October 26, 2012

Some Great Halloween Ideas for Spookifying Your Home

Pumpkin Family courtesy of HGTVWith the fall upon us, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to decorate your home for Halloween! This week, we’re giving you some great ideas to get your home Halloween ready in no time.
Carving pumpkins may be a Halloween standard, but it can also be time consuming, messy, and it might be too much for little hands to handle. Instead, this year consider using acrylic paint to decorate your pumpkins; it’s easy to do and offers almost no clean up. Or how about creating this fun “family” out of parsnips, carrots and pumpkins or any other autumn squash, make sure to get a variety of sizes of pumpkins to represent each family member. Using a glue gun and whatever fun accessories you may have around the house, give each gourd it’s own personality. Whatever you decide to do, if you’re planning on displaying your pumpkins outside, make sure to put them in a well lit place so all your trick-
or-treaters (and their parents) can admire them.

Unique Halloween decoration courtesy of of Martha Stewart

If you’re planning on entertaining this Halloween season, there are plenty of ways to spookily decorate your home while still highlighting its features. Consider decorating your fireplace mantle with a fun garland of tissue paper bats. Just fold the paper accordion style and then trace out a bat pattern using a bat shaped cookie cutter and pencil. Cut out the figure leaving a little bit attached on both sides and voila! An easy to make decoration, that will both show off your fireplace and add to your Halloween theme.

Staircases also present a great opportunity to decorate your home or laneway home. These charming mice silhouettes are, again, easy to make and they’ll add some great design to your staircase. Just trace out a mouse silhouette on to a couple layers of black tissue paper, cut it out and tape them to the edges of your stairs. You could even hang the bat garlands along the stair rail for some extra decoration.

Finally, this Halloween, make sure your home is safe for you and your trick-or-treaters. Start by sweeping all debris from your yard and moving anything, such as large flowerpots, that could be tripped over. Next make sure the path up to the front door is well lit; using Christmas lights to light the way might be a fun option. Lastly, if you do end up deciding to carve a pumpkin, place the candle in a small dish so there is not chance of a fire hazard.

If you have any more suggestions of how to spookify your home we would love to hear from you.

From all of us at Wallmark Homes, we hope you have a fun, safe, and spooky Halloween!