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    Question Decoration ideas for a small area... (windows, porch)

    I am looking for decoration ideas for small areas- namely, my front side windows and my front porch. I only have a small porch in the front but I want to do something more with it. The porch is only about 5 feet by 4 feet.

    All I ever do with the porch usually is hang spiderwebs down from it and put garland and lights on the railing... Oh, and use a pumpkin light cover. I'd really like to up the decorations in that area this year. Preferably in a way that I don't have to go buy a lot of expensive stuff...I have a very small budget this year. The other area I'm looking for some ideas for is my side windows. I have a large picture/bay window but I never know what to do with the smaller windows on each side of the picture window. One of the smaller windows looks out on the porch.

    Here is a photo of the area from one halloween:
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    EDIT: I wrote most of this before I saw you posted a picture, so disregard some of this...

    If I were you, I'd probably play a with light a lot. It's fairly cheap, easy, and low maintenance.

    Use shadows inside your house. I don't know what people can or can not see when they come up to the door, but if you had some well placed lighting in a room of one of those windows, you could easily make a 'scene'. Have a small skeleton cast a shadow on the walls or purchase a larger skeleton, hang him close to the window and put a light behind for a silhouette.

    Use different colors like green, red, or amber. Not sure how small your windows are, but that was the first thing I thought of - focus on lighting.

    As for your porch, maybe making some cheap dummies - old clothes stuffed with newspaper, maybe with some Pvc supports - have a few of them - 3 or 4 - standing right up where the tot's will walk. Make them tall and tower over most people. The closer they are to the traffic of tot'ers, the less likely they'll be willingly pass by them

    For a more classic feel, get some bales of hay and prop them against the railing at the top. Have some uncarved pumpkins on the steps.

    Are you trying to go for a certain feeling? Super scary? Somewhat scary? Grandma scary? Totally not scary?

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    I try to get some good lighting in the room behind the windows, the problem is that it is our living room and so it's all one room, so if I try to do too many different lighting effects it gets lost in the muddle. I can't do shadows because the walls of the room are not really visible from outside-- well, maybe I could cast a shadow on the ceiling...hmm.

    I'm going for medium-scary-- not so scary that TOTs won't want to go up to my door but not silly or cutesy. Not actually gory though because most of the TOTs we get are younger. They don't seem to mind the skulls and knife-wielding maniacs but I don't want to get into guts and ichor.
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    I've been wishing lately that I had a window where I could try the floating head thing. I think it's called Pepper's Ghost - sheet of plexiglass angled against the window and a tv or computer monitor projecting an image . Looks like one of your spaces could be used that way.

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    HauntedHorror, love that front window.

    One thing I did years ago when living in a trailer. Had three windows TOTs would see or walk by when coming up the driveway. Put a strobe in each window with the curtains closed. Cheesy? yep but it did look cool from the street.

    Cheep as possible with the biggest bag? Try this.

    If you got em,
    light pull down shades for those windows or as many sheers as you can hang there ( from other windows in the house ) Or if your curtains are a light color and bright light can be easily seen threw them. They will work as well.

    One strobe.

    Fans. A few osolating would be best but a box fan would work.

    Any dark $1.00 a yard material or THICK black trash bags.


    The idea is to cover the windows and place the strobe a good 5 to 6 feet way to light up the inside. You must be able to see the light from the street or porch.

    Place the ripped up ( not perfectly cut ) material or trash bags a good 2 to 3 feet from the windows on the inside. Floor to ceiling.

    Place the fans to get the best movement form the materials used.

    If you need the TOT's on the porch to see the movement better angle the strobe in that direction.

    Now you have light and movement for a few bucks. For safety remember to always place the strobe so No one can look directly into the light.
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    I probably should have mentioned this, but my biggest display goes in the bay/picture window to the side of the smaller window in the photo... This is where most of my props go for most of the time, as it's the most visible place from outside and I usually am afraid to put stuff outside all season. So, whatever decorations I put in the side windows it has to be something that will not cause a problem for my main display being in the big picture window in the middle. I don't have curtains so I just have the big window with no covering over it at all usually for Halloween.
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    I wish I had a window like that! Totally cool.

    Is it possible to do up your entry way on the inside? Give the TOT's something to remember when you open your door!
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    It looks like that storm door takes up most of the stoop when it opens.. does it?

    Can you take it off for that one night?

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    The storm door does take up a lot of room, but there is space to the side of it in the corner of the porch... One year I put a dummy there sitting on a chair. Also there is some space between the storm door and the railing... I might be able to take the storm door off, I've never tried it before... We used to have awnings above the windows so I could hang things from them, or one year I made a giant spider and placed him up on the awning but when we got new windows we got rid of the awnings. This means the windows are more visible from top to bottom, but it also leaves me nowhere to hang or place things above them unfortunately!

    When you open the house door there is a large doorway just to the left (to the living room) and straight back behind the door is a wall. It's a very small foyer so I could do something to decorate the foyer but it would have to not take up much room, or I wouldn't be able to open the door. Any ideas for decoration of the foyer as well? I usually just put a hanging spiders curtain in the doorway to the living room.
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    If you want, you can check out my website and take a tour of our haunted house. We have a pretty cool pumpkin patch display, a pirates display, a graveyard display and a Halloween town we call Hauntville. You can see it at: http://hauntedhouseforkids.com

 

 
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