Whether you’re into natural cornstalks and scarecrows, smiling goblins or ghoulish zombies, Halloween offers an opportunity to pull out all the decorating stops!
It’s hard to overdo Halloween; you could argue that the more decorations you have, the more protection from evil spirits — or tricksters — on All Hallow’s Eve.
Here are 4 ways to decorate your home for Halloween.
1. Abandoned House
To turn your home in a creepy, deserted house:
- Decorate windows with artificial spiders and cobwebs
- Apply broken-glass stickers to windows
- Darken the porch lights with black lights or yellow bulbs
- Temporarily hang the porch swing crookedly
- Prop scraps of wood across windows for a boarded-up effect.
- If the first frost has killed off your summer flowers, gather dead stems for spooky arrangements.
- Add flickering electric candles in the windows
2. Kid-Friendly Goblin House
Have your children lend a hand with these craft projects:
- Carve or paint pumpkins to decorate porch steps.
- Use bed sheets or plastic drop cloths to make white ghosts.
- Make jack-o’-lantern scarecrows using old clothing, straw and goofy hats.
- Replace the porch light bulb with a black light.
- Hang homemade decorations made out of white paper on the front porch.
- Make a Halloween tree with orange and black streamers, strings of orange lights and homemade Halloween-themed ornaments.
- Add inflatable lawn decorations and battery-powered flickering candles
3. Gory Scene
If you’re more into tricking than treating, add these creepy lawn ornaments:
Or, put together a scary scene using old furniture, clothing and dolls.
Paint scraps of wood or cardboard to look like tombstones and hang scary-looking figures or silhouettes from the trees.
Finally, use a smoke machine and scary sound effects on the stereo to creep out even the bravest of souls.
4. Harvest House
Create a picturesque autumn scene with these decorations:
- Bales of straw
Even if you go spooky for Halloween, keep a few pumpkins uncarved to enjoy through Thanksgiving!