Halloween Decor Ideas – Spooky Elegance

 

Decorate your home in spooky elegance. Find easy Halloween decor ideas to create a ghoulishly delightful atmosphere. #HalloweenDecor #Halloween

Hello, friends, welcome to our home. I’d love to take you on a little home tour of our Halloween decor and all its spooky elegance. I hope you will be enchanted and beguiled and find inspiration.

Halloween Decor Ideas

Spooky Elegance and Ghoulish Delight

 

Our fireplace mantel is so fun to decorate since we did our DIY Mantel Makeover. It was an easy home improvement project for under $50! This year’s mantel is a mix of  Halloween and autumn decor. I love combining the holiday and season as it makes for such an elegant feel, and bonus, I’ve got a start on my decorating for Thanksgiving once I remove the Halloween items.

Halloween Fireplace Mantel in detail…

A garland of fall leaves entwined with a strand of mini white twinkle lights lay along the mantel with miniature pumpkins placed atop black candlesticks. The black and deep purple wreath has fall leaves tucked inside to give the wreath some pop. Halloween tinsel garlands hang behind the wreath and fall across the mantel to the sides. And. black gauze lends a spooky touch draped across the front of the mantel.

Our glittery black cat hisses next to the colorful postcard of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow chasing Ichabod Crane and the spider candelabra with our DIY Halloween Candles.

Candy Corn is a favorite for easy Halloween decor. You will see I have used it in several places. I have my frame that I swap out seasonal/holiday printables. This printable is a Halloween Quote.

When Black Cats prowl and Pumpkins gleam, may Luck be yours on Halloween.  ~ Author unknown

The awesome black cat postcard is the famous Tournée du Chat Noir from Paris. Rory sent this to us from her study abroad trip to France this summer — perfect for my Halloween mantel.

Halloween Decor around the house…

Oh, I am in love with our latest project. I really like the versatility of vinyl art, but unfortunately, the space by my front door where I want to use it most has too much texture on the wall to allow the vinyl to adhere well. So, Luke and I put together a DIY Float Frame to make my dreams come true. This idea is even better than just simply placing the vinyl art on the wall — it provides the opportunity to add dimension and layers. I am excited to change this float frame up for the seasons.

My black lanterns with battery operated wax candles are perfect with candy corn. And a few little pumpkins add a nice touch.

A simple ribbon thread with glittery Halloween shapes decorates a plain lampshade.

 


Little mini pumpkins adorn the end table with the adorable placard signifying The Black Cat Pub in England — another of the treasures brought home from Rory’s summer trip to England. She couldn’t resist since we have two black cats of our own, Jinx and Josie.

A string of purple lights with black gauze and my Happy Halloween sign with an orange chiffon ribbon adorn my hutch with spooky style.

And, my favorite Halloween pillow.

Never Laugh as the Hearse drives by… for you may be the next to die.

I actually carved a pumpkin with this scene a few years ago. I love how it turned out, what do you think?

Click to see more of my Pumpkin Carvings and Tutorials!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour and my take on Spooky Elegance. Have a Happy Halloween!

 

 

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Bewitched Halloween and DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern

Have a Bewitched Halloween with this amazing costume and a DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern perfect for taking little ones out or going to a party in style!

And, it is all a snap with Oriental Trading, who was kind enough to provide some of these items.

 

Bewitched Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Lantern

Trick-or-Treat and Party in Style

 

What are your plans for Halloween? Are you taking the kids out trick-or-treating? Maybe you are throwing a vamptastic party or attending one. Whatever it is you have planned Oriental Trading can help you look spooktacular for a bewitched Halloween!

Rory has plans to party with friends, so she chose this Brilliantly Bewitched Costume. It is super cute and super comfy. It is made with a soft stretchy material and sheer sleeves. And just look at the beautiful jewel-tone purple sparkling down the front. This costume is fun and flirty with the v-neckline and an asymmetrical jagged-edged hemline. It comes with a matching hat.

Find all sorts of costume ideas for Kids, Women, and Men — costumes for the whole family and in any style you can imagine. Pick a group theme like superheroes, pirates, and food or be creatively unique. Get a costume that fits — sizes from babies to plus sizes. The hardest part about shopping for a costume at Oriental Trading is deciding which one to choose.

Before she heads out to the party, Rory’s taking some little ones around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. Check out this Trick-or-Treat Lantern!

DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern

What You Need:

Putting it Together:

  1. Open the Black Metal Lantern.
  2. Turn the Lights On.
  3. Place the battery pack base of the LED String Lights inside the lantern.
  4. Weight it down with Candy Corn.
  5. Replace the Lantern Lid.

Isn’t this lantern adorable? What a great way to light your path while trick-or-treating.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Halloween costume ideas. You can also check out my Halloween Mantel Decor and Pumpkin Carving Page.

Have a Bewitched Halloween!

Be sure to check out Oriental Trading for all your Halloween shopping.

 

 

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Halloween Mantel Decor Orange, Black, And Purple

I love this time of year — all the holidays inspire me. So, enjoy my Halloween Mantel Decor including a quick, easy, and spooky DIY project you’ll love! #Halloween #HalloweenDecor #HalloweenCraft

 

Halloween Mantel Decor

Plus a Quick, Easy, and Spooky DIY Project

 

It’s my favorite time of year! I absolutely love this season of holidays. From the rich colors to the heavenly aromas, to the yummy foods, and wonderful family memories in the making, I find it all heartwarming.

So, I’m kicking off the last quarter of the year by sharing my Halloween Mantel Decor. I have to tell you, I am in love with how this mantel turned out. Thanks to Oriental Trading for providing some of the decor items, and to Luke who made my dreams come true with the Mantel Makeover last year.

And, bonus, this little viewing comes with a spooktacular DIY project that is fun and creepy.

So, let’s get started…

 

Halloween Mantel Decor

Since Halloween is possibly my favorite holiday, I wanted to have something fun and festive with a simple elegance. And, I decided to stick with the traditional colors of orange and black with an added splash of purple.

The Black Metal Lanterns (above) are so pretty and how cute are they filled with candy corn? A variety of mini pumpkins on multi-level candle holders and lacy tin buckets in orange and black, and a glittery black cat to add some sparkle. Don’t you love the way the Halloween Mantel Decor turned out?

Black cats and pumpkins inspired me to make a printable for my mantel frame using a quote (source unknown) that I have loved for years.

“When Black Cats prowl and Pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.”

Now, check out this Spider Web Candelabra! Isn’t it adorable? With all the spiders crawling on the candelabra, I knew I wanted to have some spidery candles. So, I decided to makeover some old candles that I had stored away — you know those ones you’ve used but there is a lot of candle leftover, and you know you’ll use them again sometime but you never do. Here is your chance!

DIY Spider Candles for Halloween

What You’ll Need:

  • Grab your used candles (or new ones if you must — LOL)
  • A Permanent Marker ( I used black for the white candles and silver for the purple candles)

How To:

  1. Draw a spider web at the flame tip of the candle.
  2. Draw a squiggly line down the candle and draw a black dot at the end. The black dot is your spider body.
  3. Add eight legs to your spider body.
  4. Create the look you want by adding more webs and/or spiders.

NOTE – For Halloween, using the old, perhaps discolored, candles make for a perfect creepy look. I had one that had a lot of candle wax dripped down the side, awesome. Also, with Halloween, you do not need to have your candles standing perfectly straight. So, if they teeter a bit in the candle holder or have a little curve to them makes it all the more spooky and eerie.

I hung my Halloween wreath above the mantel. It’s a piece I’ve had for years and is always fun to unearth each year.

Then, tying all the decor together is the amazing black Gauze Garland String Lights with purple bulbs — love it!

I draped the lights over and under the fireplace mantel and hung my Happy Halloween sign from the hidden hook beneath my mantel. It provided the perfect spooky touch to finish off my Halloween Mantel Decor.

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my Halloween Mantel Decor, and wish you a spooky and fun Halloween!

Be sure to check out Oriental Trading for all your Halloween shopping.

 

 

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Candy Corn Cookies Recipe

If you are a regular reader of Life With Lorelai, you will remember that we put out a Call for Contributors & Guest Posters a while back. Well, I am thrilled to welcome the first of our Regular Contributors today, Deborah Ward, with Candy Corn Cookies. See her brief bio at the end of the post.

 

Deborah is bringing a frightfully delicious recipe to us… Are your taste buds ready?

Candy Corn Cookies

With the change in months comes a change in mindset. Yesterday, my mind was still in summer, but today all I can think about is Halloween and everything fall. And, since a girl (or boy) cannot live on pumpkin spice lattes alone, I decided to bake up some cookies.

For these amazing Candy Corn Cookies I used a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, left out the chocolate chips, and added chocolate candies in candy corn colors in their place. I also decided to jazz them up a little bit by melting down some white chocolate with candy corn colored flecks candy bars and drizzling it on top. The results are out of this world. So delicious their scary. So amazing they’ll haunt your dreams. You get the picture.

Ingredients:

 

1 8oz bag of Orange, Yellow, and White Chocolate Candies

1 bag small size White Chocolate Candy bars (with yellow and orange flecks)

½ cup shortening
½ cup butter

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp baking soda

 

How to:

(Preheat oven to 375 F)

  1. In a large mixing bowl (or bowl of your stand mixer) beat butter and shortening on medium for 30 seconds.
  2. Add half of the flour, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. Beat until combined.
  3. Beat in remaining flour.
  4. Divide candies (not bars) in half. Chop up one half and leave the others whole. Add to cookie dough mixture and stir by hand.
  5. Drop dough onto an ungreased cookie pan in 2 inch balls.
  6. Bake for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Cool on wire rack.

Real Life Candy Crush! I used my hand chopper for this task.

Chopping up half of the candy will make the cookies less dense and easier to munch on.

 

For Chocolate Drizzle Topping:

  1. Remove candy bars from their wrappers, break apart, and place in a medium sized microwaveable bowl.
  2. Microwave for 15 seconds on high, then stir. Repeat this process until all of the chocolate are melted.
  3. Dip a large spoon into the chocolate and then wave it back and forth over the cookies.
  4. Allow chocolate to harden.

 

 

Here’s a Printable Version of the Recipe:

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Candy Corn Cookies Recipe
 
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A frightfully delicious Halloween Cookie recipe.
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • 1 8oz bag of Orange, Yellow, and White Chocolate Candies
  • 1 bag small size White Chocolate Candy bars (with yellow and orange flecks)
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
Directions:
  1. (Preheat oven to 375 F)
  2. In a large mixing bowl (or bowl of your stand mixer) beat butter and shortening on medium for 30 seconds.
  3. Add half of the flour, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. Beat until combined.
  4. Beat in remaining flour.
  5. Divide candies (not bars) in half. Chop up one half and leave the others whole. Add to cookie dough mixture and stir by hand.
  6. Drop dough onto an ungreased cookie pan in 2 inch balls.
  7. Bake for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Cool on wire rack.
Notes
This recipe is from Life With Lorelai's Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward from the blog, Kentucky to Cali.
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Just a warning: Your family will be banging at the kitchen door with their torches and pitchforks, so make extra.

Happy October,

Deborah

 

Visit Deborah at her blog, Kentucky to Cali!

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