With Halloween rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll be decorating your home to celebrate the spooky season. If plastic pumpkins, garishly coloured ghosts and fake bats aren’t your thing, then why not take Halloween to the next level with these stylish and elegant decoration ideas.
1. Spooky Staircase
Create a haunted house feel by decorating your stairs in the spirit of the season. Adding black & white or sepia photographs will bring a ghoulish air to the space, and can look extremely stylish in gothic style frames.
2. All Creatures Great and Small
There are always a few creepy crawlies to be found in Halloween decorations, but they don’t have to be in-your-face. Why not make yours more grown up? Bring a few spider and beetle motifs into your home for October. They’re a subtle spooky hint to Halloween’s traditions.
3. Pumpkins For Adults
Your home needs at least one carved pumpkin to celebrate Halloween properly. However, you can avoid the boring old ‘eyes and zig-zag teeth’ that everyone else goes for by making your carved pumpkin a central part of your Halloween party with this practical and clever idea.
4. Painted Pumpkins
The garish orange of a Halloween pumpkin might clash with your colour scheme, or you might really hate the messy and labour intensive process of carving them out. Try painting your pumpkins this year instead; add a few artistic touches and perhaps even a favourite horror quote or two.
5. Lace Lanterns
With some scraps of leftover black lace and some tea lights, you can create these simple but effective lights for a dinner table. They would even make attractive snack holders or drinking glasses.
6. Halloween Wreath
Halloween wreaths don’t have to be bright and flashy. They can also be understated and elegant whilst still using autumn and Halloween inspired colours. Something like the wreath above proclaims your love of Halloween in a simple yet beautiful way.
7. Go Gothic
Chanel The Women in Black this Halloween by adding some gothic style to your home. Sculls, candelabras and a few dusty, dog-eared old books are all you need to bring the look together.
8. Doily Spiderwebs
This is a great way to use up the collection of doilies your grandmother lovingly passed on to you. Swap over your pictures for October and wait to see who notices the brand new cobwebs.
9. Black and White
Keep things vintage this year by opting for black and white Halloween decorations. There are any number of options, but ravens and skulls are particularly effective and that bit more grown-up than, say, ghosts and bats.
10. Mini-Pumpkin Centrepiece
A few candles and some miniature unripe pumpkins are all that’s required to create this great centrepiece. Paint your squashes, or switch them out with some garlic bulbs to prevent vampires from sitting at your table!
11. Say It With Flowers
Just because it’s Halloween, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a few pretty flower arrangements around the house. You just need to put a different slant on them during the spooky season.
12. Tattered Lamps
Drape some torn cheese cloth over the lamp shades in your home to give it the eerie look of an abandoned haunted house.
13. Even More Pumpkins!
They are impossible to escape throughout October, so you might as well use them as much as you can! Spray paint unripe or miniature pumpkins, and use them together as a vibrant and unique table centrepiece for an autumn dinner party.