Halloween is one of the most popular celebrations in the country and around the world. We see it as a time to dress up in funny or frightening costumes, carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, go "trick or treating" for goodies, tell ghost stories, and seek out spooky houses with bats and witches. Halloween is all of these and much more. It is also a festival steeped in tradition, superstition, and history that dates back to the ancient Celts.
With autumn in full swing and another Halloween around the corner, let's get into its spirit and look at how we can make our homes eerie masterpieces.
Fun and Whimsy with a Colonial Style Home
Just like the house in the movie Hocus Pocus, you can transform your colonial-style home into something fun and whimsical on Halloween night. Flickering lamps with bat images on the windows seem like a lot of fun. Line up the pathway with pumpkins, then position a giant smiling jack-o-lantern at the front door. How about matching Halloween lanterns with spider etchings on the fence columns and cut-out black owls on the fence spikes?
Get your inspiration from seasonal fare (top, photo credit: Joseph Gonzalez on Unsplash) and traditionally spooky trappings (middle, photo credit: NeONBRAND on Unsplash), and transform your home (bottom) into a Halloween haunt (Plan #198-1004).
Up the Spooky and Mysterious in a Victorian Design
From the pages of classic literature to horror films, the Victorian style home – with its turrets, towers, and gables – has historically been associated with the terrifying and eerie. If you have a Victorian style home, get into the spirit and create that mysterious and spooky atmosphere.
Imagine these frightening black silhouettes on your windows – witches, black cats, spider webs, bats, skeletons. Tea lights also work on the steps – but choose the scarier ones. Hang cobwebs on the walls along with creepy jack-o-lanterns. On the porch, position an old chair with a frayed cushion. Put a witch's hat on the chair and stand a broomstick against the chair. Atop the tower and the roof have a witch and black cat hovering over the entire house. Creepy enough?
Make this 2-story Victorian style house a terrifying Halloween home with some well-positioned decorations (Plan 126-1050).
You get the idea! For the eerie Halloween home, use silhouettes on the windows, tea lights, and perhaps lanterns on the steps (photo credit: freestocks.org on Unsplash).
Just the Basics for a Modern Home
You've caught the excitement of Halloween – but don't want to go all out with the scary traditional adornments. You can still do "no-frills" Halloween décor around your home. Hang big paper bats, spiders, or cats and lanterns on and around the front porch beams. Throw in a few pumpkins, broomsticks, and trolls' hats on the porch — scatter tea lamps around the courtyard. And you're all set for All Hallows' Eve!
This attractive 2-story country home can get into the Halloween mood with a few simple decorations (Plan # 153-1781).
You can decorate your front door simply and still be part of the Halloween celebration. Using jack-o-lanterns is always an option; lanterns that you can hang are a nice touch – and so are tea lamps (photo credit: David Menidrey on Unsplash).
So, put on that Halloween costume, open your door and get ready for some "spooktacular" fun!
Footnote: Photo credit for the lead image:NeONBRAND on Unsplash