Halloween isn't just for kids! It's one of those times in the year where you can express your craziness without getting strange looks from your friends and neighbours. Our inner child just can't get enough - who wouldn’t love Halloween with eating endless amounts of sweets, dressing up and scaring each other, and don't forget, epic horror movie marathons! If you need some persuading in joining in this holiday, our top picks for spooking up your home might just sway you.
Make An Entrance
If you want to scare your guests before they get the chance to greet you, an eerie wreath and a friendly or petrifying Jack O’Lantern is the typical American tradition but a simple arrangement of squashes, along with some local wintery foliage is somewhat more sophisticated. You can also choose to do this in your hallway if you’re not too keen on decorating your front porch.
As much as we love decorating for Halloween, not everything has to be bats and skulls. We tend to opt for more subtle table settings which have a natural or Pagan feel to them. Adventures In Cooking's gold flatware against grey linen,and deep purple flowers epitomise this look. Casa De Perrin always has great table inspiration, we think this rustic and simple setting works beautifully for a grown-up Halloween dinner. If you’re looking for something truly different, party stylists and lifestyle bloggers behind Twink + Sis show us how to decorate for Halloween without the colour orange.
Serve punch in antique style bowls or serve drinks in vintage bottles, goblets and beakers. Step up your DIY game by filling old-style jars with water and food colouring to create some unhealthy concoctions. A wall of creepy old vintage portraits can make great conversation pieces too and don't forget to complete the eerie atmosphere by dimming the lights.
Go High Tech
When you want something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call...how about AtmosFEARfx? Use your TV, monitor or projector to display one of their incredibly realistic digital projections and turn any environment or surface into a thrilling, haunting experience!
If you are more technically minded you could try creating your own by finding a translucent white material to hang over your window to project moving images onto, then simply line up your projector so your image/animation fills the entire area and then turn off the lights and watch people passing by and neighbours freak out! If you want to go full on 'techno-geek' and have holographic illusions around your home, hang a semi-transparent mesh onto doorways or across a room to project onto, the quality of your mesh is key to making this work, so use mosquito netting, bridal mesh or fine gauze for optimum results.
It’s not Halloween unless you’ve got your pumpkins out. And with so many ways to use them, from bowls to large candleholders, there are plenty of options fit for your home. Check out Bri Emery, founder and Editor of designlovefest.com for a few ideas. For the unconventional amongst you, or if you simply don't have as much time on your hands, painted pumpkins require much less attention and skill than carving one, and look just as good!
We All Scream For Ice Cream
Use more candles to create a supernatural mood and we don't mean investing in a giant candelabra, a simple scented candle in old glassware will do just the trick! You can also use watercolour paints to give your arrangement an abandoned look too - a simple yet effective way to decorate on a budget. These Nordic Branch Pillar candles look fantastic but Bamford's Moss Candle smells of smoky wood and soft herbs and will get you in the mood for winter and Swedish brand L:A Bruket’s Black Oak Candle from the Conran Shop has an old-world smell that’s perfect for halloween and simply magical for those cold nights in by the fire.
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Happy Halloween everyone! :)