Halloween is the first major holiday of the season, kicking of the end of year festivities in one of the most family-fun and creative holidays of the year. How will you celebrate Halloween? Here are a few creative suggestions for decorations and activities to help you best take advantage of the scariest holiday this year:
Since one of the best parts of this holiday is either going trick or treating with your kids or staying at home and greeting the little monsters as they stop by your home looking for tricks and treats, the outdoor decorations you use on your home will be the first thing people see, thus setting the mood for what they expect when you open the door. Thanks to the greater space allowances outside your home, using outdoor Halloween decorations lets you experiment with large props and signs, with loud colors or even flashing lights when desired. Don’t miss the opportunity to go big!
Pumpkin lanterns are a classic favorite for the outside decor that never fail to impress. This year, try gilding one or a few of your pumpkins to add a new element to your setup. If your home has a porch or low hanging tree near your door, try constructing a sort of bat cave by placing hanging bats, spiders, and ravens that partially obstructs the entrance way, inevitably intimidating any would-be guests in a fanciful way. If you have a significantly-sized lawn, you can place foam, cardboard, or wooden painted tombstones throughout the yard, interspersed with ghosts, scarecrows, and pumpkins or gourds. This will definitely set the scene for entrance into your terrifyingly decorated home and the delicious treats that await all who dare enter!
Decorating the inside of your home for Halloween this year can be a lot of fun if you take advantage of the existing layout and organization of your home. Your decorations do not need to take up too much space or require that you move things around too much.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to decorate the inside of your home is with homemade cutouts of Halloween themes, such as monsters, werewolves, vampires, pumpkins, ghosts, and the like. These cutouts can also be used to make hanging mobiles for over tables or in front of windows, showing bats, witches, or spiders about to drop on the next poor person that approaches. Making these cutouts is often a great time for the family to share quality time together on a project everyone can enjoy. Similarly placing little spiders and/or spider webs on bookshelves, flower vases, or in room corners can easily spook a place up. Another great centerpiece idea involves filling your favorite clear vase or jar with water and an appropriate amount of food coloring to produce a creepy effect, at last placing into the vessel flowers or toys that make onlookers think of dangerous potions and concoctions.
Make a Haunted House
One of the funniest ways to decorate your home is by constructing a haunted house. These will be a bit more intrusive into the order of your home, of course, and should probably not be fully prepared until shortly before the big night. Luckily, waiting until near the holiday will also increase your likelihood of being able to take advantage of the inevitable sales on decorations and accessories that occur leading up to a big day and that can make your haunted house truly horrifying.
Making a haunted house can be as easy as cordoning off small spaces in the rooms you would like to use (maybe with a black sheet, panel, or get a special mattress that’s on sale, etc.), so that visitors will be forced to follow a predetermined path and focus on one thing at a time. In each space, create a little world of terror with props or even people, if possible.
One great interactive activity you can incorporate into your haunted house is a guessing game, whereby your visitors must touch “intestines” and guess what they really are – maybe thick pasta in tomato sauce, for example. If you use the element of surprise and get creative, your haunted house will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood!
Decorating your home for Halloween 2013 should be easy and fun, helping you to come closer to your family and participate in your community. These are just some of the many projects you can think about – for more suggestions, see the following suggestions:
- Martha Stewart’s thoughts at
- Country Living’s ideas at