Nothing says Halloween like a set of flickering candles on a creepy candleholder. Candelabras and pillar candle holders alike add tons of character. Whether you use real wax candles or opt for electronic alternatives, these haunting staples are excellent additions to any Halloween fireplace display.
Take a moment to reflect on the spookier things in life with a large antique-style mirror. A great centerpiece for any mantel display, a large mirror helps to enhance a candlelit atmosphere and conjures notions of spectral apparitions. If you already use a large mirror over your fireplace year-round, you can add some Halloween character with removable decals and washable paint.
Capturing the colorful character of the Halloween season, autumn garland uses fallen leaves and twigs to bring the outdoors to your decor. This decoration looks beautiful draped over your mantelpiece, but it can also add plenty of character to floor decor when placed around the hearth.
Not much compares to the quintessentially creepy look of skull-and-skeleton themed decor around Halloween. You can use a life-size skeleton figure for a striking visual or incorporate smaller decor with a lone skull or miniaturized skeleton for a more subdued display. Whether you sit it on your mantel or place it at the foot of your fireplace, skeleton-themed decor turns any fireplace into a frightening space.
Antique decor adds some classic charm to your mantel for a more refined and traditional Halloween look. You can choose to incorporate vintage-style accents or look for real antiques to add some authentic character. Simple pieces, like an old-fashioned clock or camera, can make an old-fashioned statement that helps to ground your display.
Spiders and Cobwebs
Use fake cobwebs to add some unsettling texture to your fireplace; then incorporate some frighteningly fake spiders to make guests squirm. While this decor idea is sure to add some character to your Halloween mantelpiece, be sure you don’t use too much. You want your webs to enhance your Halloween decor, not obscure it.
Bats are classically spooky additions, and their simple silhouettes are commonly associated with the Halloween holiday. You can cut some homemade bats out of cardboard or paper to stick on the wall or suspend some realistic bat replicas from the ceiling. Either way, these nocturnal critters are guaranteed to lend some personality to your fireplace presentation.
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving at Halloween — you can also use them to give your fireplace and mantel some harvest appeal. Use smaller pumpkins in both orange and white varieties to texture your mantelpiece, placing larger ones at the base. You can use faux pumpkin jack-o’-lanterns to add some frightful fun, but avoid displaying real carved pumpkins indoors.
While seating isn’t typically something you’d think about when setting up a Halloween fireplace, a simple wooden bench can add some much-needed room to sit and relax by a warm fire. A good bench isn’t just convenient, but it also lends some extra character to your display as well as additional space for your decorations.
Incorporate throw pillows into your Halloween mantel design for a softer touch. Find pillows that showcase traditional Halloween imagery and colors and remember that they should be just as comfortable as they are stylish. Mix things up with pillows of different shapes and sizes.
As the weather begins to cool down during the autumn months, you and your guests will likely find the area around the fireplace more and more appealing. Keep things toasty and inviting with a few hefty Halloween-themed throws to keep warm on chilly evenings. Quilts and knitted blankets often provide the most warmth, and their classic designs are great for adding extra autumn personality.
Baskets are beautiful complements to your fireplace year-round but especially in the Halloween season. Large baskets are ideal for stowing folded throw blankets and pillows for easy fireside access. Consider a smaller basket for more ornamental pieces like miniature pumpkins, decorative skulls, or fake harvested crops.
Halloween wall art comes in a variety of size and design options to meet your mantel decor needs. Let a large piece of haunting Halloween art serve as a centerpiece above the fireplace or use a few smaller pieces to accent a large mirror or family photo. Displaying creepy antique photographs is an eerily subtle way to create some Halloween character, while classic imagery of ghosts and ghouls tie more directly into your Halloween decor.
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