Here’s how to create grown-up Halloween décor in your home


Halloween is nearly here, which calls for a variety of spine-tingling decorations. It’s all about weaving a web of intrigue – play-up those ghostly shadows, dine by candlelight among cobwebs, and spook your friends with creepy props.

Want to mark the occasion without going full-on fright night? Halloween décor doesn’t have to be ghastly and predictable.

“If you’re looking to embrace a chicer setting this Halloween, glam gothic style will offer a nod to all things ghoul-like, without making you want to scream,” suggests Nadia McCowan Hill, Wayfair’s resident style advisor.

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

Tassels, vintage silhouettes and design details all lend themselves perfectly to the style.

Table talk

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

McCowan Hill suggests investing in a black dinnerware set, which will be perfect for fright night and beyond – offering a hint of Halloween while also working well for other occasions.

“Go for gold cutlery, with similar longevity, and bejewelled agate trim napkin rings, with mystical charm that will cast a style spell all-year-around,” she continues.

“A crushed velvet tablecloth is the perfect foundation to set off the look – and don’t forget a floral finishing touch. Vibrant blooms lend a magical look and a fabulous flourish.”

Marvellous mantels

“The mantelpiece offers the perfect perch for some gothic and ghost-like inspiration,” enthuses McCowan Hill. “And a great way to get your ghoul on without going all out.”

Feeling creative? Pick up an off-cut of lace to drape against the wall, McCowan Hill suggests, for an instant touch of Halloween glamour, pinning it firmly in place.

On the mantel itself, arrange a medley of slim, tapered candlesticks in burnished bronze, flocked pumpkin decor, jewel-toned vases and antique books.

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

“Do make doubly sure any flickering flames are positioned a safe distance from any fabric, so your sophisticated spook fest doesn’t go up in smoke,” she warns.

Pick your poison

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

Her cocktail of choice? For a tantalising tipple with otherworldly appeal, she suggests a Vampire’s Kiss. Simply pour 25ml vodka, 20ml raspberry liqueur, a handful of ice and some fresh raspberries into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass and top with sparkling wine.

“The perfect tipple to toast the occasion! For those who prefer a virgin option, a raspberry and rhubarb cordial offers similar optics,” she adds.

Alternatively, a ‘bloody’ 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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