Halloween is rapidly approaching, but fear not – there is time to transform any home into a haunted house and plan a frightfully fun Halloween party.
To gear up for the second-largest retail holiday, according to the National Retail Federation, families can begin decorating their home with fall flair and spooky scenery with these ideas from Party Citys Halloween experts:
The grave outdoors. Give trick-or-treaters and party guests a gothic greeting with a scary landscape. Line the yard with tombstones, Halloween mini-fences and signs to create a wicked woodland. Place zombie arms and skeleton parts next to tombstones so they emerge from the grave, and scatter dead flowers across the lawn to enhance the cemetery-like setting.
Sophisticated spooky. The coffee table, mantel and sofa are all essential set pieces on the Halloween stage. Play up the trend of chic simplicity by adding a few understated touches that reflect a sophisticated style. Cover all surfaces with webbing, gauze and moss. Weave spiders and other creepy crawlers into the webbing for a full infestation. Exchanging family pictures with black and white photos from past centuries creates a spirited scene.
Terrifying tabletops. Draw attention to the dining area with creative centerpieces of weathered tombstones, skull groupings and other creepy crawlers. To achieve a more upscale look, place them in clear glass cake platters. Create eerie unexpected placeholders by putting name cards inside of vampire fangs, atop a small coffin or wrapped around a mini skeleton.
Eerie edibles. Guests will go batty over a display of to-die-for desserts. Spiders, candy eyeballs and tombstones turn cupcakes into creepy confections. Food coloring mist in green or black adds instant eeriness to any dish. Place witch fingers combing through candy to create a cheerfully chilling bowl of toil and trouble.