You always want your house to look great, but you also want to do something special for the holidays. Decorating the outside of your home for Halloween can seem confusing with so much to choose from at the stores. Here are some tips to help you make your house the happiest haunted spot on the street or the spookiest one the kids have ever seen.
Pick a Theme
It’s important to start by making a decision. You can be a scary house, or you have a welcoming and friendly one for the All Hallow’s Eve festivities. Choosing between spooky and friendly will help you create a consistent theme that looks amazing. If you choose to go scary, consider choosing a theme to help you create a spine-chilling feel. It could be spiders, the zombie apocalypse or a gathering of witches brewing something in the yard. Whatever you choose, you are sure to be thrilled with the final look of your coordinated theme.
Understated and Elegant
If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, consider going with the understated. A fun spider web doormat with a few pumpkins around the front porch creates a whimsical greeting for visitors. Hang a lovely fall wreath featuring colorful leaves and purple ribbons on the door to complete the look.
Creepy Invaders on the Roof
When it comes to the scary decorations, you probably put them in the grass, trees or along the eaves. However, you can make your house the scariest on the street by moving some decorations to the roof. Large posable spiders connected to your gutters will look like they are trying to invade the house, and they will make your home creepy even in the middle of the day. Position skeletons or zombies on the roof as if they are preparing to climb down the chimney, or drape the invaders over your fence. Use rope lighting to illuminate the creep-fest at night and maintain the scary atmosphere.
A Spooky Brew for Witches
If you are shooting for a witchy theme, then make an oozing cauldron of bubbling brew that you can recycle from one year to the next. You will need a large plastic cauldron, a bag of plastic spiders, some plastic bugs, eyeballs and other creepy additions. Fill the cauldron with spray-foam insulation and let it dry. Spray paint the insulation a lovely shade of yellow-green and then adorn the brew with your plastic bugs and other creepy fare. Keep the kids away from the cauldron until the concoction dries and you will have a decoration that can be reused year after year.
Make Jack-O-Lanterns that Last Longer
If you love the look of happy jack-o-lanterns on the garden walls but hate how fast they rot, there is a solution for you. Special pumpkin decorations feature stakes that you gently push into the pumpkin. Using these recyclable decorations, you can create scary spiders, fun Frankensteins and bewitching cats. The pumpkins last longer, and you’ll appreciate how fast and easy they are to set up.
It doesn’t matter if you want your house to be a regular scare-fest or a delightful and welcoming retreat from the Halloween scares. Choose a theme that suits you and have fun with the decorating. The visitors to your home will appreciate the décor, and you will have a great time in the process.
Melina is an outdoor decor blogger for Patioshoppers, the leading online store for all of your outdoor living needs.