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20 Fabulous Halloween Decor Ideas

Curious about Halloween decor trends this year? This season there’s a new crop of holiday-specific finds, and today we spotlight 20 selections that are eye-catching precisely because of their modern style. But don’t think that just because these pieces are modern, they can’t work in traditional homes. In fact, many of the items below breathe new life into traditional motifs!

Speaking of motifs, there are a few to be on the lookout for: skulls, black tableware, and Day of the Dead-themed pieces in particular. Scroll down, check out the selections that follow, then tell us about your favorites at the end of the post…

Setting the Stage for Halloween

We begin with decorations that will help set a Halloween mood at home, whether you’re hosting  a party or simply adding a little bit of festivity to your interior. This Manzanita Candelabra in Black from West Elm features dark wood in a branch-like formation. The piece has a spooky touch, thanks to the look of the branches, as well as the item’s ability to hold nine taper candles!

Black candelabra

Speaking of candles, this Set of 3 Skull Candles from Crate & Barrel features a signature Halloween motif crafted from black paraffin. Simply light the wick and let the Halloween fun begin…

Skull candles

If candles aren’t your thing, no worries! Purchase a pre-lit branch, such as the Lit Branch from Pottery Barn. These plastic yet substantial items are covered in LED lights, and they’re perfect for both indoor and outdoor use:

Halloween branch

From lighting to creatures… These Spooky Creatures from West Elm are made from natural buri fibers. We think they have a whimsical look that makes them perfect for parties. Or decorating a children’s space in a not-too-scary way!

Spooky spider, crow and owl

Yes, skulls are still a major trend this fall. Try putting a shiny touch on a spooky concept with this Mercury Glass Skull from Pottery Barn. It will shimmer in the candlelight at your Halloween party!

Mercury glass skull

For a friendly decoration with a definite fall theme, check out this Punched Ceramic Owl Luminary from Pottery Barn. Made from terracotta, this piece features an interesting cutout pattern that’s sure to cast interesting shadows nearby when filled with a pillar candle…

Owl luminary

Another top Halloween trend: Day of the Dead-themed merchandise. This pillow cover from Pottery Barn features a rendering of the classic Mexican Calavera Catrina, or elegant skull. Pure cotton with a zipper closure, the pillow will definitely make a statement in any room it inhabits!

Day of the Dead pillow cover

For a pillow with a metallic twist, check out this Skull Pillow in Gold from Z Gallerie. Featuring a feather blend insert, the piece also available in silver if you prefer cool tones:

Gold skull pillow

If you enjoy displaying fresh or dried produce in the fall, consider throwing in a Black Gourd from Crate & Barrel. In fact, a black-tinted dried gourd is the perfect way to add a dose of Halloween style to an autumn centerpiece that will remain in your home through Thanksgiving. When Halloween is over, simply remove the gourd and let the rest of the arrangement stay on display.

Black gourd

If you’re enjoying some fall baking, consider purchasing a couple of Dexas Halloween Cutting Boards from Williams-Sonoma. Decked out in the signature colors of Halloween, these boards will provide a splash of festive color in the kitchen. Plus, they are non-skid, making them perfect for kids who are learning to cook!

Halloween cutting boards

Halloween Tabletop Decor

Next we zone in one the Halloween tabletop. Because let’s face it–this holiday is all about enjoying delectable treats! Make the surface of your table stand out with this Halloween Skellie Toile Table Runner from Williams-Sonoma. Boasting creatures from reptile to human, this white cotton item has a mysterious look, much like the contents of a spooky curiosity cabinet…

Halloween-themed table runner

For a runner that truly shines, go metallic! This Nest Runner in Silver from Z Gallerie has a light and airy feel, yet a lacy construction gives it the alluring look of a spider’s web…

Silver table runner

Speaking of silver, don’t hesitate to serve drinks in glassware with a shiny tint! We love the way clear glass transitions to opaque silver in this Metallic Ombre Glassware Set from West Elm. It’s wonderfully eerie!

Metallic ombre glassware

Another Day of the Dead-inspired skull alert! This time we’re looking at the Morelia Decanter from Crate & Barrel, an etched black glass piece with a clear knob topper. The piece has a festive look that prevents it from being too spooky…

Skull-themed decanter

Next we have the Morelia Cake Platter from Crate & Barrel, a porcelain item featuring a white lacy pattern that stands out on a black background. Wouldn’t this piece be stunning when filled with Halloween desserts?!

Doily-style cake platter

If you’re enjoying this look (and we sure are), don’t miss the Morelia Flora Plate and the Morelia Rico Plate, constructed of clear glass. Perfect for Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations, these items are striking. And of course, super stylish!

Day of the Dead-inspired plates

For a look that’s a bit Victorian, check out this Set of 4 Halloween Medallion Plates from Williams-Sonoma. Crafted of hand-cast earthenware, the items also feature embossed rims that evoke a bejeweled look!

Halloween plates

For another plate option, say hello to these Spooky Canapé Plates from West Elm. We love the way detailed line drawings are featured on matte porcelain for a look that is both delicate and bold! These plates are absolutely perfect for snacks!

Spooky plates

Don’t forget the napkins! In keeping with one of today’s most popular motifs, don’t hesitate to check out this Set of 4 Day of the Dead Napkins from Pottery Barn. A cotton/linen blend, these items are as interesting as they are stunning:

Day of the Dead napkins

Onyx is making a comeback. Embellishing items from black octagonal dishware to shiny vases, this deep hue lends an elegant, chic vibe to the pieces it surrounds. This Onyx 5-Pc. Place Setting from West Elm is crafted of enameled stainless steel boasting a deep black shade…

Onyx utensils

Anything spooky catch your eye?! Tell us about your favorite items from today’s post by leaving a comment below…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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