Safe and Spooky Decor and Halloween Lighting Ideas from the Design Team at Lamps Plus

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Nation’s largest specialty lighting retailer announces affordable and family friendly DIY Halloween projects.

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Safe and Spooky Halloween Decor

Under the right light, the spookiest holiday can also be the safest.

Halloween is the spookiest holiday of the year and with children taking to the street after dark, it’s also the day in which safety is paramount. For that reason, the design team at Lamps Plus has developed a handful of easy-to-execute DIY Halloween projects to help people set the eerie scene safely this season.

Vice President and Designer at Lamps Plus Manja Swanson explains, “With a few simple Halloween lighting ideas, you can transform your house into a haunted house. To this end, the Lamps Plus design team has developed the three following easy decorating projects to get the home set for the Halloween mood.”

The Ghost Pathway
“If setting the Halloween mood at your house is the treat,” explains Swanson, “the trick is doing so while increasing the safety of your property.” Path lights are a great option to light the way for trick-or-treaters. For an extra special Halloween-inspired twist, the Lamps Plus team suggests creating a “ghost pathway.” To create a ghost pathway, simply draw a ghost face on a series of gallon milk jugs or brown paper lunch bags with a black marker. Light each by filling it with party lights or solar LED string lights. Line the “ghosts” up and down the driveway or path to give guests a safe, spooky approach to the house.

The Haunted Apothecary Shop
Nothing speaks to Halloween horror like a mad scientist’s lab filled with boiling pots, overflowing beakers and shelves full of specimen jars. To set the scene at home, the Lamps Plus team suggests creating a “haunted apothecary shop.” Begin with clear glass apothecary jars or decorative urns. Fill the jars with “specimens” such as toy insects, plastic eyeballs or even doll parts from the local discount store. Add water and a few drops of food coloring and the once decorative jars are transformed into an eerie lab sample. Place these ‘haunted’ apothecary jars on the mantle or, better yet, an entryway accent table alongside the Halloween candy bowl for the ultimate spooky trick-or-treater experience.

The Secret Window
In the movies, every creepy house seems to have an eerily lit window. For Halloween decorating, the Lamps Plus team is inspired by this look. To create the effect at home, begin with sheer curtains and add a single iconic item such as a jack-o-lantern, skeleton or bat. Ceiling lights with wall dimmers can be easily dimmed to give the window a foreboding look, while battery operated LED puck lights are perfect for lighting jack-o-lanterns safely. “Or for a classic haunted house look, try placing a gothic candelabra behind a white curtain,” says Swanson. “Light the candlestick from behind with a spotlight and let the eerie silhouette shine through. This theatrical effect never fails and is sure to delight trick-or-treaters as they approach your house.”

Lastly, for the time-strapped, it’s possible to add Halloween flavor with very little or no effort. Simply switching to an orange light bulb in outdoor sconces will set the seasonal mood. For a more permanent solution, Halloween-loving homeowners might want to consider gargoyle lights or post lights. Originally believed to ward off evil spirits from gothic cathedrals, ghoulish looking gargoyles are a classical architectural ornament still in use to this day. For more ideas, the Lamps Plus Style Illuminated blog offers Halloween and other seasonal tips year round.

About Lamps Plus
For more than 30 years, Lamps Plus has been synonymous with excellence in the lighting retail industry. Established in 1976, Lamps Plus is the nation's largest specialty lighting store, with more than 40 superstores throughout the western United States. Together with their retail locations and online business, Lamps Plus serves customers nationwide with the largest selection of functional and decorative lighting fixtures, accessories, furniture and home decor. This selection includes hundreds of products available exclusively from Lamps Plus. Services include in-home lighting consultations, in-store workshops and installation from expert, licensed electricians. American Lighting Association certified designers are available to offer product recommendations and lighting advice in all our stores, by phone or online at The Lamps Plus family of websites also includes 55 Downing Street, Lighting Luxury Style and Lamps Plus Open Box.

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