How to Make Your Home Spooky for Halloween

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Cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns and graveyards are populating neighborhood homes as Halloween approaches. If you're planning to make your house look haunted, one of the best ways is through mood lighting. Here are our tips on using your electrical system to take your house  from Casper the Friendly Ghost to Nightmare on Elm Street.

Create shadows with up-lighting. Aim your ground lights slightly upward to create a menacing shadow whenever someone walks past. You can create specific shadows, such as a cackling witch or an evil clown, by partially covering the lenses with paper cutouts.

Choose dark-blue lights for your home. While you may be tempted to go for black, dark-blue lights will give your home a more haunted feel. For instance, buy a dark-blue lightbulb for your front door to make trick-or-treaters feel like they are walking into a dreaded dungeon. You can also use floodlights on your home to make it look like the house is bathed in eerie moonlight.

Set your home's interior lights on a timer. With smart home technology, you can program lights in certain rooms to occasionally flicker. This will make it look like a ghostly being is turning the lights on and off in your home.

Utilize track lighting and fog to maximize the fear factor. Use colored floor track-lighting to set up a fog machine and have fun. Red lights can create a bloodlike mist, while green can look like poisonous fog. And if you want to go all out, set your lights on a timer so you can create the appearance of a moving ghost or glowing eyes in the fog.

When you are setting the Halloween mood, just be creative and enjoy yourself. Whenever you decide to change or update the regular lighting in and around your home, rely on professionals like David Gray Electrical Services to help create a more lasting, aesthetic impression. Call us at 904.724.7211.

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