Timeless Halloween Decorations that You Can Use Year After Year



When it comes to decorating, Halloween is easily one of the most exciting days of the year. With the right pieces, you can transform your home into a festive harvest celebration, a delightfully spooky wonderland, or even a stylish showpiece to display your talents for crafting and design. Better still, a little planning is all it takes to ensure you’ve got Halloween decorations that you can use year after year.

Let Nature Inspire You

It wouldn’t feel like fall without the warm, familiar glow of orange jack-o-lanterns or festive displays of autumn squash and vibrant leaves. Seasonal produce is a lovely addition to any Halloween arrangement; however, you don’t have to buy fresh each year. Keep your collection of gourds both classy and reusable by sticking with ceramic and glass alternatives. In fact, you should hope your Halloween decor adds value, not subtracts.

Ceramic gourds can be bought in all different shapes and colors at your nearest arts and crafts stores. Or, for a truly unique local experience, stop by Pretentious Glass Company in downtown Knoxville. You can blow your own glass pumpkin before enjoying a pint of craft brew.

Artificial gourds make great tabletop centerpieces, accent table arrangements, or outdoor decorations. You can even purchase fireproof jack-o-lanterns to light up your front porch without the yearly mess (and stress) of scooping out seeds. 

Lighten Up

Sometimes it isn’t all about the décor you put out, but how it’s displayed. Illumination is an easy and dramatic way to highlight your holiday touches. String lights are a charming, affordable way to add that Halloween glow. A few well-placed Edison bulbs or replica lanterns can give your home an eerie, Victorian look. Even a fresh selection of scented candles (or cost-saving and much safer LED candles) can enhance the autumnal ambiance of any home.

For Halloween decorations that you can use year after year, update your lighting with a few of the following ideas:

  • Play with height by combining short votive candles with taller pillar candles
  • Add visual interest with complementary colors or shapes
  • Include texture and patterns through textiles, ribbon, and twine
  • Apply glow-in-the-dark paint to candlesticks and other decorative elements for a fun surprise once the lights are out 

Trick Out Your Curb Appeal

For the savvy decorator, wreaths can work for almost any holiday, including Halloween. A ring of autumn foliage, mini pumpkins, and a craft skull or two can go a long way toward sprucing up a plain entryway. These playful wreaths can be made at home as a fun project to test your DIY prowess, or bought as-is.

You can keep the festive theme going with decorations or lights on your porch and along the path leading up to your door. Be sure to trim down any shrubbery and tidy up your landscaping as well. This will make it easier for trick or treaters to make their way to your door. These flourishes will go a long way to improving your home’s curb appeal while getting ready for Halloween. 

No matter how you choose to decorate this upcoming holiday, the process doesn’t have to be complicated. Just select classic Halloween decorations that can be used year after year to suit many decorating motifs.

Find a new home for Halloween

If you’re looking for a house to fulfill your Halloween décor dreams, search our listings to find a beautiful new home in Knoxville. At Holloway-Westerling, we have years of experience and insight to help you navigate the local real estate market.

This post was originally published on October 14, 2015. It has since been updated.


  1. Nice collectin. We’re so glad you party with us at Merry Monday. We always look forward to your projects.

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