When it comes to this particular celebration, many people find it hard to recognise the original traditions in what has essentially become a Hallmark/Disney holiday. There is a really frightening zombie aesthetic to it nowadays that takes away from what it should be a mindful celebration of life – and afterlife -– whereas it has gone truly overboard over the years. Enough preaching though, putting up decorations is still fun, and if you have young children, there is now way you are getting away with just the pumpkin.
Aaaand ... there are ways to spookify your abode without going down the tacky, plasticky route. Our take on Halloween glam is reminiscent of the roaring 1920s, with a touch of vintage and burlesque style accessories, and appropriately mysterious mood lighting. If you are into dark decor in the first place, this might work for you all year-round.
Embrace the darkness, currently very on trend, and accessorise with black and metallics for a grown-up ghoulish look. Shimmering copper and gold against a matte black background are shockingly chic. Add some vintage touches, like old photos, statuettes and candleholders, a little mirror, a red-veined plant for a charming and elegant Halloween.
If you are having a dinner party, the easiest way to celebrate Halloween is with a nod to the season's colours in your tableware and menu. Keep it cute but classy with a simple tablescape in warm and ark autumn hues that can last throughout winter and the Christmas period.
Both eerie and elegant, bouquets of dead branches and feathery wall hangings in seductive dark colours and animalistic motifs make for a spook-tacular backdrop that works rather well throughout the dark season.
No need to deck the entire house in frightening fare; a little vignette in a corner of the living room can change the mood to darkly seductive in an instant. Think string, fairy lights or filament lightbulb in or next to a dark bowl; disperse some dark memorabilia and tasteful skulls on your sideboards for added horror factor.
Shivering shadows are the finishing touch. This is an easy one we tried last year with lanterns and stickers. Simply cut out some black paper or buy off-she-shelf ghost stickers and use on your lanterns to project some spooky silhouettes onto your walls. Alternatively, stick on shocking shapes inside your lamp shades and make your visitors shudder with fright. Though, honestly, a cluster of strategically placed cluster of candles will do the trick quite nicely.
For more dark inspiration this Halloween see our 'Black Celebration' Pinterest board and browse our dark home accessories below ...
Have a look at our dark and edgier home accessories that will make keep your home spooky but stylish this October ...