Does anyone else’s house turn into a spooky Halloween house the minute the calendar flips to October?!? September is reserved for fall décor at my home, and October is devoted to Halloween décor (and Christmas décor comes out November 1, but that is for another blog, haha). I shared my tips for creating a fall mantel in a previous blog which you can read here for future tips, but for now, let’s discuss the Halloween mantel!

Pick a Color Scheme

The great thing about Halloween is that color schemes are no longer limited to the traditional black and orange. I have seen super cute bohemian décor that works in pink hues, bright schemes that include green and orange, and even solely shades of black, gray, and white. My mantel sticks with the typical black and orange with a couple pops of green and purple in one of the garlands.

Have Fun with Shapes

I love a mantel that works in more than just tall and short pieces, but also fun shapes! This Trick or Treat moon is one of my favorite pieces from the 2021 Halloween Box, and I think it looks great on my mantel. It is meant to be wall art, but I propped it up by taping it to a mason jar with packing tape so it would sit up straight (resourceful, right?). Other fun Halloween shapes include witch hats, skulls, ghosts, and tombstones.

Layer Garlands

I couldn’t decide on just one garland this year, so I decided to layer together three! The top layer is a felt ball garland, the middle is felt Halloween shapes (Frankenstein heads, ghosts, bats, and jack-o-lanterns), and the bottom garland I made myself with wooden beads and yarn pom-poms. 

Here is a quick tutorial if you want to make your own garland, just switch out the colors!

Use Holiday Phrases

I like to include pieces with fun holiday phrases like “Trick-or-Treat” or this cute wooden “BOO” sign! I used the BOO as the centerpiece for my mantel and placed everything else around it. The tombstone (also propped up on a mason jar) says “Enter If You Dare” and is also from the 2021 Halloween Box.

I balanced everything out with some little pumpkin figurines, and there you have it - my Halloween mantel is complete! Follow me on the accounts below for more Halloween décor inspiration!

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