Now that we are well into October, the countdown continues as people wait in anticipation for the creepiest night of the year: Halloween. Want to give people the chills as they wander past your house on All Hallow's Eve? Here are a few décor tips.
Tombstones: Give guests the creeps with a small graveyard in front of your house with tombstones. A great DIY project can be found on the Lowes blog. For a spookier effect, add some fake bones sticking out of the ground.
Smoke: A fog machine may be pricey, but it can really up the level of haunt your house will have. Think the graveyard scene from Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Jack-O-Lanterns: A Halloween classic for a reason. The soft light fits right in with your spooky vibe…and will light the way for guests.
Sound effects: Scratching on windows, blood-curdling screams, witches cackling. Say no more! Play some sound effects to get guests pumped for their journey inside of the house.
Set the tone: The most important part of a haunted house is the feeling people get when they enter. Play some eerie music as guests walk through. Dim the lights or light some candles for a haunting atmosphere.
Cobwebs galore: Decorative cobwebs always add that old, chilling element to a haunted house. Dry some flowers and put them on your mantle or table with the cobwebs. Or string the cobwebs in corners and over mirrors or lights with some fake spiders.
Bones and more: Adding a few skulls or skeletons around the house will really add to the effect. Extra props for putting a big one in a rocking chair.
Paintings/pictures: Make people question, "Are those eyes following me?" Pillage your local thrift store or yard sales for some old portraits that induce chills.
Crystal Ball: Scavenge for a crystal ball or a DIY one and give this Haunted Mansion inspired prop a try.
Ghosts: Have an extra sheet lying around? Throw it over a light and put it in the distance to add an element of mystery to your décor.
Child's Play: There's something chilling about a porcelain doll's stare. Put them out to give adults a flashback to The Twilight Zone.
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