How To Use Different Lighting Techniques to Create Spooky Halloween Effects
Believe it or not, lighting can create so many feelings in all sorts of situations. You can make a Halloween scene scarier, or you can make a Halloween party more entertaining. To help you out, we put together some lighting ideas for Halloween that will make your Halloween decorations that much better.
When black lights are used in the dark, they can transform a dull, lifeless Halloween decoration into a pretty eerie Halloween scene. Consider changing out your porch lights or yard lampposts with black light bulbs at Halloween. If you have a graveyard scene in your front yard, you can paint over the tombstones or just trace the lettering with transparent glow-in-the-dark paint. The black lights will illuminate the tombstones, bringing them to life. Hang white plastic or Styrofoam skeletons on the porch and watch how they glow in the black light.
You can also use black lights indoors and they should always be used as the finishing touch to your Halloween party. Decorate your party room with glow-in-the-dark and fluorescent decorations. If you have some Halloween decorations that do not glow, just paint over them with glow paint, flip the light switch and watch them light up! When your guests arrive, turn off the white lights and turn on the black lights to see how everyone’s costumes look in the dark.
Strobe lights accompanied with a fog machine are a great way to pump up the creepiness of your home at Halloween. Just as with the above example, a strobe light would be great for an outdoor graveyard scene, especially if you have creatures hanging from a tree or off of your roof eaves. Simply set the strobe light up in the front of the house and aim it into the fog from a fog machine. With the fog moving around, it will create a spooky, disorienting effect for your visitors as they walk through the graveyard. Be sure that the light is aimed up or down into the fog, rather than straight into the path of vision of people who will be heading towards your house.
Use spot lights to highlight the Halloween decorations that you have throughout your yard. If you have a zombie that is walking over to the neighbor’s yard, spot light him. If you have a vampire that is exiting his coffin, put a spot light on him. Spot lights can help your Halloween theme tell its story and will draw your visitor’s eye to different areas of your Halloween display.
You can transform a lamppost into a jack-o-lantern light in a snap. Purchase one plastic jack-o-lantern trick-or-treating bucket for each light. Take the shade and the light bulb off of the lamppost. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket that is the same size as the hole in the bottom of the shade. Slip the bucket onto the post, and screw in a low-wattage light bulb. You’ve instantly transformed your boring yard lamppost into a creative, Halloween decoration. If you don’t want to take the time to create your own jack-o-lantern light, you can purchase a pumpkin light that easily snaps over your lamppost.
There are many Halloween boutiques and stores that sell Halloween string lights. You can typically find them in the form of ghosts, pumpkins or even spiders. Hang Halloween string lights from the edge of your roof, around your front door, around your windows, or even wrap them down your stair banister.