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Creating a Spooky Entryway for Trick-or-Treaters

by Cheryl DeBartolo The House Designers’ Contributing Writer

Halloween is tomorrow and with it come trick-or-treating visitors. Make your home the most visited house on the block by dressing up your home for the occasion. Whether you go for subtlety with a few pumpkins and scarecrows or you go all out with your decorations, here are a few helpful hints to inspire you. While you are decorating, take a moment to enter our Halloween Photo Contest through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and show us your spooky entryways, window displays, porches and patios.

Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection

The Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection™ is the perfect paintable door. Offering all the benefits of fiberglass this door easily adapts to your home’s interior or exterior.

Paint Your Door

A paintable door is a subtle way to change your home’s exterior and to get your porch ready for Halloween. You can easily change the color of a door with a paintable surface. If you paint your door a solid color it can serve as a canvas for other decorations including wreaths and wall clings.

One of our favorite paintable doors is the Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® Canvas-Collection™. With all the benefits of fiberglass including security, durability, and energy efficiency, it is also a smooth paintable surface that features beautiful, architecturally correct facets and rich embossing that rivals high-end custom doors. There is no doubt that you can find a Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection™ door that fits your tastes and style, and can be your canvas for years to come.

LAMPS PLUS Stratford Hall 63 1/4" Wall Light

Sometimes an ordinary light fixture can fit right in. Choose a fixture with strong ornamentation to give your exterior a bit of a gothic accent. Not only will the fixture fit into a spooky landscape, but it will also look good all year around. Pictured here is the Stratford Hall 63 ¼” Wall Light from LAMPS PLUS®. View their collection of outdoor wall lights to see similar styles.

Make Sure You Have Good Lighting

Lighting is a key element to any good landscape but it is especially important on Halloween. A well-lit path will guide trick-or-treaters to your doorway and minimize the risk of injury. Good lighting doesn’t have to be Halloween themed, in fact you can achieve great Halloween lighting simply by picking outdoor light fixtures you love already.

For example, heavily ornamented European fixtures look great all year around but tend to lean towards a more Gothic, horror movie feel when accented with other Halloween decorations. You can find both wall lights and landscape lights at LAMPS PLUS®.

LAMPS PLUS Super Duty Bellagio 31 1/2"-H Textured Black LED Path Light

Path lighting is just as important as your wall lighting. The Super Duty Bellagio 31 ½”-H Textured Black LED Path Light from LAMPS PLUS® is a classically styled traditional path light that features a textured black finish with a clear water glass and frosted diffuser. The LEDs add energy efficiency and the included ground stake is compatible with your existing low voltage landscape lighting system. Pair these beautiful path lights with some pumpkins and they will blend seamlessly into your Halloween landscape.

Use What You Have Around the House

Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be an expense. There are plenty of easy DIY decorations that you can craft and place to accent your own home. You can create ghosts to hang in the trees around your home, or create a scarecrow out of used clothing to sit on your front porch.

You can also purchase pumpkins and create unique focal points. If you choose to do so, you can carve the pumpkins and make jack-o-lanterns. You can even group your jack-o-lanterns together in order to create a pumpkin fire pit with the accent of a few logs. Using flameless candles is a great way to make sure that you maintain the ambiance while keeping the fire lit.

Decorate Your Home's Entryway and Enter Our Halloween Contest

After you have finished decorating send us a photo of your finished Halloween landscape. Click here for more details on how to enter.

Don’t Forget to Enter Our Halloween Contest

After putting the finishing touches on your Halloween landscape, snap a pic, and share it with us on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #THDHauntedMansion for a chance to win a $100 Home Depot gift card. You can also enter by sharing your entry on our Facebook page. Visit our blog for more details.

Hennessey House House Plan

The Hennessey House house plan has architectural details fit for a spooky movie. You can see more house plans in this style by viewing our European house plan collection.