Spooky season is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you love decorating for the holidays, especially Halloween! There is just something insanely fun about getting to transform your home into something a little more haunting. Perhaps it’s just the fact that it gets you into the holiday spirit, or maybe it’s that you get to make your home into something a little out of your comfort zone.
Regardless of why you like decorating for the holidays, the kids and grandkids definitely enjoy it when it’s done. If you’re already looking into how to decorate for the holidays, I’ve got a few tips and tricks in my how-to Halloween guide that I think you’ll love. By the end of this, you’ll be a Halloween decor expert and everyone will want to know where you got your latest spooky decor!
Begin The Halloween Hunt
Just like Trick-or-Treating, you’re going to want to go door to door at your favorite home decor shops to find the most affordable seasonal decor. I love expensive home decor more than anyone else, but when it comes to holiday decorations that won’t be out long, I like to be sparing with my spending. I promise it will look just as good and your bank account will too!
If you’re looking for the most affordable Halloween decoration options, here are a few of my favorite shops for affordable finds:
- Hobby Lobby
- At Home
- TJ Maxx
- Big Lots
- Home Goods
- Kirkland’s (only when it’s on sale)
I’m sure there are plenty of others, but these are great places to find decorations at a discounted rate that won’t break the bank. They always have a wide selection of styles and items that can fit into any home. If you’d like me to do a “Halloween finds” blog, just let me know in the comments below. I’d be happy to lay out my favorite Halloween and Fall finds from the last few years!
Incorporate Your Fall Decor
I like to spend a little more money on my Fall decor because I keep my out from around August to Thanksgiving. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, up goes the Christmas tree, though. This means that I don’t want to have to take down any of my Fall decorations to accommodate for my Halloween-specific ones and I don’t necessarily want my Halloween ones up all Fall.
This is why I like to layer my Halloween decor over my Fall decor. I’ll take simple things like pumpkins, darker greenery, wicker, fluffy blankets, and other more neutral decor and add my spooky decor on top of it. So let’s say I have a nice bowl with a pumpkin on my sideboard. I’ll stick a witch’s hat on top and perhaps drape this with a few cobwebs. This allows me to utilize what’s already there and retool it with just a few small touches.
Create A Halloween Focal Point
If you really want to fill your house with the Halloween spirit, be sure to create a festive focal point. Think about where you will spend most of your time during Halloween or the spooky season in general. I love watching all of the fun horror movies and Halloween shows on Disney, so I like my living room to have a bit more of a special touch.
In the living room, my fireplace is the focal point so I like to decorate it with mostly my Fall decor with a few splashes of Halloween. Take for instance the fun array of pumpkins at the base of the fireplace, with my wicker basket housing comfortable blankets. I sprinkled in a black cat, jack-o-lantern, and a creepy cauldron for a touch of Halloween. The combination of decor adorning the focal point in my living room helps the house feel a lot more festive.
Play With Lighting
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, but lighting can really alter the mood of the space. This is especially true when it comes to the spooky season. Instead of using bright LED bulbs and lights that brighten the space, opt for some lower voltage lights that create a dimmer, gloomier glare. This will help set the mood for a more haunting look and feel.
Once you’ve done that, layer in some additional fun lighting. Whether it’s candles and candlesticks, or fun hanging lanterns additional lighting can truly transform the space. Take for instance the bright orange string lighting in the previous fireplace image. The string lights surround the cauldron and disappear into the fireplace giving the appearance of burning embers. This creates a super fun feel during the night and is an added touch your Halloween party guests are sure to love.