Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, and if you haven’t decorated for this spooky day already, you better get started! If you are ahead of the game and have already covered your home in fake cobwebs and zombie brides, then we have some extra tips to make your house even scarier, and even more Halloween-party ready. We’ve rounded up our 11 favorite Halloween decorating tips, from classic jack-o’-lanterns to blood-stained windows that will fright and delight, just as everything should on this spooky day.
This decoration takes a little bit of work, but the extremely spooky end result makes it worth it: Buy some Styrofoam heads (just the heads, no bodies please), cover them with cheesecloth or another white gauzy fabric, and hang them from the ceiling so these scary spirits seem to be mysteriously floating.
Though jack-o'-lanterns are not an original Halloween decoration, they are definitely an essential. Carve as many as you can manage, place a lit candle inside each one, and leave them on your stoop and inside your home to scare away the evil spirits (as they were originally created to do), and, if you’ve carved them well, maybe give some kids a fright, too.
Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o'-lanterns: They can be both decorative and functional at your Halloween party. To make a cooler, simply chop the pumpkin’s top off, hollow out the inside, line it with aluminum foil, and fill it with ice and drinks. To make a keg, carve out a circle around the pumpkin’s stem to make a lid (as if you were making a jack-o’-lantern), and scoop out all the seeds and pulp. Then find a point near the base of the pumpkin (make sure it’s where the center is hollow though), and carve out a hole just big enough to fit the spigot, and secure it in place. Finally, fill the pumpkin with beer, and you’re ready to go!
Sometimes, you have to stick with the classics. There’s no other time of year when it’s acceptable to cover our homes in pretty miniature pumpkins, decorative gourds, and colorful corn, so make the most and place these natural decorations in every spare space you have.