Halloween is nearly upon us, and although the originally Celtic and/or Christian holiday (nobody's sure) was not always celebrated everywhere, its worldwide popularity has only grown over the last couple of years. I can't remember the first time my parents decided to decorate our home but it seems like we've always done it, which obviously means that I took the love for this particular holiday with me when I moved out. This year is the first time I got to give my own apartment an All Hallows Eve makeover, and contrary to the typically American overdose of decorations, I prefer the small and subtle touches. Just enough to give every visitor a taste of the spookiest time of the year. How I went about it is right below the cut, and perhaps/hopefully it'll even inspire you to jump on that Halloween bandwagon. Let's take a look!
A WEBTASTIC WALL
Fake spider webs are so easy to apply and remove, and give an instant spooky look to your hallway or whichever wall you choose to decorate. I didn't even need tape or nails or anything to keep it in place, as it just sticks to the stone wall of my apartment. It's without a doubt a real go-to for every Halloween fan out there.
You can't go wrong with a couple of fun, Halloween - or any kind of - lights, can you? I found the cute led-loaded bat in the picture above in my local Hema store. As for the pumpkin lights? Supermarket! I love that it's as easy as that these days.
Do you have a favourite Halloween themed film? Try to find the poster and frame it just for the occasion. Or, you know, it's quite possible you'll just leave it hanging on your wall after Halloween because it looks amazing... I had The Nightmare Before Christmas poster ready, and now I'm just absolutely too much in love to ever remove it.
PRETTY LITTLE DETAILS
Sometimes a new desk buddy or shelf-filler is enough to give your home a Halloween feel. I found a cute owl and spider that you can just about put anywhere you like, and I put a Halloween snack box - I filled it with vampire fangs and eyeball chocolates, haha! - within reach for every visitor who'd like a bite. And for me, of course, let's not forget about my own appetite.
REUSABLE WINDOW STICKERS
Another thing that'll go for years are these reusable stickers. I found them at Stonemanor (a British store in Belgium, ergo some kind of Walhalla for this wannabe Brit), but I'm sure you'll find all sorts of them if you spend a couple of minutes of your time on your search. The coolest for sticking on your front window, of course, but seeing as I don't have any of those I decided to Halloweenify my display case instead.
THE RIGHT CANDLES
Stack up on Halloween candles and create a table piece to set the mood for a Halloween film night with friends, or just look for an appropriate Halloween or Autumn scented candle to get into the spirit of Halloween.
Last but not least: ye olde garland. Although old is quite relative because they're a given thing in many modern interiors these days. You'll probably find one ready-made, but here's what's even more awesome: it's so easy to make yourself. You've seen those simple black lettered garlands spelling out favourite lifestyle quotes, right? Well, all you need is a printer, (photo)paper (if you use regular paper it's probably best to strengthen the letters with cardboard before stringing them together), scissors and a good string and you're well on your way to add that last, winning little detail to your Halloween decoration.
Q: Do you celebrate Halloween? How?