Classy Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Home

If you love Halloween, then you love decorating your home this time of the year. However, you may be looking for a way to make it different this time. Instead of the obvious, generic props, you want your home to look sophisticated while celebrating the popular holiday. There are many options for you to buy, and you can also explore some DIY projects if that’s your thing. Take a look at some of our classy Halloween decorating ideas for your home that will make you stand out!

What Items to Focus on for a Classy Halloween? 

The first thing that pops into our heads when we think of the holiday is a lot of orange and black. Feel free to step away from that and use the recognizable motifs but with a twist. Give the nod to Halloween but in a much more subtle way. Use lights, pumpkin-shaped pillows, skulls, dark glasses and candles, and mirrors, and don’t forget a spooky but classy wreath. You can play around with all the standard shapes that are undoubtedly Halloween, but make it subtle and more grown-up. 

Start With Candles

A simple but unexpected twist—black candles. They come in different shapes and sizes and can have interesting patterns. You can go for candlesticks and put them on golden or brass candle holders for effect. If you are unable to find these, get black scented candles, glass holders, or even consider black lanterns. All these options will come in handy for the spooky candle-lit atmosphere and will look classy. If you have a fireplace, put lanterns and candles at the bottom and line the mantlepiece with black candles as well. As the center of the room, it will undoubtedly leave an impression.

Lanterns with candles placed next to an armchair

Play With Lights 

In addition to the candles, you can add some interesting light fixtures that will look cool and create a spooky but classy atmosphere. If you are organizing a dinner party, hang some lights above the table for effect. This is a simple DIY project that anyone can do. All you need is several rechargeable LED lightbulbs and some rope or strings.  The lightbulbs come with hooks, so you can easily attach them to whatever is convenient. If all the other lights are off, you will have an appropriate vibe for this time of the year. 

A Halloween Wreath 

A small but effective detail is a door wreath.  These are easy to come by, but you can also enhance them with your own ideas. If you are able to find one, buy a simple black branch wreath, if not, get one in any color and spray-paint it at home. If you want to take it a step further, wrap it in black snakes for an even scarier effect. Or you can attach some back bats to your wreath giving your porch a classy look you were seeking.

a simple branch wreath

Add Pumpkin-Themed Items 

Typically, everyone uses pumpkins as decorations by the front door or inside the house. For some more classy Halloween decorating ideas, consider items that are shaped like pumpkins. You can get lovely pumpkin-shaped dishes like cocotte or glass pumpkins for decoration. A truly original idea is pumpkin-shaped cushions or plush pumpkins. They come in a variety of pastels and different materials and sizes. You can even follow online tutorials on how to make plush pumpkins—if you are the creative type. 

Another simple idea to make your decorations less generic is to paint your pumpkins black. For an added touch, paint a few of them gold.

Various color pumpkins for classy Halloween decorating ideas

Use Bones and Skulls with a Twist

You may be on the fence about these particular decorations, and yes, they can be tacky. But remember, we are doing things with a twist here. Instead of getting the white plastic ones at the Dollar Store, consider a more sophisticated option. Search online for brass pieces. Or, if you want to stay on budget, get the plain white ones and paint them black or gold. 

Play with individual pieces and place a hand here and there; maybe use them as decorative candle holders. Use a skull as a flower vase or a planter. These can be bought or improvised at home with some ingenuity. Use your imagination and channel your inner artist or interior designer. You can spend a lot of money on some really fancy items, and you can do a lot with what you already have. A little creativity and paint go a long way. 

Set the Table

You’ve guessed it—it all starts with a black tablecloth. Make that your base, and then add to it layers of chiffon. You can create a theme with black and gold or brass. This always works in creating an unusual color palette you do not see every day, which you know is dark and only makes sense on this holiday. A wonderful way to complete your dinner table is by adding flowers. Choose dark colors like purple, burgundy, teal, and dark green. These will be a fantastic addition to your theme. Put a skeleton hand on a plate, and throw in an eyeball where you see fit. And to top it all off, do not forget to serve red wine! 

What to Do with All the Decorations After Halloween

If you were eager to make your Halloween classy, you might have gone overboard with the number of decorations used. Once the holiday is over, you will be stuck with all of them, but throwing them out wouldn’t make sense. You will be happy to use them next year, and all your hard work will have paid off. Make sure you carefully put them away after the holiday has passed. Follow some tips for storing Halloween decorations, like cleaning them, taking out the batteries, packing them in separate package materials, and labeling all the boxes for easier access. If you lack space in your home, you might consider renting a storage unit for Halloween and all other holiday decorations that you do not need year-round.  

Final Words on Classy Halloween Decorating Ideas 

From high-end decorations and dishes to DIY ideas for creative Halloween lovers—organizing a holiday your way has never been easier. Our classy Halloween decorating ideas will help you have the holiday you’ve always dreamed of. You will surely enjoy the process, and you can even get your kids involved in preparing it, setting it up, and finally storing it away for next year.

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