How to Decorate the Home at Halloween

Halloween is such a creative and fun holiday for kids and adults alike. It’s a time for imaginations to run wild. With a few decorative accessories and spooky accents, your home can electrify the season. October is a great month to use a little of Mother Nature’s abundance in your decor too. Make it a family activity when you decorate. The kids can help collect fall foliage to add to table arrangements. Let them create ghosts with white cloth and string, using black markers to draw eyes. These can hang on tree branches, door knobs and curtain rods. It’s easy, cheap and it involves the family in the decorating.

Take Advantage of Lights

Lights just naturally create a sparkly party mood. String smiling burlap jack-o-lantern lights, a strand of creepy spiders or orange lights in random places inside your home and on your porch or balcony. The strands of lights can hang around a mirror, across a fireplace mantel or over a door frame. Hang them along porch railings or on a staircase. Light up your kitchen cabinets with lights. At nighttime the lights will come alive as they sparkle. They’re awesome during the day too because the pumpkins, spiders and orange colors are decorative even when they aren’t glowing. Hang plastic spiders, black cats, candy corn or pumpkins over the shades on table lamps. Add some artificial spider webbing for some mysterious detail around the lamps. They will shine when the light is turned on. Kids will especially love the colorful Halloween accents on their bedroom lamps.


Bewitching Ideas

Something as simple as a witch’s hat placed on a porch or yard statuary is great way to get in the Halloween spirit. Prop a lighted dancing witch’s broom against a tree in the yard or on your fireplace hearth. Fill a plastic cauldron with the candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters.


Dress Up Your Table

We have some incredible tabletop decor at Pottery Barn. You can go with an eerie, haunting skeleton vibe or celebrate with a harvest design on dishes and linens. Or mix and match the two themes. Use skeleton wine glasses to serve wine to guests or just for yourself. Add some snack mix in pumpkin bowls and set the table with dinnerware designed with autumn-colored leaves. Entertain your friends and neighbors with a spooky-good dinner party. Begin by taking a plastic skull and cover it with thinly-sliced prosciutto or soppressata salami. Green or black olives can serve as the eyes. Place it on a serving tray with crackers and cheese for an appetizer like no other. Serve a tasty dinner with a side of deviled eggs and a pumpkin-shaped cake with orange icing for dessert. Top it off with blood orange mojitos with mint or screwdrivers for after dinner cocktails. You might just end up with a new yearly tradition.


Scatter Pumpkins Everywhere

Carve real pumpkins, pine cones and gourds or use faux pumpkins on porch steps, staircases, on tables, countertops and just about anywhere. Pumpkins and carved jack-o-lanterns are a happy part of the holiday with nothing scary attached. You can put a grouping of pumpkins and assorted gourds to serve as a centerpiece on your dining room and kitchen tables. Add a little greenery from the backyard, and viola! Stunning decoration. Place pumpkin and Halloween-themed throw pillows on sofas, beds and chairs throughout your home. They add comfort for seating and a festive touch of the season. You'll find plenty of variety, from pillows with sayings on them to ones with elegant patterns. They also come in different models, such as lumbar shapes to support the lower back. Toss several different shaped pillows together for some dimension.