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October 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Treat yourself: Trick out your home with chic décor this Halloween


By Megan Arpin / Special to Sunday Market

Does the idea of hanging up a bunch of plastic orange-and-black Halloween decorations make you shake like a cheap skeleton? Well, have no fear. We’ve rounded up some scary-chic décor ideas that will put you in the spirit of the holiday without sacrificing style.

A flickering candle sets a romantic — or spooky — scene. Pick up a couple Soap & Paper Factory Votive Candles ($15 each at Formulary 55, Ravenna), which feature vintage-inspired black etchings of skulls, owls and more. Then get cozy while you wait for trick-or-treaters under the Ombre Faux Fur Throw (on sale for $83 at West Elm), which will help you channel your inner animal — a werewolf, perhaps?

The Jonathan Adler Brass Owl Box ($198 at Jonathan Adler, U District) is the classiest possible way to stash those mini-Snickers, while the porcelain Vide Poche With A Skull ($49.50 at Far 4, downtown) can contain keys, change or a few extra stick-on mustaches. Looking for more drama? The Manzanita Candelabra ($99 at West Elm) makes a statement when displayed on an entry or dining table.

Your little goblin will love stepping out carrying a Papier Mache Trick-or-Treat Pail ($14–$72 at Lucca Great Finds, Ballard). The cute characters — including a whimsical pumpkin and a winking owl — make them special enough to use for years to come.

If you’re hosting the Halloween bash, make sure your tableware has ghoulish glamour. Serve up dinner with the bronze-finished Skeleton Hand Servers ($20 for two at Cost Plus World Market). Dish onto Halloween Medallion Plates ($40 for four at Williams-Sonoma), which feature bats, skulls, crows and snakes.

Add some dark drama to your stemware with the Metallic Ombre Glassware Set ($32 for four at West Elm). Or mark the Day of the Dead with the Muertos Double Old Fashioned Glasses ($8 for two at Cost Plus World Market).

For party favors (or very special trick-or-treaters), fill Orange Chevron Treat Bags ($9 for 20 at Paper Source) with Pumpkin Spice Pecan Popcorn ($16 for a gallon at KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn) or themed candy, such as Sweet Tart skulls, eyeball gumballs and sour pumpkins ($10 a pound at The Confectionery, U District). Seal the bags with Black-and-White Chevron Washi Tape ($4 per roll at Paper Source) for a fun twist on the orange-and-black color scheme.

Speaking of orange and black, a little goes a long way. Try the Orange with Black Polka Dots Balloons ($3.50 each at The Red Balloon Company) to add on-theme punch, or orange-and-black Halloween Paper Straws ($11 for 50 at Paper Source) to make drinks frightfully festive.

For a cheeky kitchen or powder-room accent, hang the Skull & Bones Flour Sack Towel ($11.50 at Fireworks Gallery). And the HomArt Galvanized Skull Garland ($3 for one or $15 for six at Butter Home, Capitol Hill) is a playful addition to an entryway, bookshelf or mantel.

Looking for activities for the kids? Use Pumpkin Bling Rhinestone Mustache Appliques ($7.50 for three at Fireworks Gallery) to dress up porch pumpkins with no knives and no mess. Then let them work on the No-Bake Halloween Haunted House Kit (on sale for $10) or decorate treats with Halloween Cupcake Stencils (on sale for $7, both at Williams-Sonoma). Display the goodies in Spider Webs Treat Liners ($2 for 12 at Cost Plus World Market), which, when clustered, make a great centerpiece.

Don’t forget to look frightful yourself (which on Halloween is a good thing). The Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo ($22 at Sephora) is an easy way to get in the spirit. Just give your nails a coat of the matte black glitter polish, apply the bat-wing false eyelashes and you’re ready to scare up a night of fun.


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