The time of the year is here, where the world of the living meets the one of the dead. Halloween is the time where the dead are remembered; it is originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain that have pagan roots. Halloween has changed over the years, as more and more people have accepted this festival around the world. So are you ready to dress up your house in the holiday spirit of Halloween? Get your house ready by preparing it in a decrepit dwelling! Here are creative ways for Halloween decoration ideas that are easy to make and will surely embellish your home.
Mantel – No need to spend a lot of money to create a Halloween mantel around your house! Look around for books, vintage accessories, and candles, add a few Halloween-specific accents like stuffed owls or skeletons to complete the look. You can also add a small trunk in the display along with a few vintage finds, such as moss, netting, and toy animals. These make it even creepier. The mantel is another place that can make a statement in the room and make it bolder. If you have a fireplace that is just for decoration purposes, then add carved or painted pumpkins.
Console table – Try creating a Halloween-themed vignette on a console or side table that is in your living room. If you have one which is black or white colored, then perfect, you can add some jewels and a black pumpkin and add up some wall arts to accentuates the art on the space.
Coffee table decors – Style your coffee table for Halloween by choosing colors that are somehow in harmony with the rest of the space. Don’t go too bold, especially if you are not going to make the coffee table a centerpiece of the room. You can decide what elements you will place and how many there will be. If you are still figuring out, here are some ideas, you can use spiders, skulls, skeletons, dark candles and candle-holders to make the scene creepier.
Gallery wall – Add up to the Halloween theme by adding some DIY wall arts, which you can make from scrapbook paper and a plastic spider that can be spray-painted to any color you want. Add some fake crow from the craft store to enhance the eerie feeling in the hallway.
Add pillows – A fun way to add style and elegance to your living room is to add bronze and other metallic pillows along with black and white ones. You can create a haunting look by adding up a pile of pillows of the same color to increase the eerily atmosphere in the house. Throw in some white powder and some spider webs to make it more real.
Reusable Jack o’ Lanterns
Jack o’ lanterns are staple Halloween decorations, but some of us would rather not deal with cutting and carving pumpkins every year. Hobby and craft stores sell artificial pumpkins you can carve and light. Best of all, you can store them for next season.
- Purchase an artificial pumpkin from a hobby store. They come in several different shapes, colors, and styles, so pick the one you think will look best at your front door.
- Use an Exacto knife to carve a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, and to create a design on the front.
- After you finish the design, use a small piece of sandpaper to sand down any rough edges gently.
- Place a small flashlight or electric candle in the bottom to make your design glow, and pop your Jack o’ Lantern on the front porch.
- If you use small reusable Jack o’ lanterns, you can place them in the windows of your home, to cast an eerie light on your front yard.
Pro Tip: If you’re not artistically inclined, you can use a stencil to create a Jack o’ Lantern design. A few websites offer free stencils you can print.
You can turn clear plastic gloves into severed hands, and then place them around your house, sneak them into a chip bowl, or even make a garland out of hands. Whenever possible, use a fake hand to shake hands with arriving guests, and then release the hand and feign dismay.
- Fill a plastic glove with tissue paper, popcorn, or small shredded paper waste. You can also open up the gloves and fill them with freshly mixed JELL-O, for jiggly, realistic-feeling hand.
- Tie the open end of the glove with a clear elastic band to secure its contents.
- If you want to hang your hands slide a paperclip through one loop of the elastic band.
Pro Tip: You can fill the plastic glove with shredded red scrapbook paper to create a “bloody hand,” or tan or brown scrapbook paper to create a more realistic-looking hand. You can also fill these hands with candy corn to create Halloween-themed treat bags.