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These Halloween Decor Ideas Are Chic, Not Cheesy

All treats, no tricks.

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The Makerista; Julie Blanner

For design enthusiasts, there’s more to Halloween than sweet treats. From strategically placed pumpkins to carefully curated cobwebs, the right Halloween decorations can get your space in the spooky spirit and show off your personal style. But when it comes to seasonal decor, there’s a very fine line between chic and kitschy. Pumpkins and a black-and-orange color palette might hit the right note in small doses; however, one false move and your space can look nightmarish—and not exactly in a festive way.

The good news is it’s possible to hit the right balance between spooky and stylish. Check out the nine well-appointed ideas below, which run the gamut from dinner party tablescapes to versatile vignettes. If you want to re-create the look in your own space, we’ve equipped each source of inspiration with shoppable decor. No matter which space piques your interest, these setups are so stylish that you might be compelled to leave them up long after October 31.

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Dani Stool
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Inspiration: A Blast from the Past

Want to take a walk down memory lane? Ashley Robertson of the Teacher Diva used a shiny bust, faux skull, and several elevated candles to give a subtle nod to the ghosts of Halloween past. Busts are staging a comeback, making this setup both festive and on-trend. (Plus, it pairs nicely with the ornate gold-framed mirror in the background.) It’s a stylish way to honor Halloween’s spooky history—no spirits required.

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Get the Look: Judy Bust Statue
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Get the Look: Skull Pillar Holder
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Get the Look: Small Jacqueline Mirror
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Get the Look: Pillar Candles
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Inspiration: Versatile Vignette

A vignette is an easy way to add festive flair to your space without going overboard. But when it comes to this decorating idea, curation is key. Anum Tariq offset a trio of petite pumpkins with a warm color palette of red, black, and gold. A handsome candle rounds out the setup, creating an arrangement that will appeal to all the senses year-round.

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Get the Look: Mirrored Tray
World Market
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Get the Look: Voluspa Crisp Champagne Luxe Candle
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Get the Look: Speckled White Ceramic Vase
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Get the Look: Gold Metal Garden Planters
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Get the Look: DomeStar Artificial Pumpkins
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Sara Ligorria-Tramp
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Inspiration: Spooky Shelfie

Consider a spooky bookshelf a subtle alternative to an over-the-top mantel. Here, Emily Henderson added small accents to her year-round setup. While Henderson sticks to a high-contrast color palette, she experiments with various textures to give her Halloween decor a cozy feel.

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Get the Look: Buffalo Check Pumpkins
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Get the Look: Plastic Skeleton Hands
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Get the Look: Feathered Prop Crow
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Get the Look: Baird Covered Server
Crate and Barrel
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Get the Look: Brass Mister
Modern Sprout
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Get the Look: Solid Brass Cricket
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Carly Fuller Photography
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Inspiration: A Masked Affair

Embrace a mysterious vibe by arranging a table with masks, antique objects, clocks, and candlesticks. A black, purple, and pink color palette is a must, and of course, don’t forget the gold masks, as pictured in this vignette styled by Shannon Wellington Weddings.

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Get the Look: Black Candelabra
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Get the Look: Gold Lace Masquerade Mask
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Get the Look: Black Alarm Clock
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Get the Look: Black Sequin Table Runner
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Constance Higley
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Inspiration: Mysteriously Antiqued

While tall candlesticks and moody, antiqued relics give this table by Lauren Kelp a mysterious personality, hanging bats and the placement of costumes on the table’s formal statues lend the perfect dose of playfulness.

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Get the Look: Bat Wall Decals
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Get the Look: Gabriella Cake Stand
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Courtesy of Sarah Sarna
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Inspiration: Bringing the Outdoors In

Bring the outdoors inside this holiday with nature-inspired Halloween decor. In this table by Sarah Baynes, a creepily crawling vine debuts as the table’s runner, while black pumpkins put a darker twist on a classic Halloween motif.

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Get the Look: Artificial Eucalyptus Vine
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Get the Look: Black Pumpkin
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Get the Look: Audun Dinner Plate
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