This Halloween fill your home with a decor delightfully designed to scare the daylights out of your friends and family. There is nothing else quite so fun as decorating the house for this wonderfully spooky holiday.
Add in some spooky lighting, creepy props, a little suspense and a few spine tingling screeches and screams to create the ideal atmosphere to devilishly delight your family and guests.
Keep in mind that it is a person’s own imagination and anticipation that can be best used against them. With a few spooky surprises popping out at your guests from overhead, below, and behind you will keep them on their watchful toes.
It doesn’t really matter how large or small your area to decorate is because any size can play out well for a haunted decor. A smaller area is generally quite easy to theme while larger areas allow you more room to play out your wicked schemes.
It's the perfect time of year to create an aroma of mystery and fear. Scary, fun, or a combination of both? There are hundreds of decorating ideas for your home. You just have to plot your theme, decorate the areas of your choosing, and then wait for unsuspecting participants to arrive.
Put on your creative thinking cap and start plotting out your devious decorating theme. These tips and ideas for a haunted house will have your home Halloween ready.
For a Bewitching Twist Create a Witch or Wizard's Abode
Mysterious, magical, and with a slightly intellectual twist a witch or wizard abode puts fantasy and fun into their spooky decorating theme.
Both wizards and witches are well known for their intellect, magic books, magic spells, lotions and potions. An owl or crow is ideal for this scene as these creatures are recognized for their inquisitive natures making them the ideal companions for this mystical duo.
Magic abounds with splashes of potions in multi colored bottles, dusty books, spider webs, candles, and vintage looking furniture to decorate the home. A night sky with moon and stars can decorate the roof, windows, or walls. Flickering lights, a fog machine, and crackling cackling noises add atmosphere to set things off.
Pull out a big black cauldron if you are casting a spinster witch or warlock into your theme. Sticks to pile under a kettle or a fake fireplace (think Xmas decor) can create the perfect witch's spell spot. A wizard would delight in a telescope set up to look off into the dark night sky.
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Bat Cave as a Theme for Your Decor?
Creating a bat cave is quite easy. A darkened black interior is one of this theme's main ingredients.
Plastic or rubber bats, rats, spiders and bugs can be picked up at most dollar stores. They are a great way to add character to any Halloween decor so have plenty to put into your bat cave. A few bones or a skeleton are also great to add in.
Hang your bats on dark colored string from the roof of your cave, stick them on the walls, and have a few just sitting and peering out at those arriving into their den. Scatter the rats and bugs throughout your cave.
You can paint cardboard props or use black and grey sheets/blankets to fill space. The old grey flannel and wool blankets look much alike large rocks when they are tossed over empty boxes in a darkened area. These blankets can often be picked up at thrift or army surplus stores for not too large a price.
Place old wooden signs or maps in key positions to direct your guests to their destination. “Straight ahead if you dare!” If at all possible attach a red glowing light or sign to your door so visitors will know exactly which direction they are headed in and also aware when they arrive where they are supposed to.
Dimly lit flickering lights within your cave provides a spooky effect for the area but keep safety foremost in mind and only use battery operated candles or pumpkins. When a spook gets spooked it is too easy for them to bump into something that they should not and you want to keep your cave a safe place to play.
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Mystical Magical Places: A Dragon's Cave
Want to go with a dragon's cave instead? Easy enough. A dragon is one of the most beautiful mythological creatures that one can imagine. They can be magical, majestic, monstrously evil, or playful, and innocent. These creatures can fit any theme that you can dream up.
As in the bat cave theme you can create a rock enclosed cave for your dragon. You could also though move deep into the fantasy theme and instead go with greens, blues, or a rainbow backdrop for your creatures to reside. Once you have your color scheme selected add in your dragons to highlight it.
Blow up dragons are fun, inexpensive, and delightfully effective. Bright red, purple, pink, yellow or green dragons create a lighthearted fantasy land. While dark red, brown, or gray ones create a more sinister arena.
These scenes are some of the most delightful to create for your guest to enjoy. You choose your concept and then get creative. You are only limited by your own imagination.
Ghouls, Zombies, and Other Dead Folks
This decorating theme is fun for virtually everyone and the more room that you have to decorate the more exciting things will look. Zombies have become a cult favorite for any time of the year. When it comes to dead folks or a mystery murder there are simply so very many scenes that one can create.
A cemetery is a standard Halloween theme whether it is placed outside the home or indoors rising up from the floor. Your home can be transformed into a hospital room, a mad scientist's laboratory, or a murder crime scene. Blood and gore? Fly at it! The more the merrier for this ghoulish season.
Excellent props are plastic or rubber hatchets, axes and knives impaled within your dead people to add a rather interesting touch to their demise. A few body parts scattered about the room also tend to add a nice air of interest to the murder scene. If you are working with ghouls keep them green or gray in color.
Bodies can appear as the living undead or as rigamortis stiffened forever dead and gone. Either works wonderfully during this haunting season. A rope noose to hang one or more of your dead folks can be very effective or simply scatter the bodies all over the place. If the bodies are close to where your guests must pass these creepy images can have a very frightening effect.
The appropriate indoor lighting can greatly enhance the scene that you are trying to display. Keep the lights dim and preferrably flickering. You can also use accent lights placed strategically throughout your scene or beside each of your victims. A brightly lit crime scene area surrounded by darkness can also be very effective.
Keep your area safe for your visitors to enjoy. You are only restricted by your imagination as to what you can create.
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A Vampire's Lair
A Vampire’s lair can be done in more than a few different ways. You can set your home up to look like a bat cave or you can go classy and have Dracula’s home designed like the interior of a castle.
Dracula can sit quietly in a lounge chair or be strategically positioned in a cardboard coffin.
For lighting have dimly lit battery operated candles decorating his domain (flickering ones would be delightful).
Both a cave or castle will be decorated with a large number of visible bats, bugs and rats strategically placed on the floor, walls, and dangling from the roof. If you go with the castle theme Dracula can be sitting in an old recliner with a glass of blood beside him or he can be wandering about his lair if you are using an actor in your decor.
Pumpkins and Ghosts so Easily Create a Halloween Decor
If you want a haunted house in the traditional sense then this is generally going to involve a ghost or two. It is quite easy to create a few white tissue, paper, or cloth ghosts to float around the area you want to set up your scenario in. Suspend your ghosts from the ceiling with nylon thread to give them the appearance of flying.
When using an enclosed area or one that is quite small in size always try to keep safety as your first priority. Never place sharp objects where they might be bumped into. Always insure that your props are securely fastened to the wall or ceiling so they don’t fall and hurt someone.
Keep lit candles and pumpkins out in the yard and when indoors only use electronic or battery lighting to prevent an accidental burn or fire from occurring.
Want to go with a little less scary theme? An October harvest pumpkin display will work ideally to give young and old a thrill. A great pumpkin patch in the yard is very decorative while filling your home with jack-o-lanterns, fall harvest items, and flickering orange candles can create a very unique mood.
Let Your Decor Dare Your Visitors to Investigate
Design a pathway that will weave your guests through the decorated areas of your home. Have plenty of props, rats, fluttering bats, and jiggling spiders dangling strategically throughout. When hung on elastic, nylon, or black strings these annoying little black creatures will not be visible in the dim lighting until your guests walk into them.
A giant spider web strung across a hallway so that your guests have to break through in order to carry on along their way is unique. These are easy enough to stretch back out. Plan and plot surprises for your guests along any predetermined route. Remember to use the factor of your guests increasing anticipation to set out events for them to participate in.
Having large blackened paper signs and tombstones posted along the route to direct or provide survival advice.
A few sneaky games are always fun. A locked box, suitcase, or trunk can be used to prank your guests. Provide a key with a sign which instructs your guests to unlock the case in order to acquire a clue, sweet treat, or some such other reward. What your participants will not know is that within the case you will hide a motion activated surprise that will grab out at them, scream, or provide some other such frightening theme.
Moments after they open the box have a mummy with a basket of sweet treats come up behind them and announce his presence with a loud roar. This ploy creates two spooky events at one setting and makes the perfect haunted house scare tactic. The mummy then slithers off into the darkness. If the surprise box doesn’t get your visitor's heart racing then the mummy coming up behind them sure will.
A Vital Element to Your Plan Will be Appropriate Lighting
Atmosphere truly is one of the most important ingredients in making your haunted venue a success and darkened areas with flickering lighting are ideal for creating this mood.
Experiment with your lighting till you have found the correct balance of light and dark for each area of the home.You will want your home to be a little lighter in areas where you plan to have your guests stumble into awaiting surprises and darker where you want to create suspense.
Your guests will pick up on the cue that decreased light means increased fear and they will begin to subconsciously anticipate something coming up ahead of them. This is a very good thing. This Increased anticipation will lead to your guests virtually frightening themselves. It’s a wonderfully strategic scare tactic to use around Halloween. Hee hee.
This means that your home should contain plenty of areas with dark gloomy lighting. Where ever it is safe enough to do so allow just enough visibility to let the overactive imagination of your visitors get the best of them.
When it comes to creating spooky a flickering light works best but with the safety of your guests always an important factor of a haunted house do not use open flame to create this effect. Fortunately today we have a wide selection of lighting options and no longer have to rely on traditional wax candles. Fairy lights, low wattage lamps, and flickering LED candles are ideal for creating the desired effect.
Things That go Bump in the Dark Can be Very Frightening
A coffin set to one side of the pathway that your guests will walk by can be a great place to hide a freaky surprise. You can have a living zombie or vampire lying in this coffin or a motion activated item.
This creature should make slight movements and low moaning sounds as people walk by. These hints of life will be enough to get hearts fluttering a little faster and as they concentrate on the coffin you can have a second and much spookier surprise waiting just up ahead.
There are many scary tactics which you can use to spook up your haunted house and shock your family and friends. You can have a witch or ghost fly overhead, an axe carrying bloodied figure appear before them, or have a black scratching scrambling hissing figure race out onto the floor in front of them.
Planting a few animated or live Halloween prop creatures along the pathway to surprise your visitors as they walk by is usually something that is expected but non-the-less frightening when they reach it. If you have a few real life character actors playing their part it can leave your participants not sure which props are real and which are not as they wander through your house.
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Don't Forget the Spooky Sound Effects
Select spooky music or moans, groans, screeches, and cackles if that is more your preference. Your sound effects can help to guide you through your decorating so try to have background sounds playing as you work on selecting your theme. It will help you to be more creative.
One last tip: Be sure to take advantage of tiny spaces within your home such as closets, cupboards, the bathroom, and the porch. Your bathroom is probably the most important room to decorate because everyone will generally go there during their visit.
If you have a porch on your house then you have the perfect opportunity to create a mini haunted house to greet your vistors on Halloween night. Nothing is more ideal for spooking the trick or treaters who will be visiting your home than having them venture through a bat cave, vampire’s den, dragon’s lair, or ghouls domain before they reach your door.
You have the space so all you just have to do is decide the scene that you want to create. Prepare it to match the wildest nightmare dream you can imagine. Have fun, Halloween only comes once a year.
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