For 11 months out of the year, most of us would rather not find ghosts, witches and bats in our homes. But rules go out the window in October. Otherwise reasonable people turn their front lawns into faux graveyards and consider skeletons suitable home décor.
If you’re decking the halls for Halloween – and surely you don’t plan to be the only house in your neighborhood without the requisite horror factor – Lowe’s has you covered.
Caroline Harmon, Lowe’s trend and style expert, has identified three of the hottest décor trends this Halloween. Find which style fits you best, and then trick out your pad with the latest in spookery.
You love bold pops of vibrant color, the glow of candles and perhaps vibrant skull replicas used in Día de Muertos celebrations. Or a more-festive-than-frightening “Day of the Dead” wreath. “More is more” is your motto. You go in for a bohemian look and want fewer scares and more fun!
To you, less is more. You prefer a streamlined look for your home, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get in the spooky spirit. Perhaps skeletons are your style. Buy several and move them from room to room with you – or leave them unattended in your foyer or subtly visible from a front window.
Less spooky, more chic. Halloween can be a grown-up holiday. For instance, there’s nothing cartoony about this haunted lady wall décor. If you prefer to keep it stylish and sophisticated while still honoring the spirit (or spirits?) of the season, “haunted chic” may just be your style. Think: magical, mystical. This look is more Stevie Nicks than Wicked Witch of the West.
Traditional Halloween décor is still big, according to Harmon. “Spooky candelabras and ornate, black mirrors, old books, an old phone,” she said, reeling off items a traditionalist might include in a Halloween tableau. “All are things you’d find in a haunted mansion.”
Pumpkins are at home in any autumnal decorating plan.
“We’ve got pumpkins – real and faux – in orange and white, stacked pumpkins, cute little pumpkin stands … and a pretty wreath with mini orange and gold pumpkins and pinecones,” Harmon said. This stunner works for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Harmon likes the fun of including an outdoor inflatable as part of seasonal décor. One of her faves – a lighted tree with ghosts and pumpkins– stands an imposing 8.5 feet high when inflated. Another of her picks is a comically menacing animatronic black cat.
Even if you don’t get dressed up for Halloween anymore, your house can get in the spirit. Happy haunting!