How to have the spookiest living room on the block
Vintage and Classic Halloween Decorating
I love Halloween, it's my favorite holiday. I also love classic and vintage things, which is a big part of how I decorate in my everyday life. I love to fill rooms with old wax candles and antique treasure trunks. You don't have to have run of the mill holiday decor. You can decorate like you are in a pirate ship or a haunted house. This Halloween party can be whatever you want it to be and I will give you a few simple tips to help you along.
How to Start
The first thing you need to do is pair down your everyday decor. Take down your personal photos, your trophies and any other trinkets that don't fit into the style of your party. You don't want to clutter your living room with things that will distract from the make believe feeling of your party.
You can put your trinkets in a box or place them in a room you will not be using for your party. You want a good foundation for you party, weather it be a Scooby Doo party or a Steampunk bash.
I love this book, it's filled with awesome Halloween ideas and crazy things to do with Jack O Lanterns. This paperback version is fairly cheap, I received this book as a Christmas gift from my mother last year and it is so much fun to read through.
If you're looking to decorate your living room or kitchen as a haunted house, start with your ceiling and work your way down remove real cobwebs and replace them with fake ones with giant spiders. Hang bats high enough so most people won't hit their heads and low enough so they can be seen. Hang old looking portraits replacing your family vacation photos. You might want to cover your more modern chairs with white sheets to give your place a creepy rundown vibe. Place lace tablecloths over the tables with large candlesticks on top with crystal skulls and silver items. Buy pumpkins and put them everywhere.
You can even decorate your child's fancy dollhouse to be a haunted dollhouse.
You can take clear glass bowls and vases and fill them with candy of the same color. Place a silver spoon and place it on a plate near the candy and place decorative plates on the same table for your guest. This will make your party stand out from the crowd. I've seen this done at Halloween weddings and it looks elegant and cool. I like to fill a giant cauldron with mine and my guest favorite candy.
A plastic punchbowl will look awesome with green punch and dry ice, use tongs never touch dry ice with your bare hands. I've done this once and it makes your house seem like a mad scientist's lab. You can place it directly in the punch if your party is full of adults who won't put it in their mouths. If you have children, use one extra large bowl and place one smaller inside. Put the dry ice around the smaller ball in the larger bowl and the pure warmer water over the dry ice. Remember use tongs or gloves. You can put a small amount or a lot, and refill it as the night goes on.
I also make sugar cookies and use Halloween cookie cutters to give my guest a shapely treat.
If you have a zombie themed party you can buy brain molds online, they even make a gray sold colored gelatin that makes it look real. They also have heart and kidney molds.
For music you can buy a classical creepy CD or download music. You can also buy a CD of creepy songs or have songs dedicated to one creepy or scary thing. You can even find Zombie songs to download from the internet.
One of my favorite Zombie songs is called Re: Your Brains, it is about a zombie who used to work in an office with this guy and now he is trying to convince him to let him and his zombie friends snack on his brains.
I like smoke machines outside, so as soon as your guest drive up to your house they are put into the Halloween spirit.