I Did It For the Children – Creepy Halloween Decorating

Here’s the deal:  I almost overdosed on Halloween several years ago.  I hosted a Twilight-themed cooking club the beginning of October one year, which meant I spooked up the house in a major way in mid-September.  So it was like living in a haunted house for six weeks. Ever since, I have a hard time getting in the spirit of Halloween decorating.    

glitter skulls

 

But I have children.  Children who want decorations for every holiday.  And not happy pumpkins and such.  For Halloween they want SCARY.  Sigh.  My youngest and I spent Sunday afternoon dragging out the Halloween decorations from the attic.  I agreed to a few vignettes, and that’s it!   Mainly, the dining room table:

halloween decorating

 

 

Whatever the holiday, I like to use things I already have and incorporate the seasonal decorations into that. The statue and candelabras were already in the dining room.  The skulls and chains were not.  You can get your own creepy skulls and bones here.

halloween decor

chains 

 

Old lace and faded fabric can be creepy, especially when fake ants are running across them.

halloween vignettes

 fake ants

 

I like the effect of a set table that has been taken over by black crows and other creepy creatures. 

black crows

black crows 

 

And of course, I always find a way to incorporate vintage books into my decor, even when it’s Halloween.  I’ve got a stack of creepy titles like this one:

vintage books

 

 

 

halloween books

 

 

I also made a little stack of bones and skulls for the entry table, just to set the tone as you enter.

halloween skulls

get your own glitter skulls here 

 

 

Another example of how trays are so good for corralling things.  Even bones.

halloween decorating

trays rock 

 

So, I did it for the children.  Score a point towards my “fun mom” status.  Do you decorate scary for Halloween, or do you just hate that?

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Paul Martin
Paul Martin
7 years ago

… for the children …

Lezlie
Lezlie
7 years ago

I’m glad you don’t have any killer gnomes in the decor!

Dianne
Dianne
7 years ago

Fantastic décor. I have never seen Halloween so elegant. No orange and black were used.

Linda
7 years ago

Very impressive. I love the sparkling green skulls. This weekend I will do a little decorating. Better late than never…right?

Kelly
7 years ago

awww… I miss when my kids were little and we did this fun decorating! 🙁 Looks great!

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