Confession time: Jack-o-lanterns aside, I've never really loved Halloween decor. Just looking at those fake spiderwebs that people stretch across their yards makes me feel itchy. And a lot of the Halloween decor that you see at the store just seems well, cheap. Lately, though, I've been spotting some decor ideas that are starting to redeem Halloween for me: dark, moody, stylish looks that capture the spooky spirit of the holiday without even a hint of the dollar store. We're calling this "grown-up" Halloween.
Above: I love the coloring of this tablescape from The Decorista—matte black with hints of orange, white, and even gold. It's so clearly a Halloween tablescape, but so sophisticated and grown-up.
Imagine what went through my head when I spotted this photo on Desire to Inspire. "Is that... a cloche full of mannequin hands? How creepy. And yet... how eerily perfect for Halloween." So if you happen to have a cloche and some fake body parts lying around, why not try it?
Now that I'm into cloches, I might as well show you this fantastic image from Svenska Maklarhuset, which appears to be a Swedish real estate site, which means that someone intentionally styled a house for sale with a ceramic snake underneath a giant cloche. That's an unusual choice for home staging, but, I think, a brilliant one for Halloween: unexpected and cool and kind of unsettling all at the same time. (A plastic snake spray painted white or a pretty metallic will do if no ceramic ones can be had.)
Here's an idea that's lovely and inexpensive to boot: wine bottles, spray painted in either shiny or matte black, and pressed into service as candleholders. Image from Elle Decor, via Fun Holiday Crafts.
It feels appropriate to bring the outside in during fall, for some reason. This black branch wreath answers that call, and is perfect for Halloween. Black Branch Halloween Wreath at Crate & Barrel, $49.95
From Honestly Yum, a DIY floral centerpiece made inside a (fake) skull, because why not?
By this point I have learned that one of the secrets to a stylish Halloween is matte black. Case in point: this matte black pumpkin from Sweet Paul. (Bonus: painting is much easier and quick than carving, although you can't eat the seeds.)
This Halloween candy bar, from Cupcakes and Cashmere, is both cute and classy.
Long, thin black tapers ($28/set of 12 from Olive & Cocoa) are the perfect way to add a touch of spooky glamour to your Halloween bash.
Here's another matte black pumpkin, this one with flowers for a delicate touch that's unexpected for Halloween but definitely not unwelcome. DIY from The Merrythought.
Hootie and Priscilla here are proof that Halloween decor can be cute but still stylish. They're available as a pair for $68 from Olive & Cocoa.
And finally, continuing with the matte black theme, these constellation-carved pumpkins from Design*Sponge. So easy, so classy—and you can keep them around even after Halloween's over (or at least, until they turn to mush).