Halloween is here! The hour of ghouls and goblins and little people running about in the dark dressed as Superman and Snow White. Your porch is probably decked out in wispy webs and glowing pumpkins. I’m sure there are bowls of candy corn sitting around your home (or not, if you’ve eaten them already…). Even your dog probably has his costume ready to go.
But have you missed decorating a focal point in your home? What about your mantle? Doesn’t it deserve some Halloween cheer? Before you freak out, take a look at these 14 ways to style your Halloween mantle.
1. Black and White.
Black and white has always been a classic color combination since before Holly Golightly had breakfast in front of Tiffany’s in her little black dress and creamy pearls. Use that class to create a mantle that says chic and yet terrifying. (via )
2. Empty Frames.
Empty frames are a great way to give multiple heights to your Halloween mantle display. Their emptiness provides a perfect place for spider webs and nostalgia. (via )
3. Halloween Printables.
If your stumped for quotes, search around for the free Halloween printables that can pull your mantle together. Bonus points if you find one in script-y chalkboard font. (via )
4. Halloween Masquerade.
Halloween is all about the costumes. Masquerade your pumpkins and other Halloween decorations for an elegant look that would make the Phantom of the opera feel right at home. (via )
5. Simple Hocus Pocus.
Those three rambunctious Sanderson sisters would definitely approve of this simple mantle. Except a broom is infinitely more practical than a vacuum cleaner on your mantle. (via )
6. Retro Carnival.
Large patterns and fonts team up to concoct a mantle reminiscent of a vintage carnival. Just be sure to include a scary clown hiding behind your curtains. (via )
7. Old Photographs.
Old photos are an easy find in your local antique shops. Gather a few in dusty frames and blend with spider webs to concoct a mantle worthy of Miss Havisham’s gloomy manor. (via )
8. Going Batty.
Black paper is easy, cheap and so versatile. Create batty cutouts to take your mantle display… off the mantle. You can decide if you’ll wear the matching Batman costume for this lair.
9. Movie Themed Mantle.
If you were looking for a wizarding theme, it doesn’t get much better than Harry Potter. Fill your mantle with owls and bottles and maybe even a homemade snitch! (via )
10. Halloween Banners.
“Trick-or-Treat”, “Boo”, “Happy Halloween”, banners are a wonderful addition to any spooky mantle. Above or below, personalize your message for your trick-or-treaters.
11. All In Shadows.
Black is best when you’re going for the shadowy look. Inky lace and black paper cutouts will help midnight be manifest on your mantle. (via )
Take it from the movies, villains know how to rock scary. Use their inspiration to produce a mantle that will make your guests think of Cruella De Ville, Maleficent and all those other spine-chilling bad guys. (via )
13. Witchy Silhouette.
Double bubble, toil and trouble. I spy a witch who is certainly up to no good. Use black paper to put her silhouette on your wall, too.
14. Fall Turned Fright.
Your mantle is probably already decked out for Fall, right? Adding some black candles and orange pumpkins to the mix will bring it up to snuff for Halloween. (via )