If you’ve been feeling teary, had high emotions, or are generally feeling stuck in life, it may be the bad energy that your Halloween decor is bringing to your home.
According to the ancient Chinese practice, Feng Shui, how you decorate your home can impact your emotions, health, wealth, wisdom, and well-being.
To delve deeper into this topic, MattressNextDay has collaborated with a Feng Shui expert to share how Halloween decor can be incorporated into your home in an auspicious way.
Firstly, what is Feng Shui, and why is it important at Halloween?
Suzanne Roynon, a Feng Shui expert, said: ‘Western Feng Shui is an ‘off the peg’ version which invites energy through a front door. The traditional compass method creates a bespoke plan unique to a house or apartment to identify positive and negative energy areas, fine-tuning the ‘chi’ or ‘life force’ to support the occupants.’
‘With this knowledge, specific remedies can bring balance and harmony to the home and invite improved health, wealth, wisdom, and well-being as well as happier relationships with family, friends, and significant others.’
‘With Feng Shui, the focus is to promote positive energy within and surrounding a house while clearing any negative energy which can make life difficult for the occupants.’
‘It makes sense to avoid inviting bad vibes into any home and, if they happen to creep in, to ensure the unpleasant energy doesn’t hang around after the Halloween celebrations.’
Here are six ways Halloween décor impacts your mood:
1. Stay clear of black coloured decorations
In Feng Shui, black isn’t considered a colour and is seen as the absence of light. The colour should, therefore, be used in moderation when picking Halloween decorations for your home.
Suzanne confirmed: ‘In traditional Feng Shui, the deep, dark colours (black included) represent water energy and ‘too much water’ can trigger high levels of emotion, tears, and tantrums.’
‘It also extinguishes fire and vibrancy, so long-term use encourages dark feelings and low mood, which may result in anxiety, depression or overwhelm. I’d, therefore, recommend using black and other very dark colours with extreme care, especially in rooms where you spend a lot of time.’
2. Restrict your use of orange-coloured candles
Displaying candles throughout your home can bring in the energy of purification, protection, and inspiration. And as the candles are burned, they naturally help us relax as they slowly burn up stress and give us soothing energy.
When picking autumnal or Halloween-themed candles, you may head straight for the orange-coloured ones; however, Suzanne warns: ‘Filling your home with firey energy from an orange-coloured candle for any length of time can have a detrimental impact on mood, anger, stress levels and ultimately lead to burn out and exhaustion.’
‘By all means, incorporate orange candles for one night, but please don’t use them for more than a couple of days unless that area of your home needs a permanent fire Feng Shui remedy.’
3. Decorate your front door to send positive energy to future guests
When decorating your home, place special emphasis on your front door. Naturally, this is one of the first things a guest sees when they visit your home, so it’s a great way to help create positive energy from the get-go. You could add a gorgeous autumnal wreath or place a Halloween-themed doormat down.
‘Creating a welcoming and beautiful entrance to a home is excellent Feng Shui, although I’m always wary of using dried flowers anywhere in a home, Suzanne explains. ‘This is because they represent dead energy and tend to create stagnation (and spiders!) around them. If you’re creating an autumn-themed wreath, try incorporating symbols of new growth like berries and acorns to emphasise positivity and rebirth rather than decline.’
4. Place pumpkin lanterns and tealights around your home to ward off ghosts
Light is one of the most integral components of Feng Shui due to its impact on how a room feels. Halloween is the perfect opportunity to become playful by placing pumpkin-shaped lanterns and Halloween-themed tealights around your home.
Bright lights bring ‘yang’ or masculine energy into a home and ward off the dark ‘yin’ forces which, around the time of Halloween, would traditionally include the ghosts and spirits of the dead. Having fun with pumpkin lanterns means you’ll also encourage the ghosts to go elsewhere, but as with any flame, use with care and never leave them unattended.
5. Never place a mirror opposite your bed
Many Feng Shui experts have shared that a mirror facing your bed can bring you nightmares. It is said that when a person sleeps at night, their soul leaves their body, so when it is greeted by its reflection, it’s shocking.
Subconsciously, this makes you more likely to have bad dreams and nightmares. This also shouldn’t be surprising given that many horror movies, such as The Shining and Carrie, feature someone being scared by a mirror reflection.
In addition, the Feng Shui lore states that placing a mirror opposite your bed can cause insomnia and increase the risk of infidelity. This is because a mirror doubles and bounces the energy in a room, disrupting your inner tranquillity, which is essential for a good night’s sleep and may also invite the energy of a third person into your relationship.
You should aim to place your bedroom mirror so you cannot see it from the bed. Consider using a mirror to reflect your window if you have an attractive view so that the beautiful view is invited into your space, creating more harmonious and positive energy.
6. You should declutter under your bed
Did you know that the items you have stored under your bed can affect you while asleep in a passive ‘yin’ state? This is because certain items underneath your bed may represent or create subconscious blocks in your life.
Suzanne shared some examples: ‘Letters or cards from your ex-partner will keep you stuck in your current relationship status. Filing and tech will stop your mind from relaxing, luggage might keep you on the go, and home can never quite feel like ‘home’. Shoes can leave you feeling restless as your subconscious is continuously moving.’
‘Ideally, it’s best to keep the space underneath a bed completely clear, but under-bed storage is often essential in today’s homes. With that in mind, only use this area of your home for spare bedding, towels and out-of-season clothes to minimise the impact on your sleep and well-being.’