If you’re still figuring out how to start with your Halloween decorations, why not try decorating the house with a horror movie theme? You may try something dead serious and horrifying or a combination of the fancy and scary for a more kid-friendly feel.
Whether you currently live in a bachelor’s pad, a family home, or a dormitory, decorating your abode for the Halloween is something to look forward to, especially when utilizing elements from your favorite horror flick.
With the countless number of horror and suspense movies to choose from, you can either find something you are already familiar with or research on top options to consider, then rent them out–perhaps have a movie marathon to get you in that really scary groove. From there, get the right inspiration you need.
Here are some of the most popular ones and their distinct elements to guide you for your Halloween decorating endeavor:
“The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Having “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) as a Halloween motif can be fun for both children and adults. Recreating the Christmas Town and/or Halloween Town in your house and including such characters like Jack Skelington, Sally, Doctor Finklestein, and Oogie Boogie can put that spooky appeal to the house in a child-friendly way.
You can design the walls with a yellowish full moon and a Jack Skellington swirling hat. To further spice up the design, add either printouts or actual drawings of his face or his prints on mugs, plates, and other home decors. Jack’s face is usually a good replacement to a typical smiley face. You may try drawing him in tennis and golf balls as well, then hang them somewhere in the house. These can also serve as “Christmas-y designs” with a Halloween twist, in addition to Christmas candies beside small colorful pumpkins or pumpkins with candles inside radiating fine orange glows from a Halloween-inspired Christmas tree.
If you want to go minimal, yet get a bull’s eye design readily recognizable as a horrorific set-up in one part of the house, try the signature look from the memorable scene and poster of the Stanley Kubrick psychological horror masterpiece “The Shining” (1980).
Although the film generally showcases a mere old, ordinary-looking, suburban hotel setting, designing your door with the “REDRUM” mark from red lipstick or paint and Jack Torrance’s (Jack Nicholson) trademark axe and broken wooden door in the most visible part of the house would definitely be something worth the spook this Halloween.
“Blade” (1998), “Blade II” (2002), and “Blade: Trinity” (2004) comprise a vampire trilogy featuring Wesley Snipes and his team of vampire hunters. This classic comic book story is a good opportunity to turn your house into a kick ass vampire hunter’s home complete with silver swords, black leather, and other cool vampire-killing materials.
This is an ideal choice if you have a ready sword and weapons collection so you can showcase them as if you’re a professional slayer of vampires like Blade and his team. With much of these on silver and black, houses fitting such a vampire warrior look should fall more on the neutral and dark shades as well. Add Blade’s cape and shades somewhere, then choose the longest double-edged swords and high tech guns resembling Blade’s weapons as your most visible designs, as if your house is his.
The spooky vampire film “Nosferatu” (1922) is an F.W. Murnau Germant silent film classic that is widely acknowledged as one of the scariest vampire story in motion picture history. Those who love making cut-outs and creating exaggerated layouts would find it fun to design the house “Nosferatu-style.” Its German Expressionist treatment features interesting shapes of props and sets.
If you have an old-looking house with a large window, you can design the windows with smaller vertical and horizontal divisions making a number of smaller square holes where the vampire character in the film is seen hanging his hands from there. Complete the style with exaggerated low-angle lighting causing very black shadows around the walls and floors, or you may even draw black paintings on them to serve as overblown shadows of the stair handles, coffin, bed, and windows. This style is also ideal to houses with stair handles separated in vertical intervals from top to bottom as how the film showcases the signature Nosferatu look complete with the creepy shadows coming from the stairs.
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