I don’t know if it is just a generalisation but America decorate and go all out for Halloween (please correct me if I am wrong), minus my friend from America who told me she doesn’t personally. However, over here in the UK I hardly see any decorations and it just frustrates me personally. I love Halloween, I love Spooky season and I love going all out (just as much as I would for Christmas). I did write a “transitioning into Autumn” post which you can go check out, but I also wanted to focus on decorating your home.
Last year I did actually see a lot of houses down my street that decorated and it was so lovely to walk down and see. I was in my element.
I understand that Halloween has been “cancelled” this year but my decorations were up on the 1st of October regardless. This year has been rubbish and so I want to make the most of enjoying the little things as much as possible.
Before you get started on decorating your home I did write a post all about being Sustainable for Halloween, which you can check out before this post or after. Now let’s get into today’s post and prepare your home for all the spookyness…
Decorate your home for Halloween in 6 steps!
Be prepared to have fun and create a spooky and scary home this Halloween.
The first thing I would recommend is sitting down and planning what look you are going for, and what you actually want. For example, if you are a family you might not want to go too scary but still have that element of Halloween in your home.
However, if you are a couple or even if you live by yourself and love horror then you can decorate as scary as you wish.
Therefore, sit down and write a list of things you might want and what rooms you would like to decorate because this will help you when it comes to shopping. Also it could be fun for you to plan activities for you and the family (if you have one) to get creative together within that particular space. Or even a cute spooky date night for you to have fun and transform a space together.
Halloween themed wreaths
I am one of those people that just assumed that wreaths were a festive and Christmas thing. However, last year I saw Stacey Solomon on Instagram decorate the front of her house with this huge autumnal wreath and to be honest I am all for it.
If you want to go for a more spooky wreath then maybe get creative and add some personal touches. For example, some spooky ghosts, witches, spiders etc. I think it is actually nice to see a wreath on the door and it just brings that spookyness to the outside as well.
Use your windows
If you step outside your home and look straight ahead at your home then the windows are kind of like the eyes to your home. Therefore, I cannot recommend enough to utilise this to create your Halloween home.
You could quite literally cover the windows in giant eyes (I mean that would be pretty creepy). However, I have also seen “fake shadows” of killers in the windows and you can buy quite a lot of things from Pound land and cheap stores etc.
If you are going for a more family friendly Halloween look then I have seen window stickers of cute little ghosts or spiders etc, so that could be a cool look you could go for, and would be a fun activity to do with the kids.
Something that is cheap and you can use for years and years are fake Spider webs. Honestly, we bought a few packets a few years ago and they have lasted us, but they are great for decorating during Halloween.
You can use them outside in your front lawn (if you have one) and cover a bush in them, or the front of your house. It will immediately create that spooky effect. Also throughout your home you can use it to just add a bit more of a spooky feel.
For example, in my home we have shelves in the living room and so we use the corners of them to hang the spider webs off them. I mean sometimes I do forget and they scare me (mainly because I am terrified of spiders), but other than that it is a simple, cheap and effective Halloween decoration.
Make use of what you have
When I say that you always create something out of something then most of the time this is true. If you have old things lying around or old wood pallets then these are all perfect for creating old and spooky looks around the home and outside.
For example, you can use the old wood pallets to create a spooky graveyard either inside or outside. In addition, you can use old tins paint them white or black and create spooky themed lanterns from them!
Therefore, I recommend before you chuck anything away just check whether you can reuse it to create a decoration.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be Autumn or Halloween if there were not pumpkins involved. Of course you can get carving (which again would be a fun family activity or date night) and create spooky faces which you can then put your lights in.
However, to make your pumpkins last a little longer then don’t carve them! Also I read here that if you bath them in bleach this helps preserve them even longer, which is quite interesting and something I have never heard before! So check that out if you are interested in that.
Like I said pumpkins come in different shapes, or colours and so you can get creative in where you put them around the home or outside. I personally love my china ones in front of the fireplace/on the mantelpiece. In addition, on the landing at the top of the stairs or I love a few real pumpkins outside the front door. But of course this is completely up to you, like I said get creative and have fun!
Do you decorate for Halloween? How do you like to decorate?
Decorate your home for Halloween in 6 steps!
There you have it my tips for decorating your home for Halloween in these simple six steps! If anyone has any small businesses as well that cater for Autumn/Halloween then let me know as well!
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x