** A portion of this article was previously published on Examiner.
Halloween is the only time of year where cobwebs and dirty windows are actually a bonus! Isn’t Halloween decorating great? So, stop cleaning that house, and use these tips to learn how to decorate your home like a haunted house.
If you like Halloween as much as I do, then it’s likely you get really involved with Halloween decorating. What better way to celebrate Halloween than by turning your home into a haunted house? This article will look at simple things you can do to give your home an eerie appearance and turn it into a scary (but fun) haunted house.
How to decorate your home like a haunted house for Halloween:
1. Turn your home into a haunted house by beginning outside. Set the scene by lighting Tiki torches in the yard, cover bushes with artificial spider webs, line homemade Halloween luminaries along walkways, and play a scary Halloween sound effects CD to set a spooky scene for your haunted house.
2. Cut out large silhouettes of creepy figures on black poster board, and hang them in windows. If possible, light them directly from behind to make the silhouette stand out from outside.
3. Replace regular light bulbs with a combination of flicker bulbs and black lights.
4. Give guests a frightening entry to your haunted house. Hang black stretchy fabric (a.k.a freaky fabric) and let it hang loosely over doorways. Below the freaky fabric, weave spider webs and/or strings with small skeletons hanging down.
5. Fog machines ALWAYS make the scene spooky, so be sure to have at least one in your haunted house on Halloween night.
6. Hang several mirrors at odd angles all over the room. Add frightening mirror clings to large mirrors, which will give the illusion that someone is looking out at guests. The best thing about Halloween decorating is it doesn’t have to be neat and orderly.
7. Remove as much furniture from the inside of your haunted house as possible on Halloween night. Cover any furniture that remains with freaky fabric, spider webs, or dark throws. Your goal is to try to make things old and unkept.
8. Have a small table set with a black table cloth, topped with spider webs or freaky fabric, and arrange Gothic goblets, black candles, artificial black roses, and dead flowers. A skull, or a dismembered mannequin head would make a great centerpiece.
9. If you have antiques in your home, use them as part of your spooky haunted house.
10. Place rubber rats, fake bugs, rubber snakes, small skeletons, scary Jack-O-Lanterns, and any other Halloween decorations you have all around your haunted house.
11. Line the wall facing the entryway with aluminum foil. It will look like a creepy mirror and cast a strange reflection on guests.
12. Make homemade Voodoo dolls and set them on tables all around your haunted house. Something about voodoo dolls makes people feel uneasy.
See how easy it is to turn your home into a haunted house! Now, that you have the stage set, how you terrify your guests is completely up to you. Remember to have fun and be safe!
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