Halloween is just around the corner, and things are about to get spooky! If you are trying to have the creepiest haunted house in the neighborhood, follow our favorite Halloween decorating tips:
To put your home over the top, set up digital decorations! These can go both inside and out. All you’ll need is a projector to make it look like zombies are trying to claw their way into your house and ghosts are materializing through your rooms. Digital decorations put you a head above the competition and will give your home an extra zing of aesthetic appeal.
Everyone knows that fog is the icing on the cake of a foggy night, but if there’s no fog in the air, make your own! Buying or renting a fog machine can make your house extra spooky. These machines are non-toxic and need no cleanup when the night is over, but will certainly add to the atmosphere when they’re on.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere
Pumpkins don’t just have to be carved with triangle eyes and a ghastly, gap-toothed grin. They can be covered in cats, owls, bats, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies. These surfaces can be painted black to make them stand out, and used to make block prints. Place a whole family of whimsically carved pumpkins from top to bottom on the front stairs and around the front door. If you can’t find real pumpkins, get creative and use papier mache, they will be light enough to hang from the ceilings or tree branches.
Spiders and Webs
Greet visitors to your front porch with webs and the biggest, ugliest, scariest spiders they’ve ever seen. Cobwebs can be made of fiberglass window screening with a web pattern drawn over it, and the spiders can be made of styrofoam balls and spider parts found at your craft store. Paint them black, and add a little red hourglass on the bellies for an extra scare factor. Hang them from the fiberglass screening with fishline.
If you don’t want to bother with fiberglass, arrange indoor and outdoor funnel webs with materials that look like black, rotted cheesecloth or meat netting. Meat netting is the same stuff you find sausages wrapped with, and it’s superb for making realistic spider’s webs.
Frightful music really enhances the Halloween atmosphere. You can play the soundtracks of your favorite horror films, or throw it back to a classic with the Monster Mash. Special effects like creaking doors, demented giggles, shrieks, moans, chains and alarming noises that aren’t quite of this world are also good.
Silhouettes In the Windows
Another easy spooky decoration is adding silhouettes into your windows. Use black weed barrier fabric, semi-sheer cloth, glue, chalk, scissors, and silhouette templates to fill the windows with the shadows of ravenous, prehistoric birds, witches, skeletons and anything else you wouldn’t really want in your house.
No matter how you want to decorate your home for the spooky season, creativity is the name of the game! Get creative and pull out of the stops to make sure you have the creepiest house on the block this Halloween season.