I love throwing seasonal parties but hate having themed, once-a-year stuff crowding my very limited storage space. Here's how to get in the Halloween spirit with things you can use year-round (and may already have!).
Candles. Flickering low light creates spooky shadows and sets the mood for a Halloween haunt. Black candles in particular are extra creepy in context, but can be quite chic for everyday use in a modern space.
Jars. Jars of all shapes and sizes can be filled with candy or curiosities, on Halloween or any day. Clear vases also work and add variety.
Cheesecloth. When you're not straining dairy, Martha Stewart has a couple ideas on how to make cheesecloth seasonally spooky: for candles and spiderwebs.
Black construction paper. Whether making stair silhouettes, skull-filled garlands, or masks for portraits, this crafty staple makes for quick decorating.
Goblets. For a goth vampiric take on the holiday, break out the china and crystal, and serve something deep red from those faceted vessels. Pottery Barn's casual cafe version will do the trick.
Do you have a favorite everyday item that doubles as Halloween décor?
MORE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS ON APARTMENT THERAPY: • Fall Fun Fest: Halloween Party Ideas • Boo! Halloween Decor That Won't Scare the Planet • Halloween: Keeping Things Spooky Yet Attractive
(Image: Bethany Nauert/John's Halloween House)
Re-edited from a post originally published 10.18.12 - JL