Halloween is a time of the year when you can surround yourself with the creepy, ghoulish aspects of the season. Here are a few quick tips on how to get your house ready for Halloween without spending a ton of money.
The Front Yard
The front yard will usually be a wide open space, so it will have a lot of potential for Halloween decorations. Put your creepiest decorations here to get people in the spirit as they walk up to your door. The best approach is to go with a theme. For example, you might try building a mock cemetery with plastic gravestones that have silly names on them. If you want to be extra spooky, have some coffins laying open on your lawn, or have a few skeletal hands reaching out from under the ground.
Maybe you're a fan of buying gadgets. Getting some animatronic Halloween decorations can certain make things even scarier around your house. Go to your local Halloween store and see if you can get a life-sized zombie that moans and waves his arms as people walk buy, or maybe you can hang a cackling
Animatronics that are based on recognizable horror movies that everyone is afraid of, such as The Exorcist, are particularly effective. You're sure to traumatize a few kids for life.
Also be sure to put some cob webs and pumpkins all around the front entrance to your house. If you have a porch, leave a rocking chair out there with a zombie or some other creepy accessory. For the front-door you could have a life-sized skeleton hanging as well.
Just as people do in Christmas, you may want to have some festive Halloween decorations inside the house. The key to a spooky looking room is the lighting. For example, change your white lampshades to orange, this will make your room appear darker and creepy.
Drape the wall with Halloween banners and strings of orange lights. Include hanging plastic pumpkins, cobwebs and bats. You can also place ceramic pumpkins around the room in different shapes and sizes. In addition, include burning candles to complete the ambience of the room.
For the kitchen scatter several pumpkins and autumn decorations over the countertop and kitchen table. Make sure the pumpkins are real, so come Halloween morning the entire family can engage in pumpkin carving (if your into that sort of thing.)
This is optional, but if you want to bring a little something extra to your community for Halloween, you could build a small haunted house for people to visit when they approach your home. Make a creepy atmosphere in the dark and hang some skeletons, bats, ghost, and cob webs and you and your friends can wear masks and scare your neighbors as they wander around.
Just make sure to tone the theatrics down for very small children and very old adults, and to always have candy available at the end of the experience.
These are just some suggestions for Halloween decorations, but of course the sky is the limit. Halloween is all about exercising your imagination and making everything creepier, after all.
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