Whether you’re in the balmy climate of Florida or the crisp fall temps of New England, we all have one thing in common this time of year: Halloween!
And while parents around the world are fielding their kiddo’s costume ideas (and trying to avoid that last-minute stress), we in the interior design community are sending all the haunted vibes straight into our homes. That’s right, it’s time to turn our usually stately abodes into the spooky haunts we know they can be.
Fear not: Halloween decor doesn’t have to be all witches, skeletons and screaming bats (although we’re not crazy about those over-the-top decorations!). If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back this fall, we’ve got everything you need to satisfy your holiday decorating desires, except for chintz.
$99.50 at Grandin Road
Set the ghostly tone this Halloween with this shabby cotton cheesecloth scarf draped over your mantle, buffet, tabletop or even stair railings.
Turn your fall dinner party into a spooky affair with this lace tablecloth that evokes a giant cobweb. It can be used solo or layered over another color to really show off every creepy detail. More to know: It also comes in a runner.
Avant-garde, creepy and beautiful all at once, this black feather wreath from Michaels is an elegant way to decorate your front door this Halloween season.
It’s not really Halloween if you don’t have some skulls, right? right We love these silly trios, echoing the old “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” adage, and think they’re perfect for mantels and coffee tables alike. Plus, they’re candle holders so you can really pop them with your best flickering flames.
Keep the spook going with this web serving platter. In addition to the festive vibe, the raised edges of this plate also help prevent the dreaded spills or stains from spoiling the fun.
Your bartender for the season? He was not much of a talker. But he makes the wine flow! Trust us, this bottle holder will be one of your favorite new decorations.
If you’re looking for a subtle piece with a sky-high creepiness factor, look no further than these spine-shaped candles. The three handmade candles in the set make it look like the bones are melting when lit. Say it with us: “Ew!”
Want to throw the most elegant Halloween soiree ever? This amazing punch bowl will ensure that you are successful. Made of mouth-blown glass, Williams Sonoma’s bowl — which is equally adept at house kid-friendly punches and adults-only cocktails — comes with six gold-rimmed glasses to boot.
$99.50 at Grandin Road
Halloween isn’t complete without a skeleton, and we love this glam golden option from Grandin Road. At a life-size 5 feet tall, the skeleton is fully articulated from head to toe, meaning you can place him at the piano or on your front porch’s rocking chair, or pose while enjoying a cocktail at the dining room table.
A more modern take on the faux pumpkin, this decorative sculpture from Target will seamlessly blend into any decor design, from your mantle to your kitchen table and anywhere in between.
Start your morning with a bright pumpkin pop thanks to this mug. This piece of functional decor can travel to any room in your home, instantly giving it a spooky charm.
How do you prove that your Halloween prowess knows no bounds? With a totally whimsical succulent planter, how about that. His dark, creepy eyes follow you wherever you go. The best part? The plant is faux and maintenance free!
Don’t let the darkness spoil the beauty of your bouquet. This light-up wreath will give all your guests a wicked welcome.
Kids and adults alike look forward to Halloween, which is why this “Countdown to” block is a fun addition to your decor. “The Nightmare Before Christmas”-themed throughout the year. Bonus: The block comes with a Christmas symbol, which means you can count on the other big holiday, too.
If you’re an ’80s baby, it’s safe to say you’re still scared of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” villain Freddy Krueger — and thanks to this Elm Street sign! Place it on a bookshelf, above the bathroom, or really anywhere you want to scare the pants off you, your family, or your guests.
Diptyque makes some of the most delicious-smelling candles in the biz, and we’re digging the moody vibes of the rose and blackcurrant leaf-scented base/berries scent. The 10- to 51-ounce sizes come in a matte black glass jar that will perfectly accent the rest of your Halloween decor.
Sometimes you just need some ghosts to get you in the Halloween spirit, and this simple white set will get the job done. Each has an on/off button and requires three AA batteries to glow up – no matter where you place these cuties, they’ll bring some seasonal fun.
$39.50 at Grandin Road
Keep everyone entertained this Halloween with this delightful battery operated crawling hand. A perfect mantle and bookshelf filler, Hand also makes a great – and surprising – table centerpiece!
We love the pomp and circumstance of this official sign — let your guests know ahead of time that they’re about to enter a haunted house!
$5 at Target
If you’re not into bold, dark decor, set the tone for your dinner party with these plaid placemats from Target — they’re subtle enough to keep on your table all season long. If you’d like to add a festive touch to your place setting, add these cute jack-o’-lantern cloth napkins to your cart as well.
We know this: Williams Sonoma’s soap and lotion sets are the best, whether in your kitchen, your powder room, or your master bath! And we’re really surprised that they come in a Halloween-friendly scent, with the aroma of fresh pumpkin, butter, and brown sugar mixed with creamy vanilla, toasted pecans, and warm spices, housed in a stainless steel countertop caddy. This set is something you’ll want to use all year round.
Maybe it’s technically outdoor decor, but let your guests know before — no, before — they’re about to enter the house on Halloween with this absolutely gorgeous fall wreath. Weatherproof and featuring thousands of faux pip berries, the brightly colored wreath comes in five sizes and comes from ElegantWreath, a retailer with more than 38,000 sales and 6,800 positive reviews.
Have a blank wall that needs some filling? Let these bats do the work for you this Halloween season. Whether you’re looking to drape them over a windowsill or cluster them over a fireplace, flying bats can take on an artistic look when massed on your walls. That’s right, we said it – bats are cute!
Not all Halloween decor needs to be spooky, which is why we have this felt ball garland. Reusable for years to come, the necklace has a modern vibe that will add a festive accent to your mantel, shell or doorway!
$39.50 at Grandin Road
Have a bowl that needs filler? Look no further than this set of eight eyeball orbs from Grandin Road. Part sophisticated, part whimsical, the glossy eyebrows — FYI: each ball has two eyes, one in the front and one in the back — are very artistic and would look absolutely gorgeous as a table centerpiece or vase filler.
We’ve found your candy bowl for trick-or-treaters, and yes, you’re going to use it all year long. Made in Mexico from black-hued terra-cotta, the 11-inch bowl is accented with mini skulls that will add just the right amount of spook to your Halloween.