Build the Mood With Spooky Lighting
Lighting is an essential aspect of creating any kind of mood, but if you want the best Halloween display this year, try going subtle instead of flashy. Let’s look at how you can use light to bring in the darkness this October 31st.
The first thing you need to know about lighting is that it accentuates its opposite—shadow. Creating deep, looming shadows is rule number one of exterior Halloween lighting. To do this, place your lights low, aiming them slightly upward. This will create grotesque, elongated shadows from anything around them.
Consider, also, what portions of your yard you’d like to be visible, and which you’d like to remain in darkness so that visitors’ imaginations do all the dirty work for you.
Next, think about color. Make use of the familiar Halloween orange to give your yard a festive, classic feel, or go with a dim blue bulb in your porch light for a more scary, dungeon-esque look. And don’t bother with the blacklights—they just look silly.
If you want to up the scares, use flickering flame blubs like these, which not only create a great, otherworldly ambience, but also deepen nearby shadows, making them seem as if they’re moving. If you really want to splurge, go for a batch of electronic candles, placing them in clusters around your porch.
Finally, if you want to use a strobe light, don’t just let it flash quickly. That’s gimmicky. Instead, set it to flash at slow, random intervals for a creepier vibe. If you’re using a fog machine, this can be breathtaking.
Light is one of the most important parts of your Halloween display, so give it careful thought if you want to be the “it” house.