Be-sweatered crooner Andy Williams might think that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but for some of us, Hallowe’en is the hap-happiest season of all.
There’s the pumpkins, the candy corn, the Shocktober horror film festivals that many of us treat ourselves to and, of course, the fake blood window clings and screaming doorbells from the pound shop.
Turn the Day of the Dead into the Day of the Deal
Stop right there! If your property is on the market, then you need to tone down the schlock value this year, because not everyone loves Hallowe’en as much as you do. Some people actually find the whole thing silly, tacky or just plain scary.
You really don’t want viewers walking up your garden path and walking back down traumatised, or just unable to see your house clearly for all the fake spider webs and crime scene tapes.
Aim for seasonal rather than scary
If you’re having regular viewings, then you need to have a subtle celebration of autumn and Hallowe’en. Everyone loves bright, cheerful pumpkins and gourds, so head to a local grocer or supermarket and pick up a few. Choose different colours and sizes to add interest and to fit in with your exterior and interior schemes, then arrange them artfully inside and out – no carvings of fangs, werewolves or Donald Trump this year.
Late autumn and Hallowe’en also means pumpkin spice flavours and scents. In non-covid times it’d be a great idea to place bowls of candy corn and autumnal-hued marzipan leaves in bowls around the house, but for now you’ll have to make do with a mixture of spice and vanilla scents.
It’s entirely possible to decorate for the season without the horror factor. Instead of the usual black, red, green and orange, opt for varying shades of reds, warm browns, yellows and oranges for your decorations. Choose banners, twig sculptures and strings of subtle orange fairy lights to improve your kerb appeal.
Lastly, don’t forget to pack up your plastic skulls and glowing bats, because you’ll need to need to revert to terrifying type next year!