It’s that time of year again...the leaves are turning, the days are shorter, and something in the brisk air seems to whisper “pumpkin spice latte” and “let’s stay home tonight.” With the change of the season and Halloween just around the corner, you may be looking for ways to get your house prepared for Trick or Treaters, autumnal dinner parties, or simply to get in the spooky spirit while at home cooking dinner or watching scary movies. Here are some tips on how to prepare your space for the spooky season.
Choose a theme and stick to it
Before decorating your space, I suggest choosing an overall Halloween theme. With so much Halloween paraphernalia to choose from (black cats to cauldrons...goblins to the Grim Reaper), it can be overwhelming to take on the task of ornamentation. Beyond that, both indoor and outdoor spaces can become cluttered (not to mention breaking the bank on scarecrows and hanging bats).
Once you’ve chosen your theme - be it vintage vampires, haunted houses, or black cats and bats - you can easily research several online DIY decor how to’s (like this eerie candlestick display and this pumpkin bowl drink holder, and strategically do your shopping from there. This will eliminate lots of time and hassle, and will make for more unique, cohesive and appealing decor.
Choose a colour scheme
As above, think about choosing a colour scheme and commit to building your decor around two to three colours. An easy place to start is to look at your home design as it is. What colour themes do you already have in your furnishings and walls? How can you work with these? Could you add black cat cutouts and hanging bats to a living room with off-white walls, or work with pumpkins on a colour background of deep reds and burnt oranges? Whatever themes you currently have in your space, I suggest working with these in order to really harmonize your Halloween decor.
Give yourself a time limit
Life is busy, and as with any endeavour, you could spend the next two weeks full-time modifying your space to be the most haunted of houses in Victoria. And if you have the time and energy, by all means! But for most of us, we’re busy working and fulfilling our commitments and don’t have a ton of time to devote to seasonal decorating. Once you’ve chosen your theme and colour scheme, consult sites like pinterest and HGTV’s 65 best Halloween home decor ideas for inspiration and easy-to-follow how to’s.
Don’t stress yourself out with spending too much time shopping, crafting and decorating. By choosing a theme, working with your home design, and not reinventing the wheel, you’ll streamline your efforts and build your spooky space in no time.