave markers, and props such as skeletons or ghosts. You can make your own tombstones out of foam board or cardboard, or buy them at most Halloween stores. For an extra touch, add some spooky music or sound effects to really set the mood.
Feeling adventurous? Here are some over the top, elaborate ideas that you can build, though it may take longer than a weekend:
- Full graveyard with zombies, a fog machine, and moving figures to scare kids and trick-or-treaters
- Giant spiders all over the front of the house – you can buy spiders that are 5 feet long – how scary would it be to have these spiders on multiple webs all around the front of your house
- Life size image projection with realistic moving images projected onto your front porch, couple with a fog machine and strobe light
- Haunted house in your front yard – have someone dress up as a *fake* monster, but when kids walk by, have that person jump out and scream
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- The lighting, sound and ambiance have a huge impact on your scene. Orange & purple lights, a proper sound system for Halloween-appropriate music, and scented fog will make your experience 10X more scary
- Give out special candy for the kids that are brave enough to come up to your door
- Set the mood with Halloween themed movies playing in the background – think The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Hocus Pocus, and Casper.
Here are some simple ideas that you can setup quickly:
- Hang spider webs in doorways and windows.
- Decorate your front door with a wreath made of black roses or other eerie elements.
- Set up a “graveyard” in your front yard complete with tombstones, skeletons and other spooky props.
- Turn your porch light into a “witch’s brew” by filling a cauldron with dry ice and adding some green or black food coloring.
- String lights around your balcony or roof to create an eerie glow.
- Place jack-o-lanterns in strategic locations around your property.
- Drape black fabric over furniture or doorways to create a “haunted house” feel.
With a little imagination and creativity, you can transform your home into the perfect Halloween haunt! Make sure to involve your kids in the decorating process – it’s a great way to get them excited about the holiday. And, don’t forget to have fun! After all, that’s what Halloween is all about.