Halloween is just around the corner and if you don’t have your decorations up yet, there’s still time. Even if you’re the crafty type and like to make your own decorations, you can still create a spooky, festive Halloween décor in no time.
Almost anything goes indoors. Your only limit is your imagination, so get creative. Since weather isn’t an issue, you can transform your cozy home into a creepy haunted house if you so desire. Here are some of our recommendations for decorating for Halloween indoors:
- Ghosts: Ghosts can be created out of just about anything white: sheets, tissue paper, old shirts, etc. All you need is a little creativity and a couple of tools. Hang sheets from walls, doors or railings with pins or string. Add a balloon underneath and suspend from the ceiling to give the illusion of a floating spirit.
- Pumpkins: painted pumpkins look great, last longer than carved ones, and can be placed around the house for a great fall decoration. Make a centerpiece for the dining room table or place a few small pumpkins strategically around the house for added color.
- Lights: Strands of colorful Halloween lights aren’t just for outdoors, you know. String lights in doorways or inside window frames so they can be seen inside and out. Create an eerie glow in an older child’s bedroom by replacing a regular lamp bulb with a black light. Have fun turning off overhead lights and watching TV by Halloween light!
- Window decorations: Store bought window clings and lighted sculptures are great as indoor decorations. Window clings are simple to use: just peel and stick to any window. Lighted sculptures are just as easy to use. They come in a range of Halloween-themed shapes and simply adhere to the window glass with suction cups. All that’s needed is a nearby outlet to plug them in.
- Cauldrons and other Halloween themed props: Take a walk down the Halloween aisle at any store and you’ll find tons of props that make great decorations around the home. A witch’s cauldron makes a great candy dish and scary masks can be hung on the wall for super creepy fun.
And The Indoor Decorations to Avoid
- Carved pumpkins: A classic at Halloween, the carved pumpkin is an outdoor decoration. Indoor heat dries out the moist flesh of a carved pumpkin causing it to decay quickly, so save this décor for outdoors.
- Fake spider webs: Although a great-looking decoration, this stuff is tricky. Even outdoors, it can be a real pain when it comes time to remove it. If you have pets, fake spider webs are an accident waiting to happen, especially with cats. If you don’t want to keep finding this stuff around your house from now until Christmas, bypass the fake spider webs this season.
- Candles: Candles cast an eerie glow, that is for sure, but if not constantly monitored, they can be a fire hazard. Instead, change light bulbs to create ambiance, purchase fake candles that use bulbs and forgo the candles altogether.
- Noisy decorations: Many Halloween decorations come with added scary sounds and music and some are even motion sensor activated. These are lots of fun during the day, but forget to turn them off at night and you may find yourself on the floor in the fetal position on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Unless you’re up for a surprise scare in the middle of the night, say “no” to the noisy decorations.