Halloween is the perfect time to celebrate the magic of autumn, by bringing a little of its colour and warmth into your home. For tips on planning ahead for visits from trick-or-treaters and decorating your home in festive style, read our brief guide.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s no need to be constrained by the traditional orange and black colour scheme or to festoon every inch of your reception rooms: A few small touches here and there will prove just as effective. Monochromes and neutrals are classic and understated palettes which echo the natural hues of autumn as much as the gothic tones of Halloween. Accessorise with cushions and throws and invest in a few statement pieces. Decorative pumpkins and skulls or black bird silhouettes work well to create a restrained but eye-catching tableau. Ornamental candle holders and seasonal bouquets are a great way to work in oranges and blacks without overwhelming a room.
While outdoor Halloween decorations don’t need to be garish – often minimal schemes are best here too – the garden or porch areas are ideal places to decorate if you want to have some fun with a theme or if you’re planning to entertain trick-or-treaters. Carved pumpkins are a timeless and almost obligatory addition and look charming when lit with candles; try lining the path or steps to your front door with them to welcome visitors. For a contemporary twist, move away from the classic ghoulish faces and try carving your initials or your house number into pumpkins. You could even leave a message for trick-or-treaters in this way, by stringing smaller pumpkins or gourds into a garland. Use paper lanterns to complement your arrangement and make the entrance to your home all the more inviting. An autumnal wreath on the door adds an attractive finishing touch.
Sweet, sweet, sweet
Whether you’re a keen baker or not, there’s plenty of room for creativity with the treats you offer to trick-or-treat visitors. Home-made cookies and sweets can be tailored to the celebrations; use marshmallows to make ghostly sweets or turn traditional gingerbread men into skeletons with some clever icing. Alternatively, make use of a large pumpkin and turn it into a holder for shop-bought lollipops.
If you know you are not going to be at home to greet trick-or-treaters, leave a basket of treats by your door and make sure your porch or entrance is well-lit. Wrapped toffee apples or boiled sweets are an excellent choice in the case of bad weather to make sure nobody goes away from your home disappointed. All these treats make delightful seasonal gifts for your neighbours too, and if you’re throwing a Halloween party, a hollowed-out pumpkin makes the perfect ice bucket.
Each property will lend itself to a different style of décor and decorations. For more interior inspiration, visit the Engel & Völkers website.