My family loves Halloween, and we are always on the lookout for fun new ways to decorate and prepare for trick-or-treaters. There are so many fun and scary ways to decorate your home for Halloween! Today I’m sharing some of my favourite ways to haunt the exterior of your house for Halloween! Cue spooky Halloween music!
Have you seen the Halloween window projections? Window projections, which are also referred to as digital decorating, are one of the coolest new ways to turn your home into the neighbourhood haunted house! With a window of your home, a projector and some spooky digital images, your windows will come to life, or even after-life in Halloween terms! With the projector inside your home, you project video scenes onto a window, which can be seen from outside. People walking by your home can see whatever digital scene you project, from dancing skeletons to spooky ghosts, or even Santa Claus when it’s time to switch seasons!
There are a few different ways to set up a window projection system. Our family chose an all in one system by WindowFX which includes a projector with built-in Halloween scenes, a tripod and a remote control. It’s an all-in-one system. Another route would be to buy a projector that can do rear projections, and DVDs that have been made specifically to be used for digital decorations. AtmosFearFX makes a fantastic variety of Halloween DVDs. While the all-in-one system gives you ease of use, you certainly can get more variety out of the DIY method thanks to a variety of DVD choices. You can also buy a higher quality projector for even brighter, more dynamic projections. Whichever way you go, trick-or-treaters in your neighbourhood will be mesmerised with the images that appear to be coming from inside your home!
Another fun way to decorate the exterior of your home quickly and easily is by using projection spotlights. These lights, which look like the type of exterior lights you use to light up trees or landscaping in your garden, project fun images such as skeletons, bats or ghosts onto your home, or whatever flat surface you point them at.
It’s always helpful to light the path to your door for your trick-or-treaters, but those lights can also be a part of your decor! You can find Halloween path lighting that ranges from sweet to spooky.
While I love to decorate for Halloween, my husband loves to grumble about how much space my decorations take up the rest of the year. One of the great things about using Halloween inflatables is that you get a lot of bang for your buck, but they also collapse down and save space the rest of the year. The selection of inflatables grows each year, so you can find everything from sweet to scary, for whatever fits your decorating style.
Life-size animated figures are becoming more popular each year. Our family hasn’t added one to our decorating toolbox just yet, but I’ve got my eye on a few for this year!
While I love the decorations, my husband loves the fog machine. Fog machines are a fun way to add to the Halloween feel of your garden. Fog rolling out from your entryway or front step really can bring the rest of your Halloween decorations to life. You can even find fog machines with LED lights to really step up the effect! You need both a fog machine and the liquid solution that it uses to make the fog. Don't forget you'll need an electrical outlet to connect the machine to.
There are so many great decorations that you can add to your garden, that sit on the ground. You can have Halloween ground breakers such as zombies and skeletons crawling out of the earth to set a terrifying scene or you can welcome your trick-or-treaters with the far more sweet than spooky Peanuts gang looking for the Great Pumpkin. You can find some great Halloween garden art featuring figures from movies such as " Charlie Brown" or " Nightmare Before Christmas".
While ground displays are great, don’t forget to look up! I keep finding more and more great hanging Halloween decorations. From ghosts to witches to skeletons to very disturbing hanging clowns (please don’t order these if you live near me!), suspending some decorations from your ceiling or trees can really bring your scary scene to life, or maybe more appropriately, to death!
Decorating your house with lights isn’t just for Christmas! You can find a great variety of Halloween string lights to decorate your home with. We use strings of black lights, which aren’t incredibly bright, but add subtle glow that really helps set the mood.
Get Caught in a Web
Spooky spiderwebs are a fabulous and inexpensive way to haunt your home. You can find a variety, from the kind you simply pull and stretch into shape yourself which are great for stretching over small areas, giving a realistic look, or you can go all out with large scale spiderwebs made for entryway spaces.
Whichever way you go, have fun haunting your home for Halloween! Our kids love to get involved in the decorating process, and it’s a tradition that our family looks forward to coming together to do each and every year. Happy Haunting!
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