• Sep 20

    Jilly's Halloween Handbook: Haunted Interiors

    September 20, 2011 • 8:00 am

    I’ve always loved Halloween. With its crisp weather, holiday nostalgia and of course the decorating, fall is my favorite time of year.

    Since I know some of you will be getting your decorations up at the first of the month I figured I’d share my tips on how to decorate your home in a festive and stylish way!

    I suggest you start the hunt for decorations at antique stores, second hand stores and hardware stores. Homesense (Home Goods if you’re in the U.S.), Jo-Ann’s, Michael's and your local markets are also good options.

    Personally, I don’t like morbid decorations. I’m more of the whimsical type when it comes to Halloween design- but to each her own! I try to go for a rustic, fall look with my Halloween décor, which is also very versatile because you can keep most of the decorations up for Thanksgiving as well.

    Here are a few specific ideas to include in your Halloween interiors:

    1. Tin Can Votives

    Grab some old tin cans, rust them out on your own with vinegar (or spray paint them), pierce holes in them and add a candle for a rustic series of votive holders around your home or your yard.

    2. Painted Pumpkins


    I love the idea of painting pumpkins and gourds to match the interior or exterior of your home. Just as you would decorate with accessories and knick-knacks, buy a set of craft paint that complements the color scheme of your home. Paint the pumpkins & arrange them in a cluster in your front entry, porch or on your kitchen table.

    3. Chalkboard Pumpkins


    I know I’ve mentioned my love of chalkboard paint to you guys before but it’s also fun to paint pumpkins and have the kids decorate them with chalk.

    4. Get Witchy


    It’s easy to make vintage witches’ brooms with straw, a large stick and twine. They’re perfect accessories near your front door or hanging from a large oak tree.

    I’m always inspired visually as well so here are some festive images to get your Halloween ideas flowing:







    I have such a ball with the Halloween décor but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea- are you a Halloween fan too? What’s your signature decoration?

    Image sources: Woman's Day; Martha Stewart Living; Zakka Life; Martha Stewart; The Polohouse; Country Living; Junk Garden; Country Living; Country Living; Martha Stewart

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