So, the school year started and you blinked. Before you know it, trick-or-treaters are on your doorstep! If Halloween snuck up on you this year, don’t panic. We’ve reached out to the local experts for last-minute decor tips. Their advice was so brilliant, it’s spooky! Decorating for this festive evening does not have to be all toil and trouble — here are our takeaways to make your fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Don’t feel tied to orange and black.
Traditional Halloween colors are overrated! Think outside the box and go for a more stylish palette, or add pops of color to give your decor some depth. “A silver can of spray paint is your friend at Halloween,” says Gwen Driscoll of Driscoll Design & Decoration. “I love going beyond orange and black. Adding silver and purple to Halloween fun makes it more chic.”
Cristina Blesa of Lemon Events agrees, adding, “To achieve a more elegant look, you can go for a Victorian Gothic look and add some metallic details to keep it modern and bright.”
Go au naturale.
Decorate using autumnal gourds, pumpkins, greenery and branches. Get creative! “I love collecting pumpkins and gourds to display at my front door and throughout my house,” says Becca Gaines of B. Gaines Interior Design. “They come in such a variety of colors, so that I can do this every year, and it looks different each time. I really love the whimsically animated lobes of Musque de Provence pumpkins, and I’m a sucker for the slate green-grey of a Jarrahdale.”
Building on our first Halloween decor tip on color, Kevin Coble of Le Fleur declares, “Halloween doesn’t always have to be orange! Using neutral tones such as white pumpkins, a touch of fresh floral material, as well as a few branches, pods, osage orange and leaves allows you to continually make your design ever-transforming.”
Greg Campbell of Garden District seconds that notion, saying he favors “white pumpkins with green flowers and grey foliage. I love orange, but I don’t think it is absolutely necessary for autumn decorations.”
“Adding bittersweet and berries to arrangements and existing planters can also add color and interest,” says Cindy McCord of Cindy McCord Interior Design.
Play the long game.
Halloween will be gone before you know it. Pick out decorations that, with a little hocus pocus, can transition from All Hallow’s Eve to Thanksgiving. And shop the clearance rack to stock up on great affordable decor for next year!
Cindy McCord of Cindy McCord Interior Design keeps it classic all season long. “There are so many pumpkins and gourds to choose from with so many wonderful fall colors that are perfect for Halloween, but will also take you through Thanksgiving,” she says.
“Adding Halloween embellishments to your fall arrangements makes them festive,” says Summer Godman of Millstone Market & Nursery. “Then remove the Halloween embellishments, and your fall arrangement can be used through Thanksgiving!”
Kevin Coble of Le Fleur likes to get creative with old Halloween decor or objects found in the yard. “Incorporate some of your favorite Halloween sit-abouts into an arrangement,” he says, citing craggly sticks from your yard or “a couple of spiders and webs, and you have an instant Halloween arrangement!”
Don’t pay big bucks.
Who says great decorations have to be pricey? No one, that’s who. Pull together stuff from around your house, have an afternoon of DIY fun or shop ’til you drop at the closest convenience or dollar store. You’ll be ready for the trick-or-treaters without being desperate for payday.
“GASP!” jokes Gwen Driscoll of Driscoll Design & Decoration. “I’ve found my very favorite Halloween decor at Walgreens!”
Cristina Blesa of Lemon Events says that getting creative is a great way to save money, and it’s fun! “Stop by your local crafts store and pick up a few items to help you decorate your objects. A few craft paper sheets, black lace, a piece of metallic trim and some spray paint will make some magic,” she says.
Use what you already have.
What gems are tucked away in your spare closet? Have you taken the time to raid your office drawers? If you’ve got it, “haunt” it! You might not even need to leave your house to add a little spooktacular touch to your home.
“Start by looking around the house, and gather a collection of pieces you may be able to use, such as books, candles, cake stands, vases, table clocks, picture frames or even those fall pumpkins sitting by your front door. Even if they don’t look very Halloween-ish, you’ll be able to add them to your spooky decor with just a little twist,” says Cristina Blesa of Lemon Events.
Gwen Driscoll of Driscoll Decoration & Design says to build on your old Halloween decor trove little by little. “Collect holiday decor through the years,” she says. “Buy a couple of things a year, and you will have a great group of items to use annually.”
Now, go forth and decorate! It’s never too late to deck your halls with spooky and scary fun. Happy Halloween!
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