Spookifying the House – Halloween Inspiration

Halloween is creeping up on us! It feels like I just began decorating for fall and it’s already time to update the home with a few frightful features.

I spent Saturday garage saling with a friend for Halloween DIY project finds to add to the mantel, porch and throughout the house. Before I start out for any kind of shopping (especially thrift) I like to keep an inspiration board in mind to help focus my search and get the creative juices flowing. Here’s what I assembled for the weekend:

Picture frames and mirrors that are already hung around the house provide a great opportunity to incorporate cut out shadow shapes, creepy eyes and even tempura paint (which washes right off) in the shape of ghosts. I’m a big fan of glitter this fall as well – I’ll see if I can’t find decor ready for a diy coat.

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I’m also looking for anything that can be spray painted black – there’s something especially Halloween-ish about candle sticks, ceramic animals, pumpkins, lanterns, votive holders, skulls, spiders and the like when coated in a flat black and covered in cobwebs.

I’m on the search for creative ways to incorporate creepy shadows. Lining the inside of a lampshade with black cut out bats is a fun way to do this (when the light is switched on your bats dance on the surrounding walls), but why not line candle holders, lanterns and windows with fun shapes too? I love the tissue paper candle holders above – just be sure the tissue paper is on the outside of the glass!

Will be sharing all of my finds soon – it was definitely a productive day searching and my living room mantel is nearly finished. For more inspiration, check out this great link party at The Stories of A to Z showcasing dozens of blogger & reader mantels to peruse. Happy Monday!

Images: Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart

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    • Morgan says

      Hi Stephanie, So funny you should mention that! This weekend I found two great glitter pumpkins at Target on sale and it saved me the hassle of getting glitter all over the place (for a diy version). Thanks for your link!

  1. says

    So nice to see a blog post with unique photos since all month long I have seen the same pictures of plaid, blinged and painted pumpkins. thanks for a UNIQUE and fun post.

  2. says

    You’ve got a great collection of inspiration photos there. The painted and glittered pumpkins are particularly fun! I just decorated our front porch yesterday (pics coming to my site soon)…some of your inspiration photos remind me of my recent Home Goods finds (love that store!)

  3. says

    Great ideas! I spent part of yesterday gathering supplies for some Holiday DIY projects, including a black crow. Apparently those have been POPULAR, ended up ordering one online once I got home. (The only one I found came as part of an arrangement for $50. No thank you!)

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