It’s time to get scary festive! In case you haven’t noticed from the assault of fall displays and deluge of gourds on porch steps, Halloween is upon us. Here are wicked Halloween decor ideas that are sure to make a monster impression. From lining your hallways with ghostly mirrors to wrapping the stairway in holiday-themed garland, lift spirits this season by decorating the entire home for a Halloween that’s destined to be remembered.

Outdoor decor

Halloween decor ideas with personalized lawn sign that greets trick-or-treaters

Welcome visitors to your home with mood-setting outdoor decorations. Line the walkway with fall mums on each side, and wrap them with spooky string lights. Place a few mini pumpkins between each mum to complete your grand entryway. To help guests know that they’ve arrived at the right place, pitch seasonal slate signs identifying your family’s name.

At your doorstep, decorate with a personalized jack-o’-lantern and candy basket trick-or-treat style. When they arrive to pick up their tasty treat, they’ll be greeted by a seasonal wreath on your front door that builds anticipation. Once night falls, moody lighting from LED solar hanging mason jars reinforces the theme. With such a fall reception, your guests are ready for some All Hallow’s Eve revelry.

Accentuate the indoors with Halloween accents

Misty mirrors craft

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the spookiest house of all? With a DIY ghostly mirror, it must be you. Using construction paper, cut out letter stencils and them to spell out a spooky message that you paste on a mirror with double-sided tape. Simply mist with matte finish spray, allow to completely dry, and peel off the newspaper. And don’t be a scaredy cat! Glass cleaner will reverse this spell after Halloween.

Chandeliers or lampshades

An easy way to add holiday flavor is by updating lampshades with Halloween bats, skulls, wolves, and ghost ornaments. Layer the look with white spider webbing but beware —creepy crawlers may want to move right in.

Halloween decor for the living room

halloween decorations white pumpkin flowers

Pumpkin flower arrangements

A vase is so last season. Nothing screams fall like fresh blooms popping out of a pumpkin. Craftier than just carving and easy to create, start by cutting off the top of your pumpkin and scooping out the insides. Next, line the pumpkin with plastic and insert floral foam that’s been soaked in water. Add the long-stemmed flowers of your choice, and then integrate leaves, berries, artichokes, or anything else you wish.

Festive coffee table

Make the coffee table a fiery focal point of the room. Robust orange, yellow, and red flowers surrounded by mini pumpkins, along with crow figurines and cobwebs, make for a startling and stunning centerpiece for the living room.

Halloween-themed throw pillows

Decorative Halloween throw pillows are another effortless way to make a room festive. Add pillows to the couch or a window seat, and then sit back and enjoy the coziness of the season.

Create a spooky stairway

Step it up accessorizing

Creaky steps are so in this season, as is garland that says the boo for you. Weave your handrail with twine pinned with leaves preserved with Mod Podge or a pumpkin garland. The good news is that autumn finds are versatile enough to leave up throughout the fall.

Halloween decor in the bedrooms

Spooky picture frames craft

Cause a fright with some ghostly DIY picture frames. Make a black and white copy of any photo and brush the image with black paint and water to “age” it. After the paper dries, match up a piece of card stock to the back of the photo. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the eyes of the subject in the image and add mini red Christmas lights through the back of the eyes. Finally, set it up on your nightstand, or anywhere in your house.

Scary fun pillowcases

Dress up your bed with festive Halloween pillowcases, such as ghoulishly cute ghosts or bat cases. Simply swap out your daily pillowcases for these fun fall options, which can moonlight as trick-or-treat bags on the big night.

halloween decor ideas with two children holding personalized spooky pillow cases

Don’t forget the bathrooms!

Spidery soaps craft

Not even the bathroom is safe this spooky season! Upgrade the room with DIY soaps that will make you scream. Start by melting a soap base in a pot until it reaches 140° F. Using a soap mold, place a plastic bug into each mold and pour over the melted soap. Once the bubbles rise on the mold, use a knife to scrape them off. Leave the soap in the molds overnight. Then, remove, rinse, wash, and repeat until Oct 31.


Jacqueline deMontravel is’s senior editor of floral and gifting. She is also an editor, writer, designer, artist and stylist. Previously, Jacqueline was the editorial director of Engaged Media’s Lifestyle group, overseeing such publications as Cottages & Bungalows, Romantic Homes, Yum, Seaside Style, Cottage White, French Style, Happy Modern and Rooms. Formerly the editor of Country magazine, she held editor positions at Self and GQ. She has been a contributor with Hearst's Harper's Bazaar and Black Book magazines.

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  1. May I please inquire WHAT the lettering is made out of on your personalized T-Towels? Are they washable & can they be ironed on the backside with on a warm iron? I need to know the answers BEFORE I order a large quantity.
    Thank you in advance.

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