Any great theme party needs great decor. For a holiday like Halloween, you can go all out with the details while staying budget friendly. There are countless tips for DIY projects on sites like Pinterest and Country Living. For some truly haunted Halloween decor, read on, if you dare!
I found an easy trick while browsing the countless pins on Pinterest: Take a roll of toilet paper and cut out slits of all shapes and sizes on the cardboard roll for the “eyes.” Then, all you need to do is place a glow stick in the tube and set in the bushes. It will give your front porch an instant Hollywood movie vibe. With eyes glowing from the bushes, you will have your guests thinking a werewolf or vampire will pop out of the bushes at a moments notice.
You can easily spice up that front door with a just a few things like tape, construction paper and streamers. To create an irresistible mummy, wrap white streamers all around the door, creating the mummy wrapped look. Cut out large eyes with construction paper and tape them onto the streamers. That’s all it takes to transform your door from blah to voila!
Tired of the plain old ordinary jack-o’-lantern? The latest trend is to not even carve the pumpkin, but to make it glamorous on the outside with glitter, lace, crystals and anything else you fancy. It makes for the perfect, no-carve mess addition to any front porch or entry way. Absolutely fabulous, darling. Another fun tip is to drill holes throughout the pumpkin to make it look like polka dots; the glow that emits from them at night is so beautiful!
If you want to add a witches touch, I found an easy trick on “Better Homes and Gardens” that you can do under five minutes. All it takes is bendable mannequin legs, black and orange stripped stockings, shoes and an urn. Place the stockings on the mannequin legs and put the legs into the urn,upside-down. This will make it look like the witch flew in head-first. Then, all you need to do is add the shoes!
Spider ice cubes—genius. Just place a plastic spider ring in each spot of an ice cube tray and fill with ice. Freeze over night then pop them out for the party. It will add an unexpected, creepy crawly addition to your beverage of choice!
For your punch bowl, kick it up a bit. A cool theatrical trick is to fill a surgical glove with water and freeze. Cut the glove off and place the frozen hand inside a punch bowl—preferably filled with fruit punch or something red.
Every great Halloween party has to have a grave yard! Tombstones and skeletons can easily be found at specialty Halloween stores and even dollar stores. The great thing about this is that you can place them anywhere—the front or back yard, on top of tables or even on the floor near your kitchen. It will have your guests thinking, “Something wicked comes this way!”
To complete your “spook-tacular” Halloween decor, switch out all the photos in your house with old, eerie ones. Victorian women in black lace dresses, skeleton-thin men with top hats and Dracula are great images that will creep out guests. Lenticular photos are a must for the walls. Just think of the floating heads in Disney’s Haunted Mansion for inspiration. If you don’t have the time to buy or print new photos, just take construction paper and add little masks to all the portraits in your home.
Cheesecloth is a sole piece of fabric can turn your house into a fear fest. This lightweight material glides with the simplest of movements, whether from fan breeze, air conditioning, or even walking by. Try draping the stuff from your ceiling, over your tables, or you can even make mini cheesecloth ghosts.