Fright Night Lights: Set Up for Scary

Leave romance, bunnies and elves to the other happy holidays. Once a year, on October 31, we get to explore our ghoulish, creepy side and summon all that is spooky and eerie. In preparation for this scary holiday, some people will transform a welcoming home into a haunted abode, and one of the quickest, easiest ways to do that is through a change of lights.

“Lights are great because they are visual,” said Brandon Peterson, owner of Los Angeles-based Peterson Event Lighting. “It’s one of two things that creates the mood of any event. It’s lighting and sound.”

Timothy B. Graham, who has worked on special effects for movies like “One Night at McCool’s,” “Angels & Demons” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” agrees.

“For people who are trying to create an effect for Halloween, lights are dramatic, inexpensive and relatively easy,” Graham said.

All the Spooky Colors

Colored lights are a great way to make a statement. Orange is traditionally associated with Halloween, but some other colors can put a different howl on Halloween.

“Red is psychologically associated with fear,” Graham said. “Blue is always good if you want to create a graveyard. A couple blue lights create a moonlight effect perfect for this setting.”

Peterson, whose clients include Laila Ali, Ashlee Simpson and Hilary Duff, opts for deep, rich colors to create an eerie space.

“Purple, orange, amber or dark, dark blue really creates a mood,” he said.

One of the most inexpensive colored weapons in Halloween decor is a set of LED lights.

LED lights are color-changing lights that give you the ability to have any color, any effect,” Peterson said. “They are low power, and they give you a lot of range.”

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