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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Halloween Ideas for Fun and Fright + HM #205

Fun, fright, and spooktacular Halloween ideas! Plus, link-up at Home Matters with recipes, crafts, diy. #Halloween #HalloweenIdeas #HomeMattersParty

Halloween Ideas for Fun and Fright + HM #205

Halloween, that spookily frightful, and delightful time of year — I love it! You’ll have to check out my Pumpkin Carving Page as well as the many tips and tricks to awesome pumpkin carvings from lighting, to storage, to designs and carving. I also have some fun Halloween DIY and decor ideas like my Haunted Mirror, DIY Trick-or-Treat Lanterns, and more.  Search the blog for Halloween… You’ll find all sorts of Halloween Ideas. Be sure to take a look at what the gals of Home Matters have put together in our Halloween roundup!

Halloween Mason Jar Crafts from Stephanie @ MomDot

 

Chicken Boo-dle Soup from Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

 

Halloween Cocktails Your Guests Will Love from Skye @ Midlife Boulevard

 

Vampire Brownies Fightfully Fun Halloween Treat from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Vampire Cupcakes Recipe A Frightfully Good Treat

Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!

 

Vampire Cupcakes Recipe

A Frightfully Good Halloween Treat

 

Are you throwing a  party? Maybe you are going to one and need to take something to share. Or, perhaps your just enjoying a Halloween-themed family night — playing Harry Potter Trivia, watching Hocus Pocus?

I recently hosted a Halloween Girls’ Night Bunco Party for my friends and the featured dessert was these Vampire Cupcakes. The frightfully good Bites treats are super cute and super easy to make. Plus, they can even withstand daylight!

So, let’s get baking.

Vampire Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box – Cake Mix (or you can make it homemade with your favorite cake recipe)
  • 1 Can – Cherry Pie Filling
  • 2 Cans – White Whipped Frosting
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 1
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 2
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 3
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 4
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 5
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 6
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 7
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!

Directions:

  1. Bake cupcakes according to your box directions.
  2. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  3. Puree the Cherry Pie Filling while the cupcakes are cooling.
  4. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a paring knife to Cut a Cone-Shaped Circle into the center top of the cupcake. To achieve the cone-shape, angle your knife toward the center of the cupcake while cutting the circle. (see slideshow above)
  5. Set the Cupcake Top aside for later.
  6. Use the knife to scrape the hole in the inside of the cupcake to make a larger space for filling, if needed.
  7. Spoon the pureed Cherry Pie Filling into a plastic bag that zips closed. Squeeze the puree down into one corner. Be sure to set aside some cherry filling for decorating the top of the cupcakes.
  8. Cut the tip off the corner of the plastic bag, and use it to pipe the cherry puree into the cupcake hole. Do not over-fill.
  9. Top the cherry filling with the set-aside cupcake tops.
  10. Place Frosting into another plastic bag, pushing it down into one corner and cutting off the tip of the bag.
  11. Pipe frosting on each cupcake.
  12. Dip a toothpick into the remaining cherry filling and stab the frosted cupcakes in two spots spaced apart like fangs.
  13. Drizzle some cherry puree from the toothpick fang holes to look like dripping blood.

 

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Vampire Cupcakes Recipe
 
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
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Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 - 24
Ingredients:
  • 1 Box - Cake Mix (or you can make it homemade with your favorite cake recipe)
  • 1 Can - Cherry Pie Filling
  • 2 Cans - White Whipped Frosting
Directions:
  1. Bake cupcakes according to your box directions.
  2. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  3. Puree the Cherry Pie Filling while the cupcakes are cooling.
  4. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a paring knife to Cut a Cone-Shaped Circle into the center top of the cupcake. To achieve the cone-shape, angle your knife toward the center of the cupcake while cutting the circle. (see slideshow on blog)
  5. Set the Cupcake Top aside for later.
  6. Use the knife to scrape the hole in the inside of the cupcake to make a larger space for filling, if needed.
  7. Spoon the pureed Cherry Pie Filling into a plastic bag that zips closed. Squeeze the puree down into one corner. Be sure to set aside some cherry filling for decorating the top of the cupcakes.
  8. Cut the tip off the corner of the plastic bag, and use it to pipe the cherry puree into the cupcake hole. Do not over-fill.
  9. Top the cherry filling with the set-aside cupcake tops.
  10. Place Frosting into another plastic bag, pushing it down into one corner and cutting off the tip of the bag.
  11. Pipe frosting on each cupcake.
  12. Dip a toothpick into the remaining cherry filling and stab the frosted cupcakes in two spots spaced apart like fangs.
  13. Drizzle some cherry puree from the toothpick fang holes to look like dripping blood.
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Don’t these Vampire Cupcakes look frightfully delicious? They make a vamptastic treat for the Halloween season. Enjoy them if you dare…

 

 

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Haunted Mirror – An Eerie Halloween DIY Decor

If you are looking for Halloween decor that gives a big fright with little bite then the Haunted Mirror is the DIY project for you — easy and eerie!

 

Haunted Mirror

A Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween DIY Decor

 

Today, I have something really fun for you. If you have hung around here for any time at all, you know that I love Halloween. So, I am thrilled to bring you this eerie craft idea for Halloween decor.

This DIY Halloween project is really very easy to create.

Haunted Mirror DIY

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Can – Krylon Looking Glass Silver Spray Paint
  • Tape
  • 1 – 8″ x 10″ Picture Frame
  • 1 – Image to fit an 8″ x 10″ Frame

How to Make the Haunted Mirror:

  1. Choose your Image
  1. Scan Image and create an Inverse Image
  1. Print out two copies – 1 Original Image, and 1 Inverse Image
  1. Take Glass out of picture frame. Clean Glass very well.

  1. Tape the Inverse Image to the front or outside of the glass (image side facing the glass). This allows you to see exactly where your image will be once it is in the frame, and will help you during the spray painting.
  1. Place glass image side down on your spraying surface. You can see the image through the glass.
  1. Shake Krylon spray paint vigorously
  1. Spray the entire glass with a fine mist of paint
  1. Then add more paint in small spurts, especially to the areas around your image. You want there to be enough paint to create a mirror, but with a lighter spraying of paint on top of the image so that it shows through.
  1. Let the paint dry for at least one hour
  1. Remove the Inverse image from the front of the glass and clean glass carefully.
  1. Place glass back into the frame–Glass side out, Painted side to the inside.
  1. Load the Original Image into the frame

Time for some Tips

  • Clean the glass, then wipe it down with alcohol. Any fingerprints or oils will interfere with the paint sticking properly.
  • Blushing: If you get blushing with your spray paint, don’t worry. The Krylon Looking Glass washes right off easily with a little soap and water. (What is Blushing? Blushing occurs when there is high humidity in the air. The moisture settles on the not cured paint and causes a milky whiteness or flat white look in the paint. This happened to me on my first attempt, because I did the spraying after the marine layer came in from the ocean–silly me.)
  • Tips for your Image:
    • Areas not showing up well – I had a large white area on my image over about half the face. So, I used colored pencil to draw it in better.
    • White is showing up to bright – Again, this was the case for me, so I sprayed a light coating of the Looking Glass spray paint directly onto my image to tone it down. This worked great, and also gave the image another dimension.
    • Be sure that you have enough paint around your image to make the glass really look like a mirror. That way your image will appear to be coming through the mirror–a very spooky effect. (You can clearly see the apple in the reflection.)
  • So, just play around with it, until you reach your desired effect.

Being that this project is making a mirror, it is difficult to photograph (at least for me anyway). But I think I managed to get some pretty cool shots of the Haunted Mirror–take a look…

Notice the reflections in the mirror…

The reflection here is a hutch. It almost looks like the lady is pushing her way through the wood.

Look at her reaching for that apple–Who is the fairest of them all…

Imagine catching that face out of the corner of your eye…spine-chilling.

 

I hope you have enjoyed our little Haunted Mirror Halloween DIY project. We had a blast making this for you — now, make you own. Have a Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween!.

Halloween Inspiration

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Check out these post:

Halloween Mantel Decor Orange, Black, and Purple

Bewitched Halloween and DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern

Pumpkin Carving Page

Check out and Follow my Halloween Crafts / Decor Pinterest Board

 

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Haunted Mirror – A Halloween DIY

Haunted Mirror

A Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween DIY

 

Today, I have something really fun for you. If you have hung around here for any time at all, you know that I love Halloween. So, when Jason at Dealspotr.com asked me to collaborate with him on a Halloween post for their website, I was thrilled.

Dealspotr.com is the best community for finding and sharing deals. I used the resources on the Dealspotr website, and armed myself with great coupons for purchasing the supplies I would need. You can read more about that here–they helped me get a lot of Fright for very little Bite!

This DIY Halloween project is really very easy to create.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Can – Krylon Looking Glass Silver Spray Paint
  • 1 – 8″ x 10″ Picture Frame
  • 1 – Image to fit an 8″ x 10″ Frame
  • Scotch Tape

How to Make the Haunted Mirror:

  • Choose your Image
  • Scan Image and create an Inverse Image
  • Print out two copies – 1 Original Image, and 1 Inverse Image
  • Take Glass out of picture frame. Clean Glass very well.
  • Tape the Inverse Image to the front or outside of the glass (image side facing the glass). This allows you to see exactly where your image will be once it is in the frame, and will help you during the spray painting.
  • Place glass image side down on your spraying surface. You can see the image through the glass.
  • Shake Krylon spray paint vigorously
  • Spray the entire glass with a fine mist of paint
  • Then add more paint in small spurts, especially to the areas around your image. You want there to be enough paint to create a mirror, but lighter paint on top of the image so that it shows through.
  • Let the paint dry for at least one hour
  • Remove the Inverse image from the front of the glass and clean glass carefully.
  • Place glass back into the frame–Glass side out, Painted side to the inside.
  • Load the Original Image into the frame

Time for some Tips:

  • Clean the glass, then wipe it down with alcohol. Any fingerprints or oils will interfere with the paint sticking properly.
  • Blushing: If you get blushing with your spray paint, don’t worry. The Krylon Looking Glass washes right off easily with a little soap and water. (What is Blushing? Blushing occurs when there is high humidity in the air. The moisture settles on the not cured paint and causes a milky whiteness or flat white look in the paint. This happened to me on my first attempt, because I did the spraying after the marine layer came in from the ocean–silly me.)
  • Tips for your Image:
    • Areas not showing up well – I had a large white area on my image over about half the face. So, I used colored pencil to draw it in better.
    • White is showing up to bright – Again, this was the case for me, so I sprayed a light coating of the Looking Glass spray paint directly onto my image to tone it down. This worked great, and also gave the image another dimension.
    • Be sure that you have enough paint around your image to make the glass really look like a mirror. That way your image will appear to be coming through the mirror–a very spooky effect. (You can clearly see the apple in the reflection.)
  • So, just play around with it, until you reach your desired effect.

Being that this project is making a mirror, it is difficult to photograph (at least for me any way). But I think I managed to get some pretty cool shots of the Haunted Mirror–take a look…

Notice the reflections in the mirror…

The reflection here is a hutch. It almost looks like the lady is pushing her way through the wood.

Look at her reaching for that apple–Who is the fairest of them all…

Imagine catching that face out of the corner of your eye…spine chilling.

I hope you have enjoyed our little Haunted Mirror Halloween DIY project. There was a lot of fun had while making it for you. Have a Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween!

Coming Up:

Jason from Dealspotr.com is writing a post that will publish here on Tuesday:
5 Up-cycling Ideas For Kids Room Decorations
Be sure to come by and check them out!

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Do you have any Halloween DIY projects planned?

 

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