These Halloween Decorating Essentials Will Bewitch Anyone Who Visits Your Home
Ready to get your haunt on? You might be pleased to know that not all Halloween décor is creepy and crawly. If you're opting for a more elegant evening on October 31, these are devilishly dark accents you need to make your guests do a double-take.
While your kids might favor all of the crazy Halloween decorations out there—we're talking statement-making inflatable witches and skeletons and oversized plastic spiders—Halloween can actually be a pretty classy holiday, assuming the décor is done right. Black, one of the signature colors of Halloween, is chic in and of itself, so you can start your holiday decorating journey by finding black items that may or may not be specifically Halloween-themed and use them around the house. Household must-haves like trays, candles, and tea light holders are good places to start. But that's really just the beginning. A variety of designers and brands are also interpreting Halloween in a super sophisticated way, making it easier to find elevated home décor items that both you and your kids will love—and since you'll be spending more time indoors during this particular fall season, you might as well double down on your efforts to make your interior a reflection of everyone's favorite spooky holiday.
Along with all things black, vintage-inspired Halloween décor is generally a smart way to go. Instead of plastic, they may be made of more subtle and durable materials, and feature burnt orange and black shades instead of super bright colors. Fall harvest decorations in autumnal shades are also always elegant options—we love nature-inspired wreaths and cornucopias—and, as an added bonus, they can be kept up through Thanksgiving instead of being taken down and put in storage on November 1.
That's not to say you can't infuse a bit of magic and whimsy into your Halloween décor if you want to. In fact, we love the oddball decorations as much as the next person, and we think they can make a tablescape or mantel original, fun, and interesting. Here, we've rounded up a variety of Halloween decorations that you'll love to display outside and around the house.
Wrap this versatile garland around a mirror, drape it over a fireplace surround, or use it to line a doorway—the possibilities are endless.
Shop Now: Crate & Barrel Spooky Black Garland, $59.95, crateandbarrel.com.
Pumpkin Serving Bowl
You can always count on bat decals to craft a spooky Halloween scene. Place a handful of these origami-style paper bats around your front door for a festive porch display or stick some on the walls of a kids' room for some damage-free, Halloween-themed fun.
Shop Now: Hip and Clavicle Black Paper Bats, $22.25, etsy.com.
No time to carve a jack o' lantern this year? Cover an LED pillar candle with a pumpkin-shaped hurricane, instead. Handmade from mango wood and mild steel, this beaded piece boasts a timely silhouette and weathered finish (it's perfect for your porch!)
Shop Now: Pottery Barn Beaded Wire Pumpkin Hurricane in Weathered Metal, from $39.50, potterybarn.com.
Spirited Cutting Board
Why chop up your harvested fall veggies on a traditional cutting board when you can use a spookier one instead? This charcuterie-style option features an engraved Oujia board that will summon ghostly vibes into your kitchen.
Shop Now: Brighton Birch Ouija-Style Charcuterie Board, from $19.99, etsy.com.
Few things scream Halloween more than spiders, which is why this glass paperweight is a must for your workstation this season. Designed with an antique picture of a creepy critter and its web, this handmade paperweight is equal parts stylish and spooky.
Shop Now: John Derian Spider Web Dome Paperweight, $60, johnderian.com.
Heading Brass Talon Candleholders
These are the kind of candleholders we'd think a witch would have—a super chic one at that.
Shop Now: Jonathan Adler Brass Talon Candleholders, $148 each, jonathanadler.com.
Hand-Dipped Black Taper Candles
Trick-or-treaters will love grabbing from this country-style basket.
Shop Now: Peterboro "New England" Half Bushel Basket, $59, peterborobasket.com.