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Getting Spooky: 5 Easy Halloween Decorations for Your Home

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start decorating! South Africa is seeing bigger Halloween celebrations every year, as children are excited by the idea of dressing up, eating too many sweets, and getting a little spooky. Having some easy Halloween decorations to put up can really make the day (and night!) more exciting.

Much like putting up seasonal holiday decorations around December, Halloween is starting to earn this same treatment. The goal is finding temporary decorations that are easy to store once you’re done with them, so you can use them again next year. 

Keep reading for five easy Halloween home decorations and ideas. 

Two jack-o-lanterns with candles lit inside them, surrounded by darkness.

1. Window Stickers

Halloween is often a hit-or-miss event; typically, the more people participating, the more fun it gets. That’s why some level of community participation is so important. You’re already participating by putting out a bowl of sweets for trick-or-treaters anyway!

Stickers are one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween, and let your community know you’re celebrating. Buy stickers that are specifically designed for windows so they’re easy to peel off and keep in a flip file until next year. 

Some fun Halloween sticker ideas to look out for:

  • Creepy characters like skeletons, ghosts, or witches
  • Halloween symbols like spiders, bats, pumpkins, spiderwebs
  • Lined stickers that create an illusion of a broken window

Stoop area of a home covered in less-spooky easy halloween decorations. There are some ghosts with smiley faces, some wooden signs that say "BOO" and a small skeleton waving.

2. Lights in the Garden

Putting up some seasonal lights is always great fun. If you can find a string of lights in the shape of pumpkins, ghosts, or anything else spooky, then it’s all the better!

These lights look great inside your home, but make sure you’re putting them up outside too. Much like the window stickers, these decorations let the community know you’re feeling the spooky spirit. 

If you don’t have a good place to hang lights, consider building a wooden frame or archway around your front door or porch. This can be a simple wooden frame that you can even decorate throughout the year as you see fit. This frames your home’s entrance and adds depth, while also increasing the space you have for decoration. 

Contact one of our experienced carpenters to talk about building this frame to hang all sorts of seasonal lights and decorations from. 

Two skeleton decorations in a garden with a lot of lights and other spooky figures in the background. The lights are effective easy halloween decorations that make the whole garden look spooky and exciting.

3. DIY Crafts

While DIY crafts don’t typically last a long time, they’re a great way to get your kids involved in the decorating process. You can make it a regular activity throughout the month of October, slowly building a small arsenal of Halloween-themed crafts. 

Here are some great DIY Halloween crafts for kids.  

Pumpkin carving is also a growing trend in South Africa. If your children are old enough, this might be a great idea. Buy some pumpkins and have a family carving session together, and put them out on display when you’re done! Even if your kids are too young to do the carving themselves, you can give them paper to design the faces, and then carve the pumpkins to match their vision. 

White surface with some bat confetti and googly eyes dotted around the table, with two felt decorations of a ghost and a black cat.

4. Props

Themed props are an easy way to build the Halloween spirit. You can keep these in storage during the year and bring them out during October. These props look great indoors, but if you can, put some outside on Halloween day/night to add to any community festivities. 

Some fun props to put out: 

  • “Blood-dipped” candles
  • Witch boots, hats, or brooms
  • Pumpkins (or anything pumpkin-themed)
  • Ghosts, skeletons, or bats

Pair of pointed leather boots left out on a stoop with a sign of a witch on a broomstick and the words "FLYING LESSONS". These props are easy halloween decorations that add to the festive spirit.

5. Dress Up!

While not technically a decoration, getting dressed up is a great way to create a festive feeling. Dressing up with your children makes them feel more confident in their costumes, and builds group excitement. 

If you feel a bit silly getting dressed up, then make it an event! Stage a little family photoshoot and make it a tradition. Depending on their temperament, you can even get your pets involved! 

Dog dressed up as a ghost wearing a white sheet with holes cut out for its ears, eyes, and mouth and nose.

Easy Halloween Decoration Ideas

These easy Halloween decoration ideas should be enough to get you started. Enjoy bonding with your children as you decorate your home and create a spooky setting for Halloween. 

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