It's that time of year again—Halloween! And why should kids shopping for costumes have all the fun? Treat your house to a little bit of festiveness, too. But first, decide what your spook style is: glam goth and scary, modern and minimalist or classic/throwback. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, there's plenty out there for you to pick from for both indoors and out. Just for you, here's our Halloween decor shopping scouting report.
A little blood and guts doesn't faze you. Rhinestone skull? That works, too. If glitz meets goth gives you all the feels, then these are your spirit stores.
Online e-tailer Grandin Road specializes in all things Halloween, specifically of the gory and glammy variety. A lot of what they have is exclusive, so it's definitely worth browsing here for stuff your neighbors won't have. Some highlights:
- Eyeball Orbs, $29/Set of 8: These eyeball orbs will instantly transform a plain bowl into an eerie centerpiece.
- Glam Designer Pumpkins, Starting at $49: The dark rose designs and ombré finishes make these decorative pumpkins special.
- Sketched Skull Plates, $49/Set of 4: Bone appetite!
If you're lucky enough to have a Z Gallerie brick and mortar near you, it's well worth popping in to see their tightly curated Halloween offerings, such as:
- Glimmer Pumpkins & Gourd, Starting at $22: Yes, those are tiny, shiny studs, and you're welcome!
- Marble Skull Coasters, $60/Set of 4: High design meets Halloween, and your coffee table or bar cart wins.
- Juneau Rug, Starting at $60: Black faux Mongolian fur will definitely goth up your furniture and floors.
Every year Pottery Barn does Halloween big with skeletons, crows and other scary wares. A few favorites:
- Faux Crows, Starting at $30: These guys are pretty lifelike, whether perching atop an oversized lantern or on a table.
- Spooky Cats Hurricane, $40: This candleholder has a creepy luminaria vibe.
- Skull Art Canvas Frame Print, $149: A print like this will definitely make a big impact on your walls.
Oriental Trading Company
Yes, I'm really suggesting the cheesy catalog company as a shopping destination. If there's one holiday OT excels at, it's Halloween.
- Skeleton Hand Plastic Cups, $19.99: Give your Halloween table a hand with these creepy (yet glam!) skeleton flutes.
- Large Gold Posable Skeleton, $30: Think of all the decorative (and funny) possibilities of a posable skeleton—sitting in a chair, dressed in a costume, serving sushi at your Halloween party? Get as weird as you want.
- Deluxe Creepy Cloth Wall Decoration, $7: Try these tattered black hangings instead of faux cobwebs. They'd be great draped over a mantel or table.
The crafter's haven is hip to holiday decorating (and not just of the DIY variety). Several aisles worth of Halloween decor of all styles graces the front of most Michaels stores this time of year. For a glam goth vibe, here are some of our picks:
- Black Taper Candelabra with Dangles, $17.49: A candelabra paired with black tapers has a serious haunted mansion vibe.
- Red Velvet Sequin Skull Pillow, $14.99: Blood red velvet emblazoned with a sparkly skull? Doesn't get more glam goth than that.
- Rose with Spider Wreath, $14.99: Declare your glam goth Halloween style before your guests cross the threshold.
Modern and Minimalist
Happy with a few well-placed white pumpkins and maybe a hit of gold for good measure? Then you're more of a Halloween minimalist. These understated finds will help you class things up a bit.
Cost Plus World Market
This store nails mid-century modern-meets-bazaar decor during the year. So it's no surprise that in addition to the global-inspired, Day of the Dead-themed gear they carry, Cost Plus World Market has a couple simple, sleek Halloween pieces, too.
- Gold Skeleton Hands Ceramic Candy Bowl, $20: I no joke want this bowl. It goes with my gold flatware.
- Black Zombie Flamingo Lawn Ornaments, $25/Set of 2: Again, can't get more midcentury then these silly lawn flamingoes.
- Dangling Dog Skeleton 10 Bulb String Lights, $9.99: Add a little spook to your white pumpkin setup with a creepy dog skeleton garland.
While you're buying candy for your trick-or-treaters, take a spin down the seasonal decor aisle. You better believe Target is cranking out cool Halloween items. My favorites:
- Pumpkin Figure Large - Gold, $12.99: A touch of brass never hurt any vignette.
- Halloween Glass Skull Jar Small, $8: Stash your candy in style.
- Gold Circle Pumpkin Decor Stickers, $3.99: A modern take on no-carve pumpkin decoration.
Lulu & Georgia
Yep, even some of the smaller, trendier online shops like Lulu & Georgia are carrying Halloween-inspired goodies so chic that you won't be embarrassed to display them year round.
- Gilded Skeleton Canister, $49: If you like skulls and bones, this canister could be a "gilty" pleasure.
- Kenza Moroccan Pouf, $205: Moroccan pouf in jack-o-lantern orange? Why not?
- Payton Candelabra, $74: This curved candleholder is a creepy-chic showpiece.
When it comes to simple, modern doormats, tea towels or even pillows, you really can't beat Etsy. The site is also a great resource for large scale, seasonal artwork if you're the type to decorate down to those details.
- Spider Wall Art, Starting at $10: Pop this printable in an IKEA frame and call it a day.
- Halloween So Hard Doormat, $38: Set the tone for trick-or-treating right at the front door.
- Throw Pillow Cover Vintage Skeleton Medical Chart, $35: Pillows on Etsy can get cheesy pretty fast, but this vintage skeleton design is a safe choice.
Over the last few years, Nordstrom "At Home" has consistently impressed me with the cute brands they carry, the price points they hit and their bright, modern Christmas decorations. Halloween's now getting in on the action, and I couldn't be more excited.
- Halloween Slate Tray, $58: Cheese and ouija. What could go wrong?
- Rustic Pumpkin Lidded Ceramic Candle, $27: If "basic" were a candle it'd be this one from Illume, but don't knock it until you've tried it.
- Levtex Om Skeleton Accent Pillow, $40: That skeleton applique is better at yoga than I am, and I'm cool with that.
Pumpkins, ghosts, witches, vampires and black cats never get old to you. Good news! A lot of retro Halloween shapes and motifs are trending this year, so you're bound to find a piece or two to your taste.
Look past the painted wine glasses and bedazzled pillows, and you'll find lots of fun, classic Halloween items for serving and entertaining at Pier 1.
- Quit Your Witching Mug, $6.36 (on sale): Your cubemates will notice your festiveness, if not your work ethic.
- Orange Berry Halloween Wreath, $40: Keep this hanging all fall.
- Beaded Spider Web Placemat, $20: My mother would LOVE these, and I'm not totally hating them either.
Admittedly, I have a little bit of a T.J.Maxx bias, because I've scored so many great things there (across state lines and in multiple departments). Check out their Halloween offerings the next time you're browsing in store. It usually leans toward the more cute and classic side over the bloody limbs, gravestones and coffins you'll find elsewhere. But since they launched e-commerce, you can also fill your virtual cart with these Halloween goodies.
- Candy Corn Lane Halloween Ball Garland, $13: I never met a wool garland I didn't like.
- Halloween Friends Cat Plates, $20/Set of 4: Black kitty plates for the retro cat lady in your life!
- Easy Care Costumed Dogs Tablecloth, $10: Polyester tablecloths aren't my favorite, but they are practical, especially for kids. And this masquerade puppy design sure is cute.
For outdoor decor, nobody does it better than Home Depot. Holiday decorating is serious business there, and Halloween is no exception.
- Window FX Plus 2017 Projector, $90: It ain't cheap, but it's oh so easy to decorate your windows for Halloween when you can just project creepy images onto them. The best part is you can access imagery for other holidays, too.
- Black Grapevine Broom Path Lights, $30/Set of 3: Turn your path or driveway into a walk of doom with these 3 feet tall LED broom lights.
- 8 ft. Inflatable Pumpkin Patch, $60: Bring the patch to your front yard with this inflatable cluster of classic jacks.
I have to say, this chain decor store has come along way from when it was in my local mall growing up. Kirkland's will always skew a little country, IMO, but these days you can find way more than artificial flowers and fussy wreaths there.
- Jack O'Lantern Milk Bottle Glasses, $13/Set of 4: Pretty sure Martha Stewart Living did this with old soda bottles and vinyl a few years ago, but here they are, if you're too lazy to DIY.
- Boo Halloween Banner, $11: Not a bad deal for just over $10.
- Spider Web Table Runner, $20: Dress this table runner down or up, that is, if elegant Halloween dinners are a thing.