The Best Halloween Decorations That Are Both Scary And Sophisticated

While decorating for Christmas is a long-awaited annual tradition, there’s something incredibly special about Halloween décor, too. It’s your one chance to push the boundaries with your decorations, both indoors and out, and transform your home into a darker, more eerie space that guests won’t be able to get enough of—and that all your trick-or-treaters will love. But when it comes to the best Halloween decorations, don’t assume that Halloween inflatables, pumpkin-scented fall candles, window clings and smoke machines are your only options for the holiday. There are so many other ideas out there to help you refresh your home for spooky season.

Ahead, find the best Halloween decorations that are equal parts sophisticated and spooky (in fact, a few of them can be left up well after the holiday). Stylish, frightfully chic visuals are the perfect accompaniment to All Hallows’ Eve, after all, and our list is filled with them. Here’s to casting a spell on all of your guests come October!


A Spooky, Stately Wreath For Your Front Door

You could certainly hang a customary leaf-festooned wreath on your front door during Halloween, but if you would rather opt for something with an ever-so-slightly more spine-tingling feel, try this one on for size. It’s an all-black wreath, which already makes it Halloween-ready…and it’s covered in a fun array of bat figurines. Glamorously decked out in glitter and pre-lit LED twinkle lights, it, too, can help strike that ideal balance between “style” and “scare factor.”

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A Set Of Gorgeous Glass Pumpkins

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For a Halloween-ready piece that can be displayed throughout the rest of the fall season, look to this pick from West Elm. Rendered in recycled glass, the pumpkins comes in several different autumnal hues, including a “smoke” color, a self-explanatory “clear,” and a moody amber.


A Positively Elegant—But Somewhat Eerie—Candelabra

If going through the Haunted Mansion ride taught us anything, it’s that candelabras can be pretty creepy—especially when they’re held by a ghost. There’s no ghost included here, of course, but there might as well be: Decked out in foxes, horses and birds with a dark iron finish, the holders are every bit as eerie-looking as the holiday calls for. Complete the look with a few faux cobwebs, and you’re all set.


A Ghoulish Collection Of String Lights

No bones about it: A Halloween without at least one set of skeleton decorations just isn’t, well, Halloween. Luckily, these skull string lights are available—and they definitely fit the bill. With a whopping 10 scary faces, they can add Halloween ghoulishness to a staircase, fireplace mantel or doorframe—and they’re reasonably priced, too.


A Ghostly Table Runner

Planning to throw a Halloween-themed bash this year? You can’t do without this runner—though it also works beautifully for intimate family dinners on Halloween night, too (the kids won’t be able to get over it). Featuring a sweet ghost à la Charlie Brown, it’s minimalist enough to subtly steal the show amid all of your other Halloween decorations.


Decorations That Practically Slither

Make your Halloween decorations slither his year with the help of this snake object from West Elm. Available in both small and large sizes, it’s guaranteed to make your guests recoil for just a moment before exclaiming that they love the way it looks. It’s also versatile: The snake can coil up on a shelf, on a bedside table or atop a stack of coffee table books.


An Adorable Candle For Your Office Or Kitchen Island

This funky candle proves that the best things come in the smallest packages. In a shade of classic Halloween green and decorated with Frankenstein’s face, it’s more than just cute: It also offers notes of lychee, saffron, leather and musk.


A Trio Of Lawn Witches

For front yard decorations that are a mix of cute and spell-binding, go with this set of three supernatural sisters. Made for indoor or outdoor use, the witches are sure to give that “something wicked this way comes” ambiance to your décor—and they’ll cast a spell on anyone who arrives.


A Miniature With A Big, Big Impact

If you always include miniature, decorated houses throughout your Christmas décor, embrace the same spirit for Halloween. Instead of tinsel and gingerbread figurines, dot your decorations with a haunted house or two, like this one from Maisonette. It comes complete with a graveyard, bats in flight and a skeletal tree.

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