It's just a few short days until the first day of Autumn, and store shelves are already being stocked with tricks and treats for October's big holiday. Decorating for Halloween can be a lot of fun, but can also be very expensive. Rather than spending all of your money on decorations, why not buy a few small items that you can use to create a very spooky atmosphere in your home (and forego the crazy zombie replica in the front yard). Scare and amaze your friends and family with these simple holiday decorating ideas for Halloween.
One way to scare your guests is to include subtle changes to what they expect to see. One way to do this is by using your picture frames to share haunted pictures. Replace your pictures with pictures of ghosts and monsters that will freak out your guests. Use a dry erase marker to add corners of cobwebs onto mirrors or glass surfaces. Adding small pops of the holiday in unexpected places will keep your visitors delighted and entertained.
To make your home seem scarier, use dim lighting to create a spooky semi-darkness. You can use colored light bulbs in your lamps to dim the light or battery-operated tea lights underneath or behind decorations to make them look creepier. This works especially well on porch lights in preparation for those trick-or-treaters.
Surprising Movement or Noise
Many stores sell products that will move or make noise when someone walks near them. These are a good tool to use, and there are ways of creating this effect with items at home as well. You can make decorations that will pop out of doors or cabinets when they are opened or set up a string that will knock something down when someone hits it. This is a good way to get the kids and family involved in brainstorming and putting together these surprises.
Not a fan of pumpkin guts? Get creative and consider painting or decorating your pumpkins with different materials. Spray paint or use glitter to glam up your gourds. You can even wrap them in old lace or stockings for a more elegant decoration.
If you are willing to be creative when decorating your home for Halloween, there is no end to the fun that you can have. By putting in just a little bit of effort, you can guarantee that your friends will be talking about your decorations for years to come. Think outside of the box and use materials you already have around your home rather than shelling out big bucks for expensive decorations. For more ideas, check our our Halloween Inspiration Pinterest Board.