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4 spooky ways to get your home ready for Halloween

Spookify your scullery

These Halloween decorations are delightfully spooky. Credit: Pexels

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Halloween is an atypical holiday, don't you agree? Think about it for a moment. It's the only holiday where it's socially acceptable to throw on a mask, scare your pesky neighbors, and devour massive amounts of sugary treats.

Some people even spring for next-level decorations, decking out their yards with pumpkins and tombstones. My dad used to scale the roof of my childhood home every year to affix a faux spider between two street facing windows. He wanted to have the spookiest house on the block—and so, it seemed, did our neighbors.

But what about indoor decorations? I spend more time in the kitchen than in the yard, and I'd like my decorations to live in my kitchen where I can best enjoy them. Here's how to bring the spookiness to your kitchen:

1. Spider Magnets

These spider magnets stick to your fridge, stove, or dishwasher. You can arrange them in any pattern you want. They're cute—adorable, even—but to the unsuspecting eye, they could be mistaken for real spiders. I can imagine I'd spook even myself, as I'm easily startled in the morning. Nothing a little coffee can't fix, though.

2. Floating Witch Hats

Do you want to wow your guests? Well, you're in luck. These floating witch hats are positively magical—and easy to make.

Just poke a paper clip through the top part of the hat, tie some clear fishing line around it, and secure the nearly invisible thread to your ceiling with a tack or piece of tape.

If you're feeling ambitious, you can even make floating candles or use a mechanism that moves the objects up and down.

3. Window Silhouettes

I'm a minimalist at heart, so I prefer simple designs and decorations. These window silhouettes are eerie and inexpensive.

They're meant to resemble shadows, which is something I really love. After all, there's nothing scarier than the unknown. Just pick your favorite ghoul from the pack and stick it to your kitchen window. These decorations should also peel off easily and leave little to no residue.

4. Rolling Fog

You're going to love this trick because it really sets the mood. All you need is a container, a kitchen sink, hot water, and dry ice. Though creepy sound effects aren't necessary, I highly recommend it.

Like a mad scientist working inside his or her laboratory, you can make your own fog inside your kitchen sink. Sounds wild, right? Just fill half of a container with hot water and add pieces of dry ice every 5-10 minutes. Soon the fog will bubble up from the sink and fill the whole room.

This project is super simple, but please do me a solid and read up on how to safely handle dry ice, as it can be dangerous.

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