First, you need to decide where you’re decorating. Whether you have a small apartment or a sprawling ranch home, you can find some great options for any of these spaces:
Identify Your Decorating Areas
One of the most popular places for Halloween decor is the door, especially if you plan on hosting a Halloween party. Hang a whimsical witch sign or opt for the traditional black cat — both will add the perfect touch of spooky but welcoming. They’ll also hold up to the weather thanks to a protective coating. Other ways to decorate your door for Halloween can include covering it with plastic spiders or draping fake cobwebs around a black twig wreath.
A fireplace mantle is a great place for your decorative Halloween touches. Gather fake bats, skulls, witches hats, dusty old books, and other supplies from your local dollar store to make a creepy little vignette. You can even transform empty bottlesinto potion bottles by spray painting them with a nice matte black or silver spray paint. The dollar store also sells decorative figurines that go from cute to creepy with a bit of paint. No mantle? Use a black tray and arrange things on it then place on a coffee table or console table.
Think outside the box. If you have a staircase in your home, don’t neglect this great area for a steel sign or other Halloween decorations. Stick a few spiders up the wall or cover the banister in cobwebs. If you have room, accent the landing with a fake haybale or pumpkin. Your bookshelves are a great piece to showcase your Halloween decor. Display any of your horror or ghost stories all together by stacking them into a pile and placing a fake skull or rat on top.
If you’re having a Halloween party, don’t overlook the ceiling. A creepy touch can be accomplished by attaching a banner of ravens, skulls, bats, or spiders along the ceiling. Your guests will look up and get a little fright, especially if the hanging creatures look realistic.
Get Spooky OutsideIn addition to hanging a decorative Halloween sign on your door, you can decorate your home’s exterior. Try propping a plastic skeleton in the yard, or make a set of custom styrofoam tombstones with names like “BARRY M. DEEP”. A hanging ghost is easy to create with an inflated beach ball, an old sheet, and some twine to hang it from a tree or deck. Plant a set of fake bones into your backyard or in a wheelbarrow.
Take a look at what your home looks like from the outside. Is it spooky enough? Try adding a ghost in the window or hanging a series of bats along the windowsill. If your Halloween taste is a bit darker, use fake blood decals or caution tape. If you’re feeling crafty, a set of DIY Halloween window silhouettes is a great budget-conscious decor choice.
RealSteel hopes you have a happy and safe Halloween this season. We’d be honored to be part of your Halloween traditions, and take pride in offering holiday seasons that last year after year.