Tuesday 20 March 2018

Haunted house: Bring a little spooky decor to your home this Halloween

Moss Cottage gifts
Moss Cottage gifts
Patterned footstool, €465 from DFS
Fringe cushion, €105 from Amara, amara.com
Skull tea-light holder, €7 from Paperchase
Gradient basket from Amara, €30 at amara.com

Emily Westbrooks

Halloween decorating doesn't usually go beyond a few plastic ghosts and some pumpkin decals plastered on the windows, but you can easily keep it classy and cute - at least indoors! We hate to pass up a chance to bring holiday decor home, even for a less hyped holiday like Halloween.

Stick with a more subtle colour palette of burnt orange, charcoal, cream, gold and white, instead of bright orange and black. Opt for a few metallic skulls, break out the Halloween treat basket, and your home will be ready for the spookiest night of the year, with decor you'll be able to use for much longer.

Colour Coded

We love holiday decor that will be stylish beyond just one day. For a versatile Halloween-inspired look, try bringing in more subtle versions of Halloween colours, like burnt orange or charcoal.

Buy it: Patterned footstool, €465 from DFS

Total Treat

Whether you have trick-or-treaters at your door or not, everyone can use a holiday treat basket nearby. Once the sweet treats have been eaten, you can easily use this gradient basket year round in the entryway as a chic place to collect the post.

Buy it: Gradient basket from Amara, €30 at amara.com

Cushion Change

Bring in Halloween colours with cushions or throw blankets as well. Mix up the traditional Halloween colour palette by letting orange serve as an accent colour, and by pairing it with neutrals instead of only black. Mixing orange with cream, like this fringe cushion from Amara, keeps your home festive without crossing the line into tacky.

Buy it: Fringe cushion, €105 from Amara, amara.com

Skull Scare

Skulls add a spooky-yet-sophisticated edge to your Halloween decor, and they'll be trendy throughout the year. When they're rose gold, they top the trend charts! Skulls that are less lifelike will look infinitely more stylish and a lot less gruesome!

Buy it: Skull tea-light holder, €7 from


picture: DFS

picture: Moss Cottage

Moss Cottage


Jen Cleary, owner of decor and gift shop Moss Cottage in Dundrum, is a master of holiday decorations. We asked her for her best tips for the perfect Halloween soirée.

"To avoid tacky, stick to a theme and limit the pieces you use. The space can look busy very quickly with too many items and colours!"

For a cheap and cheerful option, look no further than the garden.

"Autumn is a gorgeous colourful time of year so use those rustic and gold tones with the black and white of Halloween. Using fallen leaves as a backdrop will also make any of your black and white decorations stand out. You can find them everywhere, just remember to dry them out first!"

Buy it: Gold bunting, €8.50, moss.ie

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