Goth and glitter. Bones and ornaments dusted with lime, ebony, orange or purple sparkle. Startling images on dishware and textiles. These are just some of the ways retailers and designers are playing up Halloween’s theatrical vibe this year.
Even for a holiday that’s by definition a study in over-the-topness, there are standards to be kept.
Vases, bowls and candelabra cloaked in black lacquer. Papier-mache decorations painted with old-fashioned Halloween imagery.
Martha Stewart has created elegant tablescape chandeliers, skulls and skeletons encrusted with colorful glitter, as well as a grinning pumpkin clock, and black jack-o’-lanterns stacked in a threesome, ready to light the walkway, at GrandinRoad.com. The e-retailer also has a glass bowl cupped by spooky, bony hands, a darkly handsome pre-lit willow tree, and ebony LED candles dripping faux wax.
Dress a sophisticated Halloween cocktail table with Pottery Barn’s photoprinted skull appetizer plates and trays, and life-size crow candles. Placed on a black table runner printed with spider webs and bedecked in hand-beaded spiders, ghoulish becomes glamorous.
At Pier 1, whimsical papier-mache ornaments feature vintage-style monsters or eyeballs; hang them in a “haunted” tabletop tree or display them in a rustic basket.
With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, parties will be plentiful. Go beyond the traditional “monster mash” bash with Celebration.com’s fun alternative themes, such as True Blood, Wicked or Dead Rock Stars. The site’s party planners suggest using orange roses, twisty branches, and lots of black and white dinnerware to set the stage — fashionable dining table decor at any time of year.
As for that iconic symbol of the season — the pumpkin — look no further than the pages of Martha Stewart’s October issue. The magazine’s crafty stylists don’t disappoint when it comes to weird and wonderful carving ideas; this year, there are templates for snakes, feathers, goblets and entire eerie vignettes. If you’re handy with a pencil and a linoleum cutter, inspiration awaits.
www.celebration.com - forum for party and decor ideas from experts and registered contributors, Halloween and other occasions
www.marthastewart.com - Halloween ideas and craft templates
www.pier1.com - stained glass pumpkin votive holder, $10; spooky eye/devil/Dracula papier mache ornaments, $4.95; Harvest Feather Wreath, $35
www.potterybarn.com - Crow Candle, $10; Mercury Glass Pumpkin, $24; Papier Mache Cat Face Pumpkin Basket, 3 for $18; Skull Printed Appetizer Plates and Tray, $7-24
www.grandinroad.com: Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Clock, $35; Black Stacked Cast Resin/Stone Pumpkin Light Holders, $139; Glitter Chandeliers, $99-199; Black LED Candles, 2 for $19; Spooky Hands bowl, $59; Pre-lit Willow Tree, $89-129