With these Halloween decorating tricks and a delicious treat—check out our Red Velvet Skull Cake—you can easily create the perfect Halloween nook in any corner of your home.
The weeks leading up to Halloween are full of fun rituals, like bringing up the Halloween decorations from the basement (or getting them down from the attic) and deciding where everything should go. It’s so much fun to bake creepy cookies and cupcakes, choose the perfect costume, and carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween night.
We humbly suggest a new Halloween ritual for you: decorating a Halloween nook. Use it as a corner station for any Halloween party, serving kids and adults alike, or as a great spot for serving up snacks and spirits to grown-ups while the kids are trick-or-treating.
1. Select Your Table
After some consideration, we chose our Joelle Console Table, shown here in a Vintage Black finish. It’s slightly distressed, with gorgeous hand-carved details that remind us of a brilliant antique shop find—or a treasure you’d discover as you tiptoe through an old, creepy, haunted mansion.
2. Bring the Outdoors In
Our social media consultant, Shawn Lang of The Farmhouse Project, popped by the NYC Flower Market and snagged some glorious fall branches. You can easily find gorgeous branches outdoors around your home, so don’t hesitate to get out and explore. We arranged the branches in our Extra Large Black and White Ginger Jar and scattered some of the leaves on the floor.
Our social media creative director, also picked up—a parade? A pride? A pack? We’re not sure what you call a giant group of pumpkins, but you can find these beauties in a range of colors, and you can complement them with an array of colorful, wonderfully shaped gourds.
3. Add Some Flair
There’s no need to go all out on pricey decorations. We kept it simple: faux cobwebs, dried Spanish moss, and a plaster skull that we lovingly named Uncle Harry.
Our photographer, Darryl, created the awesome orange light in our window by placing orange filter gels over spotlights that we’d hidden behind the wall. You can purchase orange light bulbs, creepy blacklight bulbs, or strands of lights to create your own spooky lighting effects.
4. Set Out Some Snacks
Put out some punch or sangria on your corner station, and let people at your party help themselves. Make sure to provide a ladle and glasses—we love how our Colette Tray keeps everything nice and organized.
Everyone’s favorite thing on our table, by far, was Shawn’s Red Velvet Skull Cake. He used Nordic Ware’s Haunted Skull Cake Pan to get the shape just right—he says to spray it with a generous layer of cooking spray and cool the cake completely to make sure it releases perfectly. He used skewers to hold the pieces together and dusted the cake with powdered sugar. The result is delicious—and deliciously creepy!
5. Invite Some Guests
You’ll probably want some human guests for your Halloween event, but we were feeling a little catty, so we only invited two of our favorite feline friends: Zoey and Zuki.
We had so much fun with this photo shoot! We’ll be sharing some additional images on Instagram @ethanallen, including a second version of our Halloween nook—featuring our beloved late Uncle Harry, of course! Be sure to check them out.
We’d also love to see what you come up with for your Halloween nook, so be sure to share your images! Mention @ethanallen for the chance to be featured (we admit it: we’re partial to nooks that include Ethan Allen furnishings and décor!), and tag them #EthanAllenDesign.