Are you starting to prep for Halloween? If this is your first Halloween in a new home, these tips will help you get started. Or, if you’ve owned your home for a while, these tips will help you decorate with the most recent trends. If you aren’t a homeowner, get a free online rate quote using our multi-step calculator.
Decorate the front porch
The front porch should be fun and inviting for trick-or-treaters. Place a couple of pumpkins and gourds around your yard and porch banister. If you feel like your pumpkins are too small for your porch, place a bale of hay and scatter the pumpkins on and around them. If you want to spruce up your pumpkins, get crafty and paint the pumpkins with fun designs or take the more traditional route and carve them. Flowers are a great touch to add color and texture to your porch.
Create something fun for the yard
Easily create grave stones with Styrofoam and grey paint. Have extra white sheets or linens lying around? Turn them into some ghosts with a stick or pole and a Styrofoam ball (or anything round). Write “Beware” or “Enter if you Dare” with black or red paint on wood planks to make your yard extra spooky.
Take your time to decorate the interior
What kind of Halloween feel are you going for? Spooky? Fun and kid-friendly? Rustic? If you’re going for a spooky look, get some inspiration from haunted houses. Any Halloween store will have frightening decorations. Eerie animatronic dolls will creep out just about anyone. A blood-splattered “Restricted Area” sign would make a great touch for the bathroom door. What would your family think when they come over on Halloween and they see a coffin next to the couch? Skulls and skeletons make great additions to any Halloween decorated house.
Keeping it kid-safe
If you’ve got youngsters running around, you probably don’t want to freak them out and give them nightmares. Halloween stores have many decorations that are not as scary. Stacked jack-o-lanterns will look great next to the fireplace. Gravestones with funny jokes and sayings will make the kids laugh. Let the kids hang ghost, bat and pumpkin window clings and let them place them how they want for a fun activity. Having your kids help you decorate will put them in the Halloween spirit and get them excited.
Rustic and sophisticated
Rustic-looking finds are an easy way to capture the Halloween feel but with a more sophisticated look. Simple grey tins or buckets can be decorated with a jack-o-lantern smile cut-out and filled with orange flowers. Place some fun burnt orange and burlap triangle garland across the top of the fireplace, mantel or windows. Add some exciting lighting with white string lights around white and gold pumpkins. Paint mini pumpkins an off-white color and place them throughout the house. Distressed wooden signs add life to the walls.
Dollar store deals
Are you on a budget? If you are, consider heading on over to the dollar store. You can find great decorations like foam pumpkins, sparkly signs, glow-in-the-dark ghosts and more! While you’re there, stock up on some candy for trick-or-treaters or for around the house.
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