3 scarily stylish ways to decorate your home for Halloween

28th Oct 18 | Lifestyle

Want to set the scene for fright night - without being terrifyingly tacky? Choose from these devilishly good ideas.

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Halloween might be all about shock and horror – but when it comes to decor, it really can be the stuff of nightmares.

Thankfully though, you don’t have to welcome in the goblins of bad taste and overdose on the ghoulish and garish. It is possible to make a home trick-or-treat ready without being tacky, and embrace a scarily stylish look instead.

A little bit of creepy can go a long way – a skull here, a bat there, or even a black tree hung with spider baubles (It may send a shiver down your spine but trees are no longer just for Christmas!). If that’s too tame and the dark side is really calling, think of dipping into dark decor – black is so back in favour – or make it macabre with a ghostly graveyard wall mural.

The most successful decor brew, which will delight long beyond the fright night, is a wicked mixture of deadly night shades, drama and witty details that don’t scream Halloween…

Decorate with devilish touches

Pre-lit Halloween Tree, Black, 60cm, £22; Decorative Glass Skulls, pack of 4, £18; Halloween Sequin Bat Hanging Decoration, Black, £2.50; Pols Potten Drip Candlestock, Large £72 and XXL, £150; Premier Decorations Lit Tombstone With Sound (60cm) £40; Premier Decorations Day of the Dead Plaque (30cm) £12, all John Lewis (John Lewis/PA)
John Lewis’ Halloween range includes: Pre-lit Halloween Tree (60cm), £22; Decorative Glass Skulls – Pack of 4, £18; Halloween Sequin Bat Hanging Decoration, £2.50; Pols Potten Drip Candlesticks, £72-£150; Premier Decorations Lit Tombstone With Sound (60cm), £40; Premier Decorations ‘Day of the Dead ‘Plaque (30cm), £12, all John Lewis (John Lewis/PA)

Christmas no longer has a monopoly on trees – Halloween’s now grabbing a slice of the decor action. This wicked focal point for the festivities is reportedly inspired by a nursery rhyme which tells of a haunted tree.

Planted in a land of haunted houses, it was taken care of by ghosts and goblins and grew into a Halloween tree, complete with scary branches and monsters and zombies inside its trunk.

Treat your tree to a selection of ghoulish baubles, to celebrate the dark arts and a little black magic.

(L-R) Halloween Hanging Decoration Witches Hat, £2, John Lewis; Halloween Hanging Boo Sign, £.3.50, Sainsbury's; Decorative Glass Skulls, Pack of 4, £18; Halloween Tinsel Spider, Red/Black, £5, Sainsbury's; Pumpkin Spider Tinsel Wreath, £18, John Lewis (John Lewis/Sainsbury's/PA)
(L-R) Halloween Hanging Decoration Witches Hat, £2, John Lewis; Halloween Hanging Boo Sign, £.3.50, Sainsbury’s; Decorative Glass Skulls – Pack of 4, £18, John Lewis; Halloween Tinsel Spider, £5, Sainsbury’s; Pumpkin Spider Tinsel Wreath, £18, John Lewis (John Lewis/Sainsbury’s/PA)

Create a room that raises the spirits

Halloween mural, from £30 a square metre, Wallsauce (Wallsauce/PA)
Darken the atmosphere with a Halloween mural  from the ‘Extended’ range at Wallsauce: ‘Peel and Stick’ wallpaper, from £36/m2 (Wallsauce/PA)

“Think beyond orange, witches and lanterns – symbols of the night itself – and you could use the festival as inspiration for embracing dark interiors,” suggests Jenny Hurren, founder of Out There Interiors. “They’re at the forefront of style these days, as people increasingly recognise that a moody palette offers a romantic feel that’s elegant and oozes luxury.

“Start by choosing dusky paint shades and dark-toned wallpapers to create a statement backdrop. Deep black, burgundy and purple are go-to colours, as they add depth and drama to any living space.”

Incorporating rich, sumptuous velvet for upholstery and soft furnishings, and  featuring accessories in jewel tones to add eye-catching pops of colour will bring the scheme to life, she adds.

Sainsbury’s Home Halloween collection of accessories is an easy, cheap way to take a trip to the Twilight Zone. Our favourites includes a Black Candelabra, £15; Black Raven, £4; Colour Changing Pumpkin Light, £4.50, and Colour Changing Ghost, £2.50, plus a Boo Light, £15.

DECOR TIP:  If a scheme’s too sinister for your taste, bring light and warmth  with fashionable metallic gold and brass touches, or for more magical  decorative detail, pair shimmering silver touches with deep, dark florals.

(L-R) Sugar Skull Cushion, currently reduced from £15.99 to £7.99, Studio; Silver Pumpkins, Homesense; My Moon My Mirror Table, by Diesel With Moroso, £828, Nest; Cat Lamp, in Black, £205, Out There Interiors; Boo Halloween Neon Light, £14.99, Lights4Fun (Studio/Homesense/Nest.co.uk/Out There Interiors/Lights4Fun)
(L-R) Sugar Skull Cushion, currently reduced from £15.99 to £7.99, Studio; Silver Pumpkins – Set of 3, £4.99, Homesense; My Moon My Mirror Table by Diesel With Moroso, £828, Nest; Cat Lamp, £205, Out There Interiors; Boo Halloween Neon Light, £14.99, Lights4Fun (Studio/Homesense/Nest.co.uk/Out There Interiors/Lights4Fun)

Conjure a blood-curdling banquet

Skeleton Crew range: Paper Plates, pack of 8, currently reduced from £3 to £1.20; Paper Napkins, pack of 20, currently reduced from £2.92 to £1.26; Bug Scatter Decoration, currently reduced from £2.92 to £2.40; Party Porcelain: Gold Champagne Flute, £2; Rose Gold Cutlery, £7; Baroque Skeleton Cocktail Napkins, Creep It Real, pack of 16, £2.92, all Talking Tables (Talking Tables/PA)
Talking Tables’ Skeleton Crew range includes: Paper Plates – Pack of 8, currently reduced from £3 to £1.20; Paper Napkins – Pack of 20, currently reduced from £2.92 to £1.26; Bug Scatter Decoration, currently reduced from £2.92 to £2.40; Party Porcelain Gold Champagne Flutes, £2 each; Gold Cutlery, £7; Baroque Skeleton Cocktail Napkins ‘Creep It Real’ – Pack of 16, £3.50, all Talking Tables (Talking Tables/PA)

Make an evening feast fang-tastic, with a creepily creative table setting. Skulls skeletons and creepy-crawlies are all vital ingredients for a spooky supper, and candlesticks or lit pumpkins could cast a ghostly glow on the scene.

(L-R) Six Wax Halloween Candles, £9.99, Lights4Fun; Halloween Felt Spider Web Placemats, pack of 4, £8, John Lewis; Halloween Melamine Plate, £3.50, Marks & Spencer; Skull/Snake Candleholder Black, £410, Out There Interiors (Lights4Fun; John Lewis/Out There Interiors/Marks & Spencer/PA)
(L-R) 6 Wax Halloween Candles, £9.99, Lights4Fun; Halloween Felt Spider Web Placemats, pack of 4, £8, John Lewis; Halloween Melamine Plate, £3.50, Marks & Spencer; Skull/Snake Candle Holder – Black, £410, Out There Interiors (Lights4Fun; John Lewis/Out There Interiors/Marks & Spencer/PA)

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