It’s nearly Halloween. You want to celebrate this most spooky of seasons by decorating your home, but the thought of rubber bats and fake cobwebs sends a shiver down your spine for all the wrong reasons. Never fear, there are plenty of subtle Halloween decorating alternatives available.
Pumpkins! They’re everywhere at this time of year, and an essential part of any home’s Halloween decor. But their uses extend much further than the usual jack-o’-lantern – they can in fact be decorated in a variety of ways. These glitter pumpkins are an eye-catching yet understated Halloween decorating option.
Apples are also a common sight during the autumn/Halloween season, and they too are extremely versatile with regard to Halloween decor. One decorating idea (above) takes inspiration from the popular Halloween game of bobbing for apples.
More pumpkins! (Well, they are kind of a theme.) Large or small, they can be silly or sophisticated depending on what it is you want do with them for Halloween – carve funny faces into them and put them on your doorstep, or decorate them to create an attractive centrepiece for your table.
A minimalist Halloween table setting – no bright orange, no fake blood, just a few understated, yet spooky, details are enough to do the job. Perfect if you’re having friends round for a more subdued Halloween evening.
These ghost decorations – easily made from fairy lights and some burlap cut into squares – manage to be fun without appearing cheap or cheesy. They’ll add charm and true Halloween spirit to your home.
A few subtle touches are all it need take to give a space a spooky feel. In the example above there are no ‘classic’ Halloween decorations, but the scene, with its empty picture frames and zombie warning sign, nevertheless has an eerie quality to it.
If you’re looking for a way to express your creative side, pumpkins make an ideal canvas. Use them to display your artistic flare by painting all sorts of Halloween-inspired designs on to them.
Download free, printable witch-themed book covers and give the printed pages an aged appearance by soaking them in tea water before drying. Wrap the covers around a few books and then gather them together with other witch-related items for a wicked Halloween display.
Give your home a gothic feel this Halloween by turning your used glass bottles into creepy candle holders. Getting the look right is easy to do – simply paint the bottles black with an enamel paint and then let the wax from the candles ooze over them.