Decorating Tips for Halloween

Our 4 fab decorating tips for Halloween will help you make fun the focus. In brief, use lights and color, keep it crafty, make it sweet and, last but not least, start a village!

Use Lights & Color!

Lights aren’t just for Christmas decorating! By comparison, they’re important for setting the scene for Halloween, too. In addition to clear lights, broaden your color palette to include purple, orange and green.

Another decorating tip for Halloween: don’t limit yourself to the traditional string lights only. For example, our spheres with white and green phasing effects bring a sense of movement to the scene.

Halloween projector, sphere with white phasing effect and Department 56 glitter trees (light green #1214163, $10 and bright green #1214155, $10 (available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com)
One end of the white fireplace mantel topped with a sphere with green phasing effect and the Department 56 Spider House boxed set and purple twinkle brite tree
sphere with green phasing effect, Department 56 Halloween purple twinkle brite tree (#1120566, $35, available in-store and by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com) and Department 56 Halloween Spider House set
Decorating tip for Halloween to top a white fireplace mantel with  Krypton green and purple shatterproof ornaments, a black mantel clock set to midnight and topped with a Happy Halloween self-standing tabletop piece, a green gourd next to the clock and then a metal "Boo" lighted marquee sign all with a dried grapevine strung with orange LED lights woven through it.
An orange LED 50 rectified conical light set weaves its way through a dried grapevine. We bring the color with Krypton green and purple shatterproof ornaments. And we bring the fun with our Happy Halloween fall decor stand-alone and Boo metal tabletop decor with marquee lights (#1218856, $38.99, available in-store or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or customerservice@bronners.com.)

In addition, line your steps, staircases and walkways with colorful, lighted pumpkins and corn stalks.

Pumpkin wrapped horizontally with a purple LED 50 rectified conical light set as a decorating tip for Halloween
purple LED 50 rectified conical light set

Unquestionably, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the maximum number of light strings to connect for optimum safety.

Corn stalk wrapped in a purple C6 LED light string at the bottom of stairs lined with five pumpkins wrapped in green, orange and purple lights as a decorating tip for Halloween
purple C6 LED 50 light set, green C6 LED 50 light set, orange LED 50 rectified conical light set, purple LED 50 rectified conical light set

All things considered, lighting homegrown pumpkins is one of our brightest decorating tips for Halloween. Secure light strands with T-pins as needed.

Green C6 LED light set wrapped vertically around a pumpkin as a decorating tip for Halloween
green C6 LED 50 light set

Decorating Tip for Halloween: Keep It Crafty!

Decorating tip for Halloween to use Spider Sucker craft in a white fireplace mantle display with a black mantel clock set to midnight, a Krypton green shatter proof ornament and Halloween projector on one side, sparkly green trees on the other and topped with a sphere with white phasing effect

Our simple, sweet Spider Sucker craft ties into our spider theme. To begin with, gather your

Supplies

  • two 12-inch black pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
  • a pair of google eyes
  • sucker
  • wire snips or scissors
  • glue gun

Now it’s time to

Assemble

  • First, cut the pipe cleaners in half.
  • Second, lay the four pieces out together horizontally.
  • Third, lay the sucker on top of the pipe cleaners just to the left of the halfway mark.
Four short, black pipe cleaners laying horizontally on a light wood table and topped about halfway with a green apple sucker
  • Fourth, wrap the pipe cleaners on the right side up and around the stem as pictured.
Black pipe cleaners (chenille stems) wrapped partially around the stick of a green apple sucker laying on a light wood table
Four black pipe cleaners (chenille stems) wrapped around the stick of a green apple sucker and laying on a light wood table
  • Next, spread the pipe cleaners out and bend the tips under to shape the spider’s legs.
  • Last, glue the google eyes onto the center of the spider.
Two finished Spider Suckers, one with an orange body (sucker) and one with a green apple body (sucker)  on a light wood table ready to share as a decorating tip for Halloween

Without a doubt, these creepy crawlies will disappear one by one from your display into the hands of little (and big) trick or treaters!

Make It Sweet

Sooner or later, decorators get hungry. (Halloween partygoers do, too!) So another decorating tip for Halloween (sort of!) is to feed the hungry and make it sweet! Start out with a warm and wonderful staple like our Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

White single-serving bowl of Baked Macaroni and Cheese sitting on cutting board shaped like Michigan's Lower Peninsula

After that, end the meal with a sweet note, our Caramel Layer Choco-Squares. There’s nothing like the combination of caramel, chocolate and nuts!

Partial pan of Caramel Layer Choco-Squares on dark wood table sprinkled with caramel nibs

Decorating Tip for Halloween: Start a Village!

Finally, be sure to start a Department Halloween Village at your house. Start small by incorporating one piece at a time into your current Halloween displays. In time, you’ll find you have a Halloween Village that can stand on its own.

Dad holding toddler dressed in spider costume and pumpkin-shaped trick-or-treat candy holder and standing in front of spider house and tree with colored leaves on the ground
Department 56 Halloween Spider House Boxed Set
Closeup of Spider House showing spider web bars on the windows and as other architectural trim along with a pumpkin in front of the house carved into a spider for decorating for Halloween
Department 56 Halloween Spider House Boxed Set

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