The witching hour is near! Whether you are hosting a Halloween party at your apartment or doing a little apartment decorating for trick-or-treaters, it’s time to get super spooky with your Halloween decor. Here are some top decorating ideas that will make it fun for you and the ghouls you encounter on Halloween night!
Monsters in motion
When you want to scare the pants off party guests or innocent trick-or-treaters, then motion-activated monsters are a must-have for your outdoor Halloween decor. A motion-triggered floating ghost will definitely make your visitors jump. If you want something a little less in-your-face, opt for a sweet trio of black cats that howl as visitors pass by. These hair-raising Halloween props are bad luck for your guests, but good fun for you.
Creep up the music
Playing “Monster Mash” on repeat just doesn’t cut it anymore for Halloween. For some seriously spooky fun, you’ve got to add more creep factor to your playlist with sounds that strike fear into the hearts of trick-or-treaters everywhere. Make a playlist with cuts from the soundtracks of ultra-scary movies like “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th,” and “The Exorcist.” Evoking these classic horror movies is guaranteed to give the heebie jeebies. (Your neighbors may want to exorcise you!)
Subtle, but spooky
Spooky fun doesn’t have to be scary, of course. It can be gross… or playful. You can create fun decor that is whimsical, with cleverly-carved pumpkins and wispy ghosts. MovingToday gives apartment pumpkin carving tips. Martha Stuart offers eerie and interesting suggestions for subtle indoor Halloween decor like cheesecloth cobwebs and displays of specimen jars (for that Halloween gross factor we mentioned.)
Go color crazy
For those of you who prefer a modern and elegant take on this hip holiday, opt for a color change to show off your Halloween style. Simple changes like hanging black curtains, tossing orange pillows on the sofa and putting out pumpkin-shaped coasters can turn your apartment into a charmingly spooky Halloween den. Home decor companies like Pottery Barn and West Elm offer great Halloween accessories.
For the ultimate in classy Halloween apartment decorating, take a cue from the past and decorate your place with vintage Halloween decorations. These often feature iconic Halloween elements like witches, black cats, pumpkins and devils. Hit your favorite local thrift shop and decorate your boudoir with old lace doilies and antique photos. To share the fun with faraway friends, send vintage Halloween greeting cards to celebrate this spooky fun holiday!
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