Kristie's Do's & Don'ts
Do: Tons of pumpkins
My motto when it comes to Halloween decor is that “you can never have enough pumpkins, whether real or fake.”
Don’t: Spend a ton of money
Places like Target, Amazon and the Japanese $1.50 Daiso Japan have some really cool Halloween decor. When I’m buying things for my apartment, I don’t care so much about the price because it’s only going to be up for a month. I’d rather splurge on shoes.
I love having candles all over my apartment, 3-wick, 1-wick, mini candles...When I’m choosing Halloween themed candles, Bath & Body Works is my goto place. Tip: Just make sure the scents go together or it can become overwhelming.
Do: Tea lights
Tea lights are another great way to go. I have little glass candle holders that hold tea lights that I enjoy all year long, but they are especially festive this time of year with the rest of my fall decor. I also have a silver glass pumpkin that I put a tea light in and the sparkle adds a beautiful ambiance. I’ll light them all when I’m watching a movie and it gives off a fantastic glow and coziness.
Don’t: Do big displays
I don’t like big Halloween displays, I feel like it looks tacky and overwhelming. I think grouping together a few small items (like pumpkins, a ceramic ghost, etc.) looks a lot cuter.
Don’t: Stick to just the typical orange and black.
I don’t necessarily stick to the main Halloween colors. Pink is my favorite color and I’m not afraid to incorporate that. Also add in white, black, brown, gold, purple etc.
Do: Gothic decor like skulls
I’m a huge fan of skulls, some I even leave up all year round and I love adding more this time of year. Just don't go overboard with them and overwhelm your apartment.
Nara's Do's and Don'ts
Do: Stock up on Pumpkin Spice home interiors that express your love for #PSL
You will be so happy you did after waiting all year for pumpkin goodness; candles, door mats, hanging signs, potpourri, coffee mugs, pillows.
Don’t: Buy spider cobwebs as decor
They are messy, difficult to hang, and look like fur balls.
Do: Hang a cute fall wreath or door sign on your door
The fall wreath goes a long way as it can be used during Thanksgiving and it screams “It’s Fall!” in your home.
Don’t: Display inflatable pumpkins or ghosts
Your neighbors will judge you and they are a little tacky.
Don’t: Waste the pumpkin you carve
Your pumpkin should be perfect to display. To prevent your pumpkin from molding, fill a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of bleach and water. Spray your pumpkin evenly.
PS: Save the seeds and roast them for a nutritious snack!
Do: Spray scented potpourri around your house
It smells lovely, decorative, and long lasting.
Don’t: Buy fake blood
It’s messy and impossible to remove stains.
Do: Bring the decor to your office
Halloween decor shouldn't be limited to just your home...decorate your desk and office space. I purchased a cute set of LED lights for $3 at Target. Go for orange, purple, red, and yellow colors for an eerie vibe. Most lights come in Halloween shapes such as pumpkins, spiders, bats, etc.
Don’t: Buy Halloween decorations that purposely fall down
Example: Hanging, fuzzy spiders. No one wants a giant spider falling on them before they reach for the candy.
Don’t: Decorate to the point where your decor is gruesome
It can be disturbing to some people so avoid hanging “dead” bodies from trees.
Enter for your chance to win A Girl in LA’s Halloween gift box on Instagram! (@agirlinla)
A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday the 13th (10.13.17) 12am PT and notified via IG message.
A pumpkin spice candle by Scents of The Harvest; Halloween decor (a sparkly ceramic pumpkin and a pink ceramic ghost); a ton of candy (1 box of @PockyUSA Almond Crush, 2 bags of @PopRocks, chocolate pumpkins, candy corn); a pink plush pumpkin, Halloween nail decals, silver @lacolorscosmetics eyeshadow, glitter pumpkin sunnies, and a Halloween wooden box.