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There’s nothing quite so exciting as reaching the point in the year when it’s acceptable to put out Halloween decor. Some folks wait until October when there’s a chill in the air and all the leaves have already changed color. Me? I whip out my pumpkins and other spooky knick-knacks when it’s still sweltering outside. As far as I’m concerned, once August is over it’s totally appropriate to start celebrating Halloween. Other folks put up their holiday decorations before Thanksgiving arrives, so why not stick with the trend of starting early?
If you assume that Instagram-worthy Halloween decor is merely a few pumpkins and faux cobwebs thrown around, think again. Decorating for Halloween is an art—and you’ll need certain tools to master it. Pumpkins are a must-have, yes, but cute Halloween decor requires so much more. Thankfully, it’s available in spades each year.
Before you start adding a million different items to your cart (which is tempting, I know) let’s first take a moment to decide what types of decorations your home might need. Just like regular home decor, Halloween decor differs from person to person. Do you like spooky or cutesy? Gory or glam? Some folks like to go all-out with a totally haunted house vibe. Others like to keep it light and fun with smiling pumpkins and maybe some paper bats on the wall. There are so many different ways to decorate for Halloween and you should know exactly what style you’re going for before you shop.
For those who want a classic Halloween situation, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins of all kinds—real, glass or even fabric. Plastic pumpkins are fine, too, but if you’re looking for a little bit of elegance, steer clear of anything that resembles a child’s candy bucket. In addition to pumpkins, you can also replace your usual candles with Halloween-inspired picks (like black candles or festive-scented ones) and maybe add a fun throw pillow or two. Before you know it, your home will look like a Halloween wonderland.
If you want to take a step further, though, I hear you. After all the pumpkins, candles and pillows are set out, opt for some faux fall leaves around your space—on the mantle is a particularly great spot. Add some Halloween garland to the walls and set your table with a spooky tablescape. You can easily find faux skulls and other ghoulish finds that work well strewn throughout your home, as well as a Halloween-inspired centerpiece, of course.
To help get you started, I’ve rounded up some of the best Halloween decor you can snag now from the sites you already love like, Target, Walmart and even Etsy. You’ll find options from chic pumpkin decorations to eerie Halloween garlands—everything you could ever need to turn your home into the Instagram-worthy spooky palace it was always meant to be. Happy haunting!
If You Want Classic Halloween Decor
16″ Lighted Purple LED B/O Spider Web
Target has everything, but I prefer to shop for more classic Halloween decorations whenever I shop there. By choosing a fail-safe option like this spider web decoration, you’re guaranteed to have a piece that you can pull out year after year.
Jack-O-Lantern Animated Double-Sided Halloween Pumpkin
It doesn’t get more classic than a Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween! This option is animated for a modern touch. Prepare to spook your kids (or your friend’s kids) this year.
If You Need Your Decor ASAP
Hocus Pocus Halloween Pillow Covers
Running out of time? Amazon has you covered with its lightning-fast shipping. You’ll get these Hocus Pocus Halloween Pillow Covers
in no time—and no one will know you ordered them on October 30.
Halloween Window Clings
Let your whole neighborhood know how much you love Halloween this year with this set of window decals
. They’re a great last-minute addition if you just realized that Halloween is around the corner.
If You Love A DIY-Inspired Look
Personalized Halloween Decor
Etsy is second-to-none when it comes to personalized home decor, so I will be picking up this trio of painted pumpkins this year! They also make a great gift if you know anyone who was lucky enough to be born on Halloween.
Black Bat Wall Hanging
These paper bats will make such a statement on your wall or ceiling. No one will have to know that you didn’t cut them out yourself!
If You Want To Go More Low-Key
Geo Moon Light Sculpture
Urban Outfitters is the place to shop if you want Halloween decor that has a cool-girl-approved vibe, like this Geo Moon Light Sculpture. It’s just spooky enough, you know?
Color Drip Candlestick Set
This Color Drip Candlestick Set is so inexpensive and adds some themed flair to your apartment. Swap out your favorite fall-scented candle for this option this Halloween.
If You Have Outdoor Space
Hanging Plastic Decayed Posable Skeleton
If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space (I’m jealous!) Home Depot is the place to go to decorate it. Hang this skeleton from a branch in front of your front door and spook all your neighbors on their nightly walks home.
Halloween Yard Decorative Pumpkin Pathway Markers
Line the edge of your property (or just decorate your backyard) with this set of Decorative Pathway Markers. Your neighbors will be so jealous!
If You Want Easy Decor
Gothic Boo Doormat
If you’re not really a festive person but you don’t want to be the Halloween version of a Scrooge, consider checking out Walmart’s array of easy AF decor options. Nothing is simpler than throwing this Gothic Boo Doormat in front of your door and calling it a day.
Paper Haunted House Halloween Centerpiece Decoration
Throw this centerpiece on your dining room table and you’ll be festive in no time! It also retails for less than five bucks, so what are you waiting for?
If You Live In A Dorm Room
Halloween Lighted Witch Word Block Table Décor
Bed Bath & Beyond is the place to go for all your dorm decor needs, so why would that stop when it comes to Halloween decor? This piece is meant to go on a table, but it works just as well on top of your dresser or desk.
LED Pumpkin Lights in Glass Dome Table Decoration
Nothing says “I live in a dorm room” like some festive desk decor! This glass light from Luxen Home will cast your small space in a very Halloween-appropriate glow.
If You Want Decor That Works Year-Round
Love or Die Tryin’ – Rhinestone Cowgirl Poster
If your love of Halloween is more of a year-round affair, you need some posters for your apartment that make it official! And for that, you need to check out Society 6. This pink poster is one of my personal favorites.
Give ‘Em Hell Poster
This skull-themed poster is a great way to incorporate your love of Halloween into your apartment’s colorful aesthetic.
If You Want Decor With Some *Spice*
High Shine Metallic Pumpkins
Grandin Road makes tons of luxe-feeling decor options—and yes, that includes Halloween options too! This set of High Shine Metallic Pumpkins feels like a more grown-up version of the ones you had as a kid.
Metallic Apothecary Jars, Set of Three
No one would even know that this set of Metallic Apothecary Jars is Halloween-themed if it weren’t for the little black bats on top. You can take those off when it’s not the spooky season and you’ll still have some super cute decor!
If You Live In A Small Space
Midnight Air Triple Wick Jar Candle
Small space living means that you can’t always put out a ton of decorations. Kirkland’s makes options that work for teeny apartments, like this festive candle that comes in a very theme-appropriate black color.
Buffalo Check Orange Pumpkin Wreath
Or, try hanging this colorful wreath on your front door to let all of your neighbors know that Halloween is your favorite holiday, ever.
If You Want To Go All-Out
Shower Curtain Set + Hooks
If you want every room to match your Halloween theme, you need to decorate your bathroom, too! Wayfair has you covered with tons of options, like this shower curtain.
Nephele Square Pillow Cover and Insert
Throw this fuzzy pillow cover on one of your favorite bedroom pillows and you’ll make your entire apartment feel a little more festive this year.
If You Want Decor That Feels Grown-Up
Sugar Skull Square Whiskey Decanter
Pier 1 sells home decor that feels elevated, even when it comes to its selection of themed items. This Sugar Skull Square Whiskey Decanter looks like it should belong on a fancy bar cart, not at a Halloween party.
Halloween Wooden Wine Trough
This Wooden Wine Trough is the perfect luxe update to your next Halloween-themed soiree. It’s both discreet and festive, so you can pull it out year after year without fail.