Decorate a Halloween Mantel

When the time comes to decorate for any holiday or season, the fireplace mantel is one of the first places to get decked out. Typically the focal point in the room, the mantel is a great place to highlight holiday decor, and it’s also an easy spot to transition from season to season by tweaking the accessories displayed on top. As summer transitions to fall and pumpkins are aplenty at farm stands and grocery stores, it’s fun to start thinking about how to decorate for Halloween.

To be sure, pumpkins are ubiquitous this time of year, and certainly, there are many ways to use them on a Halloween mantel. But while pumpkins are a classic choice that never go out of style, there are a number of other ways to decorate a Halloween mantel that you may not have considered. 

These unique Halloween mantels range from spooky to sweet, and are sure to inspire you to think beyond pumpkins.

Halloween Mantel with Family Photos

Take, for instance, this Halloween mantel that relies on family photos of a different sort. If you typically use your mantel to display family photos, there’s no need to depart from this entirely for Halloween. Simply swap out the everyday photos with an assortment of shots featuring kids in costumes. This lends a slightly spooky appearance to the mantel, and when layered with orange elements, the black and white prints really pop.

As a variation on this idea, search for and print vintage photos of Halloween costumes for a truly eerie look.

It may not be the first thing you think of when you imagine a Halloween color scheme, but metallics will give your mantel a glamorous glow. This one leans on a few traditional motifs like crows, spiders and pumpkins, but the mix becomes unexpected with the addition of a gilded leaf garland and a vase full of fan-like fronds for extra theater. A few pumpkins sporting gold paint tie the metallic theme all the way down to the floor. (Gold spray paint has the power to elevate ordinary objects to something special; consider painting everyday things like these to pull off a mantel like this one.) 

Finally, thanks to the addition of a couple of pantalone Carnival masks, the whole mantel has a very Phantom of the Opera air of mystery.