I’ve officially got my house all decked out for Halloween and it feels good! For the last two Halloween seasons, we’ve been slowly adding to our decor for this particular holiday. I think it’s safe to say this year is the tipping point where we’ve got an actual solid collection!
I had so much fun putting everything out while the kids were at school and surprising them with some spooky decor. They’re both huge Halloween fans and I think they’d be happy if our house looked like this year-round.
For Halloween, I like to keep our decorations mostly simple and subtle, but I want it to feel noticeably spookier around the house. We have a mix of really obvious “it’s Halloween” decor (like skeletons, bats, and witch’s hats) and a few more subtle pieces (like some art on the picture ledge).
I don’t like my home to feel cluttered when I decorate for holidays, so I try to be really creative and thoughtful about how and where I set things up. I rely heavily on the wall of floating shelves in our living room, and then I just swap out small pieces throughout the rest of downstairs.
So, today, let’s take a little Halloween home tour and I’ll share how I decorated for Halloween this year (with a few tips for your home sprinkled in as well!).
Our 2023 Halloween Home Tour
We’ll kick things off in the entryway. You’ve already seen the paper bag leaf garland that I threw together on a whim. It’s a really simple project but it has made me so happy all season long! It really makes things feel extra cozy and fall-ish in the entry.
Our best friend Mr. Bones has floated around the house quite a bit, but he spends most of his time hanging right here on the peg hooks. It’s quirky and silly and he gives me a little jolt of joy every time I walk past. Sometimes the kids will shove a snack in his mouth or a toy in his hand, and it’s always so fun to see what he’s up to.
A few tips & lessons from our entry:
- Cinnamon brooms are a staple of Halloween decor for us. I always grab one from Trader Joe’s and hang it in the entry. It’s a subtle touch that smells heavenly, and it just feels like Halloween.
- If you have a mirror, throw a few bats on it or draw something with sharpie. It’s a really simple touch that goes a long way.
- I have a 5-pack of these little skeletons and I’ve sprinkled them all over the house. Sitting on the entry table, hanging from a shelf, etc. It’s cheap and makes an impact (and your kids will LOVE it!).
The Living Room
As with all holidays, the living room is really where I get to have the most fun. Between fresh throw pillows, spooky art on the ledge, our fireplace, and the shelves, it’s really easy to go kind of wild in here.
One of my favorite things to do for Halloween is spread some cobwebs everywhere. This stuff is a pain to work with and make it look really realistic, but the end result is so worth the effort. I spread some out over the shelves, across the fireplace, and over some of the art. I also love to grab a pack of plastic spiders to stick in the web, to make it look even spookier!
Probably my favorite touch we added this year is the Hocus Pocus LEGO set! Corey and I have gotten really into building LEGO sets together thanks to our new bonus room shelving, and this one was too good to leave upstairs.
Over on the other side of the room, we’ve got some spooky art on the Frame TV, a simple DIY ghost garland (that I made with my Cricut), more cobwebs, and the cutest disco ball cauldron (details coming soon!).
Of course, the bat wall over by the mirror is also a must-have this time of year. That was the first Halloween decoration we ever put up two years ago, and the tradition of it brings me a lot of happiness. I had extra bats this year, so I also spread some out over our bar cabinet and even tossed a few in the kitchen (but we’ll get to those in a minute)!
Some tips from the living room:
- Don’t be afraid to get quirky or niche! Not a lot of people are using LEGO sets as decor, but it makes us happy and that’s really all that matters!
- Cute throw pillows are such an easy way to change things up, and they’re honestly one of my very favorite pieces!
- I had a surprising amount of luck finding cute stuff at the dollar store this year, so don’t forget to check there!
- As you work with the spider webs, remember that the thinner you stretch it, the more realistic it looks!
The Dining Room + Kitchen
As you go further into the house, I opted for much simpler decor in the dining room and kitchen. Halloween is fun and all but I didn’t want it to feel like you’re walking into an actual haunted house. At least, not this year. Ask me again in 2024.
I hung a few witch’s hats from the ceiling with fishing line and thumbtacks, and added a small black lace runner to the table, along with a bowl of skulls. As one does.
One of my favorite little corners is this one by the back door. I found these adorable mugs and the ghost cloche in the dollar spot at Target, and they bring me a lot of joy. Also, I don’t even like candy corn but my family loves having a big ol’ bowl of it around all season long, and I love the look of it!
And that’s really all there is to it. Our kinda-spooky-but-really-adorable Halloween decor! I find that the older I get the more excited I get for the Halloween season, and we’re having so much fun already. We’ve been watching spooky movies, baking Halloween treats, and talking nonstop about our plans for Halloween costumes. There’s something really special to me about just choosing to throw myself completely into celebrating a silly little holiday. Of course it’s unnecessary and a little over-the-top, but why wouldn’t you want to be a little over the top if it brings a smile to everyone’s face?
Plus, when else do you get to decorate your entire house with skeletons?
Happy spooky season!