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Haute Halloween Style

Halloween is around the corner. Hopefully you’ve had time to get a pumpkin or two, drag out those storage bins and pull out your favorite fall holiday decor. Halloween really is the start of adding seasonal accessories inside and outside your home. Art projects start coming home from school-age children and armloads of holiday catalogs start flooding our mailboxes. If you’ve been out to the stores, you’ve probably seen displays for Thanksgiving and even aisles of Christmas cards lining the shelves. Embrace the season – it’s fun and festive!

If you have kids, they probably have already decided on their costumes and maybe you have too. So how will you decorate this fall? With a little forethought your Halloween decor can easily transition to Thanksgiving in November. Here are a few ideas for inside your home, party decor and outside your front door.

Artistic flair with pumpkins on the porch

Stacking pumpkins and arranging varying sizes and colors of pumpkins adds personality and style to your front entryway. Taking a branch from your yard, spraying it with matte black spray paint and hanging it near your doorway is an easy DIY project. Use that same matte black spray paint and re-purpose a wreath you may have from a previous holiday. Add a few spooky and inexpensive accessories like cobwebs and a toy bat to the wreath, for example, and you have a look ready for Trick or Treaters of all ages! 

Authentic Style from Pottery Barn

The look of this front entryway creates a beautiful harvest sentiment. Fall leaves, wicker accents and candles add warm and welcoming touches that greet guests with a hospitable spirit. While this image includes merchandise from Pottery Barn, a similar look can be created on a budget with items from stores such as Michael’s, Home Goods and even The Dollar Store. The secret is to stick to one color palette, keep things simple and natural as much as possible.

Dress up your mantel for Halloween!

I love mantels. It’s an easy space to re-design without disturbing a room too much. For the holidays it’s the perfect spot to highlight the season. To get started on your mantel the first thing to do is clear off what is already there. Set up a focal point in the center as in this image with the three white pumpkins, then arrange around them. Traditional accessories such as candlesticks and framed artwork create a more formal look, but don’t be shy to add unexpected details (like the black garland in this image). It’s Halloween for crying out loud!

Keep decor simple and natural

This console is VERY traditional, but the hanging bats on the “pumpkin tree” make the whole look so much fun. This would be very easy to do with that same bottle of matte black spray paint and a random branch. Stick that branch into a pumpkin and voila -you have yourself a “pumpkin tree”! Don’t you think kids would have fun helping to make this? Especially if they could hang their own paper bats!

Pumpkins can get costumes too!

I couldn’t resist posting this picture. The carving designs are simple and these “dressed up” pumpkins have so much personality! Again, a fun project to do with kids. Before you get started gather all your “dress up” supplies, get out your glue gun (maybe some pins too) and carve those pumpkins. When the pumpkins are carved and dry on the outside you’re ready to add those accessories and create some pumpkin fun.

An example of frightful fun served on this buffet

Maybe you’re one of those kind ambitious folks that hostan annual Halloween Party or Pumpkin Carving Party (you know who you are….)? This table is sure to inspire some new ideas for your buffet. Small pumpkins atop tall black candle holders, a black flower arrangement and a torn tablecloth are just a few ways to make the most of this holiday! Simple glass jars filled with candy corn and tiered cake stands with decorated cupcakes will surely make your table look the part.

Dry Ice adds drama to this witches' brew....

I love this idea using dry ice. Place a punch bowl in a slightly bigger bowl that has the dry ice in it. Now, “nest” your punch bowl inside the bigger bowl. The special effects from the dry ice will be spooktactular

It's all in the details....Down to the last crumb!

You may have seen decorated cookies like these in swanky food catalogs or even inside the bakery cases of some grocery stores, and usually at premium prices. If $1.95 per cookie isn’t in your budget, you can create the same look with iced sugar cookies and a black food marker. Try a few designs out before preparing for a party.  It takes some practice but well worth the effort!

Halloween parties aren’t just for kids. Greeting guests with a festive cocktail is a sure bet for a fun evening. This image from Martha Stewart dot come made me smile. Altered olives and lychees become eyeballs for this creepy cocktail.

Cheers or Bottoms Up – it’s not a party without some attention to the details to make your Halloween frightfully fun! Get lost in cyber space; there is a myriad of recipes, craft projects and decorating ideas for Halloween. Whether it’s one pumpkin or an elaborate costume party, inspiration is at your fingertips.

Photo credits go to Pottery Barn, Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Southern Living and Style At Home Magazines.

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