Halloween, is just around the corner a exciting time for little ghosts and goblins as we turn our world orange and black. A favourite with those who like a bit of dress-up, the shops are already stocked full of spooky decorations, outfits and a selection of home decorations to turn your home into a haunted house.
The question is where do you start? Turning your home into a miniature haunted house is not as difficult as it sounds however, with just a few small purchases and small additions to your home you can have your own spook-tastic home.
Outdoor fairy lights
Perfect to instill a sense of Halloween fun anywhere in your garden, whilst also lighting the way for young trick or treaters. Outdoor fairy lights are available from around £25 and come in various lengths. Orange lights are probably the best for Halloween but if you can’t get hold of orange then combining any colour with your other decorations will work just as well.
Balloons and masks
Hanging scary masks inside and outside the house can really set the mood and hanging a few masks on your front door is a great way to let potential trick-or-treaters know you’re expecting them. Tying balloons to the front gate, if you have one, is also a clear signal that you’re up for sharing in the Halloween good cheer.
The Jack-o-Lantern is arguably the most iconic of all the Halloween decorations and no house is complete without at least one on the 31st of October. The origin of the Jack-o-lantern comes from an Irish myth about Stingy Jack, who tricked the Devil for his own monetary gain. When Jack died, God didn’t allow him into heaven, and the Devil didn’t let him into hell, so Jack was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity.
Once the tradition hit the United States, Irish immigrants soon realised that the pumpkin, native to the states, was an ideal fruit for carving. That’s why you see jack-o’-lanterns on porches around Halloween.
No matter what design you go for however, fire safety should always be on your mind and there are plenty of alternatives to candles when it comes to lighting your lanterns, including:
Battery operated flameless candles
Decorating the inside of your house
It’s up to you how far you go when decorating the inside of your house for Halloween. There are those who like to turn their homes into something resembling the London Dungeon while others tend to be a bit more reserved. However far you want to take it this year, here are a handful of spooky decorative staples you might consider for an extra frisson of eerie atmosphere.
The perfect way to create a spooky atmosphere for your Halloween party! Simply cover everything in cobwebs to give your home a creepy look and leave a few eight-legged friends around to give your guests a fright!
Hanging Skeleton Decorations are perfect if you’re looking for that extra something to decorate your house for this year’s season of scares and spirits! The skeleton’s spooky hanging bones would suit any existing Halloween decoration design perfectly.
Your haunted Halloween party will take flight when you add some shadowy bats to your Halloween props! Hang these creepy creatures from the ceiling or above tables.
Of course, however you decide to decorate, the most important thing to remember is to make sure you have a big bowl of treats by the door ready to hand out when the trick-or-treaters come knocking.