Embrace a bit of the macabre with an iron shackle wreath. Search online or at local antique/thrift stores for authentic iron or steel shackles. Pick up a twig or grapevine wreath from the craft store, then wrap and drape the chain around it. Adorn the wreath with a faux black crow or raven for an added eerie touch.
Start with a simple shelf then dress it up with creepy decor — furry spiders, black crows, plastic skulls and skeletons are all good choices. You could also drape the shelf with cheesecloth or spider webs for an added frightening effect.
These monster cupcakes make for more-cuddly-than-scary treats and are fun and easy for kids to decorate. Pipe a monster face onto the cupcakes with green (or your favorite color) frosting, then make eyes with jelly candies and horns out of cashews for a perfectly scary Halloween treat.
The formal dining room has the frosty elegance of an ice palace with its silver-and-white wallpaper and glittering crystal chandelier. Because this room is the least-used room in the home, the choice for a white palette was less scary.
Black can feel like a scary choice on the wall, but it can actually make a space more intimate. This gorgeous bathroom uses the color brilliantly and turns it into a cool platform for crisp color contrasts like the white towels and pretty wood dresser.
Treat the kids (or yourself!) to an over-the-top Halloween breakfast. Instead of chocolate chips, fold crushed or chopped candy bars into pancake batter and flip away. Sunny Anderson’s blueberry syrup is the perfect spooky topper – when cooked down, the berries’ deep-blue hue looks almost black. Get the recipe.
“Using black for interiors can be scary as it’s usually associated with being dark or depressing,” says designer Jodie Rosen. Her advice: “Using hits of black as an accent is a great way to elevate a space and emphasize elements of the design. In this case, we used black on the trim around the range to make the area a focal point and then repeated the black in the oversized fixtures, stools, and the metal detailing on the island.”