Posted October 27 2011, 8:30 AM PDT by Tara Sharp

Inspired Decorating: Getting into the Spirit of Halloween

Posted in Living by Tara Sharp

We all know people who like to go overboard on the holidays. And Halloween is no exception. Walking past a home with a haunted yard, mummies in the windows, and a musical jack o’ lantern theme can inspire, intrigue, or just plain frighten you. But remember, you don’t have to go overboard to get into the holiday spirit! Subtle updates, tasteful decorations, and seasonal features can add style and flair without offending your neighbors or scaring away trick-or-treaters. Here are some holiday inspired ideas on seasonal decorations:


A leering Jack O’ Lantern face may be classic, but modern geometric designs transform pumpkins into elegant luminaries. If you don’t feel like carving your pumpkins, gilding, yarn, and lace coverings can all add nice decorative touches to these seasonal gourds.

Modern carved pumpkins at Angelo Home

Modern carved pumpkins at Angelo Home


Gilded pumpkins at


Lacy pumpkins are easy! All you need is a pumpkin, a fashion stocking, and some ribbon. Find the tutorial here.


Subtle updates can add a lot to your room. Update the prints on your mantle to reflect the spooky holiday or autumnal colors, or add a slightly creepy apothecary display to you sideboard. You can even go as simple as adding an arrangement of seasonal blossoms to your decor.


Etsy spooky photo roundup at


You don’t have to completely avoid the creepy, make an apothecary display on a mantle or windowsill with this tutorial from

Another subtle way to decorate is to focus on autumnal items like fall foliage and flowers:

maskonlampLeaf mask at

japanese-lantern-pumpkin03_rect540Add a display of beautiful Japanese lanterns from Apartment

designspongefloralCreate a seasonal centerpiece like the one from

What is your favorite way to decorate your home for Halloween? Let us know if you go all out or opt instead for subtler holiday touches.



1 Comment


  • Those are some awesome pumpkins!

    Posted September 25 2012, 2:19 PM by Ben Cearlock