Move over Christmas! For many of us, Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year. While decorating your home is only half the fun, we believe that choosing high quality table and wall decorations that can be used year after year should be just as important on October 31st as they are on December 25th.
Selecting the right Halloween decor doesn't need to be tricky. That's why we've put together a real treat of a buying guide to help you spend your money wisely. From bats, spiders and crows to Halloween pumpkins and dancing skeletons, we've ranked the top 10 best in the UK from John Lewis, Argos, Amazon and eBay!
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Halloween decorations often tend to be thoughtless throwaways. That's why we're on a mission to help you find top quality items to turn your home into the spookiest of settings this October 31st. By choosing Halloween decorations that are made to last, you'll be able to use them year after year and reduce your household waste!
If you're hosting a sit-down meal, or even a seance, we recommend picking up some spooky table decorations. These are ideal for adding a frightening flourish to your halloween decor and can be dotted among the tableware, used to create a centrepiece or even incorporated into games!
Whichever decorations you choose, check the dimensions to ensure the best use of space. For example, garlands and banners tend to measure between 1.5 and 2 meters, so you'll need to make sure you have enough to bring your vision to life. We've included the key dimensions of almost all the items on our list, so you can make sure your purchase fits.
Now for the fun part! What sort of mood are you aiming for this Halloween? Subtle eeriness, jovial fun or all-out-hysteria? Different age groups may appreciate different types of decoration, so in this section we'll look at the kinds of decorations best for children's parties vs grown-up gatherings.
For little ones, Halloween should be a fun celebration that's not too scary, especially if you have some sensitive souls on your guest-list. For young'uns, seek out cheerful decorations in bright and colourful shades to give the festivities a bit more of an upbeat twist.
Look for decorations with traditional motifs to give kids the good kind of shivers. Smiling skeletons, bouncing jack-o-lanterns, cute bats and anything with googly eyes are all excellent choices to help keep the mood light.
Hoping to create a more subtle ambiance this Halloween? Why not adorn your abode with realistic spider webs, a quizzical crow or a leafless tree? If you're prepping for a more sophisticated Halloween soirée suitable for grown-up guests, then darker hues such as blacks and purples should fit the bill.
Another fun idea for this years' Halloween decorations is to hang a light-up slogan sign. These highly-instagrammable statement items are bang on trend and will set the mood within moments. Choose an eye-catching neon 'Boo!' banner or a 'Spooky' sign for the perfect Halloween photo op.
When it comes to Halloween, the lower the light, the more spinge-tingling the feels! That's why it's important to get the lighting just right. Little ones love the idea of Halloween, but too much darkness can be worrying for more anxious types. After all, while a murder mystery benefits from a darkened room, you'll need to make sure everyone can read their scripts.
To truly get into the Halloween spirit, candles are a fantastic mood-builder. They create that evocative, flickering glow that just can't be captured with an electric light. However, the obvious downside is the risk of fire, particularly important if you're hosting children.
A much safer, if less ambient option, is a string of Halloween themed fairy lights. They're far safer, can be used time and again and garlands of bulbs will still create a low light setting that;s ideal for spooky soirees. Choose a suitably horrifying design, hang them up and summon spirits to your heart's content!
Why can't Halloween be like Christmas, where we make a tradition of getting out beloved decorations year after year and putting them pride of place in our homes? It would certainly benefit the planet by reducing waste. This year, make it your aim to buy high-quality reusable Halloween decorations, rather than overflowing the dustbins on November 1.
Look out for paper decorations, instead of cheap plastic ones. Or how about selecting hard-wearing, durable decorations your can store carefully after the celebrations are over and re-use instead of always buying new?
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Neon Halloween 'Spooky' Light
Neon Green Wall Light to Set a Spooky Tone
Giant Halloween Spider Decoration
A Sparkly Eight-Legged Friend to Oversee the Halloween Proceedings
Pack of 3 Black Halloween Crows
Handmade Crow Ornaments to Adorn Tables and Sideboards
Halloween Pumpkin Lights
Grinning Jack-o-Lantern Lights
15 Piece Tissue Paper Hanging Halloween Pom Poms
Simple Decorations in Halloween Colours Add Texture to Your Space
John Lewis and Partners
Pre-Lit Black Tree
The Perfect Sombre Centrepiece
LED Halloween Skeleton Lights
Chill Guests to the Bone with this Skeleton Light Garland
Halloween Light Up Spider Web
A Striking Backdrop for Your Halloween Shenanigans
Halloween Bat Bunting
Simple, Tasteful and Frightfully Good
In the cool of the evening, when everything is getting kind of groovy... we've selected this bold neon sign to go along with your perfect Halloween playlist. It's a cracking decoration you can use year after year, with a ghastly green glow that promises 20,000 hours of light.
This decoration works wonderfully at Halloween, but who's to say you can't keep it up all year round if it suits your style? Regardless, it's the perfect party piece to match the theme of your spooky shindigs for years to come!
Arachnophobes beware! Horace is ready to party. OK that's not really his name, but this leggy paper spider is definitely going to spruce up your space and make your guests smile - unless they really hate spiders of course.
Stretching over six metres when stretched to maximum length, this spider looks brilliant draped across the ceiling. His many eyes will keep your guests in check and his tickly-soft paper legs will keep little ones amused rather than petrified.
Handcrafted using super soft faux feathers, these jet-black, beady eyed crows are something a bit different from your typical Halloween trinkets. Perch them around your serving dishes, or give guests a fright by placing one above the bathroom mirror.
The largest bird measures 19.5 cm in diameter, which is ideal for dining table decor. You could even incorporate them as part of a costume, making for double the ghoulish goodies for the price of one!
Here are ten cheerful jack-o-lanterns that can be plugged in and hung up both inside and outdoors. This creepy-yet-charming fabric lantern garland provides a safe way of lighting up your space, as the LED bulbs don't produce any heat.
Dress your home or garden with these for a really thrilling Halloween feel. A little more substantial than many other themed fairy lights, we recommend putting them away carefully to be rolled out again next Halloween!
We like these hanging paper pom poms because they make a big impact, while remaining kind to your wallet. Pairing the traditional Halloween colours orange and black with a vibrant deep purple, the resultant combination is fun and eye-catching.
These decorations are ideal for both family-friendly gatherings and more mature events. Use a blob of white tac to gently press the strings into your ceiling to fill your room with colour - perfect for getting your Halloween party into full swing.
Evoking moonlit graveyards or the sprawling lawn of a haunted house, this glittering tree with bare black branches can be adorned with Halloween trinkets or edible treats. Fine, we know the leaves at this time of year are actually golden, but don't tell us these grasping twigs don't give you a haunting Hallows Eve shudder!
Place this ornamental tree on a side table or use it as a centrepiece at dinner time. Planning party games? Hang sweets so winners can pick their prize from the boughs.
A Halloween-y atmosphere is all in the lighting, and these ten skeleton bulbs are as cute as they are chilling! Measuring just over a metre in length, this string of lights will add the finishing touches to your decorating this year.
The LED bulbs produce a decent amount of light, though you will need to grab some AA batteries as they do not come included. This length of bony bulbs could also be draped around unlit Jack-o-Lanterns or in between your Halloween dishes at the dinner table.
This large spider web is ideal for jazzing up a bare stretch of wall and has the added bonus of light-up parts to create the perfect party atmosphere in a darkened room. In fact, the huge red-tinted spiders actually move, which should suitably creep out guests.
We like that the web can be fixed and removed easily, without damaging the wall. It's sure to be an instant Halloween hit, without too much effort, and makes a great talking point too!
Pin this gothic garland to your walls for simple, yet effective Halloween decoration. Each string of spiders, bats and hats is around 2 metres in length, switching your walls from standard to sepulchral in moments - no, we're not sure what that means either, but we think it's appropriate?
Perhaps it's a little too basic for some tastes, but this decoration will definitely save you time and can be folded up neatly until next year. With scowling jack-o-lanters and even the word 'Boo', you might want to warn timid guests before they enter the room!
If you love Halloween as much as we do, it won't just be your home you'll be dressing up come the end of October! Check out the links we've shared below for brilliant costume ideas to help you celebrate All Hallows' Eve in Spooky Style.
We hope this article helped guide you through the creepiest Halloween decorations on the market. You can't deny we've selected some good'uns that are sure to transform your home into a haunted house that will send chills down the spine of any guest or trick-or-treater. Happy Halloween!
Author: Annie Hopkins
No. 1: Argos Home｜Neon Halloween 'Spooky' Light
No. 2: Argos Home｜Giant Halloween Spider Decoration
No. 3: Asdomo｜Pack of 3 Black Halloween Crows
No. 4: Makion｜Halloween Pumpkin Lights
No. 5: Kungfu Mall｜15 Piece Tissue Paper Hanging Halloween Pom Poms
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