Halloween wedding décor ideas: What to buy this October – USA TODAY

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When you conjure up images of Halloween, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s all white sheet ghosts, witches and their black cats, and hoards of kids running from house to house on the hunt for sugar and salty snacks. However—Halloween is so much more than its whimsical and kitschy side, in fact, the spookiest time of year actually lends itself quite easily to sophisticated and romantic wedding décor.
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Whether you’re hoping to achieve a moody but elegant theme for your wedding or you want something sultry and slightly macabre, we’ve rounded up some of the best Halloween wedding décor ideas to celebrate your October wedding.
You don’t have to go full-on spooky or gory in order to achieve a festive atmosphere at your Halloween wedding and this Gothic-inspired banner is proof of that. The “eternally yours” banner features a bold black-and-red colorway that’ll lend itself nicely as a photo backdrop or a subtle but sweet statement piece to sit behind the sweetheart table.
$13 at Etsy
Who doesn’t love a good Halloween pun—especially when it involves drinks? This “pick your poison” wedding drink menu is just spooky enough to suit the theme without venturing into the kitsch territory. The chalkboard-like menu is printable and can be customized based on what you plan to serve your guests. May we suggest a Halloween-inspired cocktail like witches brew or spiked apple cider?
$14 at Etsy
Halloween and Edgar Allan Poe tend to go hand-in-hand. This set of a dozen paper flowers was printed on various Poe short stories and shaped into the perfect rose formation, making it a great option to place in a vase and throw onto the table as a poetic centerpiece. The best part? These roses will last for decades as a souvenir of your special day.
$13 at Etsy
We love a neon light moment—especially when it perfectly coincides with spooky season. The “til death” light fixture is whimsical and Instagram-friendly while offering a subtlely macabre vibe suitable for Halloween but can just as easily be hung up at home for a year-round reminder of your commitment to each other.
$39 at Amazon
Are you looking for something with a hint of spookiness to flank your Halloween wedding tablescape? This set of ornate wrought-iron-like tealight holders will make an excellent centerpiece on its own or grouped during the I dos to achieve a gorgeous and slightly Gothic candlelit ceremony.
$39 at Amazon
Gothic-inspired wedding decor is having a serious moment thanks in part to the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker—and this sultry table runner is a great way to pull the sensual side of Halloween into your wedding day.
$7 at Amazon
Don’t overlook the importance of wedding cake cutlery! This bedazzled wedding cake serving set is giving Gothic Halloween vibes in the best way possible, but it’s also a beyond opulent alternative to the classic serving set. The set includes two matching Champagne flutes, cutlery and cake knife, and a plate to share the first piece of wedding cake in sumptuous style.
$82 at Etsy
Oversized candelabras are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to make a massive splash when it comes to moody wedding decor. This option from Vincidern comes in a jet black lacquered-style colorway that can be paired with sophisticated Gothic-inspired decor or as an anchor piece to a more spooky or macabre wedding day theme.
$55 at Amazon
The wedding welcome sign sets the mood for what’s to come, which makes it vital to ensure the signage, fonts, and colorways you select will make sense with the rest of your décor and theme. This elegant option is fully customizable, allowing you to swap out the colors or fonts for your own creation, while the opulent liquid-dipped roses and ferns add a touch of sophistication that will match both spooky and sophisticated Halloween themes.
$9 at Etsy
Moody lighting is one of the best ways to foster a sense of serenity and coziness at a wedding reception—and this wax-dripped wine bottle is sure to do the trick while also adding a touch of spookiness to the scene. The jet black bottles have been pre-dripped to perfection and all you’ll have to do is insert your own stick candles and light them up when it’s time to set the mood.
$10 at Etsy
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