If you want to bring a truly haunting, dark and intense mood to your Halloween festivities, decorate your home in Goth style. Stone walls, gargoyle statues and candlelit rooms are just a few Gothic touches you can add. In fact, one of the most popular symbols of Goth are dark castles filled with drama, comfort and fear. You can create a mock Gothic castle of your very own by incorporating small changes to your décor and have fun-filled Halloween night memorable for you and your guests.
Hang a wreath of black flowers on the front door of your home. Place a table in your entry hall covered with cobwebs and dramatic silver candelabras holding lit candles. Include skull and gargoyle figurines to greet visitors. Bring out dusty, old furniture from your attic and decorate with vases of dried flowers. If possible, hide modern furnishings for the night.
Cover your windows with dark curtains in colors such as blood red or black. Drape couches and chairs with velvet fabric and top with plush, matching throw pillows on couches and chairs. Leave drawers partially open with cobwebs hanging out. Display copies of classic horror novels such as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and books of dark poetry collections including Arthur Rimbaud's "A Season in Hell."
Create mysterious passages in hallways by hanging Spanish moss from the ceilings and renting a dry-ice machine to produce misty fog. Hang old-world-style swords and hatchets on the walls. Add ambiance with a CD of spooky background noises playing sounds of thunder, creaking footsteps or howling wolves.
Tips & Warnings
- Shop yard sales and thrift shops for old items to incorporate into your Goth decor.
- Props such as cobwebs and spooky sound CDs can be purchased at party shops and craft stores.
- Do not leave lit candles unattended.
- Keep children away from sword and hatchet decor.
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