Hosting a Halloween party this year? Why not start with decorating the centerpiece of your home: the great room. Odds are the chilly fall weather will have settled in and your guests will want to gather by the warm fireplace. Here are a few ways to wickedly welcome them into your living area this fall:
Halloween Decor: Make The Most Of Your Mantel
A spin on the classic Christmas decoration, Halloween-inspired garland will delight your Halloween party guests as they enter. But don’t be fooled by their whimsical design. If they step a bit closer, your guests will see this swag is not just full of botanical delights of the season, but witches’ boots and hats! Place a vintage-inspired candlestick or two on either side of the wreath to give your display the feel of an old haunted mansion.
If you are going for glamour rather than gore, simply use festive colors of the season, like oranges, reds, yellows, and purples to set the mood. A colorful banner with a spirited greeting makes a great focal point for your Halloween décor. Set several mid-sized pumpkins across the top of your mantle and illuminate the display you have created by stringing some lights over two small artificial spooky lighted trees. Adding small bats to the trees will give your display a subtly spooky touch.
If you are into both glamour and gore this Halloween, try mixing both styles for a custom look and feel. A marquee sign is a great way to add a vintage touch to any Halloween style scheme. Juxtapose the classic lettering and bright white lights with a few creepy, crawly spiders and black crows for a unique combination.
A Decorated Piano May Be The Key To Your Halloween Soirée’s Success
Now, moving away from the mantel and into the other areas of the room. If your great room is truly great, you most likely have a beautiful piano that functions as both an entertainment and ornamental piece. Incorporate it into your Halloween decor by draping cheesecloth or lace and add a couple of life-size skeletons. This human, cat, and dog look ready to slay your guests with their spooky songs all night long. To further frighten your friends, dress the human skeleton to play the part of entertainer for the evening with a top hat, bow tie, and corsage.
If you are going with the glamour theme for your piano as well, these wicked blocks are elegantly whimsical in black, orange, and white hues and mismatched shapes and sizes. Stack them on top of some old books at different heights and angles and then scatter a few fake crossbones in front of them to give your piano a pop of personality. If you are big on bones, fill a glass jar or vase with an assortment of them and drape cobwebs over the display. Illuminate the piece with a couple of white candles – the light will look beautiful passing through the glass and will highlight the creepy contents of the vase.
Serve Your Small Bites in Spooky Style
Before you move the Halloween party into the kitchen for dinner, serve some hors d’oeuvres and drinks in your newly decorated living room. If you’re not sure what to serve, see our article Food Ideas for a Halloween Party for some fun and frightening ideas. Cover a folding table or buffet with a nude-colored cloth to make it look like pavement. Next, scatter some artificial fall leaves around the edges to create an eerie outdoor scene. Now line the outskirts of the table with an assortment of pumpkins and gourds, being sure to keep the main area of the table vacant for your food and drink offerings. To compliment the marquee sign on your mantle and add some more soft light to another area of the room, place these black bats directly on the table or hang them on the wall as a backdrop – they will look like they are fluttering about the room!
From mantel, to piano, to serving station; and from glamour to gore, to a mix of both styles of décor: we hope your guests are delighted – and possibly even experience a little bit of frightened – at your Halloween party this year!