Halloween interiors – no tricks, plenty of treats
Halloween approaches and, quite frankly, this year, we'll take any excuse for a party. Invite five friends over and dress up your house with these interiors trinkets.
Hmmm, an omen of death. That’s exactly what I want on my sideboard. And actually, if it looks like this super-cool crow lamp from Selfridges, I really do. Just keep that bulb away from inquisitive little fingers. “Leave it! I SAID LEAVE IT!”
The charming thing about this recycled wood tray from Burford Garden Co. is that while it does look spooky, it also looks beautiful and would do just as well bringing a clutch of Aperols onto the lawn midsummer as it would handing around treats for your Halloween bash (but no more than five guests, please!)
A clever and subtle wink to Halloween that will delight trick and treaters (well, their parents) as they wait expectantly on your doorstep for a bag of E-numbers that will keep them bouncing off the walls until 11pm. Tip: the doormat can’t stand the rain so keep inside or in a porch.
These candlesticks by Michael Aram are actually inspired by the Gingko tree, but all we’re seeing is twiggy, gothic loveliness to set the tone of your table setting. Handmade and able to hold four tapered candles, turn down the lights and let these set the mood.
You can’t do Halloween without candles and you can’t do candles without long matches. Thankfully, Stocks of Marlow have just the thing – elegant, black, and in a jar with a strike panel on the bottom. The Morticia Addams of firelighters.
Carving pumpkins is one thing. Knowing what to do with the innards is another. But do your bit to prevent food waste by knocking up a delicious spiced pumpkin soup. Don’t know how to serve it? Well, in this, of course; a cast-iron casserole dish from specialists STAUB.
While we don’t need the excuse of Halloween to gorge ourselves with chocolate, it’s always nice to make an event of it, don’t you think? We’re rather taken with Prescott’s of Beaconsfields solid dark chocolate ‘Trick’ or ‘Treat’ letters. Trouble is, you really have to buy both boxes, don’t you? Shame.
OH MY GOD, there’s a spider on the tea towel. Quickly! Quickly! Get it out… oh… hang on, it’s… it’s actually on the design, isn’t it? I didn’t realise. Sorry about that. Bit embarrassing.
All in the Head
How do you like your martinis? Olive skewered by a diamanté skull? Yes, us too. Up your cocktail hour game with these beauties by Joanna Buchanan that are almost too lovely to not use as brooches and hat pins. If, indeed, we wore any of those things anymore.
Question: Do you want your house to have a hint of a Victorian graveyard about it? You do? Brilliant. Buy this incredible candle from French perfumers Buly 1803, dress up like Stevie Nicks and pretend you’re at a seance. Who says you can’t have fun during local lockdowns?
How’s this from Next for super-simple decorations that won’t fill the house with single-use plastic tat? Head into the garden (or out into the countryside), grab the witchiest-looking twigs you can find, pop them in a vase then hang a few of these velvet beauties. Bish bash bosh, Fester’s your uncle.
And you thought your body was falling to pieces. These skeleton trinket trays from Rockett St George can be used for pretty much anything, from serving up creepy canapés at a Halloween gathering to keeping your jewellery safe. Or just prop him up on a sideboard – boom, instant spooky decor.