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If you have an elegant and minimal home decor style, you may be struggling to decorate for this holiday which is traditionally loud and over the top. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays but I don’t love having excessive seasonal decorations. In this post, I’m sharing my favorite classy Halloween decorating ideas that will give your home a spooky chic vibe that won’t make you cringe.
In the past, I have also created a black and white Halloween decor theme in case you prefer to keep things even more pared down.
What is classy Halloween decor?
Classy Halloween decor for the sophisticated home is subtle and incorporates seamlessly with the existing design style. Rather than looking like tacky out-of-place decorations, they appear natural in the space and make it look like a movie set.
Having a quality stash of chic holiday decorations on hand allows you to reuse them year after year without the worry of something going out of style. You’ll look forward to bringing them out every fall!
These items may not resemble things you would typically find in your home throughout the year, but bringing them in with similar color and scale to other design elements will help create an intentional look. Unique and vintage items are a great way to add an eerie feel if you don’t want to stick with traditional things like pumpkins and scarecrows.
Halloween decor to avoid
Let’s start with specific things to avoid if you are looking for classy Halloween decorating ideas:
- Less is more – Have fewer but more thoughtful items as opposed to covering your entire living space with Halloween decor. You want your space to look decorated and not like the shelves of a Spirit Halloween store.
- Avoid loud colors – Yes, orange is a traditional Halloween color but mixing too many colors or incorporating anything neon in your decor will not achieve an elegant look.
- Say no to animatronics – Too many battery-powered displays that move or have a noise effect can become overwhelming to a visitor. Your guests may not appreciate a haunted ride experience at every corner. Not to mention, most animatronics only last one season. Battery-powered decor is not a long-term sustainable solution. Save your valuable storage space and skip the 9′ animated skeleton.
Classy Halloween decorating ideas for 2023
Here are a few of my top decor picks that either make an appearance every year or will be added for upcoming seasons. They are simple, inexpensive, and add an exciting touch to this fun holiday.
Bats and blackbirds
There is nothing creepier than a colony of bats or a flock of blackbirds. These have become popular over the past couple of years and I’m pretty sure they will be around for a while. You can get butterflies too!
Halloween bats have become very popular in the past couple of years. They are inexpensive and even though up close they are just a thin folded piece of plastic, they create quite the statement when displayed as a huge colony. They come with peel-and-stick tabs that are easily removed from the wall without damage.
The blackbirds also come in a pack and have little feathers that give them a realistic appearance. What I love about these is the old horror movie vibe they give; especially when styled on my foraged bare branches.
Candles and artwork
Spooky pillar candles are the perfect example of typical decor with a Halloween twist. Mine are battery-operated and when switched on, the decals are illuminated with the perfect warm glow.
This framed art actually looks like vintage family portraits. But when you look at it from a different angle, the faces morph into horror-inducing images. They come in a set of six to display in various locations in your home.
Halloween is all about tricks and treats, right? Last year I discovered these floating candles and had a little fun watching my daughter use her magic to turn them on and off. All you have to do is use a bit of clear string to hang them at varying lengths for the perfect bewitching display.
Snakes and spiders
If anyone in your home has a deep-rooted fear of snakes or spiders, it might be a good idea to skip this classy Halloween decorating idea. There is something about tucking a little unexpected guest here and there to cause a fright!
This isn’t your typical find when you think of classy Halloween decor, but oversized spiders are another fun way to add some silly spookiness to your home. I hang mine around the mantle to make it look like they came crawling out of the fireplace and straight into your nightmares. Command tape works great or hang them from the Halloween spider web.
Big or small, skeletons are certainly a Halloween favorite! I love to style them in real-life positions–like sitting at the dining table–for a laugh. You can get a standard skeleton just about anywhere but now you can get them in black to add some contrast in lighter spaces.
How to mix Halloween decorations with regular decor
The best way to incorporate classy Halloween decor is to mix it in with your existing shelf decor. You can perch the Halloween blackbirds on top of boxes and books. Replace ordinary picture frames and candles with Halloween-themed art and spooky pillar candles.
You don’t have to use orange or neon colors to decorate for Halloween. Contrasting black elements can achieve the desired spooky effect while maintaining a classy look. This is something you would do anyway when styling your shelves–layering colors and textures.
Halloween decor should easily mix right in with your other fall decor. Once trick-or-treat time is over, you can remove the spooky pieces and leave the ones that make you crave that pumpkin spice latte. This will hold you over until the season we all love to decorate for–Christmas!
Spooky outdoor decorations
As I mentioned above, skip the animatronics and go for simple and effective Halloween decor. Since these bats are plastic you can easily decorate your front door or any other outdoor spot. in the next photo, you can see how I added bats and a Halloween wreath to my existing fall porch decor. Once Halloween is over, I’ll remove them and still have a pretty fall display.
Outdoor Pottery Barn picks:
The tolerable temperatures of fall here in Maryland mean it’s time for hanging around the firepit. I found these Firepit skulls that are a cool feature to add. They are mesmerizing in the dancing flames and don’t burn so they can be used over and over.
Classy Halloween decorating doesn’t have to be limited decor. If you plan to host dinner guests this time of year, there are some unique pieces that are sure to catch their eye. Check out my tabletop picks from West Elm below. Tap the spooky chic pics to shop:
A few of my favorites from Pottery Barn:
Check out my previous Halloween decorations to see how these classics will stand the test of time.