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How to Decorate Your Basement for a Halloween Party

Updated on August 10, 2014

Festive Decorations for Your Downstairs Halloween Bash

Basements make the perfect Halloween party rooms. They are often dark and cool and, when decorated the right way, they can be creepy. It seems pretty easy to decorate the basement for a Halloween party, but it's hard to know where to start. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Start with some spider webs

You can either buy spider webs from a Halloween store, or you can make your own. Stretch store-bought webs across the basement anywhere it seems fitting. If you opt to make your own, you can use a hot glue gun to make your cobwebs by "spinning" them over your other decorations, such as pumpkins and floral arrangements. Don't forget to top them off with plastic spiders!

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Make sinister paper shadows

Want to freak your guests out by making it look like someone is coming up the stairs behind them at your Halloween party, when there is no one there? To make a silhouette for your staircase, print out the below template and cut out each section; follow the numbered diagram and tape together the sections for each stair at the dotted lines. Trace onto black construction paper (pieced together) and cut them out. Number the back of each basement stair and attach each section to the appropriate riser with double sided tape.

Light up the room with bloody candles

First you will need to fill a cup with sand and place some white candles inside so they stand upright. Then light a red candle and tip it over the white ones, so the wax drips down the sides. Careful not to burn yourself!

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Make your own glittery pumpkins

Halloween party decorations don't necessarily have to be scary or gross; make some glittery pumpkins to add to your basement decor. Use a paintbrush to spread white glue over the surface of a pumpkin and sprinkle glitter over the glue. Another option is to spray paint your pumpkins silver. Place them along the edge of your staircase.

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Play some spooky music

Spooky Halloween music adds to the Halloween party mood. Try creepy sound effects in your basement, or some theme music from Ghostbusters or the Addams family to get your guests in the holiday spirit.

Play Rob Zombie music at your Halloween party

Serve up some dodgy refreshments

Does your party have a theme? If not, just use a black tablecloth, along with a Halloween-inspired centerpiece, to give any table a shady feel, and serve up some refreshments that will make your guests wonder whether they are edible. These Halloween party menu ideas might be dodgy, but they will be delicious at any party: spaghetti brains, olive eyeballs, and blood punch. What are your favorite Halloween party refreshments?

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What are your favorite ways to decorate the basement - or anywhere else - for Halloween?


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