Trick-or-treaters will be afraid to ring your doorbell this Halloween, with all the goblins and ghosts scurrying around the front yard. Decorating for this fall festivity has almost become as important as decking the halls. There’s a whole industry dedicated to bringing the “boo” to your abode. Here, we recommend a few products for a truly ghastly transformation.
Illuminate the pathway from the driveway to the patio, guiding pint-sized princesses and pirates to the awaiting candy bowl. We particularly like these plastic Luminaria kits — weatherproof bags that feature a haunted house or jack o’ lantern. They’re powered with electrical cords, battery-operated LEDs or old, reliable candles.
Take it a step further and drape bushes and tree branches with strands of purple or orange lights. Then plug in our white strobe light with sound-activated thunder for the ultimate sights and sounds of the season.
Add Some Fall Foliage
Pumpkins and pots of big, yellow mums scream autumn while adding a little color to your front porch. (Or you could do like we did one year and call our dead potted plants “creepy decorations.” A $10 mum is more effective, though.)
Don’t forget to dress up your front door with a wreath. So simple, yet so welcoming. We especially like this dried floral one made by our partner, The Christmas Tree Company. After Halloween, you can easily switch it out for one swimming in golds, russets and caramels.
Gather Up Ghosts and Goblins
Now for the fun part. You could go simple with a single ghost floating from a tree … or creep out the neighbors with a gaggle of fearsome creatures. Start with a cluster of tombstones fenced in with a rusty, ramshackle gate. To watch over the hallowed souls, add a skeleton, zombie, or a pair of light-up ravens.
And of course, Home Depot is the go-to retailer for inflatables. Check out our favorite picks in this week’s Neat Retreat.