From Cobwebs to Lanterns: Your Halloween Staging Guide
Need help choosing what look to go for this Halloween season? Decide what kind of theme you want and stick with it. Do you want to make it kid friendly? (In that case you can bypass dangling severed limbs or propping up any skeletons.) If so, decorations that are more towards "cute" or playful are where you want to go. Do you want creepy? Really creepy? This is your free pass to do just that! Into decorating your home each season but don't like Halloween? We have some options for you too. In this blog, we are going to look at 3 key areas to jump start your home staging for the season: Front Door, Lights, and Walls.
You can't go wrong with a good-ole reliable Jack-o-lantern. There are endless ideas for carving a pumpkin that go way beyond two eyes, a nose, and a crooked smile. Carving a pumpkin does require some basic tips from the get-go that you want to pay attention to. Check out this video before you start hacking away at that giant pumpkin you just bought!
Some people pass on the idea of limiting themselves to Halloween, instead choosing to have an Autumn theme. The upside here is not having to swap out decorations until the holidays! Check out this great and simple DIY video where you can see how to make a Fall wreath for cheap.
Returning to the Jack-o-lantern here, we see how the pros do it. Watch Ray Villafane show you the basics on how to make your pumpkin as scary as you want it to be with one simple approach.
One of the major reasons Halloween is such a fun time of year is crafts! Jack-o-Lanterns are great but if you have actually sat down and carved one up, you will understand that it isn't the most kid friendly of activities. Looking for something that is? Check out this great How-To video, where you can learn how to make a ghost with a recycled plastic jug.
If longevity is the aim here, then these night lights are a good option for your home. Another plus about this particular craft is the simpleness factor. You will only need a glass jar, PVA glue, a paint brush, and some leaves. From there, you won't need a ton of time to put it all together. For lighting, consider using a candle or a cheap LCD light.
This lantern has some great potential to run chills down the spines of any houseguest or candy seeker! This lantern consists of products that can easily be purchased online or local craft store and doesn't take all day to put together. Consider killing the houselights and adding some ambient music to increase the spook factor!
For the Walls
This is something that could result in some patience for your kids. Step by step, one at a time is important otherwise you may find your spider web trapping "you" instead of being proudly displayed on the wall. This one may take more time but it is worth it! Pro tip, feel free to have your little ones add different bugs, faces, characters, or whatever to the theme.
There is a TON of DIY videos related to decorating your walls! Mirrors are a good spot to decorate because your eyes naturally focus on something that is different from the wall itself. Also, we wanted to stick to the budget friendly option for you here. (Mirrors are a Dollar Tree staple!) Another great part of using a mirror, is that you can zone in on only decorating one thing in every room. (Good luck decorating your entire wall in each room !)
Saving the easiest for last! This one consists of just buying the "web", cutting it up and setting it up on the walls that you feel would be best. (These "webs" have tons of versatility so feel free to put them outside as well!) If you want to take it to the next level here, make sure to add some realistic looking spiders. (Combining these with the lanterns shown above will definitely give your spider webs that uneasy feeling that you are looking for!)