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Ghouls and ghosts abound in the concrete jungle.

| By Nicole Kleist | Interiors

How New Yorkers Decorate Their Homes For Halloween

Ghouls and ghosts abound in the concrete jungle.

Something that makes the holidays feel so delightfully atmospheric is the immersive decor that comes along with it. Halloween kicks the season off with its creepy, crawly home displays that can range from elegant pumpkin vignettes to all-out spooky schemes consisting of skeletons, spiders, and other creatures that go bump in the night. No matter where you live, if you celebrate Halloween you’re likely enthusiastic to incorporate the aesthetic into your home for the weeks leading up to the holiday.

For New Yorkers, decorating your home for Halloween is different from other parts of the country. The city is dense and real estate is limited, which means residents have to be creative with how they decorate. Homes are also situated side-by-side or on top of each other, which means your decorations will be seen by anyone and everyone passing by on the street, tourists and locals alike (no pressure!).

Ahead, get into the spirit of the season with five ways New Yorkers eerily adorn their homes for Halloween.

Windows are great for pops of decor

Since square footage is rather limited in the city, New Yorkers have to get creative with where they display their Halloween decorations. One area of the home where creepy decor hits its stride in NYC is the window. Take a stroll in just about any neighbourhood and you’ll spot strings of candy corn lights, lit-up Jack O’ Lanterns, and fake spiderwebs strewn across the windowsill. Treat your window like a spooky canvas and you’ll be surprised how much it adds to your overall Halloween scheme.

Cast iron gates can double as decor

Something you’ll see a lot throughout New York City’s different boroughs is cast iron gates in front of homes. While they serve as barriers from the property and the sidewalk (and a great place to lock up your bicycle!) these gates also make a great place for Halloween decor to extend from your home onto the street. What to wrap around the poles? Fake spiderwebs, eery tinsel, or even black lights all make wickedly atmospheric accents.

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