Get Your Home Ready for Halloween
Decorating for Halloween is a fun and easy way to add some spooky energy to your home. The three main places people tend to embellish for All Hallows Eve include the yard, mantelpiece, and front door. Here are some creative decorating ideas for each space to help you get your home ready for trick-or-treaters.
Spook Out Your House with Outdoor Decorations
- Pick out gourds that match the coloring of your patio or paint pumpkins in harmonizing colors. Use bright splashes of color on your modern patio, muted colors to complement your farmhouse patio, or metallic paint to add a fun flair to any design style.
- Hang black construction-paper silhouettes in the windows. Then, turn on your indoor lights at night for an instantly eerie Halloween decoration.
- Create a spooky yard scene with headstones, ghosts hanging from the trees, and dancing skeletons.
- Swap out your white landscape lights for green, orange, and black lights.
Decorate Your Fireplace for Halloween
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace you never use, pile painted pumpkins and gourds in the firebox. Even with gas-powered fireplaces, you can stack pumpkins on the hearth for an invitingly fall look.
- Drape a garland across the mantelpiece. This can be as subtle as cotton plant garland, as traditional as a “Halloween” banner, or as whimsical as a black pine garland with orange and purple ornaments.
- Line the mantle with mini pumpkins in wicker baskets, flameless taper candles in brass candleholders, twigs and other fall foliage arranged in clay pitches, and more to create a cozy, autumn glow.
- Stack old hardback books on the mantel, topping each stack with a pumpkin or plastic skull. Drape everything in faux cobwebs for a creepy library vibe.
- Hang Halloween-themed art above the fireplace.
Hang a Halloween Wreath on the Front Door
- Frighten trick-or-treaters with a thorny grapevine wreath covered in cotton cobwebs and plastic spiders.
- Attach little faux pumpkins to a wire wreath to greet your visitors all autumn long.
- For a country cottage vibe, tie orange and black burlap ribbons to a wreath form. Try weaving in some battery-powered string lights to dress it up even more.
- Attach decorative gourds, pine cones, leaves, and berries to a grapevine wreath for a simple but elegant fall door decoration.
- Hot-glue black fabric leaves to a Styrofoam wreath form. Then, attach plastic glow-in-the-dark eyeballs to spook the next guests who visit your home.
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