Here comes Halloween! The time of year when little ghouls and petrified pumpkins start appearing on your street. Keeping to a budget when setting up your haunted house can be surprisingly easy. Especially when you can reuse the ornaments and furniture after.
Celebrating All Hallows Eve with the family is a careful balance between scary and fun. Use these five simple ideas to turn your vintage finds and homely touches into creepy characters, party games and seasonal treats.
Mummify Vintage Mason Jars into Party Lanterns
Outside your home, carved pumpkins will stand guard at your door, flickering in the evening air and welcoming your guests. Once inside, create the Halloween atmosphere by ditching the bright lights for candles and lanterns.
A great way to make use of vintage ball mason jars, such as are available from The Other Ducking for Halloween is to make them into mini mummified lamps. Wrap plain white or cream tissue paper around the outside of the jars in strands. Then simply fix it on with clear tape, keeping the seam to one side; preferably against a wall.
Pop some tealights inside to create eerie lights than can be placed on window sills and tables around your home, lighting the rooms. If you want to make them extra cute, and less scary, stick on some googly eyes or draw on goofy faces with a marker pen.
Hang Witches’ Hats and Paper Bats from the ceiling
Nothing screams Halloween more than wicked witches. To make your home feel extra spooky this October 31st, hang witches’ hats (which you can get from costume shops), from your hallway coat hooks. And for an especially fiendish feel, lean some vintage brooms nearby so your visitors think they’ve entered the home of the mystical and magical.
You can also use thin string to affix the hats to the ceiling using masking tape or tying them around light fittings delicately. Use this same technique when attaching your paper bats.
Paper Bats are an easy and cheap crafting idea. Simply draw the outline of a bat, from a bird’s eye view, onto black card with a pencil. Cut your bat out then use it as the template to draw round for your next one/s. Repeat until you have enough.
You can then bend them into various shapes to make them look mid-flight and stick them to the ceiling.
Drape Fake Cobwebs over Shabby Chic Furniture
The most haunting of haunted houses are the ones that look old and forgotten in time. Thanks to vintage furniture, such as distressed wooden chairs and industrial boxes, you can quickly turn back time by draping your furniture and stairs in fake cobwebs.
Grab a few bags or spray bottles of cobwebs and drape them across tables, chairs, doorways and staircases to make your home look like an ancient haunted house.
The advantage of using fake webs, instead of not dusting for a few weeks, is that they can be easily swept or vacuumed away and won’t damage your home decor.
It’s the perfect excuse to grab a few shabby chic pieces that will make great additions to your house all year round, like distressed stools and benches.
DIY Pumpkin and Candy Patch with Storage Boxes
Industrial tool boxes, toy chests and other medium sized storage containers are ideal for your homemade pumpkin patches with their liftable lids allowing to expose the insides or leaving them for guests to find.
In order to grow your own pumpkins, or so it will appear, buy some cheap straw or hay bedding (from a Pet Store) and fill your boxes. Then drop in either miniature pumpkins filled with sweets, or one/two bigger carved pumpkins and place some small bags of sweets among the hay as treats for the adventurous kids at your party to find.
These cases will be extra useful after your Halloween gathering as storage for books, magazines or toys.
Serve the kids party punches in picnicware
Use retro melamine tumblers or other solid and durable drinkware to serve drinks for the children at your Halloween party. This will make the glasses easy to spot and you won’t have to worry about breakages.
Not using your daily kitchenware sets this day apart from others and will heighten the excitement.
For the adults, grab some nice cocktail glasses and mix up an adult punch in a large jug. Pick a brightly coloured halloween drinks recipe that’s simple to make in a big batch, relieving you from drinks duty to enjoy the party with your family and friends.