Something strange and spooky is going on in the world of cultural holidays. The popularity of events like July 4th and Bonfire Night are going down, while Halloween is experiencing something of a resurgence.
As such, many people want to know how they can transform their small apartments into grizzly and gruesome spaces, ready for the season. They want to get into the spirit of the fall and experience everything that it has to offer, including ghosts, goblins, and all manner of creepy crawler nasties.
But how do you do that, exactly? Well, you’re about to find out. This post takes a look at how to prepare your apartment for Halloween, and some of the strategies you can use to make it even more seasonal. Read on to learn more.
Buy An Apartment In A Spookier Part Of The Country
The first step (if possible) is to actually buy an apartment in a spookier part of the country. Very few haunted house movies are set in places like Texas and California because they are pretty much sunny the whole year. Instead, you find the scariest and most gruesome places in the northeast of the country where fall really has an opportunity to take effect, and the trees lose their leaves. Getting an apartment here will mean that your home has the ambiance of somewhere that might be exposed to all manner of ghastly goings-on.
Be More Natural
Another pro tip when it comes to decorating for Halloween is to go about it more naturally. Instead of buying plastic hats, spiders, and other tacky objects, choose props to create a more natural scene.
For instance, you might want to use things like dried squashes and pumpkins that are seasonal at this time of the year. Other options include pine cones and branches of trees. You could also explore things like deep red dried leaves and perhaps baskets of potpourri to reflect the type of spices that make an appearance at this time.
Use Real Candles
You might also want to try using real candles at this time of the year. While the fake ones are getting pretty good, there’s nothing quite like the real thing to create a Halloween ambiance in your apartment.
Real candles look scarier when you mix up the sizes and heights. Instead of ordering them along a table or mantlepiece, choose large and small, and high and low. Place them strategically around your living areas until you create the ambiance you want.
Add Traditional Motifs Sparingly
Finally, we suggest adding traditional motifs sparingly. While you might want to add brains, skulls, and witches’ hats all over the place, a little goes a long way in most apartments.
If you can, find a life-life skull and place it on your sideboard. Then surround it with other motifs, like dried pumpkins, reeds, and other autumnal foliage. You’ll discover that creating a scene and using scary objects as the focal point is more effective than deploying them everywhere. Crows are another excellent option for Halloween décor and are less clichéd than bats.