30 Halloween Decorating Ideas
Various-size pumpkins stacked inside lanterns make easy but clever vignettes to place around the house.
Pose some plates
Use a glue stick to secure decorative paper to the center of old plates. Display on existing shelves for a seasonal look.
Doilies used as stencils give a lacy look to orange gourds positioned in the entry.
This serene scene still says halloween with three plastic spiders and ghostly lanterns.
Black place settings displayed on the mantel under a black wreath sets an appropriately somber tone.
White pumpkins encircled by bittersweet vine and set along an orange table runner create a striking table arrangement.
Embellish pumpkins with silver and black items: stickers, fake birds and spiders, pins, paint pens ... . Let your imagination whirl across these living canvases.
Acknowledge the crafter in you by fashioning a dispay of tiny black-and-orange quilts, papier-mâché cats and other knickknacks.
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A few fake spider webs go a long way to “creep-ify” your home, but there are endless ways to take the haunts to the next level. These ideas transform living areas into spooky spaces.
Sunlight glints off of two foam wreaths wrapped in black ribbon. Hang them from large buttons glued to a valance created from newspaper.
Circle of orange
Attach tiny pumpkins to a moss-covered form for a simple-to-make wreath. A glossy black bow is the finishing touch.
Fashion a spooky tabletop display that starts with easy-to-make plaster-cloth spheres.
Wrap plaster-cloth strips (from a crafts store) around a balloon, following the directions on the plaster-cloth package. Leave open spaces as you wrap. When dry, remove the balloon and use a crafts knife to cut an opening for inserting the light. Place sphere over an orange or white battery-operated votive. Set your spheres on clear glass cake stands or similar displays.
Set the stage
As master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe makes a natural Halloween muse. Books feature the celebrated author's tales, setting the tone of our party. A vintage typewriter puts an exclamation point on the literary theme.
Glass vessels and an antique urn take a turn toward the theme of the season with a few touches of black.
Put together a Halloween outdoor display like this one—featured on the October 2009 cover of Midwest Living®—using a weathered wheelbarrow as a base.
Stuff the bottom of the wheelbarrow with newspaper. Add a mix of pumpkins, gourds, fall leaf branches and bittersweet vines. Paint a friendly message on your pumpkins, if you like.
Get a little corny
White foam painted the colors of candy corn holds dried naturals and artifical crows for a door hanging.
Cast a web
Run a row of paper doilies down the center of the table for the look of webs. Black pumpkins sit below a black-painted chandelier.
Candles cast diffused light from lanterns with cutouts or stickers on the glass.
Perch an artifical crow on a Spanish moss-wrapped wreath. A pick of orange berries adds a dash of color. Hang it with an appropriately somber ribbon.
Pumpkin table runner
Create a fresh-from-the-patch table runner in just a couple of minutes.
Arrange a line of miniature pumpkins or gourds down the center of the table and weave a ribbon around them. Top this fall decoration with a bittersweet stem.
Flush of orange
A centerpeice of a hat box covered in orange felt and ribbons and filled with orange blooms sets the tone for this holiday table.
Spin a web
Wrapping a foam wreath in orange yarn then black rickrack makes a web for a spider.
A murder of crows
Fake crows crown an elaborate mirror marked with a spooky poem. Their feathers make up a wreath.
Black and orange whisper Halloween. The message on the lettered cards spells it out. Black feathers and dried leaves adorn the wreaths. Print out letters on cardstock, then string them together with black ribbon.
Hang white-painted letters on a vintage ladder in front of a strip of fabric for a season-specific greeting.
Put a spotlight on the decor
Holes cut from a pumpkin shine light on a felt table runner decorated with black cutouts.
A collection of Halloween-theme hat boxes fills shelves while other Halloween accents hang off a curtain rod, decorate a chair and fill a corner.
Cut out a hauting scene from black paper; attach it to foam core for stability. Flickering votives cast an eerie glow. Set the display out on the mantle, in the entry or as a centerpiece.
Candles with a message
White-ball pins transform plain pillar candles into Halloween messages.
Where black cats roam
Long thought of as bad luck, black cats inject good fortune into this living room.
A homemade bat (made from black poster board) gives Halloween flair to this wall sconce. The mirror reflects a black candlestick and candle, while books wrapped in decorative paper add contrast.