How to Decorate for Halloween If You’re Selling Your Home This Fall

As F. Scott Fitzgarland famously said, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” If, for you, this means selling your home, congratulations! Fall is a beautiful time to sell a home. The leaves are turning vibrant red and orange, and the air is fresh – you just can’t beat the curb appeal this time of year.

However, this also means you’ll likely be selling your home during the spooky holiday of Halloween. And if you’re one of those people who enjoy going all out with décor, you may need to tweak your game plan this year.

You’ll want to consider keeping things tasteful both inside and out to avoid scaring off potential buyers. Lean towards “festive fall” vibes rather than “scary haunted house” if you catch our drift. Need some guidance? We’ve put together some of our favourite tips below.

The Grand Entrance

A home’s front entrance can be one of the most fun spots to decorate. This year, stick to natural colours like rust, mustard, and green instead of bright orange and black (which screams “Happy Halloween!).

Consider materials like foliage and straw, paired with rustic or harvest-inspired touches. Pumpkins and mum plants are fair game – you really can’t go wrong with these picks, and they’re sure to ramp up that coveted curb appeal for your real estate listing.

To sum it up, you want your front entrance to say “welcome home” to potential buyers rather than scaring them off.

Bringing Your Halloween Décor Indoors

This tip is for all the pumpkin lovers out there (aka, practically everyone). If you usually bring your obsession indoors, try white or grey gourds for a stylish option that will please all tastes. You can also paint pumpkins for a unique accent.

Another great DIY idea is to spray paint faux succulents black or metallic. Voila – a spooky but still ultra-chic addition to your Halloween decor. Plus, you can get the kiddos involved with these fun projects!

Go for a Minimal Approach

This year, why not opt for some thoughtful vignettes placed around the rooms of your home? Some fall “moments,” if you will. Vignettes are an excellent way to display arrangements that hint at a fall theme without taking all the attention away from the star of the show – your beautiful home.

You can incorporate fun elements like plants, candles, and natural pieces (think pinecones and leaves), and you can even make them portable by using a tray or a platter.

Quick Tips for Selling Your Home This Halloween:

  • Choose fall colours like red, orange, mustard yellow, and brown over bold Halloween colours.
  • Just say no to decorations that make unexpected sounds or movements (you do not want to frighten potential buyers!).
  • When it comes to outdoor décor, steer clear of anything that says “haunted house,” such as miscellaneous body parts, gravestones with funny sayings (not this year!), or inflatables.
  • Adopt “keep it simple” as your new motto. Less is more when you’re selling your home in the fall.

As you can see, it’s totally possible to please any trick-or-treating ghosts and ghouls (following any restrictions in your region) while still charming potential home buyers with your carefully curated fall décor.  And when done right, decorating for autumn can really work to enhance your home’s curb appeal – making it pop in the market.


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