Welcome to our home! I’d love to share a few Halloween decorating ideas. Come on in and have some apple cider. Don’t you just love the smell of mums and the color contrast of orange against deep purple?
A few years ago, my idea of decorating for Halloween involved carved pumpkins and scarecrows made from leaves and old clothes. After closing on our house almost two years ago, I started reading decorating magazines and visiting home decorating blogs such as Young House Love. Then Pinterest became HUGE and I caught the holiday decorating bug.
Last year we put all our energy (and money) into decorating the house for Christmas. When I pulled out the Halloween decorations this year, I was very disappointed with what little we had. I started brainstorming Halloween home decorating ideas, as soon as I saw pumpkins make their way to the stores in August. Honestly the last thing I wanted to do was to look at fall decor when it was 100 degrees, but it paid off.
Top Halloween Home Decorating Ideas
1. Mix the Old with the New
Don’t be afraid re-purpose items around your house to enhance your holiday decor. My entry way table has a mixture of old and re-purposed items. The candles and candlesticks were used for my 4th of July inspired mantel. The wooden pumpkin and flower bowl was purchased at Hobby Lobby last fall. The new items are the black owl (Ross) and the apple hurricane vase (The Christmas Tree Store).
2. Get in Touch with Nature
I can’t think of a better season than Halloween/fall harvest to use bits of pieces of nature found in your own back yard to decorate your home. Clear vases of varying shapes and sizes can be filled with collected leaves, acorns, and rocks to make a nice centerpiece or mantel display.
3. Be One of Those Crazy People
Start shopping for decorations early. You may not feel like buying Halloween decor in July or August, but if you buy a little here and there it is easier on your budget. The spider table cloth runner from Target was a bit of a splurge, but it was purchased in early September. I then had plenty of time to buy other Halloween decorations, closer to the season.
4. Simple Statement
As much as I would love to decorate my dining room table in an elegant way, I just can’t spend hundreds of dollars on decorations that are used for such a short period of time. Instead I chose to use simple decor to make a big statement.
5. Bargain Hunter
There are many ways to save money while decorating your home for Halloween. My husband loves shopping at the drug stores for unique and fun decor. We also find great items in the dollar bins at Target. Stores such as Ross, Burlington Coat Factory, and Home Goods often have nice decorations at cheaper prices.
6. Highlight Collections
Over the past few years, I have found several different glass and ceramic pumpkins. This year I arranged many of then together on our breakfast bar. I added one new piece to the collection with this glass pumpkin candy jar from Target. I set the jar on the opposite counter to highlight the jar and yummy candy corn. Aside from the singing felt skeleton, this is by far the boys’ favorite Halloween decoration.
7. Fill Unique Spaces with a Variety of Decor
We have a tall niche off the hallway walking into our kitchen that I struggle to decorate. This year for Halloween I took all the decor that didn’t seem to have a place and grouped it together in the niche.
8. Complement with Family Photos
No matter how fancy or not-so-fancy your decorations are, personal family photos are a nice touch any time of the year!
Do you decorate for Halloween? What are some of your favorite Halloween home decorating ideas?