Halloween is just around the corner, have you started decorating your home yet?
There are many fun and spooky ways you can give your home a festive holiday look. And while it’s always a treat to shop for new Halloween decor each year, it’s even more delightful when you invest in items that are fit to fright for years to come.
This year I encourage you to start your own Halloween decor collection full of versatile items that can be reused time and again.
Below is a list of my favorite reusable Halloween home decor must-haves that will be sure to put a spooky smile on your face.
I have a variety of pumpkins in a multitude of shapes and colors in my decor toolbox. I love them because they are relatively inexpensive and it’s easy to find new and creative ways to use them during the autumn season.
Decorative pumpkins come in metal, copper, glass, plastic. Perfect to reuse for Thanksgiving as well. Even gold ones that can be part of Christmas or a any other festive occasions
The largest pieces make a big impact and I like to have them by the entrance because I find it’s one of the best ways to get in the spirit of the season.
The smaller pieces can be used as table decorations or scattered around the house.
Skeletons are a classic must-have for any Halloween decor lover.
Dress it up, hide it in an unexpected spot, hang it from the ceiling or set a seat at the table for it, there are countless ways these plastic skeletons can be displayed.
The best part is that you can buy these plastic skeletons almost everywhere they sell Halloween decorations. The price will depend on the quality and more expensive ones tend to be heavier and spookier.
Regardless of where you get it and how much you pay for it, this is a piece you can reuse for years to come if you treat it with care.
Another versatile addition to your Halloween decor collection is candles.
Candles are actually part of my tablescaping toolbox. Around 2 years ago I invested in a variety of battery-operated candles and I have used them in almost all of my tables since then.
For Halloween, candles can be used indoors and outdoors to bring an extra spooky feel to your home.
Check out these haunting floating candle string lights I created using only toilet paper cardboard rolls, battery-operated candles, hot glue, and a little bit of paint.
They were so easy to make and my kids really loved the way these floating candle string lights turned out.
Forget buying spiderwebs, make them yourself using cotton batting and save them for next year. If you love decorating with spiderwebs, this DIY is considerably cheaper than store bought and looks more realistic.
You can find cotton batting at any craft store in the quilting and sewing section or online from Amazon and similar retailers.
Cut a small piece of cotton batting using sharp scissors.
Using your fingers, begin gently pulling the piece of cotton batting from the center and working your way out. Rotate it frequently so that you pull all sides evenly.
Once your spider web has the look and thickness you want, you can hang it.
From severed fingers to eyeballs, the options for decorating with body parts are endless.
These grim and versatile decorations are quite unexpected when mixed with food and depending on how frightening and realistic they look, can be downright terrifying.
You can find them at almost any dollar store but these tend to be less realistic and easily damaged. If you’re in the market to invest in a good set, however, know that they’ll last you for years to come.
Watch the video below to see how I made the eyeball gell-o.
Leaves don’t necessarily come to mind when you hear Halloween decor but I think you should consider adding them to your collection.
While not spooky by themselves, leaves can become part of your overall scene depending on how you use them.
And you don’t even need to buy them. You can just pick up leaves, wigs, branches or anything unwanted on the road side and it works wonders.
They make great accents and can be used to decorate for both fall and Halloween.
Leaves can are also great to set the mood as table decor, hanging from the ceiling, or simply scattered on a neutral-colored surface.
Finally, a must-have addition to your Halloween decor collection are black textiles. Black is the perfect canvas for all the decorations aforementioned and you’ll find yourself using it in all sorts of ways.
Black table cloth, black curtains, and black table runners are just a few items that can be incorporated into your home decor to make it feel more Halloween-y.
Black is also the perfect color to create depth and make any props more realistic and scary.
Skip shopping for Halloween disposable decor this year and instead create your own collection.
Remember that it is better to save up for a single item that you know you’ll look forward to pulling out at the beginning of each Halloween season.
This technique promotes money well spent and adds a sentimental touch to your haunting decor that increases with each passing season.
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Hi, I'm Alice. With a background in jewelry design, real-estate and hotel management, I developed an eye for beautiful things and a passion for creating memorable experiences.
I started Ascape Living because I noticed that tables are where we meet, dine, chat, laugh, and connect. I now want to share the joy of putting in the extra effort for the people that you care for, so that you can create a space that is filled with love, meaning and life.
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