HEY, HI, HELLO. It’s officially fall, it’s almost the weekend, and I want to take you on a little afternoon digital window shopping trip. Here’s the thing: I LOVE Halloween and season-specific decor, but I am a liiiiitle less crazy about the VERY expensive plastic pumpkins that seem to be permeating my IG feed right now. Like, there’s gotta be more to this holiday than spray-painted styrofoam, right?! RIGHT. So today, I wanted to highlight a few elevated, last-forever pieces of newly-released Halloween decor that you’ll be happy to pull out again and again, season after season. A few of these tasteful additions can make you feel like you’re living in a festive, fall home and not in like…inside of a Spirit Halloween pop-up shop. I searched ALL of our favorite retailers and feel pretty confident that I’ve picked the best of the best – let’s see if you agree, yeah? 🙂
Truly Great Pumpkins
If you live in a hot climate, these iron pumpkin lanterns (#1) are a minimal, bold, and super-chic alternative to, uh, ::checks notes:: a melted, rotting pumpkin on your front stoop. Love the color, weight, and shape of these – they’re an awesome modern alternative to a plastic pumpkin.
Blue and white china meets pumpkins (#2) – ADORE THESE. What a lovely way to introduce the idea of fall without soaking your home in orange and black.
These plaid tweed pumpkins (#3) look SO much more luxe than their $5 price tag. They’re so special and high impact without being overbearing. (I love how understated the black is, but they come in orange, too.)
TERRA. COTTA. PUMPKINS. (#6) Genius. Minimalist, textured, quiet, and they can take you from September through Thanksgiving. I could see these outside in an entry vignette OR styled as a centerpiece – I love the versatility.
Super Cute Florals And Doormats
This doormat (#1) makes me so happy (vibrant AND punny!) and the cute review photos of it styled in real-life are SO CHEERY. What a lovely way to brighten up your entry and exit every day! 🙂
Are feather wreaths (#3) for everyone? NO. Are feather wreaths for me? YES. An emphatic yes.
HUGE heart-eyes for a dried eucalyptus garland. This showstopper (#4) is from Anthropologie, but you should check if your local nursery or plant center has anything similar – I bet it’d be cheaper AND you could support a small business in your community.
Easy Impact Exterior Decor
You know I had to include ONE piece of practical outdoor decor, right? This season, I’m in love with this double-sided light-up sign (#1). Welcome folks to your home when you have candy, and flip to the other side when you’ve run out. This is my new favorite alternative to like, turning off all the lights and sitting in the dark after you’ve run out in the hopes that kids will stop ringing the doorbell.
I can’t do a roundup without including Skelly (#2), guys. Is she timeless and understated? Well, KIND OF, YEAH. We love her – she’s made appearance after appearance here on the blog – and what’s Halloween without a little fun, you know?
Is a huge spider (#3) a lot? Yeah, sure. But it’s also a one-and-done outdoor decor piece – throw this on a roofline (or even on a bush!) and you’re fully decorated for the year. It’s a HUGE statement for only $35 and there are tons of creative installation ideas in the review photos.
This costume-wearing dog (#4) is THE CUTEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. When I saw this, Michael’s monologue to Toby immediately came to mind: “Who do you think you are? What gives you the right?” I CANNOT BELIEVE TARGET MADE THESE. My heart has grown three sizes since first clicking through. If I had a yard, I’d be out there at the stroke of midnight on September 1st getting a full little dog motif set up. (There’s also one in a ladybug costume in case you weren’t already saying “aww” enough.)
Keep visitors safe and on your walkway of choice with these smiling ghost path lights (#6). Target has a TON of great options for path lights this year (including zombie arms and multicolored versions!) but this one feels the most classic and timeless, you know?
Festive Tabletop Decor
I mean, it’s no shocker that I love tableware, but this is my personal number one recommendation for getting into the spirit without feeling smothered by color or in-your-face Halloween motifs. A special tray or bowl or mug that you can break out and use for a few weeks every September-November means that you can experience the season on your own terms without needing to dive into a bin from the basement/garage/attic. Plus, there are a TON of awesome, sustainable options on Etsy – just search “vintage (pumpkin, cat, ghost, general fall/Halloween motif of choice) + (bowl, plate, cup, etc.)” to support a small business AND bring some one-of-a-kind pieces to your home. BIG FAN.
1. Earthenware Mini Ghost Mug | 2. Skeleton Drinkware Collection | 3. Bat and Moon Appetizer Plate | 4. Dapper Animal Halloween Salad Plates | 5. Pumpkin Shaped Stoneware Individual Bowls | 6. Inslee Fariss Autumn’s Bounty Glass | 7. Boo Stoneware Mug | 8. Spooky Double Old Fashioned Glasses (set of 2) | 9. Pumpkin Shaped Felt Placemats (set of 4) | 10. Slink Gold Napkin Rings (set of 8) | 11. Figurative Halloween Pumpkin Mug | 12. Ghost Shaped Stoneware Serving Platter
Oooooh, baby. This skeleton drinkware collection (#2) is for the Halloween die-hards out there. It’s a little too much for me (which is saying something!) but you KNOW I’d be first in line to attend a party hosted by someone with cups like this in their arsenal.
Stoneware mugs (#7) with a secret. These would be kind of fun year round, TBH.
These snake-shaped napkin rings (#10) are a little spooky, but they’re versatile and glam enough to use all year (if you dare :)).
I’m obsessed with this ghost-shaped platter (#12). It’s quiet and so easy to mix-and-match with your existing dinnerware – just plop this on the table and the mood is set, you know?
Other “Creepy” Decorations
1. Alien Pumpkin Push-In | 2. Skull Trinket Dish | 3. Pumpkin Mugs | 4. Pumpkin Harvest Dish Towel | 5. Ghost Serving Dish | 6. Trick or Treat Dish Towel | 7. Metal Gourd Box | 8. Cat Candy Bowl | 9. Plaid Candy Bowl
YEAH YEAH YEAH I know, I said elevated, but DANG IT. This alien push-pin decorating kit (#1) has me wanting to borrow a friend’s kid for a day of crafting. (They also have a princess one that they styled out on a Watermelon and it’s SO funny – you can see the pic in the product description.)
A tiny ceramic vintage treat dish (#5) has me feeling ALL KINDS OF WAYS. My grandma used to keep M&Ms and Hersheys kisses around the house in tiny dishes like this – it’s such a fond memory. :’)
If you can’t do kitsch on a dishtowel (#6), where CAN you do kitsch? I mean. There are dogs in outfits. There are cats in outfits. It’s so sweet and silly without being overwhelming.
Y’all know how we feel about brass vessels and boxes here, right? This gourd-shaped one (#7) could work in your home year-round.
This $2 gingham melamine bowl (#9) is great for kids at the holidays, but it’d be just as cute doing double-duty as your outdoor tableware next summer.
That’s it for me today. Signing off from 82 degree LA, where I’m sitting with my Spiced Pumpkin candle and dreaming of living in a tiny Northeastern town with a quaint house and a dog and big pile of color-changing leaves. In the interim, though, this window-shopping break did the trick of getting me into the spirit. 🙂 NOW – what say you???? Any winners here or decor pieces YOU break out year after year? Share with the class, please 🙂 xx
Opening Image Credits: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: My Spooky (And Super Simple) Kid-Approved Halloween Decor