With summer winding down and fall quickly approaching, there’s one thing we have to look forward in the next few weeks:
The candy, the costumes, the creepiness … for some people, Halloween isn’t just another holiday, it’s THE holiday of the year.
Whether you’re planning to have a small party or stay inside with the family for a quiet fright night, there are lots of ways to decorate and get in on the fun.
Need some fresh ideas for Halloween 2020? Here are some cool, spooky, fun Halloween decorations you can put on display in your apartment.
Spooky Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
Life in 2020 has been scary enough, so this year we’re all about making Halloween spooky instead of scary.
Think Edgar Allan Poe and Tim Burton spooky — not Texas Chainsaw Massacre frightening. Our Halloween style this year is to creep people out without giving them night terrors.
The spooky-fun vibe sets a tone that people of all ages can enjoy. So whether you have kids of your own or you’re planning to invite your nieces and nephews over, these decorations are perfect.
Save the super scary, bloody, gory stuff for the adult Halloween party you’ll throw next year. Avoid the clowns, rats, and animatronic zombies that give people nightmares.
This is the perfect year to decorate your apartment with creepy, mystical, and mysterious motifs instead.
Ready to find the perfect decorations for your place? Here are seven of our absolute favorites:
1. Crescent Moon Wreath
Decorated with small, gold-tone stars, the crescent moon wreath is perfect for hanging on your front door or suspending from a hook in the ceiling. Made from glittery twigs and black wire, this moon-shaped wreath features flashing LED lights that create a mystical vibe.
Part witchy, part whimsy, this wreath can be hung on any interior door, exterior door, window, or wall that needs a unique Halloween touch.
2. Skeleton Crew Lantern
No matter how dark and spooky you want your apartment to be, you’ll need a little bit of light. And that’s just one reason to love this skeleton crew lantern.
Place it on a mantel, put it on a windowsill, or use it as tabletop décor. No matter where you put it, the carved skeleton details make it just the right amount of scary.
The lantern itself includes an opening where you can add a tea light and set off a perfectly eerie glow.
3. DIY Spider Egg Sac
Even Martha Stewart, the queen of all holiday hosts, is planning to get a little extra creepy this Halloween. If you’re in the mood for an easy and fun DIY project, it’s time to create Martha’s super spooky spider egg sacs.
You’ll need some crafting supplies to pull this one off, so gather your glue gun, pushpins, and plastic spiders. You’ll also need a foam egg, some white batting, and a white stocking. It’s about as simple a DIY project as it gets, and you can hang or suspend them from any wall, doorway, or ceiling.
The more you make, the creepier your apartment will be!
4. Skull Candelabra
Add some spooky, gothic charm to your apartment with this skull LED candelabra. Carry it in your hand when you open the door to greet guests. Place it on an end table or mantel. Get a few of them, turn out your lights, and use them as your primary source of Halloween night illumination.
Carved with spooky skull heads, this candelabra comes with five LED candles that run on AAA batteries. If you want to make it even weirder, you can use real taper candles instead.
5. Eyeball Orbs
Freak people out and make them feel like they’re being watched with these spooky eyeball orbs. They come in sets of nine with varying sizes included, making them easy to spread out throughout the house or display in one creepy cluster.
What makes these extra weird is that they have eyeballs on both sides of the sphere, so they’ll be looking at you from every direction. They range in size from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches, making them perfect for scattering across a mantel or as centerpieces for a Halloween feast.
6. DIY Window Silhouettes
Want to save some money and make your own Halloween decorations? These DIY Window Silhouettes are easy to make, and they won’t break your fall holiday budget.
Ravens, spiders, Victorian ghost silhouettes … you can find templates online for all sorts of spooky shapes and designs. With some scissors and cardboard or poster board, you can turn every window of your apartment into a one-of-a-kind Halloween display.
7. Keep It Simple (Keep Your Budget to a Minimum)
Working on a super tight budget this Halloween? With a bit of creativity, you can create a spooky and fun Halloween atmosphere in your apartment without having to break the bank.
For less than $5, you can buy two yards of black polyester fabric. That’s 6’ x 9’ of fabric that you can use to cover an entire dining table. Or, you can cut it into strips and make spooky swags to hang over your windows!
For less than $11, you can buy a pack of 36 LED flameless candles. Put them all over the house and turn out the lights to create some spooky ambiance!
The more they weigh, the more they cost … but for less than a dollar per pound, you can buy real pumpkins at stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Get a few big pumpkins and turn Halloween into a pumpkin-carving fest for the whole family. There are tons of free pumpkin-carving patterns online, including many of cats, bats, witches, and spiders.
No matter how you intend to spend this Halloween, it’s fun to decorate your apartment and get in the holiday spirit. This year, we think it’s better to forgo the super scary stuff and go for a mystical, spooky vibe instead.
Regardless of your budget or style, there are inexpensive ways to decorate for Halloween and lots of decorations you can DIY yourself. Get creative, have fun with it, and stick to your budget.
In 2020, it’s all about doing what works for you and your family.
Author Bio: Maggie Litka is a business manager at Marvelle at Southcenter. She received her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business Management from Washington State University.