The Commonwealth Blog

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Get Your Home Ready for Halloween

It’s that time of year again – pumpkins line the streets and spooky ghouls hang in dimly lit windows. The crisp fall air and scary decorations remind us Halloween is just around the corner. One of the most festive holidays, Halloween is the opportune time to transform your house into a spooky place where only the bravest trick-or-treaters enter.


If Halloween’s one of your favorite holidays too, amuse yourself with these fun, affordable, and highly spooky decorations – if you dare!


Disguise Your Drinks

Some of the best hosts serve drinks made from carefully concocted potions (we may have let our imagination run wild here). But seriously, dressing up your drinks is a great way to amuse all the witches, ghosts, and cats who attend your annual monster mash. Simply attach Halloween-themed labels to all handles and bottles. Maybe they say ‘toxic’ or ‘drink at your own risk’. This simple trick goes a long way. Purchase labels online, in a party store, or make them yourself!


We’re not done with the drinks just yet. Place spider web coasters under glasses to add some creepiness to your bar. They can also be placed on coffee tables or at your buffet. Put skull-themed swivel sticks underneath cocktails for a nice little deathly touch. With these tricks, guests will surely be amused beyond belief – and maybe even a little spooked!


Take Advantage of the Creatures

Halloween is a time when spiders, rats, crows, ghosts, witches, and all their creepy friends come out to party! Why not join them and shop for nocturnal animals and rodents to turn your home into a haunted house? 


Hang glow in the dark spider webs up in corners and around doorways to automatically add spook appeal. They’re visible in the day and extra spooky at night when they glow behind spiders of all sizes. Consider placing black crows in and around glowing webs. As they perch from up high, they stare down at guests who realize they’re being watched by black-feathered creatures – how spooky!


And let’s not forget about the rats. These big hairy creatures can be hidden in cupboards, bathrooms, or buffet tables, scaring guests as they pop out from unassuming places. While other make-believe creatures are scary enough, animals like these possess a creepy realism perfect for spooking guests. Plus, these creatures can be purchased online or at party stores for less than $5.


Tap into Your Dark Side

Halloween parties generally happen in the evening and continue into the dead of night. This is not a time for sunshine and flowers. Oh, no. Guests want to be spooked, and dimming lights helps create a spooky ambiance for all party creatures to enjoy. Invest in black light bulbs, skeleton pillow covers, and cauldron punch bowls.


Don’t be afraid to unleash your dark side. After all, this is the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to release your inner witch or ghoul. Apply the same logic to your home. It’s time to spook things up with decorations that inspire imagination and suspense. Your house will be remembered, in part, for its spooky appeal by family, friends, and neighbors alike. 

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