Tis the season to be scary!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays!  And when the sad day came that I outgrew Trick-or-Treating, I channeled my Halloween spirit into decorating the house for Halloween.  My Mom was a great sport and always supported my seasonal crafting and decorating sprees.  Even when I accidentally scorched the living room wall with Halloween candles.  A really scary Halloween!

I still love to decorate the house for Halloween and wanted to share some of my favorite Halloween mantel decorating ideas with you!

Halloween mantle decorating ideas

I had several Halloween mantel decorating ideas for this year and decided on a fright night, black and white theme.  I wanted the decorations to convey a spooky mood and designed a new Hallow’s Eve poster as the focal point.

I started with a black and white tree photograph and then added the moon, bats and special effects with a little help from my favorite photo editor PicMonkey!  I made an oversized print of the design at my local UPS Store and framed it in an inexpensive poster frame, adding a metal scroll above it for detail.

If you like the poster design, I’m sharing the free printable in the Halloween Art image library.  It’s an 8×10 hi-res JPG file that could be enlarged to a 16 x 20 print or canvas.

I thought an owl print was a must for my scary Halloween night mantel theme.  I started with a line art owl and added spot color eyes and BOO in my favorite Halloween font.  I then imported the design into PicMonkey and added scary trees and the special effect under the Vampire theme.  I displayed the print in one of my favorite twisted wire frames.

The free owl printable is also available in Halloween Art as a 4×6 hi-res JPG file if you’d like to add it to your Halloween decorations!

Halloween owl Art Design Joy

After I had my framed prints ready to go, I selected items from my every day decor that helped create a Halloween mood.  I started with a pile of my favorite things and narrowed it down as I tried to find a balance of heights and complimentary images.  I have a narrow mantel and that rules out a lot of larger items, so one of my favorite ways to add height to shorter objects is with old books.  I’ve been collecting them for years.  They’re so beautiful and add a wonderful feeling of antiquity that is perfect in Halloween displays.

I love the glow of candlelight and include lanterns and battery candles on the mantle year round.  And thankfully I can’t scorch the wall with them!

The black wire tree was a great $5 vintage shop find.  Its wonderful silhouette casts a spooky shadow against the wall.  Especially at night as the candles glow!

And it wouldn’t be Halloween without the addition of our favorite skeleton, Jeffrey, and lots of pumpkins.  I like to use a mix of real and faux and add to my collection at post Halloween sales.

Halloween mantle decorating ideas

With the mantel shelf finished the hearth was next.  I found this embellished Victorian style birdhouse at an antique shop sale for $3!  I needed something with height on the hearth and thought it would be perfect on a stand.  We used an old staircase baluster to create the stand and painted it black, distressing it with sandpaper for a vintage look.

Perfect with the white faux pumpkins and raven!

Halloween mantle decorating ideas birdhouse

The other side of the hearth holds a trio of upcycled candleholders made from old staircase balusters.  If you’d like the directions for how to make them, check out the post Easy to make candleholders.  

I leave the candleholders on the hearth year round, but wanted to add a touch of Halloween behind them to compliment the rest of the mantel decorations.  I purchased the black branch stems at Michael’s and drilled holes in a piece of wood so I could turn them into a scary tree similar to the trees in the mantel poster.  You could also use tree branches painted black.

With the mantel completed its time to light the fire, make some popcorn and watch a fright night movie!

Have a scary (and merry) Halloween!


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