Decorate your home for Halloween
Halloween is the perfect time to be creatively creepy and we have lots of ideas to inspire you to decorate your home for Halloween.
Decorating your home for Halloween needn’t be expensive. In order to create a ghoulish greeting for all those excited trick or treaters you needn’t break the bank. So if you want to make your home look spooktacular for Halloween then we have advice on how to best decorate your home for Halloween on a budget:
Decorate the outside of your home
First impressions count! The entrance to your home will set the tone. Your decor should entice trick or treaters or your Halloween party guests to get in the mood for some freaky fun.
- Avoid raking your lawn in the days leading up to Halloween. You can then cover the entrance to your home with old crunchy leaves to create a perfectly spooky sound effect under the feet as your guests or trick or treaters approach your house. If you don’t have fallen leaves in your garden then head to the local country park with a bin bag and collect some free Halloween decorations.
- Line your path with creatively carved pumpkins. Or place a gathering of different shaped and sized pumpkins either side of your door. Fill them with twinkly lights to create a warm and inviting yet spooky glow to your home. Or carve words into them to give your visitors a spooky warning, with phrases like ‘Turn Back Now’ or ‘We are Dying to See you’.
- Cover your front door, porch, house nameplate or house number, doorbell and letterbox with fake cobwebs and spiders to create a spooky and neglected look. Or even create a temporary nameplate just for Halloween. You could also add a fake creepy doorknocker that can be stuck temporarily over the top of your existing one with double sided sticky tabs. A few ideas to create a nightmarish number or nameplate include: No.666. No.13. Salem’s Lot. Cemetery View. Dr.D.Mented’s Asylum. Fright Farm. Elm Street. Terror Towers. Amityville. Or for something not quite as scary, take a leaf from Scooby Doo’s book and rename your house The Mystery Manor.
- If you have some spare old rotten wood, nails (the rustier the better!) and paint at hand then you could create a spooky street sign pointing out the way to some imaginary creepy towns and place it in the front of your lawn using a stake shaped piece of wood to secure it upright. (See Picture)
- Have a skeleton popping out of a plant pot or out of your front lawn. You can also add some of the crunchy leaves you collected and a large stone to make it look like he’s rising from the dead.
- Hang a ghost from your porch or a tree. Cut some holes in an old sheet and hang it over a beach ball or balloon. Add string and hang it from the ceiling of your porch. Add some extra string to the sheet to help curl the edges out to give it a more ghostly shape.
Inside your home:
- Cover your couches and chairs with old white sheets to create an abandoned eerie feel. The older the sheets, the better to make it look like your home hasn’t been used in years.
- Just like outside, use cobwebs to cover pictures, ornaments, bookshelves, et cetera to create a spooky, neglected look. For an extra creepy feel add skulls, eerie black and white photographs and a candelabra or two.
- Cover books that are on show in black paper and add creepy titles. Nobody needs to know that underneath the cover of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is really Nicholas Sparks’ latest romantic novel! The same foolery can be applied to drinks, with you creating your own spooky labels to place over the top of the existing ones. Suddenly your innocent cranberry juice is transformed into the blood juice of a thousand spiders and your apple juice the remains of a billion crushed ants.
- Make sure your lighting creates the right mood. Keep it dim so there is an air of mystery. Tape cut out bat shapes to the inside of your lamp shades. Light some white candles with “blood” dripping down them. To do this simply put some white candles over a towel or paper towel and light a red candle over them until you’ve dripped enough wax over it to make it look like fake blood is oozing down the sides. Add plastic spiders to the outside of your lampshades and of course have some candle filled carved pumpkins to add a spooky orange glow.
- If you have a daughter that won’t notice a beheaded doll or two, then decapitating Baby Anabell (other doll brands are available and are probably cheaper!) then adding her head to a jar is another spooky idea. If you do not have access to such dolls, visit charity shops and collect different shaped sizes of heads to fill your jars. Place these around your home for a creepy feel.
- Bloody Hot Dog FingersThese freaky fingers are really easy to make. Just use a knife to score out the finger nail. (Be careful not to be too heavy handed.) Then lightly cut the knuckles into the sausage to create a more convincing finger. Place in bun and splatter with blood… well, ketchup.
- Banana Ghosts and Pumpkin OrangesReally simple but very effective. Cut your bananas in half and create ghost faces with black icing. For the pumpkins, peel your tangerines and chop up a spring onion to use as the pumpkin stem. Voila… easy, healthy, spooky snack.
- Skeleton RibsFor this, you simply need a rectangular dish on which to arrange your ribs and sausages. Cover in a runny barbecue sauce to create the image of intestines and place a skull at the top of the dish. Easy peasy.
- Pumpkin dip platterSimply slice the top off a pumpkin and scoop out the insides. Fill with a dip of your choice and serve with crudites.
- Fruity PumpkinArrange tangerine pieces on a circular plate and use strawberries, grapes, blueberries or whatever you fancy to create the face of a pumpkin.