So the season of ghouls, goblins, skeletons, and pumpkins is finally here! You may have already chosen your favourite frightful character for the fancy dress party but you can really get into the Halloween spirit (see what I did there?) by decking out your home as well! Of course, a trip to the pound shop will provide you with plenty of cheap and cheerful decor but if you are looking to create a spookier, more sophisticated vibe in your home, you’ve come to the right place.
I’m sharing a wealth of ideas to create your very own spooktacular shrine to the scariest time of year and there’s not a cheap plastic Jack O’Lantern in sight! These ideas are both eerie and elegant, creating a mysterious and morose edge to your decor.
Set the Mood
Step away from the garish neon orange and embrace a moodier vibe with your decor. Consider the natural colours synonymous with this time of year when the leaves begin to brown and fall and the evening turns a hazy shade of gold before going completely dark. Gwen from The Makerista’s incredible Skeleton runner and decor encapsulates this look of earthly demise with a collection of bones, Spanish moss, and a slew of glowing candles.
Create a Theme with Your Food
They say, ‘the devil is in the detail’ and when it comes to party food, there’s no more sophisticated spooky palette than black. Choose your sweets carefully so they are all deliciously dark (or make your own!) and display them on black serving dishes with clever Halloween-inspired labels.
Don’t Forget the Bar Cart
Of course, all the coolest parties have a bar trolley, right? Wheel it out where you need it and let guests help themselves to whatever boo-zy offerings you may be enjoying on the night. Take inspiration from this beautiful trolley above and decorate with black crows, autumnal florals, and a few black votive candles, for a chilling display.
Of course, if you are serving up cocktails, consider including a few that speak to the spooky mood of the night. I loved the look of this gin-based cocktail called The Red Queen, named after the delightfully scary Alice in Wonderland character. Lucy of Supergolden Bakes describes it as ‘beautiful, capricious and a little dangerous’, much like the character from which the tipple takes its inspiration.
Embrace the Darkness
There really is no better colour to decorate with for your Halloween festivities than black. This gorgeous table setting has all the right elements – black dinner candles and candlesticks, black tablecloth, black vases, black photo frames and curiosities – you get the picture. Add a bit of colour to this black-on-black theme via dark florals and greenery. Don’t worry too much if they wilt or look past their best – it all adds to the spooky, decaying vibe. Considering incorporating some old sepia-toned pictures as well – knowing the subjects are likely long gone add to the mystery.
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