Design Lesson
Oct 28, 2006

7 spooktacularly chic Halloween decorating ideas

7 spooktacularly chic Halloween decorating ideas Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Oct 28, 2006

7 spooktacularly chic Halloween decorating ideas

It's that time of year again, when the cool and classy decor in your favourite stores is pushed aside to make way for ghoulish and grim Halloween accessories. While most of it is designed for the kiddies, that doesn't mean your home can't look stylish and sophisticated when celebrating All Hallows Eve. We've come up with seven ways to transform your home into a Halloween treat without sacrificing your sense of style.


1 Sophisticatedly scary
Create a creepily candlelit house this Halloween with these candles from Pottery Barn. Jazz up any regular votives with sophisticated twig-adorned hurricane lanterns and pair them with a spooky glitter glass skull to add a bit of sparkle and shine to your dark Halloween decor. Twig Hurricanes, starting at $39 US, Glitter Skull, $19 US, Pottery Barn.

halloweenjar2.jpg2 Creepy clear candy jar
Delight your trick-or-treaters this Halloween with a glass pumpkin jar to house your yummy candy. Perfect for placing at the front door for the kiddies or for keeping treats at arm's length in your living room, this chic glass beauty is would look great in any room of your house. Tip: Buy a few jars and separate your fave sweets into each, then place on a black cake stand for a perfect candy party platter. Pumpkin Jar, $11, Crate and Barrel.


halloweenpompoms.jpg3 Spooky chic ceiling decor
Hesitant to dress your house for Halloween because you hate the kitsch factor? You can make your home suit the season and still look stylish with a few changes in decor. These great black and silver papered ceiling pom poms from Martha Stewart Crafts will dress up any front foyer, making it easier for you to pass up on the cobwebs and hanging bats. Black and Silver Tissue Paper Pom Pom Kit, $15, Martha Stewart Crafts.


4 Eerie entertaining
Hosting a Halloween party doesn't have to be a scary idea; just make sure you have the right supplies to impress your guests. Cute or pretty entertaining items will better suit an adult Halloween-themed dinner party better than garish props. These bat party crackers will add some snap and crackle to your tabletop, while the twig candelabra will make a spooky but chic centerpiece. Crackers, $10 US, Pier 1 Imports; Manzanita Candelabra, $99, West Elm.


5 Pumpkin perfect greetings and goodbyes
When sending out invitations for a Halloween party, your invites should reflect what type of party you're having. If you're hosting a themed costume party, make sure it's clear to your guests by designing the cards with images of the theme. These pumpkin-printed cards from Pink Lily Press are perfect for inviting friends to a pumpkin-themed potluck dinner party (have every guest bring a food item that looks like a pumpkin or uses it as an ingredient). Supply your guests with a white paper bag and Tupperware so they can take some of the party leftovers home, adding a personal touch with a thank you tag like the one shown. Pumpkin Patch Notecards, $12 US per set of 6, ‘Thank You' Pumpkin Tags, $4 US per set of 2, Pink Lily Press.


6 Pumpkin baked goods
Halloween doesn't need to be all about candy! Get yourself ready during the week leading up to Oct. 31 by whipping up yummy baked goods like pumpkin raisin muffins. These delicious treats will make a great addition to your kids' lunch bags or can be served as a light dessert for a gathering with friends. Make your pumpkin muffins authentic by baking them in this Pumpkin Patch Pan and decorate the tops with orange and green icing. Pumpkin Raisin Muffin Mix, $8 US, Pumpkin Patch Pan, $40 US, Crate and Barrel.

halloweenboxes.jpg7 Bewitching party boxes
If you're hosting a gathering this Oct. 31 send your guests away in Halloween style with petite party boxes filled with ghoulish goodies. These party favour boxes from Penny People Designs in Toronto include a custom designed sticker so you can leave your guests a spooky or fun message. Box (candy not included), $1.80 each, Penny People Designs.

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