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5 Tips for Spooky Halloween Lighting

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5 Tips for Spooky Halloween Lighting

When it’s time to turn the exterior of your house into something out of a horror flick, don’t let your electric bills become scream-worthy, too. Recent outdoor lighting innovations have created a variety of low-cost options for outdoor Halloween lighting. Go ahead and decorate your porch, walkways, and doorways with creepy lights.


If you follow these five spooky halloween lighting tips, your home will look scary enough to give trick-or-treaters a thrill without causing a spike in your electric bill.

  1. 1.Luminaries

    Line your driveway, sidewalks, and walkways with luminaries. Luminaries are a row of lights at the ground level that help set a spooky atmosphere and cast the shadow of any critter or ghost that scuttles by. Make your own luminaries inexpensively out of a few household products:

    • • Cut the top off of empty cans
    • • Punch holes in the cans in an assorted design
    • • Place a battery-powered light in each can
    • • With the bag right side up, draw a scary image on the bag
    • • Cut the image out and place sand in the bottom of the bag to weigh it down
    • • Place the lighted cans in the bags and set them outside

    Simple and affordable scary outdoor lighting.

  2. 2.String Lighting

    The options in string lighting are extensive–there’s something for every budget and every decorating theme. Look for funky pumpkins, Jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, spiders, zombies–the list is long. Once you’ve chosen the string lights that fit your theme, add them liberally around the exterior of your home. Line porches, cover trees, and shrubs, hang them around windows, string them through step railings–there’s really no end to where you can hang string lighting.

  3. 3.Lighting Colors

    One of the most important keys to making Halloween lighting spooky is the color of the lighting you use. The spookiest lighting colors are black, purple, and dark blue. These color lights cast a creepy doom over your yard and light up any decorations you may have in an eerie way.


    Tip: Directing dark blue lights toward your house can create a scary, moonlit glow.

  4. 4.Illuminated Spider Web

    Create an extensive spider web over your landscape with rope and fake spider web material you can purchase at any home improvement store.

    • • Use rope to create anchor points for the web by stringing it across objects in your front yard at varying heights like trees and shrubs, or your porch, house, garage, and front steps.
    • • Once you’ve set up your spider web, illuminate it with spooky lighting by wrapping LED lights around the rope.

    Depending on the color of lighting you choose, your web may have a dark, purple glow, or a bright white iridescence.

  5. 5.Pumpkins

    Try the old-fashioned effect of placing scary jack-o’-lanterns in your front yard. After cutting the pumpkin open and scraping out the pulp, follow these tips for a truly eerie jack-o-lantern.

    • • Print out a spooky stencil you find online or use one that comes in a kit
    • • Pin the stencil to your pumpkin using sewing needles or something similar
    • • Then use a pin to outline the stencil onto the pumpkin
    • • Next, use a sharp serrated knife to cut along the outline you made with the pins
    • • Place a tealight candle or battery operated light inside the pumpkin, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, and set outside

    After following these simple steps, your house will look eerily haunted and be ready to scare the heebee-jeebees out of any passerby.

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