Authentically Rue

Halloween Decor Inspiration: Wicked Witches Den

Authentically Rue
Authentically Rue

alloween can be one of the most frustrating holidays to decorate for if you are a perfectionist. The color scheme is challenging, the concepts are aggressive, and my kids realllllllly like to be involved (which presents its own set of problems - IYKYK). So, it is safe to say, Halloween is not my favorite holiday to embrace décor-wise. Up until this year, I just did the bare minimum and called it good. But, I finally decided to up the ante and raise the stakes. I challenged myself to elevate Halloween décor and come up with some chic and sophisticated ways to decorate while staying within the Halloween spirit.

"I challenged myself to elevate our Halloween décor and to come up with some chic and sophisticated ways to decorate while staying within the Halloween spirit."

I call this idea Wicked Witches Den, and out of all the concepts I created, this one was my favorite (even though Swamp Inspired Spooky was a close second). I like the witches scene the most, because it seems the closest to something I would actually keep in my house on a regular basis (minus the snakes and spiders). 

The glass jars (you can find a similar size and style here), candle holders, plants, and books are all decor items that I already have and use in my home. I just added a few extra dark and moody touches to bring it up a notch for Halloween. 

To start, I purchased these bordeaux taper candles from World Market to set the tone for the room. (I knew I wanted to do a mix of blacks, greens, and purples as a nod to traditional witch color schemes, without overdoing it).

I removed the dust jackets from the books, which exposed the black hardback covers. Then, I rounded up some other black halloween decor items that I’ve used in the past. (Specifically, this skull vase and black cauldron both also from World Market). 

Then, I just started stacking. Keep in mind, it usually takes me several minutes (like 30-40), before I really get it exactly how I want it to look. It is not a one shot, everything looks perfect right from the beginning type scenario. So, try not to get frustrated, and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to play around with it.

Finally, I hung up the witches hats using fishing line and tape, which was the most labor intensive part of the entire process, and I added the butterflies on the back wall. I ordered both of those sets of Amazon, and they came the next day!

The thing I love about this scene is that it actually just enhances the home decor we already have going on in our house. It elevates the room (which is what I really think any holiday decor should do), and it doesn’t scream Halloween. 

Happy decorating. Thanks for stopping by! 
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