How to do grown-up Halloween decor that’s ghoulish and glam

Creating a haunted house for Halloween requires a variety of spooky decorations. It’s all about weaving a web of intrigue – play those spooky shadows, dine by candlelight among cobwebs, and frighten your friends with spooky props.

Of course, there will always be traditional black and orange color schemes, but there are plenty of ways to up the spooky stakes…

Scary demanding

Halloween Door Bow, £28, Next (Next/PA)

Want to celebrate the occasion without falling into the night of terror? Halloween decor doesn’t have to be scary and predictable.

“If you’re looking for a fancier setting this Halloween, the glamorous gothic style will give all things ghoulish a nod without making you want to scream,” suggests Nadia McCowan Hill, Wayfair’s style consultant.

Black lace table runner £7.95 & black skull place card holder £4.95 each, Tableday (Tableday/PA)

She says this look is about embracing Victoriana. “Think intricate lace detailing, a pared-down palette of grown-up monochrome accents, and elegant decor,” says McCowan Hill.

Tassels, vintage silhouettes and design details perfectly match the style.

Carmona Lampshade 45cm Black, £49, Dunelm (Dunelm/PA)

table talk

Crushed Tablecloth, £16.30 (was £18); Agata Napkin Ring (set of 4), £46.99 and Midnight Peacock 450ml Cordial Glass (set of 2), £34.75, Wayfair (Wayfair/PA)

Hosting a Halloween dinner party and looking for something that will stand the test of time? After all, even a spooky style can be lasting if you choose carefully.

McCowan Hill suggests investing in a black dinnerware set that’s perfect for spooky nights and beyond – adding a touch of Halloween and working well for other occasions too.

Kew Gardens Living Jewels Black Plate, £12, Pure Table Top/PA

“Opt for gold cutlery with similar longevity and jeweled agate trimmed napkin rings with mystical charm that will cast a style charm all year round,” she continues.

“A crushed velvet tablecloth is the perfect base to elevate the look – and don’t forget a floral finishing touch. Vibrant buds give a magical look and fabulous flowering.”

Wonderful coats

Willcox Green Velvet Pumpkin (Set of 2), £77.98, Wayfair (Wayfair/PA)

“The mantel is the perfect place for gothic and spooky inspiration,” McCowan Hill enthuses. “And a great way to dress up your ghoul without giving your all.”

Halloween Wreath, £14.99 (was £17.99), Halloween Teardrop Garland, £7.99 (was £12.99), Haunted Encased Rose Ornament, £12.99 (was £17.99) and pack with three Halloween LED candles, £7.99, other items from a selection,

Feeling creative? Pick up a lace piece to drape on the wall, McCowan Hill suggests, for an instant touch of Halloween glam, and pin it firmly in place.

Arrange a medley of slim, tapered burnished bronze candlesticks, flocked gourd decor, jewel-toned vases and antique books on the mantel itself.

Crystal Ball Mirrored Bookcase, £17.99, Wayfair (Wayfair/PA)

Mixing vintage and contemporary pieces is a great way to give your mantel a vintage feel, McCowan Hill adds, while ensuring it still feels fresh and modern.

Pumpkin & Ginger Scented Candle, £20, Next (Next/PA)

“Be sure to keep any flickering flames a safe distance away from fabrics, lest your elaborate spooky feast go up in smoke,” she warns.

Choose your poison

Halloween Toast Magic Potion Short Beer Bottle, £35, and Halloween Pumpkins Small Tureen, £55, Emma Bridgewater (Emma Bridgewater/PA)

“Any stylish soiree should start with a cocktail or two, and Halloween is no exception,” says McCowan Hill. And you can really have fun in this department.

Hocus Pocus Goblet, £12.99, Homesense stores (Homesense/PA)

your favorite cocktail? For a tantalizing drink with otherworldly appeal, she suggests a vampire kiss. Simply add 25ml vodka, 20ml raspberry liqueur, a handful of ice and some fresh raspberries to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass and top up with sparkling wine.

“The perfect drop to toast the occasion! For those who prefer a native option, a raspberry rhubarb syrup offers a similar visual,” she adds.

Skull Corkscrew, £17.50 (was £35), Red Candy (Red Candy/PA)

Alternatively, a “damn” good red wine with a Day of the Dead label and novelty corkscrew is another sinister sip to toast the witching hour. boo!

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