We may be living in fraught times, but that doesn’t mean Halloween is on hold. Check out these decor items for the most boo-tiful holiday of the year.
Halloween is going to look quite a bit different this year. The coronavirus pandemic has put the kibosh on costume parades and door-to-door candy hunts in many communities across the nation.
In fact, according to the latest research from Morning Consult, 47% of families will be canceling their usual holiday parties altogether this season, and that includes Halloween celebrations.
While your annual Halloween bash might be postponed to 2021, you can still bring the spooky vibes in a number of other ways. We fully endorse stocking up on all your favorite fun-size candy and planning a scary movie marathon. But there’s no better way to bring the spirit of All Hallows Eve to your home than by decorating.
To help you in this frightening endeavor, we’ve gathered a whole host of festive and stylish (and weird) items. No tacky decorations here! Just seasonal accessories that’ll stand the test of time and can get you and your family into the bone-chilling Halloween mood this year. After all, you need a break from the real-life scares of 2020, right?
Ana Cummings of the eponymous design firm recommends maximizing your Halloween decor by placing it where it’ll get the most attention.
“I like to decorate the pathway and garden beds that lead up to my house, especially with gravestones and hands and bones sticking out of the dirt,” she says.
Check out these faux headstones ($49+, Etsy) made out of styrofoam and painted to resemble the real deal. Stick these skeleton hands ($11.99, Target) in your front lawn. We also love the look of luminary bags ($6.99, Spirit Halloween Headquarters) lining an entryway.
Continue your decor efforts in high-traffic spots just inside your door, such as the foyer, a hall table, or in the family room. These skulls planters ($8 each, Lowe’s) are ideal picks since you don’t have to fuss over the low-maintenance succulent plants they hold. Instead, you’ll be left with lots of extra time to cook up some Halloween treats.
Sure, pumpkins are usually orange, but for something a little more sophisticated (and a lot stranger), look to darker shades like purple and black.
“Purple and green colors are great stand-alone options this year or as add-ons to the traditional orange and black scheme,” says Caroline Harmon, Lowe’s trend manager.
A lavender gourd ($39, Grandin Road) like the one above is covered in resin beads and gold accents. Consider getting several to