Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, it can be the perfect excuse to pretty up your home with metallic pumpkins and sparking skeletons. That’s our kind of holiday.
So skip the junky decorations (you know the ones, they end up tossed in the trash on November first) and get your home in tip-top shape for the spooky holiday–this year, with items that are elegant, chic and a little bit scary.
15 totally-not-tacky ways to get your home ready for Halloween
Pillow talkInstead of buying brand new pillows, opt for shams, so you can quickly dress up your existing ones to suit the holiday. The playful motifs at West Elm won our hearts, and we bet they'll win yours, too.
$29 at West Elm.West Elm
Sparkling gourdsUp the Halloween charm with pumpkins that literally sparkle--and we're not suggesting you add extra candles to your Jack O'Lantern. These pumpkins shine all on their own, and will last long beyond All Hallows' Eve.
$14 - $24 at Pottery Barn.Pottery Barn
Knife (and fork) playWe're only saying this because we're in this creepy Halloween mood, but there's something very dagger-like about this flatware. We'll use it for the season and hope our guests are all sound of mind.
$72 at Crate&Barrel.Crate&Barrel
Pumped up pumpkinDon't leave your bathroom counter out of the fun. This translucent soap pump with its oh-so-adorbs smiling pumpkin face will put a smile on even the most sour ghosts and ghouls.
$4.75 at Pier 1.Pier 1
Little dollyDolls can be creepy, we get it. And tiny glass dolls inside of a glass cloche (aka something that looks like it should encase a fermenting body part) give us the creeps. But this decorative piece is actually just that: a statement piece meant for a home with personality, year-round.
$310 at Restoration Hardware.Restoration Hardware
Most magic carpetWe don't know about you, but shag rugs have always kind of reminded us of thousands of tiny spider legs. Which is probably why we think IKEA's HAMPEN rug (in black, of course) is all kinds of perfect for Halloween. The high-pile shag itself is on trend, but can become spoooooooky when the mood is right.
$50 at IKEA.IKEA
The vase of deathSwap your traditional terra cotta vases for something more sinister. Well, sinister with a chic twist, obvs. These shiny white options from Pottery Barn will do the trick (and treating) this year.
$102 at Pottery Barn.Pottery Barn
Skin deepThese serving plates are eerily beautiful, as are most designs on Fornasetti porcelain. The “Exposed Brain" motif will make your guests squirm, sure, but if they know anything about art, they'll also appreciate the unique design.
$244 at Shopstyle.ca.Shopstyle.ca
Candle labA jewelled candelabra that stands on the floor will look Halloween-ready when placed in a spooky setting, but this is the kind of piece that will look just as at home with your cozy winter decor.
$56 at Pier 1.Pier 1
Skull it back!If you're serving beers at your Halloween get together, scare the tops right off with this skull motif bottle opener from Williams-Sonoma. OK, so you actually have to use it properly, but still.
$18 at Williams-Sonoma.Williams-Sonoma
Poke and prodWhile these look like torture tools, they're actually just vintage calipers and compasses, used to measure distances on maps. These decor accents can be kept on display anytime of year, but they happen to feel more evil this time of year.
$265 at Restoration Hardware.Restoration Hardware
Sinister serviceServe up your Halloween party charcuterie on this appropriately dark dining tray. It's dark enough to fit in with your other Halloween decorations, but mid-century enough to serve your guests even in July.
$35 at EQ3.EQ3
Black lightAs with everything, decorating for Halloween is all about the details. Place a couple of Ethics Supply and Design Co's Starry Night candles in the space you're looking to spook-up and take in the added benefit of the woodsy scent--there's nothing spookier than the woods.
$55 at Anthropologie.Anthropologie
Coast through the nightThese black and gold coasters from West Elm are the perfect accent for your bar or coffee table during a Halloween soiree. But their vintage motif makes them appropriate long after you've blown out the candles in you Jack O'Lanterns.
$40 at West Elm.West Elm
Witching (AKA “happy") hourToast to your good decor sense this Halloween with one of these tastefully sinister tumblers. Each glass in the set of four has a different Halloween motif, so you'll never forget which dark and stormy's yours.
$70 at Williams-Sonoma.Williams-Sonoma