Decorating for Halloween - Ideas and Inspiration

Posted by Steve Vincent on Oct 22, 2013, 11:10:13 AM

In decor, decorating, halloween, Home Decor, Thanksgiving, Triad Life

Halloween pumpkin.Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays seem to rush at us, followed immediately by New Year’s Eve, one right after another.  For people who love decorating for Halloween and other holidays, this is an exciting time – and holiday-themed decor runs the gamut from goofy, fun pumpkin faces to sophisticated, elegant gilded New Year’s ornamentation.  No matter what your decorating budget or style, there are some really creative and beautiful ideas out there.

At GreatNest, we’ve been poking around, looking for inspiration to share with you for decorating for Halloween.  We’ve chosen a couple of local shops, some big-box retailers, and a couple of random online sources for this post.  The list below is by no means comprehensive, but it will give you some ideas and possible resources, whether you’re a DIY fiend or don’t have a creative bone in your body. A bonus:  We’ve discovered that for November, it’s relatively easy to transition from Halloween-themed decoration to festive Thanksgiving décor.

photos via Total Bliss, Muddpies, and Ten Thousand Villages photos via Total Bliss, Muddpies, and Ten Thousand Villages

We always love the décor ideas we find at Total Bliss, which is at 2130-K New Garden Road, Greensboro NC 27410.  The folks there do some fun and attractive wreaths, floral arrangements, and accent items for all of the holidays.  They have already started decorating for Christmas, but they’re a great resource for inspiration and well-crafted items no matter what the season.

Places like The Farmer’s Wife and Thrill of the Hunt in downtown Greensboro and Daisy’s Designer Alley on Battleground Avenue are great sources of ideas and décor (and some gorgeous antiques).   We all love Kernersville’s Muddpies Pottery and Gifts, which has fantastic creative art items for all seasons.

Ten Thousand Villages Greensboro has some really wonderful artisan-crafted fall and winter décor right now.  The non-profit also has a nice blog that has a cool post about creative pumpkin carving ideas using adinkra symbols from Ghana – each has a meaning and significance.

photos via JennAllyson and ExquisitePaperDesign on Etsy.com photos via JennAllyson and ExquisitePaperDesign on Etsy.com

One of our favorite sources of creative ideas and one-of-a-kind items is etsy.com.  Just search on Halloween décor from the main page. My quick look this weekend uncovered a "wicked" spiderweb paper lantern and spooky printable apothecary labels...but there are literally thousands of handmade and vintage items to inspire you.  Of course, if you are really a do-it-yourselfer type, Pinterest is the place for you!  Just type "Halloween Decorations" into the search box, and you'll have more results than you can handle!

You can always find great deals on seasonal accessories at places like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Michael’s, Target, SteinMart, World Market, and others.

Do you transform your home for every holiday?  Where are your favorite places to find holiday décor inspiration?