How To Do Halloween Decor and Who Did it Best on Instagram 2019!

It gets bigger and better every year doesn’t it? No, not my ever-expanding waistline… Halloween! I remember celebrating it as a child, we’d dress up as witches by putting a black bin liner over our heads and an old witches hat that had been passed down through the generations to go and knock on our neighbours doors whilst Dad would be at home trying to carve a swede (or turnip, probably the most inappropriate vegetable to carve!).

 Swedes at Dover Castle. Photograph: English Heritage
Swedes at Dover Castle. Photograph: English Heritage

Halloween has always been huge in the U.S. with the most amazing displays of Halloween décor making its way over the pond and putting our turnip efforts to shame. In fact, Halloween originated in northern Europe, mainly Ireland, United Kingdom and Northern France, and was originally called All Hallows Eve (later shortened to Halloween). Carving turnips came from an Irish myth about Stingy Jack who tricked the devil and was sentenced to roam earth for eternity. People started to carve demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul and this is where the term Jack-O-Lantern originated from. When Irish immigrants went to the U.S., they carved pumpkins instead as these were native to the region they moved too.

 The unmistakable orange tones of the Pumpkin!
The unmistakable orange tones of the Pumpkin!

But this year, I watched as everyone fell over themselves to get pumpkins to use as décor. Whether they painted, carved, made their own out of concrete or just left them as they were, Instagram was awash with creative panache and here are some of my favourites.

 Bright purples, oranges and pinks for Jess, all overlooked by a skeleton. You couldn’t get a more perfect door colour for Halloween! Instagram -    @gold_is_a_neutral
Bright purples, oranges and pinks for Jess, all overlooked by a skeleton. You couldn’t get a more perfect door colour for Halloween! Instagram – @gold_is_a_neutral
 Lisa Dawson went for pretty pastel colours and eye catching patterns, all beautifully pulled together with her pink door and autumnal wreath! Instagram -  @_lisa_dawson_
Lisa Dawson went for pretty pastel colours and eye catching patterns, all beautifully pulled together with her pink door and autumnal wreath! Instagram – @_lisa_dawson_
 Some wonderfully bright pumpkins painted by Nikki - Instagram  @this_e17_life
Some wonderfully bright pumpkins painted by Nikki – Instagram @this_e17_life
 Fantastic display of pumpkins all created by Melanie! Instagram  @melanielissackinteriors
Fantastic display of pumpkins all created by Melanie! Instagram @melanielissackinteriors
 Painting in progress - Instagram  @melanielissackinteriors
Painting in progress – Instagram @melanielissackinteriors
 Such a fabulous display!  www.melanielissackinteriors.com
Such a fabulous display! www.melanielissackinteriors.com
 But, I think the award for best effort has to go to Jon Paul Clark for his amazing display of pumpkins all October! Instagram  @jonpaulclark
But, I think the award for best effort has to go to Jon Paul Clark for his amazing display of pumpkins all October! Instagram @jonpaulclark
 No pumpkins were harmed in JP’s displays, they were all returned to a nearby Pumpkin farm! Instagram  @jonpaulclark
No pumpkins were harmed in JP’s displays, they were all returned to a nearby Pumpkin farm! Instagram @jonpaulclark
 Black cat, added extra :) Instagram  @littlehouseinlondon
Black cat, added extra 🙂 Instagram @littlehouseinlondon
 GIve a little love! Instagram  @happeyside
GIve a little love! Instagram @happeyside
 Boo to you too! The halloween decor extends to Jen’s door mat in this post! Instagram  @thehousethatjenbuilt_
Boo to you too! The halloween decor extends to Jen’s door mat in this post! Instagram @thehousethatjenbuilt_
 Another door mat with bats coming out of the keyhole! Instagram  @frenchforpineapple
Another door mat with bats coming out of the keyhole! Instagram @frenchforpineapple

Halloween isn’t just about the Pumpkins and doorway décor however! This year, there were some amazing Halloween décor themes continuing indoors from people dressing up their fireplaces and creating wonderfully inspired tablescapes.

 The monochrome Halloween game is strong on this table. Instagram  @aldridgejulie
The monochrome Halloween game is strong on this table. Instagram @aldridgejulie
 The best table stylist on Instagram!  @kylamagrathinteriors
The best table stylist on Instagram! @kylamagrathinteriors
 A totally scroll stopping fireplace - Instagram  @the_1882_house
A totally scroll stopping fireplace – Instagram @the_1882_house
 A little fireplace changeover, ready for Halloween night. Instagram  @the_1882_house
A little fireplace changeover, ready for Halloween night. Instagram @the_1882_house
 With added special effects. Wow!  @the_1882_house
With added special effects. Wow! @the_1882_house

My Halloween efforts had been pretty poor this year. I had my autumnal wreath up in my living room with some pumpkins scattered about and that was it. But, after seeing all the amazingly creative posts on Instagram, I was spurred into action. I took my kids to a local Pumpkin picking farm and managed to pick up a few dozen. My daughter and I then set about spray painting the pumpkins with Rustoleum spray paint and I decided to go with blues to match the kitchen and keep some of the pumpkins their natural colour. We left them to dry over night and the next morning, set about painting the stalks gold for contrast and created gold and white patterns.

 My autumn/Halloween decor consisted of an autumnal wreath
My autumn/Halloween decor consisted of an autumnal wreath
 With a few pumpkins out on display
With a few pumpkins out on display
 We spray painted the pumpkins with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch and used Protek Wood Stain in gold to paint patterns onto the pumpkins
We spray painted the pumpkins with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch and used Protek Wood Stain in gold to paint patterns onto the pumpkins
 The pumpkins displayed on the table
The pumpkins displayed on the table
 And from above
And from above

After creating a little table display of the pumpkins for friends to come over for dinner, we then moved the pumpkins outside ready for a night of trick or treating and 5 days later, they’re still there showing no signs of decay! I believe I have Teflon coated the pumpkins 😊

 My daugher fully embracing the trick or treat fancy dress. My Son is his own man! haha.
My daugher fully embracing the trick or treat fancy dress. My Son is his own man! haha.
 The Pumpkins are still going strong 5 days later!
The Pumpkins are still going strong 5 days later!

Halloween does seem to be getting bigger and better every year. Turnips are being replaced with pumpkins, pumpkins are being painted all the colours of the rainbow and turning up on our tables and even pets are being given the Halloween treatment with black cats taking centre stage. I wonder what the big trend will be next year? What do you think?

Mel x

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  1. Melanie Boyden
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    November 10, 2019 / 3:17 pm

    Thank you for reading 🙂 x

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