Tips for a Not-So-Cheesy Halloween Home

Autumn is my favorite time of year! The weather starts to cool down, the trees change color, and everything smells like cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin. It kicks off a period of cozy fashion (my fave), community, and great food. I never thought we would be experiencing this season during a pandemic, but I refuse to let COVID-19 keep me from sharing my favorite things. To me, the public restrictions just mean I need to be extra festive at home!
This year we took a less-traditional route. We have a 800 square foot one bedroom apartment that is already pretty jam-packed with décor and furniture, adding too much more would just look cluttered and our vision would be lost. We let our statement pieces be the excessive candles and the 3D bat decals. I would be lying if I said that I don't keep my home spooky all year round, but I will admit that a lot of Halloween decorations tend to be a bit too "festive" for my décor. When I say "festive" I really mean, well…tacky. Why so much glitter, ya know what I mean?

Some tips to keeping your home classy during Halloween
  • Decide if you want to be fall-festive or spooky. There is obviously room for both, but there is a huge difference between putting out some pumpkins and a cinnamon broom and opting for a huge tombstone installation in your front yard. Knowing what your goal is minimizes clashes in your décor and makes shopping a lot easier.  
  • Be as excessive or subtle as you want. If you just want to put a tiny glass pumpkin you found at Home Goods on your dining table and nothing else, do it. If you want to turn your home into a Halloween palace of pumpkins and ghosts, go for it, you spooky bitch. There are people who don't decorate at all, and there are people who completely change their home for the holidays. Both are fine. 
  • I said it before and I'll say it again, avoid excessive glitter. I find glitter to be the main culprit as to why people don't like to decorate for the season in the first place, and it makes sense. Glitter often doesn't belong in décor, outside of something your child made for you. There are applications where glitter is appropriate in your Halloween home (or at the very least: tolerated), but the shiny effect that glitter gives can always be accomplished with something metallic instead (all gold everything? Heck yes). 
  • Don't be afraid to alter something that you found at the store to fit your home. Paint it, take something off, put something on, or just make it yourself. Not everything is one-size fits all. 
  • Get creative. Nothing about seasonal decorations have to be traditional. 
  • Stick to the color pallet you already have in your home. Who says Halloween needs to transform your space into a purple and orange clusterf*ck? Who says you can't have a aqua or gold or tan-colored pumpkin? Sticking to your home's color pallet keeps the transformation cohesive and look seamless.  
  • If you want to get a little bit more advanced, think of what your home style is. Boho? Glam? Vintage? Minimalistic? Find decorations that compliment that style. It’s more aesthetically pleasing if your seasonal decorations look like they belong in your home the same way the rest of your décor items do. Pro tip: it doesn’t have to be in the same category, different styles can definitely compliment each other!  
  • Last but not least, just because you own it, doesn't mean it has to go out this year. It's okay for your home to be different every season. Trends change, your home and your personal taste evolves. I have a different vision for my home every single year, sometimes my decorations stay in their boxes for years and that's okay. It's definitely the more expensive route, but what can I say? I am who I am, I personally can't do the same thing every single year until I die. While we are on the subject: take your current decorations out of storage before you go shopping for more. I can't tell you how many times I've bought something that I already had (I like what I like), but forgot I already owned it.
Now, let's get to the good stuff, shall we? I've linked some decor items I found this year on my Halloween shopping adventures, including things I didn't purchase for my own home but still loved.

Kitchen and Entertaining
Parties are canceled this year? What? But this pumpkin punch bowl has a lid. I've never seen a punch bowl with a lid before. And it's a pumpkin. Halloween parties won't be canceled forever and when they come back I am going to need this punch bowl set, in addition to this condiment server
I find that the kitchen is the most difficult to decorate for different seasons. This is mostly due to the fact that I need my kitchen to be extremely functional, I don't have room for purposeless decor and keep everything in cabinets to maintain ample counter space. So this skeleton apron is an essential for me, I just hang it on the wall and it brings some spooky season into my kitchen while maintaining functionality. It's also super durable and glows in the dark. The Pottery Barn champagne flutes and stemless wine glasses are also an essential, so much that I keep them in my cabinet year-round. 
Do yourself a favor, stop buying ice mold sets. They don't work and you know it. Opt for stones, more specifically these skull stones. They do the same thing as ice, sans the dilution. If you're looking for dilution, add a splash of water and stir. Either way, you have a super cool skull in your whiskey.
Shop these items and more cool stuff I found here:
Indoor Decor
Here are some things I found and loved but had no room for in our tiny city apartment. I still wanted to share the goods with you guys though, especially this skull incense burner! A lot of these can definitely be done DIY-style.
Shop My Home
Check out my Halloween Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration for spooky season!