As if 2017 hasn’t been scary enough, Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to ponder some spooky decorations to get your house ready to terrify. I tend to favor creating a generally creepy vibe, letting the viewers psyche themselves out. Others go for the jump scare. However you like to interpret the challenge of scaring anyone who passes by your house, there are hundreds of ways to accomplish the feat.
Even if all you have is a stoop, a landing, or a single tree, there’s no excuse for letting Halloween pass without dressing up your space. Plenty of folks toss up a string of lights for Christmas, but for my money, Halloween affords the opportunity to have a much more dramatic effect. Channel your favorite horror movie and create something truly dreadful.
Here are the top 10 best Halloween decorations to help your house stand out as the scariest on the street:
1. Bag of bones
A classic feature of any good Halloween scene, bones strewn about always portend bad things. Who knows why those people died, all that matters is that they ended up on your property, so it’s fair to assume the whole place is haunted. This kit comes with 28 pieces, though they’re a bit on the small side. This set has slightly better sized pieces, but fewer of them. I think of these as supplementary pieces and not the main attraction, so this is an item that doesn’t need to be perfect.
Price: $31.61 (30 percent off MSRP)
2. Mega Yard Spider Web
Of course. The giant web for a spider the size of a Smart car. This comes with one gutter hook and five ground stakes. I personally find it creepiest when the spider can’t be seen, but in case you don’t agree, there are, of course, spiders to complete the look. I would buy a few of these and construct a super web, just to show your neighbors you mean business.
3. 72 Inch Cocoon Corpse
To augment your huge spider web, you could always add an unfortunate victim to cement the threat. Sure, you might not convince the adults without the element of surprise, but you’re sure to give the kids pause. This webbed victim is 72 inches tall and well-mummified.
4. Fog Machine
An absolute essential, a fog machine will turn your lawn into an unknown swamp or fill a room, obscuring the terrifying details until the viewer is right next to them. Every haunted house has as least one. It’s the detail that puts your setup on the next level. This package also includes a strobe light, a black light, and the fluid to create the fog. The sale price alone makes it worth it.
Price: $99 (59 percent off MSRP)
5. 9.5 Inch Sinister Pumpkin Fogger
Keeping with the fogger theme, this one adds additional creepy detail by being built into a wicked-looking pumpkin. Tuck this into a dark place, where it will glow horribly and spew fog. Also comes in a skull variant.
Price: $25.49 (45 percent off MSRP)
6. The Corn Stalker Animated
Do you need an imposing figure for your yard? Yes, you do. Sheer size scares and 7 feet six inches provides a lot of it. When folks realize there’s a figure looming over them, it can provide the perfect jump scare. Maybe you even put it on a rope so you can manually lower it down at the opportune moment. There are plenty of possibilities with this.
7. 72 Inch Hanging Phantom
To up the ante on the imposing figure flying down upon unsuspecting trick-or-treaters, this phantom adds motion-activated sounds in the form of terrible moaning. It also has posable arms and light-up eyes to really drive the point home. Possibly not a good choice in the rain, you may have to watch the weather and save this one for the night of or keep it inside.
8. AtmosFEARfx Digital Decorations
To really create a chilling scene, consider bringing in video. These DVDs provide the impression of something sinister moving across walls and coming toward unsuspecting victims. Available in a variety of themes, these are sure to crank up the horror. You can use a monitor or television, but to get the full effect, you’ll want a projector. There’s even a handy bundle to give you everything you need in one purchase.
9. Seasons Crazy Bonez Pose-N-Stay Skeleton
What Halloween would be complete without a full skeleton hanging around? The quintessential spooky favorite, skeletons can bring a scene together. This 63″ model is poseable and has knees that lock into position. It’ll stand if you lean it against the wall and sit perfectly. There’s even a companion dog skeleton to complete the set. Shroud this thing in fog and let it scare the children.
Price: $48.99 (48 percent off MSRP)
10. 150 Scary Sounds and Halloween Music
The last piece of the puzzle for any haunted evening is a soundtrack of evil sounds to create a feeling of suspense. There are many to choose from, but this collection of 150 samples should do the trick. The key to making this work is a cleverly stashed music playing device connected to a set of decent computer speakers hidden from view. Sure, you could use laptop speakers, but this is all about creating atmosphere.
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