The hot days of summer are behind us, but the magic of autumn has arrived. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and everyone is ready to enjoy the year’s spookiest season. There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by decorating the outside of your house. If you’re tired of the same old cobwebs and pumpkins, this is the perfect year to finally make an upgrade. While there are many types of decorations available, at Aosom we personally love inflatables. They’re affordable, look great, and come in a wide variety of options. In this guide, we’ll show you how to choose the best inflatable Halloween decorations for your spookiest October yet.
Before you’ll know what decoration is right for you, you’ll have to make a few considerations. Do you want something small or large? Cute or scary? How large is your budget? Let’s take a closer look at some of your options.
Small: Some homes have limited space for new decorations, whether that’s due to overall size or an abundance of other decorations. Regardless, it’s important to consider what is meant by ‘small’. Some inflatables are tall and skinny, and others are wide and short. For the purposes of this article, anything under 6’ is considered small.
Medium: Mid-sized inflatables are often the best spatial compromise. Choosing an inflatable between 6’ and 8’ provides buyers with a decoration that stands out but can still fit most places.
Large: If you’ve got a big porch or yard and a heart full of Halloween spirit, you might as well go all out and choose a giant inflatable that’s over 8’. You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood.
Cute: Halloween may be a holiday centered around spooky imagery, but that doesn’t mean it has to actually be scary. Some people have young kids to consider. Others would rather smile than feel afraid. Cute decorations can evoke the holiday spirit just as well as scary ones.
Scary: While there’s nothing wrong with keeping things cute, true horror lovers deserve options too. Smiling pumpkins can only take you so far. Even with inflatables, there are plenty of scary options for those inclined toward the macabre.
Under $75: You don’t have to break the bank to find great Halloween inflatables. Some of the largest decorations can be found in this category. In some cases, the simpler designs that come at this price point are assets rather than detriments.
Over $75: If you’re working with a bigger budget, your options open more. You can choose from more elaborate designs that are sometimes more memorable than their less expensive counterparts. So go wild!
Best Inflatable Halloween Decoration Features
LED Lights: If you want your decorations to stand out at night, choose one that features one or more internal LED lights that will give it a spooky glow after dark. Some inflatables feature just one bright light, but other more elaborate designs feature several that work together to create autumnal ambience. Be sure to look at photos of how the products look at night before making a purchase.
Self-inflating fan: Obviously, you’ll have to inflate your inflatables if you don’t want them to be a pile of polyester sitting on the ground. Many inflatables inflate themselves after being plugged in. Some feature fans that continuously blow fresh air into the decoration to keep it maximally inflated.
Security materials: Inflatables are light, so you want to be sure they won’t blow away with a gust of wind. Many inflatables come with sandbags, ground stakes, and drawstrings to keep your decorations secure.
Material: The best inflatables are made of the best materials, so be sure to check what the product is made of. We recommend polyester, which is both durable and waterproof.
How to pick a suitable Halloween inflatable
First, you’ll have to define your specific needs. Consider what features are important to you, how large of a decoration you have space for, and what your budget is.
If you have a large porch or yard, a healthy budget, and a heart full of Halloween spirit, you might as well go all out on your decoration. Choose a 10’ Frankenstein archway or an 8’ tree with ghosts and pumpkins. The sky is the limit.
If cute is your goal, a smiling jack-o-lantern or a happy tree with an owl and a smiling ghost will warm your heart. If you prefer to keep things spooky, try an evil, screaming ghost or a malevolent pumpkin-headed spirit. Just try not to scare away all the trick or treaters!
If your budget is small or you just prefer to keep your decorations simple, there are plenty of simple designs and small inflatables that will fit neatly into the corner of your porch or among your other yard decorations.
- Choose where you want to put your Halloween inflatable, then measure the space to see what you can accommodate there. Consider length, width, and height. Be sure you are also choosing a spot where electricity is accessible.
- Decide on a budget. You don’t want to fall in love with an expensive decoration only to cringe at the price tag. Conversely, you might decide it worthwhile to part with a few extra dollars for the right inflatable.
- Decide which features you aren’t willing to compromise on. Maybe you want a continuously inflating design. Maybe you want multiple LED lights to really stand out in the neighborhood. This will help narrow things down.
- Consider what type of atmosphere you want to create. Putting lots of cute, smiling decorations will make your house the most beloved to kids and soft-hearted adults. Making things as scary as possible will appeal to those wanting to fully embrace the scary Halloween spirit.
There are so many options for Halloween decorations that it can be intimidating to choose. If you love inflatables like we do, we hope we’ve made the choice a little easier. We wish you the happiest (or spookiest) of Halloweens.