Halloween is more than just an opportunity for children to acquire free sweets while dressing in spooky costumes. Halloween is now a widely celebrated event, and appears to grow every year.
Despite the fact that it isn’t even half way through October yet, Halloween decorations are high in demand and sell quickly. Stuck on how to decorate? Here are some ideas for creating spook-tacular displays that’ll make you wish it was the 31st already.
Feel like your Halloween displays aren’t as impressive as they could be? Here are a few tips on how to improve them.
1. Don’t let your props be lonely
Displaying a large, impressive spider that’s over 2 metres in size (like this one, or this one), is sure to look good on it’s own. Although making it the star of the show by adding a backdrop and additional props is even better! Similarly, having just a single gravestone in the corner of a room may look a bit pitiful. Which leads us to our first tip… give your display some context; a background – make your scene look a little bit more realistic. Turning lonely tombstones into a display can easily be achieved by simply adding some moss, leaves and maybe even another prop, like in the photo below.
2. Use levels to scare people
When people walk into a room, the first things they tend to notice are at eye level, so use this to your advantage. You could hang props from the ceiling in order to make people jump when they turn around, or do the opposite and place them on the ground. This works best with animated props that are sound activated; as people walk past, the props will be activated and will certainly give any innocent bystander a fright!
3. Hidden props
What a fantastic way to frighten! By placing props out of sight, you’ll definitely give unexpected guests a scare! (and besides, everyone will be too busy admiring your display skills to notice you hiding them…) Whether it’s a fake rat in the cupboard, a giant spider in someone’s handbag or a zombie waiting behind the door, it’s guaranteed to spook someone. Just don’t forget where you’ve hidden everything…
If you’re still wondering how to decorate, check out these 4 mini displays that we made. Each display took less than 5 minutes to put together and is perfect for placing by your front door to welcome trick or treaters.
Display 1: The colour orange is associated with both Halloween and autumn, so what better colour to use for your displays?! In this display we used coloured moss, leaves and miniature pumpkins, as well as some small toadstools/mushrooms. We also used some creepy crawlies and a black rat to contrast the bright orange and make the display more interesting.
Display 2: If you don’t want something quite as bright, this cool toned autumn display is ideal, and consists of only 4 different things! We used natural reindeer moss, leaves and fungus to create this display, adding a raven to give it that Halloween-y feel.
Display 3/4: Featuring a classic carved pumpkin, this mini display looks effective when arranged like shown or when separated and scattered around a ground-breaker (like this one) or around some gravestones (like these ones).
You can also omit the skeleton arms and replace with more toadstools as shown in our final display below.
Of course, all of these displays can be changed, added to, and made even better. Halloween is supposed to be an event to enjoy, so make sure to have fun creating your displays!