Each year as Halloween approaches I get excited for the start of the Autumnal season of holidays and traditions. The weather starts to cool off, spiced apple drinks start to flow (I like mine spiked!), and Halloween inaugurates the holiday celebrations with fun and creativity.
There are many directions to go when decorating for Halloween. From kitsch to all-out ghoulish crypt-keeping, often I am left with piles of decorations in November that immediately need to be stored to make way for Thanksgiving. This year I decided to take a different approach. Less pumpkin tchotchke and no conversion to a full cemetery in my living room. Instead, Halloween this year will be paired down to be sophisticated, chic, and best of all done in minutes!
My inspiration for a sophisticated Halloween theme is to utilize a monochromatic color palate of sumptuous black tones, and then to create focused vignettes in specific areas around the apartment. This keeps the decoration contained and easier to manage and is visually more dramatic.
I also approached my theme with classic easy-to-find decorations in the seasonal aisle in my grocery store and drug store, but layered them in a more curated way. As beautiful as many of the high-end Halloween decorations can be, they have to be stored year after year, and may not fit your style or space the next Halloween. All of my decorations fit in a plastic boot-sized storage container for all holidays (except Christmas, of course).
The simplicity of a monochromatic palate is enhanced with different textures in the same black tones, which adds depth, interest, and a more layered look. Use this visual All-Hallows-Eve photo series as inspiration for your own SPOOKtacular décor! Pick and choose the elements that resonate with you, play some Halloween-inspired tunes (Pandora: Halloween Party Radio is my choice!), and just have fun adding some BOOtiful elements to make your space come alive – if you dare!