How to Plan a Halloween-Themed Open House

October 17, 2019

Some real estate pros are prepping their “spooktacular”-themed open houses to attract potential buyers this month. Here are a few tips if you decide to follow the Halloween vibe:

Don’t go all “goth” when decorating: Keep the themed decor simple and especially tasteful. No tombstones and graveyards or skeletons on the front stoop to frighten buyers away. April Struhs, a real estate pro with Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co. in Key Largo, Fla., told® that she suggests a couple of pumpkin spice candles for the right scent. Some good decorations to include are pumpkins, wreaths, Halloween throw pillows, and orange twinkle lights.

Have some fun: Plan kid activities for the open house, such as a pumpkin corn-hole or ring toss. Or follow Valerie Burmester, a real estate pro in Seattle, who puts on a mini-scavenger hunt. “While the parents look around, the kids will be on the lookout for those painted pumpkins, fall pillows, photos of a pet in a costume in the bedroom,” Burmester says. “It will be well worth the effort, because both parents and kids can get in on the games while still looking at the home.” Another fun touch, according to Jon Tetrault, a real estate pro with Nick Slocum Team in Warwick, R.I., recommends writing “Not Haunted” on the For Sale sign.

Offer snacks: Halloween is all about the treats. “Fall-themed cookies, homemade pumpkin bread, and apple cider all give a home warmth,” Burmester told®. “And they’re delicious for adults and kids.”

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