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Decorating your Home for Halloween in Style

Updated on September 20, 2014

Have Yourself a Very Stylish Halloween

When I was a kid, Halloween was a holiday that meant I could eat all the candy that I wanted and my mother didn't have to pay for them. I was a fat kid that loved candy and Halloween gave me permission to endulge my sweet tooth. In my late teens and early 20's it was all about dressing up in the wildest costume imaginable hoping to impress my friends.

These days I prefer a quieter celebration such as an intimate party at home and Halloween lets me flex my creative juices to the max. I used to love going all out with jack-o-lanterns, black cats and other scary stuff but in recent years I've started to experiment with decorating in a more simple and stylish way.

Here are some of my favorite ways that I get my home ready to celebrate Halloween, the most goulishly delightly holiday of the year!

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Browsing Through a Library of Ideas

Leafing through a couple of books will give you tons of ideas you would have never thought of. The selection is almost endless but here are two of my favorites that do it right, especially when it comes to Halloween, the darkest of all holidays.

Dark and gothic. So not Martha Stewart! Most of her ideas in this excellent Halloween book are tasteful, without being too cute.
Includes great food ideas as well as costume and party suggestions, making this one of the most complete Halloween books around.

Matthew Mead's Halloween Spooktacular
Matthew Mead's Halloween Spooktacular

I love how most of the ideas in this book are quick and easy, like reinventing store-bought cookies and candy. Genius!

Great novel ideas combined with the stunning photographs make this a joy to browse through.

Setting the mood with candles
Setting the mood with candles | Source
Orange candles set the mood
Orange candles set the mood

Candles for Simple Decorating

Candles are one of the easiest ways to add some Halloween style to your home. Besides adding some atmospheric light, many also come with wonderful fragrances.

During the fall season, I especially love candles that remind me of the season-pumpkin, apple pie and cinnamon to name a few.

In addition to candles in jars, there are many fabulous votive holders that scream Halloween! Can you tell how much I love them? I mean what's not there to like?

Not only are they beautiful to look at, they make wonderful gifts for anyone on your Halloween Gift List.

A simple yet stylish Halloween wreath
A simple yet stylish Halloween wreath | Source

Simple Ideas for Fabulous Results

  1. Candy : Set up a candy bar. Choose candies with different colors and sizes and place them on nice plates, attractive bowls or glass jars. Add some nice paper bags and allow your guests to help themselves to all the sugary yumminess. This makes an easy and colorful way to add some Halloween fun to the room.
  2. Pumpkin candle holders : Add some mood with some home-made candle holders. Cut out holes on the tops of miniature pumpkins making sure it is large enough to hold a tea light.
  3. Add Halloween color : One of the easiest way to transform your home is using Halloween colored items such as throw pillows, candle holders and tableware. Use orange and black as your main colors with accents of gold or silver for drama.
  4. Halloween floral bouquet : This is one of my favorite ways to decorate. Ask your florist to create a floral centerpiece for Halloween. You can also buy individual cut flowers in Halloween hues and place them around the room.
  5. Create a Halloween wreath : You can make it easily with twigs. Spray paint them with black. Cover with some glitter and finish it off with a spider or crow.
  6. Paper lanterns : If you have a garden, patio or even a small balcony in your apartment, you can decorate it with some nice paper lanterns. Keep it simple and minimal with orange and black or make it fun and whimsical with pumpkin lanterns.

Decorating the Table for Halloween

If you are having a party for your guests, food will be one of the main items on your agenda. Instead of trying to think of making Halloween foods, decorate the table and serve what you like. You can make your table look festive and stylish with a few good props.

Here are some simple ways to decorate your table.

  • 1. Candles
  • 2. Table runner
  • 3. Floral or food centerpiece
  • 4. Halloween colored plates
  • 5. Black wine glasses
  • 6. Ribbons and streamers
  • 7. Candy

If you want though, there are lots of ideas for Halloween-themed food. Take a look at some of my Halloween food recipes!

Halloween Curry Rice

Halloween Spider Cupcakes

Fabulous Ideas for a Stylish Halloween

Throw Pillows for Instant Mood

Linkwell 45x45cm Black Skull Halloween All Hallows' Eve Gift Present Linen Cushion Covers Pillow Cases Trick-or-treating with Gift Card
Linkwell 45x45cm Black Skull Halloween All Hallows' Eve Gift Present Linen Cushion Covers Pillow Cases Trick-or-treating with Gift Card

I just love how a simple throw pillow can change an entire room's atmosphere. This one not only adds mood, but a touch of ghoulish color to any room. Made of linen cotton and measures 18 inches square.


What's your Halloween Style?

Halloween Decoration
Halloween Decoration | Source

How do you like to decorate your home?

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      3 years ago from United States

      Excellent ideas! I couldn't help but smile. My son just gave me a new pumpkin scent candle 2 weeks ago and my husband just purchased a new Halloween autumn wreath and hung it on our front door.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      3 years ago from West Virginia

      I've been thinking about getting an orange mum to place outside by our steps, and I'll hang a pumpkin decoration on the front door. I like the idea about the candy arranging.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      esmonaco, that's wonderful to hear. Thanks my friend.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      We always decorate for the our grandchildren, and have a special Haloween dinner before they go trick or treating. Love all of your ideas :)

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks Merrci. Since I dont have kids, simply stylish works really well for me.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What fun suggestions. I think I'll go for stylish this year with the basic orange and black Somehow the color means Halloween. Also love the little boxes with candy--so cute!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MarcellaCarlton: I love decorating my home for everything! lol Thanks for visiting!

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      4 years ago

      I don't normally decorate for Halloween, but for the Harvest that way it last all autumn. After Thanksgiving its gone and the Christmas decorations go up.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TransplantedSoul: Haha. You do? :)

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      4 years ago

      I love spiders.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: I hope you show us some of your pics of the party!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      That rainbow party cake looks so good! I'm going chic and stylish this year for Halloween. Thanks for the great ideas.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you so much for your comments. Yes so do I. Why make it complicated is what I say. Cheers!

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      great lens. Thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful ideas.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      So many great ideas! I love the simple ones best, LOL.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @steadytracker lm: It was my pleasure creating this lens. Thanks for visiting!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @girlfriendfactory: Thanks for visiting! I too love pumpkin flavored foods like pumpkin pie. You have to check out my new lens about pumpkin pie made with pancake mix! It's easy and yummyilicious!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Thank you Minoru

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      5 years ago

      Great ideas! I love the look of that awesome cake and you're so right ~ decorate with colors and style and fix the food you want. I do love making pumpkin flavored foods, however. It's my favorite time of year just because of pumpkin pie season (that is a season, right?)!!

      I'd love to see actual pictures from your spread in Tokyo! You'll have to take some this year (or post from previous years).

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ghoststorylover: This is why I was fat! hehe.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Love your lens !!! : D

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      5 years ago

      I love your candy bar idea. And I can relate with the trick or treating when I was a kid. I loved getting all kinds of free candy. That really wasn't the fun part though, I really enjoyed seeing the decorations and costumes. The candy was just the aftermath lol.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SusanDeppner: aww thanks for visiting and happy halloween!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Nice lens! You gave my Halloween mood a needed boost!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyaalves3: aww thanks tonyaalves.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan Zutautas: Thanks so much for commenting susan. I miss trick or treating. :)

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      5 years ago

      I have no inspire ideas, but I do like stylish and chic lens.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love the idea of having an intimate party. I'm usually busy answering my door for the children trick or treating. Maybe this year I'll have the party instead.


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