Tuesday, October 15, 2013

31 Days Of Halloween - Spooking Up The House For The Big Night!

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If you are planning to throw a Halloween Party at your home this year then you are probably starting to feel that slight overwhelming sensation of what to do and how to pull it off as the days draw nearer.

Since Halloween usually falls on a weeknight, most people I know tend to throw a party either on the Friday or weekend prior to the actual day, which I would highly suggest since these tend to be pretty intensive parties to take on. So with that being said, as of today, there only 10 days left to the last weekend prior to and 15 days left til the actual day of Halloween!!! EEEEKKKK!!! Sounds daunting if you haven't started yet doesn't it??????

Depending on your budget, I have found some great full on set piece ideas to hopefully jumpstart your thought process, if you havent already, as to what you could do around the house to have that awesome Addams Family look. I know how quick time can get away from you and sometimes you just can't be bothered with running up and down the store isles trying to put together a ton of different pieces together in your mind. Having a picture of a total room already put together tends to help you decide what you may or may not want to have and what you need to buy.

Now you might want to decorate the entire house or, like most, you might just want to do the main rooms that your guests will be in such as the living and dining rooms. I would suggest doing what you know you can do in the time you have. All too many times, I've been called in to help friends finish decorating their place with only hours to spare before the party because they either took on too much or waited til the last minute - so again - DON'T TAKE ON MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE! You will be killing yourself in the end, trust me!

With this post, I'm just going to focus on interior ideas since decorating for the outside of the house is a-whole-nother beast in terms of ideas and set up, so I'll leave that up to one's own imagination.

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As a big fan of Halloween, for me it's always about the details of the decorations and with so many great things out there, sometimes you just have to have it all!  If you are looking to go all out and really wow your guests, here are some amazing designs that I came across.

Living Room

Love these skeletons!
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Dining Room

How ridiculously cool is this!
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Of course these designs are labor intensive and would possibly require a little bit of cash, unless you can find the materials from a dollar store or make some of them yourself.  All and all, if you got the time and money to spend and plan on entertaining quite a few guests then this might be the way to go.

Some pieces like the dead leaves, twigs, etc you can actually just go outside and pick up in your neighborhood without having to buy any! The realness will add a great touch to your look and will help keep the cost down a bit. Plus, candles and colored lights can be bought for just a few bucks at your local dollar store.

Modest: 
If you are looking to put just a few touches around the place and still have that spooky feel without spending a ton of cash, these unique but functional designs may work for you!

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Most of the time, you can just add some orange or black lights around the house and hide them in corners on the floor behind something to mask the light and that will easily create the mood you're going for.

Dining Room

 
You would be amazed what a tablecloth, few pumpkins, place settings, creepy candles, and some cobwebs would do on a tight budget.  Places like your local dollar stores tend to have these ready made center pieces as well as decorated flat ware and other incidentals that you can quickly put together with little time and money.

Even the pre made wreaths and craft store pieces are a quick and cheap way to add a few touches here and there without breaking the bank.

Living Room

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I've literally had my entire living room done up in just cobwebs, holographic pictures, fake spiders, and black lights only with a few candles for added light and you would be amazed at how neat your place can still look with so few pieces.

Also, having a CD to play spooky growls, crows, and creeping sounds will help add to the ambiance without adding much more to your budget. If you can swing it, a small fog machine placed in a corner or just dry ice (be care handling this!) in a cauldron can also add some nice touches too.

Hopefully, you are now ready to take on the joys of holiday decorating and most importantly remember to have fun too. Halloween only comes once a year!


XOXO
-M
 
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1 comment:

Admin said...

Brings back good memories of us kids giving my mom a heart attack after we transformed her house every year, similar to the pic with the titled paintings, etc. Great post!