Hair-Raising Halloween Mantel Decorating Ideas
From grisly to kid-friendly, get ideas to turn your fireplace into a thrill zone!
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Transform your fireplace into a haunted Halloween scene!
As the main focal point in just about any space, the fireplace is the perfect area to make a big impact without a monstrous amount of Halloween decorations. Click the pics above to see thrilling and chilling ideas like a torture chamber mantel with horror-ific chains and meaty body parts, or a zombie apocalypse scene complete with toxic green goo and bloody weapons. Go gothic with Victorian-style lace and cobwebs, or make it kid-friendly with DIY ideas monsters of all ages will love!
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Invite "victims" into the Chamber of Horrors!
As soon as they see this twisted butcher shop scene, your party prisoners will be hooked! Become the Dungeon Mistress to a grisly scene of chains, knives and body parts with a gory-good assortment of feet, fingers and eyeballs that will send chills down spines. Place rats among the chains and bloody, tattered gauze to leer at mingling prey!
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Shine a sinister light on these tortured bones!
Add easy special effects to your torture chamber with some well-placed skeleton props and a colored light bulb! Using foam skulls, plastic bones and mini skeletons, place the remains of your "prisoners" in the grate of your dismal dungeon. Creepify the cell with cauldrons, shackles and cobwebs, then cast an eerie glow over the gruesome scene with a red fluorescent light bulb underneath the grate.
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Caution: Zombies lurk here!
Transform your living room into ground zero of the undead apocalypse! To create this nightmarish zombie zone you'll need creepy Halloween decorations like fabric, warning signs and body parts. Skulls in jars along the mantel add to the foreboding fallout atmosphere, along with an abandoned doll on a cobwebbed chair and a garland of bloody weapons. Did the zombies move on from this deserted site – or are they coming back for dinner?
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Don't let them in!
Create the ultimate zombie apocalypse display that's better than braaains by "boarding" up your fireplace with faux-weathered planks. Zombies are notoriously messy eaters, so make sure there are a lot of body parts strewn about. To finish off this undead Halloween decorating idea, place a noxious-looking green fluorescent light bulb in the fireplace grate so the green glow seeps out between the boards and casts an eerie glow over your fellow survivors.
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Line your mantel with creepy specimens
Get a spooky science vibe with a freaky-deaky collection of jarred organs! Submerge hearts, skulls and other body parts in different vases of water with a drop of yellow food coloring for a sickly look. For Halloween decorations with an even more sinister aura, splatter the jars with green makeup for a radioactive look and lay orange string lights behind the "specimens" for a lab-experiment-gone-wrong ambience – no Igor necessary!
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Conjure up a defrightful mantel with lace and cobwebs
Set the scene for your gothic gala with lace, bouquets of black roses, gauzy black drapes and a scattering of spider webs. Add a touch of the macabre with dreadful rats, lots of skulls and menacing portraits. This eerie-yet-elegant mantel is the perfect spot for groan-ups to mingle after they grab a shocktail from the bar! For more wicked-cool party ideas with a gothic touch, check out our 'Black & Bone' Candy Buffet Ideas.
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Make a wicked-cool Halloween garland
Add some "haunt" couture to your fireplace with a DIY Halloween garland! To make this creepy-chic decoration, hot-glue black letters from a pennant banner kit onto small paper doilies. Make the letters pop by outlining them with a black marker, then glue the doily letters onto a black feather boa with tinsel strands. String it up where everyone can admire your spook-tacular decorating skills!
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Boring mantel? Nevermore!
Just a few pieces of Halloween décor can transform a cozy fireplace into a midnight dreary mantel. Drape the mantel ledge in black gauzy fabric with a scattering of skulls, pumpkins and spiders on top and stretch spider webs around the logs, bricks and stones of the fireplace for an aged, moth-eaten look. Looming ravens and crows add to the ominous aura of your Halloween decorations, especially when they're "picking" at the bones of a dismantled skeleton!
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A not-so-scary mantel for the little monsters!
Spookify your home with fun and friendly Halloween decorations that won't give little ghouls and boys the willies. For a kid-friendly mantel think bright colors, kooky characters and DIY decorations like bat lanterns, giant pumpkin balloons and a wreath of eyeballs! Creep over to Bewitching Halloween DIY Decorating Ideas for the how-to's on these adora-boo decorations and more!
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Whether your tastes lean towards the gruesome or the gory or rest within the safer confines of kid-friendly and cute, our Halloween mantel decorating ideas are packed with inspiring tips for terrifying Halloween decorations. Zombie, torture, gothic and silly-and-spooky – Party City offers a bundle of Halloween decorations for every theme. Check out these hair-raising mantel decorating ideas for creative ways to use Halloween decorations for a wicked-cool haunted house! Creep over to our spook-tacular Halloween Ideas page for lots more galleries and inspiration!