5 Must-Haves For Creating
A Hair-Raising Halloween Room
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like finding new and unique ways to transform a warm and welcoming home into an eerie abode. If you want to add some serious scare into your Halloween decor, there are some key elements that will help ensure an authentic, blood-curdling ambiance.
Make It Look Abandoned
The first step in creating your eerie look is to make your room look as though no one living has been there in decades. Simple solutions like draping your furniture in sheets and adding cobwebs go a long way in creating this effect. You can also create a disheveled look by tilting wall art and adding torn book pages to the floor. Plus, it's a great excuse to skip your normal cleaning routine -- let the dust settle on your tabletops to make it more authentic!
Add Devilish Decor
Replace accent pieces and knick-knacks with items only a mummy could love. Things like old tattered books, artwork, skulls, and other creepy accessories are readily available during the months leading up to Halloween. You can also find ready-made poison bottles for sale, or create your own by making your own labels for empty bottles.
Invite The Undead
What haunted house would be complete without ghosts, goblins, and other ghastly creatures? With Halloween quickly becoming one of the most popular holidays of the year, it's easy to find a plethora of unearthly creatures to add to your scene. From animated zombies who screech when one walks by, to screaming banshees to terrify your guests, there are plenty of options.
Livid Lighting And Sinister Sounds
The warm glow of regular light bulbs has no place in a haunted home. Change them out with colored bulbs to really make it look scary. Go blue for an ethereal look, green to suggest a malevolent presence, or red to make it truly infernal. Or remove the lamps entirely, and replace them with LED candles to add just a faint flicker to your Halloween scene. And don't forget the sound effects: playing eerie music or creepy sounds in the background will definitely make your environment even more chilling.
Go For The Gust(o)!
If you really want to go all out, consider bringing in some fog. You can purchase or rent a fog machine or pick up some dry ice. Or for a lower-budget option, place a small oscillating fan a couple feet away from lightweight window treatments or spider webs to create a ghostly wind. Of course, safety should always be a consideration, and so make sure you familiarize yourself with proper use of these items before incorporating them into your home.
That's it! By using some of these simple ideas, you're sure to achieve a truly bone-chilling haunted home. Just have fun with it, think "frightening", and then let the scarefest begin. Wah ... hah ... hah ... hah ... hah!!!!
Raymond John brings his creative spirit and years of experience making beautiful images in the LTD Photo Studio. As an avid outdoorsman with a love of snowboarding, hiking and cycling, Raymond finds himself as at home in mountains as he does in the big city. His passion for both aesthetics and adventure makes him a great fit for the LTD family.