Easy Halloween Mantel Ideas

Feather Wreath on Halloween mantel
Add Halloween spirit to your living room with fall mantel decor, including homemade decorations and festive pumpkins. These cute and spooky crafts will bring style and scares to your Halloween mantel.

Haunted Mansion

As far as homemade Halloween decorations go, this mantel piece takes the cake for most impressive. A handmade haunted house, paper bats, and a giant harvest moon are eerily illuminated by twinkle lights and black painted twigs. 

Quoth the Raven

Let a feathered flock nest on your mantel this Halloween with this eccentric idea. A black-and-white color scheme looks chic, but faux ravens and birdcages add some spook. We love how this Halloween mantel uses a variety of heights to let each element shine. 

Boo-tiful Banner

Sometimes you just need to spell it out. This Halloween mantel decor features a bold burlap banner. A collection of skull accents, including framed photos of the deceased and a banner of tarot cards, complete the look for a scary yet stylish display.

Autumn Glow

Wrap everything you love about autumn into one stylish mantel. This pretty display features mini pumpkins, gourds, colorful candles, acorns, and fresh foliage. Plus, its metallic elements easily transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving. 

Black is the New Orange

When it comes to Halloween mantel ideas, nothing beats the classic combination of orange and black. This mantel combines Halloween motifs like spiders, owls, ravens, pumpkins into one wow-worthy display.  


Channel your favorite literary figure with this Edgar Allen Poe themed mantel. Skulls, spooky artifacts, and—most prominently—a large banner with the word "Nevermore" pays homage to the author. 

Upcycled Halloween Mantel

What once was old is new again in this fresh look that costs little. Window frames benefit from spider webs and old keys; Frankenstein is actually an old water bottle topped with a painted box; and the tiny spiders are wine corks painted black and jabbed onto pipe cleaner legs.

Black-and-White Mantel

Hang a black poster with a silly saying (free download, below), above your Halloween mantel. Pair it with dried flowers and a well-dressed skeleton head for a spooky black-and-white scene.

Silhouette Mantel

Dress your mantel in retro Halloween finery, including playful silhouettes in matching frames (just print graphic silhouettes from your computer). The print-and-trim flowers on the right of the mantel are available in our free download, below.

Create quick no-carve Halloween pumpkins with a creative eye and some decorative tape. We share our technique!

No-Carve Pumpkins for Your Mantel

These cute-as-can-be pumpkins would look great atop your Halloween mantel. Bonus: No carving means they stay fresh for weeks!

Halloween Lantern Mantel Topper

Glamorize your Halloween mantel with this sparkling take on a glowing lantern. A bow dotted with batty silhouettes plus a troop of plastic spiders give the holiday accessory an eerie-elegant personality!

Creepy Crystal Balls

Believe it or not, clear Christmas ornaments are the key ingredient to this Halloween DIY project! Find some clever Halloween images and size them to fit your ornaments. Print them onto ink-jet transparency film and cut out, adding a small tail at the bottom (this will be used to secure the image inside the bulb). Gently roll up the images and stick them inside the bulbs. Attach them to the bulb opening with a dab of hot glue. Finally, hot-glue the bulbs to the top of taper candleholders.

Potion-Filled Halloween Mantel

Make a mad scientist jealous with a potion-centric mantel display. Buy labeled bottles and glassware (or make your own labels with phrases like "eye of newt") and collect them at the edge of your magical mantel.

Witch Mantel Idea

Bewitch your mantel by filling a vase with dark candy (black jelly beans do the trick) and taping a witch face onto it. To create the hat, roll black cardstock into a cone and attach with tape; hot-glue it to a circle base. Embellish with a buckle and surround your cackling friend with mini pumpkins.

Hedge Apples for Your Mantel

Place a few hedge apples (the lumpier the better!) on a cake stand and let faux, creep-crawly spiders go wild. A crow and an apothecary jar filled with miniature skulls finish the look.

Candy Corn Candle Holders

Just try to keep your fingers off this yummy mantel display. Fill a fall-theme votive holder with candy corn instead of candles and surround with Spanish moss.

Decal Message for Halloween Mantel

Send a spooky message by picking up a decal from your local crafts store. To apply, start in the middle and work your way out to the edges, using a credit card to smooth. When applied to a smoothly painted surface, the decal is easy to peel off later. Finish the look by placing a few of your favorite Halloween collectibles on top of the mantel.

Damask Candles Mantel Decoration

Spooky and stylish, this mantel is sure to receive some b-oohs and aahs. Use a matte black spray to deaden an ironstone pitcher and embellish pillar candles with pretty damask stickers.

Boo Index Card Display

Print a ghoulish message on the back of index cards and place inside footed apothecary jars. Metal flower frogs do the trick to hold the cards up straight.

Wrapped Books for Your Mantel

Transform old books into spooky tales by covering them in heavy-duty brochure paper. Attach your own text and embellishments to the spine. 

Hearty Halloween Hearth

Decorating your mantel for Halloween doesn't have to be creepy or complex. Use oversize pumpkins around the hearth (the warty kinds are the best). Balance their weight with a variety of hanging wreaths and simple mantel adornments.

Bat Sconce

Give flight to a basic wall bracket by adding a faux bat. Wrapped books and a shiny black candlestick offer worthy mantel companions.

Crow's Nest Mantel Decoration

Use elements that aren't typical Halloween decorations for a nontraditional and eclectic mantel. Place an old seashell on top of antique books for a hint of vintage style. A blackbird under a glass cloche and cobwebs are easy touches to finish off the display.

Pumpkin and Gourd Arrangement

Not all Halloween mantel ideas require major crafting. Give a platter new life with a stack of bumpy pumpkins and gourds. Berries and a flickering candle fill out the space.

Mantel Candles with Spooky Letters

Turn ordinary candles into bewitching illuminations. Print our spooky letters onto vintage-looking paper, wrap around glass pillar candles, and secure with tape. Add small candles, pumpkins, and berries as festive filler.

Flower Mantel Arrangement

Your Halloween mantel doesn't have to evoke fear or fright. A pretty fall flower arrangement looks great coupled with miniature white and orange pumpkins on a cake stand.

Rustic Halloween Mantel Display

This spooky display overflows with dimension and texture. Old doors or gates are easy to find at garage sales, barn sales, or vintage shops. Pick up one that goes with the decor of your home and use it for the backdrop on your mantel. To create the feather wreath, simply attach a black boa (available at your local crafts or costume store) to a foam wreath. Barren trees, skulls, and a personal message finish the scene in style.

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