Halloween is the spookiest night of the year and an opportunity to get creative in your home with some creepy props and decorations, to set the mood for a hair-raising get-together and celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in style. When people think of Halloween decor, a few classic tropes spring to mind; pumpkins carved with ghoulish faces, cobwebs, bats, skeletons, witches riding broomsticks and vampires with blood dripping from their fangs. This can make your Halloween decor look very tacky if you aren’t careful; but If you want to create an atmosphere of supernatural darkness, without resorting solely to green glowing plastic skeletons and dreary looking cobwebs, there are a few strategies you can employ to get a classy Halloween decor in your home this year.
Orange and black are the colours most associated with Halloween decor and also though to a lesser extent grey, red and green. Generally autumnal colours with more sinister and foreboding overtones of darkness and dread. These may be conveniently applied in your room, just for the Halloween season, with various light sources, such as coloured fairy lights, specifically coloured accent lighting or by changing the bulbs in existing lamps and fixtures. You could also add colour by changing the covers of soft furnishings and with rugs, curtains and table cloths.
Wall, Table and Mantle Place Decorations
Decorations are crucial to generating a creepy yet cosy atmosphere in your Halloween decor and these can be deployed judiciously on your wall space, tables and above the fireplace to create a spooky focal point in a living room. You can go super-sinister; heads in jars, severed fingers and eyeballs. Or you can go for more cute looking Halloween displays, such as spiders and pumpkins with googly eyes and cartoon black cats. Classic Halloween displays include carved pumpkins lit internally with tea lights or fairy lights, black bat displays and tasteful reefs with cobwebs, spiders and ravens. This is an opportunity for you to get creative and express what you like about Halloween; you’re free to be as creepy, understated or over-the-top as you like.
Aside from the lighting and the decorations, the eerie theatrics are complete if you also display a few spine-chilling props to creep out your Halloween guests. Skeletons in the bath, body bags, coffins or Halloween themed paintings, all make great props to get people talking. Less is more here and once again an opportunity for you to flex your creativity and give your friends and family an insight into the darker recesses of your psyche.
Hopefully, this article will give you some ideas about how to create an impressive Halloween decor in your home this year. Remember, you can be as tasteful or tacky or as terrifying or silly as you want; it’s your funeral.