Jack-o-lanterns are perched on porches, and Halloween-themed wreaths are on front doors. But something is missing. When the sun sets, you’ll want to make sure your haunted house shines as the eeriest on the block. Ready to put a ghoulish glow on your Halloween decor this season? Get inspired by these spooky DIY blacklight Halloween decoration ideas.
Note: While some of these decorations might glow in the dark, you’ll want to use blacklights to make them really pop – especially for blacklight Halloween parties. You can get blacklight bars, projector stage lights, and even blacklight disco balls to spice up these eerie embellishments.
Scrawl a Few Midnight Messages
Did you know that laundry detergent glows under blacklight? It’s true! Laundry detergent manufacturers add brightening agents to their products so that your clothes look extra bright after a wash. This also means that laundry detergent doubles as the perfect paint for your glow-in-the-dark Halloween decorations, DIY style.
Take a cup of laundry detergent and a paintbrush to create some creepy messages on your driveway, door, walls, or anywhere else you’d like – “HELP,” “DANGER,” and “KEEP OUT!” are always good options. These messages will glow under the blacklight, and they’re easy to wash off come November 1st. Plus, they smell great!
Create a Glowing Graveyard
It’s easy to create a few tombstones with a bit of foam or cardboard and gray paint. But when the sun goes down, your handiwork is impossible to see. It’s easy to turn these simple DIY tombstones into glow-in-the-dark Halloween decorations.
Create the “inscriptions” on your tombstones using glow-in-the-dark paint or markers (which you can purchase from most craft stores). You can also use packing tape to outline the tombstones – yes, packing tape glows in the dark! Once the sun sets, you’ll have a creepy, glowing cemetery lighting up your front yard.
Cover Things in Spooky Spiderwebs
Come October, everyone decorates with huge fake spiderwebs. How do you take yours up a notch? Make sure that yours are glowing under a black light. Once you’ve hung the webs, position a blacklight underneath them for optimal spookiness. If necessary, you can brighten them up by using a bit of your laundry detergent paint.
Set Out the Spine-Tingling Table Settings
If you’re hosting a Halloween party, you can have a lot of fun with your snack table. Grab a pack of glow in the dark table settings, or make your own with fluorescent tape, paint, markers, and stickers. Create centerpieces with things like glow sticks or neon bouncy balls, and experiment with how things look under the blacklight. Take your spread to the next level by serving up some fluorescent foods – glow-in-the-dark snacks and drinks are a must!
Paint a Few Paranormal Pumpkins
Carving pumpkins may be the tradition, but it doesn’t get any easier than slapping on some paint. Grab pumpkins in various sizes and decorate them with your glow-in-the-dark paint. Take things to the next level with intricate designs and patterns, or just paint them solid colors. After all, almost anything looks cool under blacklight. Place your fluorescent pumpkins throughout your house or yard for a fun alternative to candle-filled jack-o-lanterns.
Hang Up Some Menacing Artwork
Nothing screams host with the most than displaying original blacklight artwork at your Halloween party or as everyday Halloween décor. At Painting with a Twist, we’ve put a spooky spin on traditional paint nights with our Blacklight Events. You’ll put a smock on, we’ll turn the lights off, and one of our talented instructors will walk you through your painting step-by-step using our special fluorescent paints. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind piece of black light Halloween décor.
Throw a Blacklight Bash at Painting with a Twist
Want to host a Halloween blacklight party without dealing with the blacklight party set-up and clean-up? Host a Blacklight Event at Painting with a Twist to give your friends a unique Halloween experience. Just show up, and we’ve got everything covered. Sip on your favorite drinks, brush up on your painting skills (or learn a new hobby altogether). We agree. It’s time to create some extra spooky glow-in-the-dark paintings – and memories – with your bestest pals. Book an event at your local Painting with a Twist studio today!