Monday, September 26, 2011

A sPooKy PuRpLe & BlAcK HaLLoWeeN mAnTeL!

So, while my own mantel is seriously lacking in Autumn character, I recently decorated my parents’ mantel for Halloween!  Last year we did a haunted mansion theme for our annual costume party and the mantel was the centerpiece!  This year I wanted to switch things up just a bit and do a new color scheme.  The purple Happy Haunting garland was the jumping off point.  I’m really excited about what we came up with this year!  Have a look!


A couple of old brown jugs hold a few sprays of dried purple statice flowers, a reminder of time long past.  A purple candle lights a set of silver glitter pumpkins perched on a candelabra.  The rotted mantel scarf trails along the edge where a glittery garland wishes us “Happy Haunting”.  Overhead, purple and black bats are circling, and a giant spider creeps along the wall of family portraits.


A black skull finds eternal rest atop a pile of old books, undisturbed by the purple glitter spider crawling along the spines.


A crow has taken up residence on a miniature “staircase to nowhere”.  Black and purple tapers light the scene from crystal candlesticks and beside, a silver glitter skull stares open-mouthed into the candle flames.

skull flourish

I had a lot of fun putting together this haunted collection of items.  The brown jugs are antiques that my family has collected over the years.  The silver pumpkins were dollar store lighted pumpkins that I spray painted and glittered then placed on the candelabra in lieu of candles.   The crow and creepy cloth are also from the Dollar Tree.  The glitter spider is from Walmart.  The staircase belongs in a dollhouse that we started but never completed building.  It adds a creepy vibe, don’t you think?  The skulls are from Marshalls and Pier 1.  The purple grapevine pumpkin is from Home Goods and the garland I cut out of purple paper and glittered. 

So far so good?  How do you like our haunted mantel? 

Come back soon for more spooky decorations as we continue haunting Fort Guthrie for our Halloween party!


P.S.  I’m linking up to Layla’s Fall Mantel Party over at The Lettered Cottage.  Swing by and check it out!

The Lettered Cottage


Diapers and Divas said...

That staircase to nowhere is adorable! Great addition to your spooky mantel!

Stopping by from The Lettered Cottage. Happy Fall!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, fabulous! i love the purple/black combo, and that staircase!