I wish every day could be Halloween. But then again, I’m kind of glad it isn’t. If every day were actually Halloween, it wouldn’t feel nearly as special when that time of year finally rolls around. I’d lose all the excitement I have right now, wandering stores and waiting Halloween items to appear on shelves. I wouldn’t be able to count down the days. And Halloweenie Roast wouldn’t be nearly as much fun to plan or look forward to.
But that doesn’t mean I put away all my Halloween decorations on November 1 every year. I know some of you keep it spooky year-round in your living rooms, kitchens and bedroom – I am super jealous. The photos always look amazing.
I’m not to that level yet (maybe someday when I have a house), but I do have a few key pieces of decor I re-purpose the rest of the year. Today I want to give you a peek into the Spooky Little Apartment to see just how I do that.
Here’s how I reuse Halloween decorations >>>
Two years ago I hosted a Dia de los Muertos-themed Halloweenie Roast, and I wanted to incorporate as many skulls as possible into my decor. I bought two large skulls from Walgreens for under $4 a piece and spray painted them silver. Post-Halloween, the decorations were too pretty to put away, so I decided this guy would live in my living room. It’s a perfect, unexpected addition to my coffee table.
It also gives my newly redone living room a LOT of personality.
Blankets & Pillows
I saw this fleece a few years ago and fell in love with it – so in love, that I decided to make myself one of those cheesy “no sew” fleece blankets. It was supposed to go in my trunk at the end of Halloween last year, but instead it ended up on this arm chair in the corner of my bedroom. I kind of like it – it’s also a good reminder to me to hunt down a cheap black slipcover for this chair!
I have a MAJOR throw pillow obsession going since I redid my living room and had my mom sew a bunch of throw pillows for me. As soon as I picked out fabrics for my new pillow, my next thought was, “I need to make Halloween pillows!” So I’ve been thrilled that so many Halloween collections include throw pillows this year. This pillow was my first official purchase of Halloween 2016. And I already have post-Halloween plans for him…
I think he’ll fit in beautifully with my black and white bedroom, don’t you?
I have a pair of black owl candles that have been in my Halloween decor collection for years. I couldn’t even tell you where I got them anymore. When I moved into my apartment, however, one found its way onto the shelf with all my Harry Potter books.
He’s a great little bookend and pairs nicely with my “extra” Harry Potter books, DVDs and two full sets of the series. (One in hardback, one in paperback. I’m dying to own the entire series with the original UK covers too.)
If you have unique candles like this in your collection, I bet there’s a spot on a bookshelf where they would look perfect.
Apothecary jars are one of my favorite ways to decorate for Halloween. They are a super simple to create vignettes that add a lot of detail and interest to a room – or a Halloween party! I started my collection a few years back when I hosted a Harry Potter-themed Halloweenie Roast and wanted to create a mini-Honeyduke’s.
The collection continues to grow each year. I think apothecary jars are great for displaying the unexpected, like this:
When I started rearranging my living room this past spring, everything small was chunked into my bedroom until we rearranged the furniture. In the process of consolidating items, the gnome girl my mom gave me for my birthday one year ended up inside one of my apothecary jars. I liked it so much, I decided she could stay there.
I also use several of my apothecary jars in my bathroom. It’s a super easy way to display – and store – extras, like all my Ipsy bag samples or cotton balls. They’re also great for a bit of decor, like the tall jar full of natural sponges.
How do you reuse Halloween decorations?
I’d love to hear your favorite tip or trick – leave it in the comments or Tweet me a photo!
By the way, it’s only 91 more days until Halloween. In just another month I’m going to be launching some fun things for you guys. Want to be the first to hear about it? Make sure you’re on my email list.
Wishing every day was Halloween,