Halloween décor – it's not just about Jack O' Lanterns. Whether you're hosting a party or waiting for trick-or-treaters, have a read through our tips for preparing your home for the spookiest night of the year.
Make some easy swaps
Black and orange have become the official colours of Halloween, so pick up a few cushion covers and bed linen in these classically spooky hues. Swap them with your standard ones for the month of October for a fuss-free and seasonal look. A couple of black and orange scented candles will help set the scene, too.
Dangling skeletons and bats are a classic choice, but these days it's all about using smart technology to create a creepy atmosphere. If you have Google Home or Alexa, you can ask them to play Halloween music direct from your Spotify account. You can even get Alexa to order in bags of sweets from Amazon. Colour-changing LED bulbs also add a spooky aura to any room.
Go high tech
Halloween projections have gone viral this year. These digital decorating kits project creepy animations onto your walls or windows and there are quite a few scary options to choose from. These include the classic haunted portrait gallery, hordes of zombies or creepy faces trying to push through your walls. This one is bound to give your neighbours a fright.
Keep it natural
Bring the outdoors inside with displays of squash, pumpkin and autumn leaves. Halloween is a harvest festival, after all. These rustic ornaments create a cosy atmosphere and add a subtle hint of natural colour to your décor. Create some decorative arrangements of seasonal objects in your hallway or living room, especially if you're planning on selling your home this autumn.
Choose your lighting carefully
Nothing says Halloween like gathering around and listening to scary stories by candlelight. Just remember not to leave candles unattended, and keep them well away from dangling decorations or dry autumn leaves. For a safe (but still atmospheric) option, pick up some LED tealights instead.