9 Decor Tricks That Will Make You 'Win' Halloween This Year

September 3, 2019 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Halloween

We don’t just want to win best dressed for Halloween this year, we also want our house to be the best in the neighborhood, right? The holiday is so fun for decorating–you can go glam with glitter pumpkins or totally scary with headless horsemen. Either way, it’s a good time.

And if you plan to invite friends over for a costumes-required party, the expectation will be that your home is dressed to the nines, as well. Don’t leave them hanging–read on for expert tips from HomeGoods style expert Marcy Blum to take your decor to the next level. They’re scary good!

Make it chic. “Halloween isn’t just for kids,” Marcy says. “Deck out your space with lavish candelabras, glittery glass vases and shimmery silver, black and purple pumpkins from HomeGoods,” to make it more about glitz than gore.

Think beyond black and orange. While those are Halloween staples, you can really make things pop by incorporating other colors. “This year, one of my favorite trends to incorporate is metallics and purple hues. When I came across this velvet purple skull head from HomeGoods for $14.99, I had to place it atop the fireplace mantle!”

Get creative with place settings. Marcy says that things like spiderweb chargers, skull head napkin rings, and skeleton based wine glasses are all clever options and available at HomeGoods. Bonus points if you use clever signage like “Silence of the Lamb (chops)” or “Red Rum Risotto” to accompany the dishes.

More is more with pumpkins. DIY a “pumpkin patch” with a variety of pumpkins, gourds and garden gnomes outside your home.

First impressions are everything. “Transform your front entrance into a haunted haven with light-up trees, mini cauldrons and galvanized candle stands,” Marcy advises. “For an extra touch, stretch some cobwebs across the wall to accentuate your spooky walkway!”

Try a candy wall instead of a candy bowl. Remove the books from one book shelf fill it with candy and decor that guests can take home. “Throw in a few surprises like mini pumpkin spiced candles or eyeball salt & pepper shakers from HomeGoods for under $10,” and have friends and family go “trick or treating.”

Lean into the untraditional. HomeGoods is great for finding items you never knew existed–and this includes for Halloween decorating. “Haunted books, a yogi skeleton and a headless horseman statuette,” can all add spookiness to your space.

Create a focal point. “Choose one area of your party to standout with décor, like this one-of-a-kind photobooth personalized with a neon skull, whimsical witch props and long-lasting tombstones,” Marcy says. Guests won’t be able to resist snapping spooky Instagram pictures!

Experiment with lighting. Turn off the overhead light and combine a variety of light-up pumpkins, mini LED trees and lavish candelabras to create a “haunted mansion” glow, Marcy says.


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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