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Decorating Diva: Spooky and stylish Halloween décor ideas

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Stylishly spooky decorating ideas

Welcome to Decorating Diva, where every week we share fresh, fun ways to update your home and spice up your living space! Halloween is around the corner; have you finished decorating yet? If not, we’re here to help. But we’re not talking about cardboard ghosts, mummy masks and scarecrow cutouts – this Halloween is all about getting spooky in style. Read on for some timely tips on how to outfit your home for October 31 without going over the top. Give every room in the house a fabulously frightening touch with our scary suggestions.

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Spooky home decor

To-die-for dÉcor ideas

We've put together some fun Halloween décor ideas sure to impress your guests and get you in a spooky state of mind.

1Candy bar

Whether you're having a Halloween party or just a simple get-together this month, set up a festive candy bar where guests can indulge in their favorite sweet treats. Fill glass containers and jars in various sizes with colorful candy of your choice. Then provide scoops and cellophane or paper bags and let everyone enjoy at their leisure. Not only is this a playful entertaining idea, you can leave the candy out as a way to brighten up the room post-party.

2Pumpkin candleholders

Cut tea light-size holes in the tops of miniature pumpkins and small gourds. Pop in a light and group several together on various surfaces for some festive ambiance.

3Eerie chandelier

Drape shredded strips of cheesecloth onto chandeliers (be sure not to cover the bulb) for a subtly scary addition to your dining room -- your chandeliers will take on a haunted house effect. To up the fright factor even more, add plastic spiders in various sizes (available at most dollar stores).

4Bird-covered branches

Pick up several faux crows (check party supply stores or the dollar store) and affix them to twigs and branches you collect from your own yard or a park (make sure you're only collecting fallen branches from the park!). Create a display in large, decorative vases that show off your spooky birds-filled branches. Two of these displays in your entryway work well.

5Halloween hues

The easiest way to add some Halloween charm to your home is by accessorizing with pillows or other accents (vases, serving dishes, candles) in black and orange. Pick up several from any discount store and display around your home for an easy, affordable nod to the season.

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