Halloween has become a popular celebration and everything about it has become more elaborate. Better costumes, better decoration, and definitely better candy. USA Today estimates Americans will spend $10 billion this year on candy, decorations, and costumes, more than ever before.1
If you “go all out” to prepare for trick-or-treaters, you know that yard décor is essential for this once per year fright night. Carved pumpkins with candles inside will not do; the fire risk is too real, and it can be done so much better. Do-it-yourself fun is the way to go, and entertaining, affordable lighting options are available to help your haunt stand out.
Light-emitting diodes or LED lights are versatile, safe, and generally inexpensive. LED lights use little energy, and many can be powered by batteries. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes.
Combine your imagination with LED lights and try a few of these safe lighting tricks:
LED flameless candles create an atmosphere with a convincing flicker without the potential harm of a real flame. They come in a variety of sizes and options, like flicker flame or steady light. Use the larger-sized candle in your layered carved pumpkin as a highlight.
LED flashlights can be used as spotlights to highlight a static display.
LED light sticks have replaced old-style light, crack-and-go disposable light sticks. LED light sticks come with replaceable batteries, in many colors and can be purchased at about a dollar per stick. Get creative and make a statement.
Non-blinking LED lights in balloons or lanterns made from paper can create a spooky effect. You can find them in a variety of colors and waterproof for about a dollar each.
LED rope lights will cost a little more but can produce a great effect with a little creativity.
Color-changing LED lights to come in several shapes and sizes. Some styles offer color change programming.
Combine LED lights with a few accessories for some very fun effects and safe lighting options.
LED-lit mist makers can create a color-changing fog for a truly frightful setting.
Mini LED Strobe lights connected to inexpensive motion detectors create a startling effect as ghosts and princesses approach your porch. Make your pumpkin laugh or talk as children from the neighborhood arrive. Yes, you can buy them, but designing your own scary treat is a lot of fun.
If you want a more hands-on approach, use a remote control or timer for some cool interaction. Remote will cost a little more, but you can have serious fun.
Turn porch lights into lit pumpkins with little effort. Find cheap pumpkin-shaped buckets and trim them to fit over porch lights or landscaping walkway lights.
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