Black & White Halloween

Our Fall/Halloween blog hop from a couple of weeks ago really got me thinking about my own Halloween decor. If you missed it, you can find the whole tour of 12 bloggers HERE. Since we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in early October, the Halloween decor usually doesn’t come out till the end of the month around here. Usually it’s pretty minimal too as I’m not a big Halloween person.  I mean I like the candy and all, and the cute trick-or-treater’s but I’m not a fan of the colour orange or scary decor.   I’d prefer to skip right over to Christmas if I could!  Of course the kids love it though, so I do try to make an effort for them. The challenge being :make it spooky enough for them but pretty enough for me.

I added just a few touches in the living room, keeping things neutral and simple as I like to do. I went with a basic black and white theme.  It’s festive enough but doesn’t clash with my existing decor.  Tip: choosing a colour scheme that matches your existing decor allows you to seamlessly add in as much or little seasonal decor as you want.

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All it takes are a few accessories that say “Halloween” to liven up your space.  I’d call this my classy Halloween look.

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TIP: Tiered trays are the perfect place for layering in small details and really showcasing them.  You get a whole lot of impact all in one place! In this case the white tray was already part of my theme so I just added more black and white decor including this cute sign.

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I like to decorate a bit more in the family room because we spend most of our time in here and I know the kids like it. Also it’s a more casual space so I think it’s easier to just have fun with it.

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On the mantel I filled vases I already had with black blooms and added some other details from Michael’s and the dollar store. The skull banner I recycled from last year. Tip: always take stock of what you already have when shopping for seasonal decor. It definitely helps from over buying and accumulating too much.  Of course you’re not always going to do the same thing every year, but using an item in a new way or moving it to another space can give it new life.

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On the coffee table I layered this black place mat over the white tray and love the effect it creates.  The “popcorn” skulls look so inviting the kids thought they were candy and almost ate them! The mercury glass jar adds just the right amount of glam to keep me happy.

And because it wouldn’t be Halloween without outdoor decorations, I’m sharing a few of those too, courtesy of the boys in my life.

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So see, Halloween decor doesn’t have to be all orange and black, and it doesn’t have to be scary either.  It can be pretty, spooky and most importantly: EASY!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Judy xo

 

 

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