How to Get Your Home Ready for Halloween
With Halloween right around the corner, now is the time to gear up for fall and trick-or-treating. From ghosts and spiders to pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, we have the tips you need this October. Don’t let the idea of decorating your home for Halloween haunt you, and start decorating today!
1. Put Out Pumpkins
Pumpkins are a staple to get you and your home in the Halloween spirit. Not only are they festive, but also multifunctional. Grab the family, a few large pumpkins and carve some jack-o-lanterns. Pro tip: Don’t throw away the seeds! Toast them in the oven and sprinkle with salt for a fall snack. For a different creative way to decorate with pumpkins without the mess, try painting them. Check out this Pinterest board with 29 fun and different ways to paint pumpkins. If you want to go with a natural, earthy look, simply pick out different colored and sized pumpkins for an artful and easy way to decorate.
2. Light Up Your Home
Add lights to your decor to enhance any display. Try Halloween themed string lights with pumpkins, ghosts or spiders to add twinkle into your home. For an eerie look, think candles and lanterns. The flickering candlelight will cast spooky shadows that compliment your decorations. For a rustic Halloween look to compliment your jack-o-lanterns, paint and poke holes in tin cans. Just add flameless tea candles into the bottom of the cans for a creative look that will shine all month.
3. Fix Spooky Snacks
When you think of Halloween,f fall inspired snacks like caramel apples, popcorn balls and pumpkin flavors of all styles automatically come to mind. So, let’s make them! Recruit some kitchen helpers and make it an activity for the whole family to enjoy. Recipes for fall treats are easy to find and simple to make. Get creative by adding Halloween sprinkles and mini candy eyeballs. Turn a normal Peanut Butter Blossom cookie into a Peanut Butter Spider Cookie by adding legs and replacing the Hershey kiss with a Reese’s cup. Add all the Halloween feels to your famous Muddy Buddies by pouring candy corn, Reese’s pieces and pretzels into the Chex.
4. Dress Up Your Windows
Windows are the eyes of your home. They invite attention from the outside so don’t miss out on the opportunity to dress them up. Whether you want to decorate from the interior or add to the exterior, the options are endless. Add cutouts with a light behind them for a scary silhouette or window clings for a cute way to add Halloween themed stickers. Integrate spider webs on either the inside or outside of your home for an easy, inexpensive way to increase the creepy factor. Bring your web decor to the next level by adding plastic or furry spiders into the mix.
5. Get Into Character
It goes without saying that dressing up is one of the most fun parts of Halloween (other than the candy, of course). Get your family on board with themed costumes and don’t forget your furry friends. If they’re comfortable with it, dress up your pet! You can all dress in your favorite, different costumes or coordinate as a family!
6. Watch Your Favorite Halloween Movie
A good Halloween or scary movie is an October staple. Grab the hot chocolate, snuggle up with a cozy blanket and get ready for a marathon of classic Halloween movies. For some family-friendly options, check out Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, Casper and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The options are endless, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
7. Deck Out Your Door
Trick-or-treaters will knock on your door all through the night so make sure to give your guests a fun front porch and walk up display. Hang a wreath to effortlessly spruce up the entrance or line the path to your front door with pumpkins and gourds. Get the kids involved to help craft a spidery scene with white yarn and painted Styrofoam balls. Your visitors are sure to get the creepy crawlies with this easy DIY.
8. Try a Refined Style
If you’re looking for a classy, sophisticated look don’t feel limited to oranges, purples and greens or bats, ghouls and skeletons. Try experimenting with a monochromatic color scheme. Decorate with white gourds, heirloom pumpkins and garden mums for a simple, chic look. Bring the natural beauty of autumn into your home with warm colors and a modern-farmhouse style. Try a table centerpiece with fall leaves, ornamental corn, rustic pumpkins and burlap.
These tips will surely trick (or treat) out your home and help you make the most of the Halloween season.