'Tis the season to be spooky! With Halloween quickly approaching, property owners need to start planning how they'll make their homes very scary for little trick or treaters. With a bit of creativity, you can even turn your space into a haunted mansion, where only the brave at heart will get the candy they seek. Here are some tips to make your house the scariest one on the block:
Set a spooky ambiance
With outdoor media equipment like speakers disguised as rocks, you can turn on some spooky tunes for the whole community to hear. What you play depends on the mood you want to set. A fun-filled theme might include songs such as Michael Jackson's "Thriller" or "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett. Otherwise, general scary sounds like clinking chains or moaning ghouls give an extra creepy vibe.
Additionally, hang twinkling lights in shades of orange and green. You want to keep your regular outdoor lighting design on as well to prevent neighborhood kids from stumbling over your decorations. The string lighting just adds extra Halloween flair.
Create the entryway
Use a pergola as the entry for Halloween enthusiasts to come into your yard. The frame works like a doorway, which inherently draws people in its direction. Hang a black curtain from the rafters so people are left in anticipation about what they'll find, or stand guard and make the kids perform a trick to enter. Any talent will work - a magic trick, a handstand or singing a song - let the kids get creative.
Go big or go home
In the darkness, small details won't be noticed. So when you're setting up Halloween decorations, make sure they are nothing short of grand. Position a enormous spider on the side of your gazebo, line pathways with giant jack-o-lanterns and stretch spider webs across your entire custom patio.
Dress up your landscape
Don't be afraid to set out lawn decorations, even if you have artificial grass. There are plenty of Halloween ornaments that don't need to be staked into the ground. For instance, homemade headstones can sit on a wide base, letting them stand without support. Then, scatter plastic bones to make a spooktacular cemetery.
Make use of the shrubbery in your yard by incorporating do-it-yourself monster eyes. As these directions from the blog Kelly Elko show, make eye-shaped cut-outs in toilet paper rolls. Slide in a glow stick, and place the rolls in the trees and bushes. In the dark, it will look like wide-eyed creatures to little trick-or-treaters.
Last stop: Candy
Reward those who survived your haunted Halloween house with candy on the other side of the yard - and be the house that gives the good stuff! CNBC said Reese's, M&M's and Snickers are among America's favorite chocolates. You might consider having small toys like plastic vampire teeth on hand for kids with food allergies.