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Making Your Home Halloween Ready

I can’t believe that it is almost October, which means it is time to get ready for Halloween. From spiders and bats to ghosts and goblins, the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating the front of your home for Halloween.

The key to any outdoor holiday lighting is to have fun! Do what you like. If you like something that is a little more creepy, this is the time of year to do it! In case you are thinking of ways to decorate the front of your home for the holidays, here are some ideas. And, if you missed some of our easy Halloween lighting ideas from last year, read them here.

Change out your bulbs. This is the easiest way to give your home the Halloween feel. Most homes have some type of coach light by their front door. For the month of October, switch the bulbs to an orange or purple light. It will still provide enough lighting for trick-or-treaters to see where they are stepping, but will be special for the holiday. If you have more outdoor lighting, ask your outdoor lighting company if they can put colored gels on your lens covers for Halloween. It could make your whole home glow!

Embrace the spider webs. 10 months out of the year, I really don’t like spider webs. In October, I say bring on the webs, at least the fake ones. We’ve all seen the synthetic spider webs that you can buy for Halloween. The best places to use these webs are often close to your front door where there is light. With the lighting shining through them, they’ll be able to be appreciated all times of the day. If you have a covered front porch, install them up in the corners. If you don’t have a covered porch, look around your railings. Most fake spider webs comes with spiders too for some added creep!

Bats galore. Bats are synonymous with Halloween and an easy way to decorate your home for the holiday. Cut out some bat shapes from heavy black paper or cardboard and look for places to hang them with tape or clear fishing line. My mom used to hang them from the ceiling of our porch at different heights.

Someone is looking at you. No one likes the feeling that someone in the dark is watching what you are doing, but it is a great Halloween idea. And it is easy to do! Take hold paper towel rolls and cut eye shapes into them. Vary the sizes and shapes, but one roll should be good enough for one pair of eyes. On the night of Halloween (or any time you want to do this during the season), place glow sticks inside the tube and place them in the bushes or trees around your house. The area should be dark enough where you can’t see the tube, but just the light it is giving off.

Make your garden glow. Orange, green and purple string lights can be used all around your home during the month of October. They are not only pretty, but eerie. A great way to use them that isn’t as predictable is in your flowerbeds. Lay the string lights (LED rope lighting is even better for this) along the edges of your flowerbeds or under your bushes. It will give the space that “glowing from the ground” look. Two things to check for this one are that the lights are made for the outdoors and that they won’t be sitting in any standing water.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we provide our clients with outdoor holiday décor for any holiday. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of professional holiday lighting, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.