One post is good, but two is even better when it comes to Halloween party decorating suggestions.
Classic themes, colors, textures and patterns provide inspiration for these Halloween party decorating suggestions. It’s hauntingly amazing how something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful.
Perhaps, but I do love this vintage ventriloquist’s silent clown puppet mounted print paired with a clown hat and shoes for an elegantly creepy centerpiece.
Here’s a couple of Halloween party decorating suggestions in the creepier the clown the better category.
If sending in the clowns is way too creepy for your Halloween party decorating taste, perhaps the throwback mystique of vintage Halloween decorations is right up your alley.
Remember Halloween decorations like this?
I couldn’t wait to comb the one, maybe two aisles (if you were lucky) of Halloween merchandise at the local five-and-dime and discount stores of the day, looking for more innocent than scary door decorations, plastic jack-o-lantern window lanterns, honeycomb centerpieces, and jointed cutouts.
A Halloween Holiday Haul
Halloween decorations have come a long way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three of these vintage or vintage style Halloween decorations.
Vintage black and white Victorian photos and framed portraits lend a certain amount of eerie charm while creating a haunted presence and ambiance.
Expensive is not on the Halloween party guest list. With deals, free printables, diy ingenuity, buy more save more promos, and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.
Fabric remnants in traditional or transitional Halloween colors and patterns make great party tablecloths, napkins, and treat bags.
Susan Winget Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns Eco Canvas Multi Fabric
Thrift stores are excellent haunts for fab-boo-lous fabrics and garments for party decorating and Halloween costume embellishments.
Drape a tabletop with several yards of faux sequin fabric in ruby red.
Phrenology the Science of the Brain Victorian Replica Bust
Now let’s play Halloween dress up.
Place a red feather boa around the neck of a decorative bust and place in the center of the table for a dressed to the nines focal point wow factor effect.
Follow up with a trio of clear glass candle holders from the dollar store filled with decorative black sand.
Drop in a battery operated votive or pillar candle and drape Spanish moss from the sides, and poof!
Halloween party decorating suggestions magic.
You know what else would look especially spooky, creepy, and crawly good juxtaposed against Victorian elegance?
Note to self:
Add Jim Stafford’s “Spiders and Snakes” to the Let’s Halloween playlist.
Yes, I went there, and now I’m probably going to have nightmares.
Some would argue that’s the point, and others, like myself, would argue plastic or real, the fear of things that go hiss and squeak in the night is the exact reason why we stick with a kinder, gentler Halloween theme.
A wide variety of printables in all levels of Halloween spook, scare and spirit for treats, potions, hang tags, place cards, invitations and tabletop decor are available on Etsy.
I selected these hang tags to use as menu cards for two reasons:
They’re a little bit scary, a little bit vintage, and a whole lot of fun.
I like the idea of saying hang tag at a Halloween party.
Better Homes & Gardens offers a free printable skeleton image to use for framing, window displays, diy wreaths, gift bags, scatter decorations, etc…
Dress to thrill, a skeleton should always strike a stylish skeleton pose.
Eyeball Print – 6 X 7.5 inches
When I was a kid, our house was Halloween central due to the gargantuan bodark tree and the green horse apples (hedge apple or Osage orange) it produced. The neighborhood kids loved to throw them and then screech yuck at the sight and the smell.
The horse apple, hedge apple or Osage orange is a choice decorative item vis-à-vis vase or bowl filler, and makes an excellent color, texture and pattern Halloween accent decoration.
Pillar candles dripping in color, texture, and pattern cast a wicked chic spell.
I hope one or more of these Halloween party decorating suggestions offers inspiration for tricking out your Halloween monster mash bash.