7 Tips for Modern Halloween Decor

Last week one pumpkin "popped up" in my house, so it only seemed fitting to break out the rest of the Halloween decorations. Halloween decor can be a bit tricky. I never want my house to look like it belongs to Morticia Adams but I also don't want it to feel like an elementary school classroom in October. So in between gothic and cutesy-- I think I found my "Halloween style". Let's call it "Modern Halloween Decor".

So how do you 'get the "Modern Halloween" look? Here are my tips!

1. Pick a festive color.
I chose orange of course!  On my mantle I added these oversized orange lanterns from Oriental Trading Company. I love the look and quality. Plus, they can stay up through Thanksgiving! Which is why I love "Modern Halloween Decor", it feels like something you would have up anyway-- just in a fun, holiday themed color.

2. Think metallics. 
I included this light gold pumpkin. I found it in the Dollar Spot at Target years ago, but you could easily re-create the look with gold spray paint and any plastic pumpkin.

3. Layer with texture and prints.
The bunting is a actually a  combination of two buntings! Because in the fall, we layer everything. The burlap bunting is from the Dollar Spot at Target from last year and then I added these cute striped canvas bunting triangles from Canvas Corp. The striped triangles are held in place with black clothespins, also from Canvas Corp.

4. Include a few 'spooky' details. 
My fall flower arrangement from FTD Flowers is still going strong. I surrounded it with these glittered pumpkin votive candle holders from Oriental Trading Company. And do you spy another layer? Yes! Under the candles, I wrapped a few books with this vintage printed Halloween canvas fabric from Canvas Corp. I think it adds a subtle, spooky touch :)

5. Black is always a good idea. 
Since my home is 'open concept', when I decorate the mantle-- I feel like the dining room needs to be included as well. On the china hutch is a black feather 'glitter eye ball' wreath from Oriental Trading. The black feathers really pop against my white hutch.

6. Shop your house. 
The table has an orange burlap runner from Canvas Corp. and then is layered with various metallic items I found around my house. You don't have to buy new things for every season/holiday. Look around your house and use what you have. Move things from one room to the next.

7. Add something new each year.
The black glitter pumpkins and feathery crows are from The Dollar Tree a few years ago. I was happy to re-use them again this year. And I treated myself to something new for our Halloween decor collection, a spooky light-up tree from Oriental Trading Company! I really like the shape, height and texture.

So now that my house is ready for Halloween, all we need now is a few costumes, some real pumpkins to carve, cooler weather, and to wait.... about 40 more days. Lol! My kids are loving it-- nothing is better than a holiday when you are a kid. Or an adult (who really likes to decorate for the holidays!)

Happy Fall Ya'll! How would you describe your Halloween decorating style?

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