Halloween Party Lighting Ideas

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When you’re getting ready to decorate your house for Halloween, don’t forget to work some lighting effects into the mix. You can add an extra touch of creepiness, bring a little dramatic flair to your home, or just increase the festive look by using a variety of colored and white lights along with your Halloween decorations.

String Lights - They’re Not Just for Christmas

Don’t think that string lights are only for Christmas decorating. You can work wonders with strings of orange, purple, yellow or white lights, both inside and outside your home. To keep the look Halloween, not Christmas, avoid red, green, blue or multi-colored strings of lights. You can find outdoor-approved lights in suitably creepy colors at just about every home improvement center that sells Halloween décor.

Outdoor Halloween Lighting Ideas

Outside the house, use the lights to bring attention to your front entrance, and also to any focal points in the front yard.

  • Weave orange lights up winter-bare trees, wrapping the lights around the trunk, then spreading them throughout the branches. Use one color for the trunk and another for the branches for a more dramatic effect.
  • Use purple or orange lights along the front eaves of your roof, and around any pillars or supports.
  • Light up your front porch with multiple strings of white, orange and purple lights. Run the strings around the doorframe and around any porch support pillars. You can even run strings of lights back and forth along the wall surrounding your door, creating a vivid backdrop for any jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations on the stoop.
  • Run lights along your front walkway to draw attention to the path, and to cast a little bit of light for the safety of trick-or-treaters that make their way to your home.
  • Stretch netting made from white lights over the shrubbery near your front walkway. Work lengths of faux cobwebs around the lights, and tuck plenty of plastic spiders onto the webs.

Indoor Halloween Lighting Ideas

Inside the house, use lights to add fun in your foyer, living room and dining area.

  • Run Halloween-themed decorative lights along curtain rods, the top edges of tall furniture or over doorways. There are theme lights of just about anything imaginable, including skeletons, pumpkins, Frankenstein, zombies and ghosts.
  • Spotlight a banister with purple and orange lights wrapped the full length of the stairs.
  • Weave white lights through and around hanging light fixtures in your foyer or dining room. Stretch fake cobwebs along the lights, and then dot with plastic spiders. Let a few spiders hang down on long strands of web.
  • If you set out a display of Halloween collectibles on your sideboard, table, hutch or mantel, focus attention on the gathering by running a string of white lights around and through the collection, tucking lights in between objects.

Lighted Halloween Crafts

You can easily make your own Halloween props that glow or are lighted. It’s fun to show your creative flair at Halloween, and much less expensive than buying ready-made decorations.

Make A Lighted Milk Jug Ghost

You can very easily turn a plastic milk jug, a string of white lights and an old sheet into a hanging ghost for your front porch, or a corner of the living room.

You will need:

  • Empty, clean, one-gallon plastic milk jug
  • Black Sharpie pen
  • String of white lights
  • Craft knife
  • Clear fishing line
  • An old white sheet
  1. Turn the milk jug upside-down, so the opening is on the bottom. On the flat side of the jug opposite the handle, use your Sharpie pen to draw a face as scary, or as friendly, as you like.
  2. Use your craft knife to cut a round opening in the jug underneath the handle.
  3. Push the string of lights into the jug through the round opening, leaving enough cord hanging out so you will be able to plug it into a nearby electrical outlet.
  4. Center the sheet over the neck of the jug. Wrap a length of fishing wire tightly around the jug’s neck and the sheet to securely attach the sheet to the jug.
  5. Turn the jug over, so you now have a ghostly head with the sheet “body” hanging down below.
  6. Make a loop of fishing wire through the jug’s handle, and use the loop to hang the ghost from the ceiling.
  7. Cut a few small slits in the edges of the sheet, and loop fishing line through the cuts. Use the fishing line to pull the sheet out so it looks like a ghostly figure floating midair. Tie the fishing line loops to nearby supports, or use small pieces of tape to secure them.
  8. Step back to see how your ghost looks, and make any needed adjustments to give it a floating, ethereal look.
  9. Plug in the lights, and enjoy your ghost!

Glowing Jar Of Eyeballs

Add a gross touch to your Halloween décor that kids will love! Gruesome and fun!

You will need:

  • Empty glass jar
  • Glow-in-the-dark spray paint
  • Rubber or plastic lifelike eyeballs
  1. Spray paint the outside of your jar with the glow-in-the-dark paint. Use short, even bursts of paint to cover the glass completely. You might want to use several coats for good glowing effect. Let dry.
  2. Fill the jar with the eyeballs.
  3. Screw on the jar’s lid, and set in a light spot to charge the paint.
  4. When darkness falls, let your glowing jar of eyeballs decorate the Halloween party table, or set near the door when you open it to pass out candy.

If you love decorating for Halloween, you know how important lighting is for setting the right spooky vibe. Set the scene with plenty of string lights, and create a few crafts to light up your Halloween festivities.

Last Updated: September 20, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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