September 28, 2012 - Get Your House in Costume for Halloween!

October is just around the corner and that means it’s time to get ready for Halloween. Every year, millions of people young and old dress up in costume to collect treats and maybe even hand out a few scares. But people don’t have to be the only ones in costume this Halloween.  Give your home a Halloween makeover with these not-so-scary decorating tips.

If you are someone who wants to keep your Halloween decor simple, pumpkins set outside the door can be a fun and welcoming trick-or-treat invite. Carve out pumpkins with scary faces, plump smiles or even a simple “Happy Halloween”. Carving pumpkins can be a fun family activity, but if you’d rather avoid the pulpy mess, try spray painting pumpkins in fun metallic colors and use stencils to add personality to these seasonal staples.

For more advanced Halloween-ers, yard decorations can be a fun way to transform your lawn. Simple white sheets can make great ghosts when hung from trees, and large stones can be strategically placed around the walkway to look like gravestones. For a less spooky effect, simply place pumpkins around the lawn, and be sure to use battery-powered candles to avoid potential fire hazards.

To bring Halloween into your home and transform your house into a haunted mansion, tear cheesecloth and hang it from the ceilings or on banisters to create a cobwebbed effect, place plastic spiders in unexpected places and set your stereo to a spooky soundtrack. For an amplified effect, try replacing several of your everyday light bulbs with bulbs tinted red, purple or orange.

Getting your house in costume for Halloween doesn’t have to be a daunting task.  With a few creative tricks, you’ll be in the Halloween spirit before you can say BOO!

Tune in next week for photos of homes at Lexington Square that are costume ready!!