Spookily Stylish Halloween Decorations

These Halloween decorating ideas combine eclectic and dramatic displays for unique (and pretty) Halloween decor.


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Antique Birdcage
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Antique Birdcage

    Give a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, the master of scary stories, with a play on his poem "The Raven." Perch a raven on a branch inside an antique birdcage and stick the bleak message "Nevermore!" in its beak. Situate the birdcage in front of an old photo or a picture of Poe for extra effect.

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Wicked Witch Legs

    Mannequin legs dressed in striped hose and buckled shoes give the illusion that a wayward witch crash landed in a moss-filled urn. This amusing display and a black-feather wreath on the door lure guests to the enchantments waiting inside.

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Pirate's Loot Tabletopper

    Decorate a side table with a candelabra, a voodoo doll, and a pile of gold coins for a pirate's stash of valuables. Even better: Use chocolate coins so guests can snack if they have enough courage to grab one.

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Putrid Potion Arrangement

    Add some toil and trouble to your Halloween display by grouping antique perfume bottles on a bronze serving platter to look like magic potions.

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Creepy Cabinet Display

    Use a cabinet or chest of drawers for a dreadful display. Pull out random drawers and let old dishes, pottery, spooky statues, and eerie picture frames peek out.

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Petrifying Perched Birds

    Summon images from Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds with this eerie wall display. This tree is painted on the wall, but you could get a similar (and nonpermanent) look by sketching a tree onto rolled paper, cutting it out, and taping it to the wall. Prop two ladders against the image and wire a swarm of artificial ravens to the rungs and some branches. Guests will be ducking for cover.

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Morbid Mirror

    Hang a large antique mirror on a wall or set on an easel to reflect flickering light from candles placed around the room. Surround the mirror with smaller mirrors for an illuminating display.

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Playful Pillows

    An easy way to add Halloween spirit to your home is by tossing black-and-white pillows about. A skeleton pillow on the couch is just waiting to rise from the dead.

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Spiderweb Chandelier

    Drape a chandelier in shredded strips of cheesecloth to create wraithlike forms above a dining table, making sure the strips avoid contact with bulbs to prevent the risk of fire. Giant spiders on the walls will make dinner guests scared in their seats.

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Boneyard Buggy

    An antique buggy filled with mini tombstones and statues stands as a creepy exhibit. Stuffed rat figures at the wheels round out the Halloween montage. Place on a fireplace hearth or inside your front door.

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Chilling Chair

    Halloween is the perfect time to display torn and weathered furniture. This worn chair gets a spooky makeover with an iron-on bird transfer. Make your own chair design by printing a scary image on transfer paper and ironing it to the cushion.

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Skeleton Candle Display

    These skeleton heads add intrigue to a mantle. Line Halloween-theme candle votives along a mirror for a haunting display.

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Witch's Hand Stand

    Piles of yellowed paperbacks prop a ceramic witch hand, which clutches a sepia portrait. Photocopy an old picture and draw an eye mask onto it with markers, or print a mask onto an adhesive label and adhere to the photo.

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Pirate Skeleton Mannequin

    Crown a pipe-smoking ceramic skull with a sailor's cap adorned with a pirate pin. Balance the skull on a scarf-swathed cloth mannequin body to create this dashingly creepy chap.

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Masked Candle Sconce

    Lend a sinister Phantom of the Opera effect to a candle wall sconce by attaching masks to the sides of the candle. The candlelight will glow through the eyes, giving a mysterious look. Use battery operated candles to avoid fire risk.

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Witch Head Vase

    Transform a tall vase into a witch head by filling the vase with branches and feathers, tying them at the top to create the illusion of a pointy hat. Adorn the vase with a green mask for the face. Place the wicked decoration in the front hall to greet your guests with a cackle.

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Ghoulish Pumpkin

    Ghouls pop their heads in for a visit and take a load off their feet with this chair decoration. Rest a monster mask on a flat, green pumpkin to achieve this goofy look.

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Dire Warning

    Give an ironic twist to a childhood warning by printing "Don't play with matches" in a creepy looking font on white paper. Add a silhouette of a goblin, then place the image in a frame and set next to a pile of matches and a lit candle to tempt guests. Use your imagination. Sayings such as "Don't run with scissors" can evoke laughs when placed next to a related display.

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