Tasteful Halloween décor available at mainstream stores

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It can be a challenge to find decor for Halloween (or the year-round Gothic house) that is neither cutesy nor gory. In my eternal quest for housewares that capture the spirit of Halloween without falling into either of these categories, I have found (somewhat to my dismay) that a lot of the best options are from outlets that are almost comically mainstream. So, putting aside my longtime hatred of stores like Pottery Barn, I present these elegant-yet-spooky items that can be found at your local malls:

Skull Sculptures, West Elm. 

West Elm has actually produced some cool Halloween decor in the past. This time around, they have a bit less to choose from, but they do have a lot of skulls for sale. So if you’re in the market for craniums that run the gamut from realistic to cubist, this might be a good place to find them.

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Medieval Masquerade Table Runner, Pottery Barn.

Ok, Pottery Barn. I’ll give you this one, I’m digging the Medievalism in your Halloween collection. This table runner features various children of the night– wolves, ravens, spiders, centipedes– dancing through stars and skulls and moons. It’s far more pretty than it is creepy, but there’s no denying that there are plenty of Gothic elements here. I guess Pottery Barn was so proud of this print that they also featured it on pillows, napkins, and platters. So if table runners aren’t your thing, you got options.

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Alligator Skull Serving Bowl, Pottery Barn.

Here’s some unexpected badassery from Pottery Barn: a polished aluminum alligator skull, holding a bowl in its gaping jaws. Alligators don’t have that much to do with Halloween– I guess other than the fact they’re scary– so this could be a year-round mainstay.

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Halloween Medallion Plates, Williams-Sonoma

The unexpected winner of this seasons’ mainstream-store-halloween-offerings is… Williams-Sonoma? For a place that literally sells cookie cutters, these guys have some pretty unique and elegant stuff. Take these plates, featuring your typical Halloween mascots but with an interesting Victorian twist.

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Halloween Skellie Toile, Williams-Sonoma

One of my great loves is Victorian ephemera– especially scientific and natural illustrations. This pattern is full of them. Like the table runner from Pottery Barn, the detailed pen and ink illustrations make the product classy and pretty. Also like the Pottery Barn option, you can buy this pattern on a tablecloth, table runner, and towels.

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Halloween Bone Cocktail Picks and Cocktail Stirrers, Williams-Sonoma 

I’m a fan of these delicate, realistic bone accessories. Reasons you should buy them now? They’re timeless, so they’ll never feel out of style. They are subtle enough that they don’t scream Halloween– use them year round in in your own Gothic mansion! And lastly, they are on sale. You should probably have bought them by the end of this blog post.

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Halloween Snake Spreaders and Napkin Rings , Williams-Sonoma

These serpentine accessories are a lot like the cocktail picks and stirrers above– they’re timeless, subtle, and on sale.

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Williams-Sonoma has quite a few other options worth checking out in their Halloween section.

Apologies if the thought of buying anything at Pottery Barn absolutely kills you! Hope you survived this post. For the most part when I feature decor or products for sale, I will highlight independent makers.


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