Use holiday lighting this Halloween to give trick or treaters a scare!
Holiday lighting in Atlanta improves the Halloween ambiance
By Raymond Roach
Halloween has morphed from a Celtic ritual dating back thousands of years to a festive holiday involving costumes, children trick or treating for candy, pumpkin carving and parties. Using holiday lighting for Halloween along with other props or special effects is a simple way to give visitors to your home a spooky impression.
Halloween gives decorators the opportunity to use a variety of holiday lighting color combinations and arrangements. The most common lights used for this purpose are strobe lights, black lights and flood lights. Strobe lights work well with special effect props like fog machines. Black lights provide an eerie glow that gives guests the impression they are glowing. Flood lights are outdoor lights that contribute to the atmosphere of the party and serve a practical purpose.
Strobe lights provide flashes of light at a set time interval. Popular haunted houses in metro-Atlanta like Netherworld use them to make guests feel disoriented. You can create the same environment on a smaller scale by using strobe lights and a fog or misting machine. A strobe light placed on your roof and aimed towards large tree branches can create the illusion that the trees are moving. It should be noted, however, that strobe lights can cause seizures; consequently, you should never point them directly at your guests and make sure all guests are aware that a strobe light will be used.
Black lights are ultraviolet lights that give certain colors a fluorescent glow when used in a dark room. Black lights require no modifications to your home and can simply temporarily replace your current light bulbs. Using black lights with fluorescent paint enhances the decor of the party by giving props an unnatural glow. Some costumes also glow in the dark so your guests will enjoy the lights as well.
Flood lights illuminate a wide area such as your front yard or driveway; this increased visibility improves the safety and security of your home. For Halloween, colored flood lights set the mood for your party. Green lights give your home a sci-fi or Frankenstein feel. Blue lights used with a fog machine work great if you've decided to give your yard a graveyard theme. If you're turning your home into a vampire's castle, witch's lair or devil's playground, you should consider using red flood lights.
Consulting with your landscaper may be a good idea as well. He might be able to give you advice about the placement of lighting. He may even shape your bushes into mini ghosts and goblins!
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