Transform Your Space into a Halloween Haven

A few decorator’s tricks make a home party a treat


Skulls or friendly ghosts? Zombies or scarecrows? Witches or princesses? When it comes to how you do Halloween, there are no wrong answers. October 31, 2020, will be different this year, so let’s pull out all the stops and create a spooktacular evening at home, perfect for a night of photo-opps and giggles with your brood. Rhode Island has some pretty cool businesses that are embracing the haunt, including black skull chandeliers by Hey Girl Decor, hand-painted wine glasses from Lolita, and lighting displays by Alpha-Lit to cast an eerie glow. Here are tips on how to put it all together BOO-tifully!



Once you pick a theme, the rest will fall into place, and for this soiree, it was all about skulls. Find faux skulls at local party and big box stores – leave some as-is and paint a few for contrast. Using varying sized skulls will add dimension to your tablescape.



There’s nothing better than mixing basic black and orange to create a pumpkin-perfect display, but mix in gray and metallic finishes and you’ve got yourself a party. Bring in texture with faux black grasses, twigs, plastic decorations, different fabrics, gauze, and glassware to give everyone at your table something to look at.



Achieve a pro-decorator look by adding height, placing things asymmetrically, and with layers. Begin by draping a tablecloth horizontally so it hits the floor. Next, add a printed tablecloth folded into thirds to mimic a table runner and place down the center. Keep going with one more layer: creepy gauze. Finally, place serveware like glass cake stands for height, a variety of clear vases, more skulls, a few glitter pumpkins, and scattered candles.



  • “BOO” lit lettering: @alphalitrhodeisland
  • Skull chandelier: @heygirldecor
  • Witch wine glasses: @designsbylolita_


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