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Happy Haunting (with a Pro!)
A couple jack-o-lanterns on the front porch are a great start, sure. But if you really want to get into the Halloween spirit, there are plenty of cute (and affordable) ways to dress up your whole house for the spooky season. We asked HGTV alum, blogger, and Target Home Style Expert Emily Henderson for her best ideas for turning your home into a haunted house.
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Go Spooky...and Chic!
“I focused on a few big impact pieces that worked well with my existing décor, such as the candelabra and plaid pumpkin. I love the black candelabra because it looks elevated, but still fun and spooky. The ghost garland was also an unexpected and simple accessory that could really work just about anywhere.”
Buy It! Hyde & Eek! Boutique Halloween Black Glitter Candelabra, $18; Bullseye’s Playground Spooky Garland 3-pack, $9; target.com.
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Get Stuck on Spider Webs
“Simple white stretch spider webs are such an easy and affordable way to incorporate Halloween décor into every area of your home. As you can see, I used them just about everywhere – over artwork, draped over lamp fixtures, even across the front door. My favorite spot to use them though is on the dining table as a natural table runner. Top it off with a couple of faux spiders and other accessories, and you have yourself a spooky centerpiece.”
Buy It! Fun World Halloween White Deluxe Super Stretch Spider Web, $3; target.com.
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Choose Thanksgiving-Friendly Finds
“As I was decorating my 100-year-old home, I found that styling pumpkins and accessories in hidden nooks next to and behind books, and in other unexpected places, gave my space a naturally spooky look. If you’re like me, you might even keep your neutral pumpkins up through Thanksgiving since they feel appropriate all autumn long.”
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Dress Big Furniture Pieces
“The piano was perfect for the haunted castle theme I was going for, but you can find ways to dress up most furniture you own. Layer spider webs and incorporate animated accessories on coffee tables and stair banisters for a simple, yet impactful festive look.”
Buy It! Hyde and Eek! Boutique Halloween Animated oorbell with Eyeball, $10; Spooky Victorian Phone, $15; Mischievous Cat, $25; and Animated Radio, $25; target.com.
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Make Bookshelves Boo-tiful
“This is not usually a tip I recommend, but to make your spooky décor pop, it works: turn your book spines inward to keep everything neutral and to naturally draw your eye to the Halloween pieces.”
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Go Big for the Kids
“When it comes to Halloween decorating with two young kids, more is more. I look for pieces that can make a big statement and are fun for the whole family (but still pleasing to the eye). Simple paper or balloon banners can do the trick and are extremely affordable options.”
Buy It! Hyde and Eek! Boutique Halloween Boo Balloon Banner in Black, $5; and Halloween Large Paper Skeleton Wall Décor, $3; target.com
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Don't Forget the Yard!
“When decorating your outdoor space, either for a Halloween party or for trick-or-treaters, incorporate fun kid-friendly touches such as inflatable and light-up décor. Your outdoor space will look just as animated at night as it does during the day.”
Buy It! Hyde and Eek! Boutique Halloween 8.5” Inflatable Pumpkin Patch, $59.99; 10” Giant Spider Web in White, $10; and 5 count Incandescent Halloween Clear Ghost Pathway Lights, $14.99; target.com.