It’s no secret that Americans love Halloween, and they’re showing their appreciation for the holiday more now than ever. Halloween spending is expected to reach $8.8 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.
A whopping $2.7 billion of that haul is expected to be spent on decorations. Clearly, it’s not enough to just plop a pumpkin on the porch and hang a fake skeleton from the tree on your front lawn anymore. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to decorate for Halloween in style. Here are the six trends to watch.
Moonlight Bash collection
We’re digging the Moonlight Bash collection from Target, which includes “everything you need to create a unique, spooky and fun ambiance that your guests will love. From an animated boombox to a wheel of fate to velvet skulls to a decorative DJ skeleton prop, this Halloween party decor collection will have all the ghouls, goblins and ghosts groovin’ and jamming while they enjoy your perfectly spooky and cool atmosphere.”
Are you picturing one orange outdoor bulb and one black outdoor bulb? Cause we are! This simple trick can make a dramatic impact.
According to Etsy, petrifying planters are all the rage this year. “One of this season’s hottest trends is adding a spooky vibe to your #plantparent game. Etsy shoppers are increasingly searching for Halloween twists on their everyday planters, with searches for ghost planters up 137%, monster planters up 60%, and skull planters up 10% in the last three months (compared to the same time last year),” they said.
If you’re going to go artificial with your pumpkins, you don’t have to do orange. These white versions introduce a little elegance.
Whether you’re throwing a party, or just looking to bring the goth glam to your home, this dark and stormy Halloween décor will do the trick. “Don’t be afraid of the dark and decorate with black table cloths, matte black plates and even black candles, then balance out with gray or silver napkins and flatware,” said Décor Aid. “Another Halloween home decor trend that’s gaining a lot of popularity is goth themed decor. Incorporate skulls as accent pieces, centerpieces or even use smaller skulls as place holders. An affordable decorating tip is to paint over plastic skulls, using darker matte shades to do so. This will make these decorations less cliche and your guest will be surprised you went with such an unconventional look. Black and red roses not only add to the goth theme but add a hauntingly glamorous look to your decor.”
Here’s an even more unexpected color twist: pastels for Halloween! “Not into the dark and spooky decor that comes with Halloween? People are now using pink and pastel color schemes to sweeten up the look,” said TODAY. “According to a new report from Pinterest, searches for “pink Halloween” are up 221% this year over last. And “pastel Halloween” is close behind with an increase in searches of 164%.”