At Halloween, some people not only dress themselves up in costumes, they also dress their houses for an enchanted evening. It can be a way of integrating yourself into the neighborhood and feeling a part of the community. But since you are in a rental home, you want to take care not to damage the home in any way, avoiding nail holes or fire hazards.
To make your home look festive while remaining safe, here are six tips for decorating your rental home for Halloween.
Use Natural Elements
Decorate with fall leaves, corn stalks, fall flowers gourds and pumpkins to create a beautiful autumn display. Consider a wreath of natural elements or a grouped display of fall elements on the side of the porch. Be sure to keep stairways and entryways clear.
Create Spooky Windows
Colored window clings or cutout black outlines of ghosts, bats or witches can be easily affixed to (and removed from) the inside of your front windows. Backlight them to create a shadow effect.
Carve one or more pumpkins for display along your front entrance or porch. During the day you don’t need to light them, and for safety, use a battery-powered light or small flashlight instead of a flame at night.
Hang Spider Webs
Purchase spider web filaments or cotton batting from your local craft store and drape them in the corners of your porch or entryway, or in tree branches or on bushes for an eerie effect. For more impact, create or purchase large spiders to dangle or sit amidst the webs.
Make, purchase or rent spooky props like headstones, body parts or witches cauldrons and create a scary display in the yard.
Play Eerie Music
Don’t forget that sound can also add an element of suspense to your Halloween decorations. Play a sound effect CD during trick-or-treat times.
Propman Property Management wants you to enjoy living in your rental property and neighborhood, so make the home your own with a few decorating touches. The kids – and neighbors – will be more likely to stop by and say “hi” when they see you as a more permanent part of the community.
If you are looking for a rental home in Northern Virginia, or need a professional property management company to represent your home, please give Propman a call. Also check our online resources such as our rental policies and application and landlord FAQs.
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