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Looking for some ways to add spooky Halloween outdoor lighting to your yard? These ideas are sure to make your house the coolest one on the block!
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, which is why I always go all out with Halloween decorations like my haunted house decor and my annual Halloween graveyard. But no matter whether I’m doing indoor or outdoor decor, I think lighting is what makes or breaks a good Halloween display.
It’s no secret that I love Halloween…and I especially love doing up my yard with Halloween lights.
And there’s no missing my house on the block. I definitely don’t subscribe to the “less is more” school of Halloween decorating (although to be honest…I don’t really belong to that school for any kind of decor).
It’s been many years since I created my first yard haunt with lighting (and I still use all of those lighting ideas in my Halloween yard decor).
However, since then Halloween decorating seems to have taken on a life of its own.
Every year I learn a few more lighting tricks to help make my yard look spooky. So the list keeps getting longer!
Keep reading to find my favorite Halloween outdoor lighting ideas.
1 | CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLORS
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The first step to getting awesome Halloween outdoor lighting is choosing the right colors.
Blue, green and purple spot lights add the perfect spooky atmosphere for your front yard Halloween cemetery or yard haunt.
I like to add orange and red lights as the accent colors since they contrast well with the blue and green. (They are opposites on the color wheel).
And they are usually bright enough that people can still see where they are walking.
Try to stay away from too much white light for Halloween as it tends to drown out the other colors (you know, the ones that add the spookiness factor).
2 | USE COLORED FLOOD LIGHTS FOR ATMOSPHERE
If you only do one kind of outdoor Halloween lighting, this should be it.
Colored flood lights let you provide broad light across a scene, or highlight a specific feature depending on how you position them.
You can vary the color to provide a different feel for different sections.
Blue, green and purple lighting tend to be eerie and ghostly (great for a cemetery, as I mentioned above) while orange and red are more fiery, like pumpkins and flames.
Pointing the spot light at light colored props like skeletons, tombstones and ghosts will make them look like they glow in the dark.
For even more flexibility, you can buy LED spotlights that allow you to change the color…then you can re-use them in all kinds of different situations.
The next one of my Halloween outdoor lighting ideas is to plug your lights into a lightning machine*.
A Lighting Machine doesn’t really create lighting, but they do cause all of your lights to flicker on and off to the beat of music…which gives your yard the look of lightning.
If you’re planning on adding cemetery music to your outdoor decor, consider plugging all of your lights into a lightning machine for added drama.
Place the lightning machine near a speaker and make sure that the sound is loud enough that the machine can pick up the beat (otherwise it will look like it’s not working).
8 | USE HALLOWEEN PATH LIGHTS
Halloween path lights perform 2 important functions in your Halloween outdoor lighting scheme:
looking spooky (obviously)
putting some light on the ground so people can see where they are walking.
This will prevent anyone from tripping over your decorations or cords.
9 | PUT OUT PUMPKINS
Whether you use a real carved pumpkin or plastic ones that you plug in, no Halloween scene is complete without at least one pumpkin.
I try to place them in unlikely places so they are a bit of a surprise.
10 | ADD STROBE LIGHTS
Buy some inexpensive mini strobe lights to add a spooky blinking effect.
I prefer the ones with plugs for my outdoor display because they can be turned on and off at the outlet (at the same time as all of the other lights).
However, you can also get these strobe lights* that are specific for Halloween which come with spooky Halloween sounds and are usually battery operated. Since there is no cord, you have a little more flexibility on where you can place them.
In either case, I like to put them in bushes so that the strobe creates spooky lighting effects with the branch shadows.
Just hang up the included screen (I used velcro dots to attach it to the window frame), and you can see the video from inside and outside!
This projector comes with Halloween scenes and Christmas scenes, so you can use it for more than just Halloween.
You can check out the promotional video which has some samples of the videos you’ll get. And all of the videos are set to music…I’m planning on playing the scary Halloween music as the backdrop for my cemetery.
It took a little bit of time (and reading the manual) to figure out how to work it…but I think the lighting effect was worth the effort.
14 | MAKE GHOSTS GLOW
If you prefer to use real ghosts, lighting them properly will make them glow and look like they are floating.
Uplighting is the best way to do this.
Position a spotlight at the bottom of the ghosts that is pointed directly up at them. Blue or green usually gives the eeriest effect.