Halloween is fast approaching. If you’re hosting a haunted house party at your place and don’t know where to start, here are a few spooky decorating ideas for a hair-raising night.
You can transform your yard into a frightening cemetery, with tombstones sticking out of the ground. All you need to do is to mound the earth to look like newly dug graves and stick “tombstones” made out of styrofoam, cardboards, or polystyrene insulation.
For more appeal, you can also put skeletons or zombies that seem to come to life or hang a DIY zombie on a tree branch, if you have a tree.
Fill the entryway with artificial cobwebs that guests have to walk into before entering the party. Beside the entrance, you can put a group of jack o’ lanterns or a pumpkin greeting with the infamous “Trick or Treat” or “Enter if you dare” sign. For a more eerie feel, put fake black birds all around. Let them sit on the railings or by the welcome sign.
The fireplace is one of the best places to make a big impact on your decorations. As the main focal point in any house or space, your fireplace can be transformed into a haunted Halloween scene, a zombie apocalypse scene, or a torture chamber with chains and body parts.
For a more hair-raising effect, light the fireplace and decorate the mantel with old lace and cobwebs. If you’re bothered by the possible health risk fireplaces pose, better switch to EcoSmartFire, as they have energy efficient fireplaces and pose less risk on health.
For the stairwell, and certain rooms of the house you don’t want guests lurking into, put police tape and a cluster of candles. If you’re using real candles, make sure to add fireproofed curtains. You can also use artificial candles to promote safety.
Create a “funeral parlor” feel by turning tables into coffins – complete with flowers and candles. Cover your tables with black cloth, or create real-looking coffins using plywood.
For windows that face your front yard, hang curtains with disturbing silhouettes. Darker windows would put more emphasis. From inside the house, decorate your windows with spiderwebs and plastic rats or spiders or cockroaches. Windowsills should have swarming spider candies or chocolate cherry mice treats for the guests.
These ideas will surely spook your guests the whole night – no trick.
Melissa Page is a professional writer and a health buff. Aside from writing and hitting the gym, she enjoys cooking and making arts and crafts.
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