Whether you’re in the balmy climes of Florida or the fall of New England, we all have one thing in common this time of year: Halloween!
And while parents around the world come up with their kids’ costume ideas (and try to avoid those last-minute stressors), we in the interior design community are channeling all the haunted vibes right into our own houses That’s right, it’s time to turn our normally majestic residences into the spooky places we know they can be.
Fear not: Halloween decorations don’t have to be all witches, skeletons and screaming bats (although we’re not mad at those over-the-top decorations!). If you’re looking for something a little more subdued this fall, we’ve found all the things that can satisfy your holiday decorating desires, minus the chintz.
$99.50 at Grandin Road
Set a ghostly tone with this torn cotton gauze scarf that can be draped over the mantle, sideboard, table or even stair railings this Halloween.
Turn your fall dinner into a spooky adventure with this lace tablecloth that evokes a massive spider web. It can be used alone or layered over another color to really show off all the creepy details. More info: Also comes in a runner.
Edgy, spooky, and beautiful all at once, this Michaels Black Feather Wreath is a stylish way to open a door in your home this Halloween season.
It’s not really Halloween if you don’t have a few skulls involved, right? right We love this set of three fools, which echo the old adage “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and think they’re perfect for coffee tables and coffee tables alike. Plus, they’re candle holders so you can really pop them with your best flickering flames.
Keep the spectrum with this web dish. In addition to having a festive atmosphere, the raised edges of this plate also help prevent spills or scary stains from spoiling the fun.
Your bartender for the season? He is not very talkative. But keep the wine flowing! Trust us, this bottle holder will be one of your new favorite decorations.
If you’re looking for a subtle piece with a high creepiness factor, look no further than these spine-shaped candles. The set includes three handmade candles that look like bones that melt when lit. Say it with us: “Ew!”
Want to host the most stylish Halloween night ever? This impressive punch bowl will ensure you succeed. Made from mouth-blown glass, Williams Sonoma’s bowl, which is equally adept at kid-friendly punches and adults-only cocktails, features six gold-rimmed glasses.
$99.50 at Grandin Road
Halloween isn’t complete without a skeleton and we love this glamorous gold option from Grandin Road. At life-size 5 feet tall, the skeleton is fully articulated from head to toe, meaning you can place it on the piano or rocker on your front porch, or pose while enjoying a cocktail at the dining room table.
A more modern take on the faux pumpkin, this decorative sculpture from Target can blend seamlessly into any decor design, from the mantle to the kitchen table and everywhere in between.
Start your morning with a bright pumpkin pop thanks to this mug. This functional piece of decor can travel to any room in your home, giving it an instant sprig of spooky charm.
How do you prove that your Halloween prowess knows no bounds? With a completely weird succulent planter, that’s how. This one’s dark, creepy eyes seem to follow you wherever you go. The best part? The plant is fake and maintenance free!
Don’t let the darkness mar the beauty of your crown. This lighted wreath will give all your guests a warm welcome.
Kids and adults alike look forward to Halloween, which is why this “countdown” block is a fun addition to your decor. Keep ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ themed throughout the year as you count down the days until Halloween finally arrives. Bonus: the block comes with a Christmas sign, which means you can count down to those other big holidays, too.
If you’re an ’80s baby, it’s safe to say you’re still terrified of the villain Freddy Kreuger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and now you can channel that terror into your home thanks to this Elm Street sign! Place it on a bookshelf, above a bathroom, or anywhere you want to scare the pants off yourself, your family, or your guests.
Diptyque makes some of the most delicious-smelling candles on the market, and we’re digging the cool vibes of the Berries/Berries fragrance, which smells like roses and blackcurrant leaves. Sizes from 10 to 51 ounces come in a frosted black glass container that will perfectly accent the rest of your Halloween decor.
Sometimes you just need a few ghosts to get you in the Halloween spirit, and this simple white ensemble will do the trick. Each includes an on/off button and requires three AA batteries to light up; wherever you place these cuties, they’ll bring some seasonal cheer.
$39.50 on Grandin Road
Keep everyone on their toes this Halloween with this fun battery operated crawling hand. The perfect mantle and bookshelf filler, the hand also makes a great and stunning table centerpiece!
We love the pomp and circumstance of this official sign – let your guests know in advance that they’re about to enter a haunted house!
$5 at Target
If you’re not into dark, macabre decor, set the tone for your dinner with these plaid tablecloths from Target—they’re subtle enough to stay on your table all season long. If you want to add some festivity to your place setting, add these cute jack-o’-lantern fabric napkins to your cart as well.
We know this: Williams Sonoma soap and lotion sets are the best, whether you have them in your kitchen, vanity, or master bathroom. And we’re really excited that they smell nice come Halloween, smelling of fresh pumpkin, butter, and brown sugar mixed with notes of creamy vanilla, toasted pecans, and warm spices housed in a stainless steel caddy. The set is something you’ll want to use all year round.
Maybe it’s technically an outdoor decoration, but either way let your guests know ahead of time, no, ahead of time, that they’re about to walk into a Halloween house wearing this totally fall wreath beautiful Weather-resistant and made of thousands of faux pips berries, the brightly colored wreath comes in five sizes and comes from ElegantWreath, a retailer with over 38,000 sales and 6,800 positive reviews.
Got a blank wall that needs some filling? Let these bats do the work for you this Halloween season. Whether you’re looking to arch them above a window or cluster them over a fireplace, flying bats take on an artistic look when clustered en masse on your walls. That’s right, we said it: bats are beautiful!
Not all Halloween decor has to be spooky, which is why we’re so into this felt ball garland. Reusable for years to come, the garland has a modern vibe that will add a festive touch to your blanket, shell or door!
$39.50 on Grandin Road
Got a bowl that needs filling? Look no further than this set of eight eyeballs from Grandin Road. Part sophisticated, part ghoulish, the glowing eyeballs – FYI: each ball has two eyes, one in the front and one in the back – are super artistic and will look totally gorgeous as a table centerpiece or vase filler.
We just found your trick-or-treat candy bowl, and yes, you’ll be using it all year long. Made in Mexico from black terracotta, the 11-inch bowl is accented with mini skulls that will add just the right amount of spook to your Halloween.