The Year’s Best Spooky & Elegant Halloween Mantel Ideas

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Do you love spooky Halloween mantel decorations, or do you lean toward a more sophisticated and subdued style? I love it all! In this post, you’ll get Halloween mantel ideas that are delightful and not too frightful.

Collage of fireplace mantels decorated for Halloween

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I like to think Halloween has the most range of any holiday. Do you know what I mean?

It’s like your mantel’s one time of year to party. It’s been holding back all year with conservative vases, tame book arrangements, and a candleholder or two.

Now, it’s time to PAR-TAY!

When it comes to decorating mantels, there are a few must-have elements that seem to rule the season:

  • Simple colors schemes (think black, white, and gold with a hint of orange)
  • Farmhouse signs and accents
  • Picture frames with spooky art
  • Black animals, like bats, ravens, crows, and cats
  • Dollar store painted pumpkins
  • Halloween garlands
  • Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns
  • Black candles and twinkle lights
  • Apothecary jars and “potions”
  • Skulls and skeletons

Below, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Halloween mantel displays from blogger friends to inspire you to dress your mantel up in costume this year.

1. Black, White, and Gold Halloween Mantel Decorations

I had a “vision” for my Halloween mantel, and it included lots of DIY projects. You can see all the details in my recent post about Halloween mantel decorations you can make in a weekend.

Black and white Halloween mantel decorations with Dollar Tree pumpkins, salt dough ornaments and a DIY farmhouse sign and black taper candles

2. Farmhouse Halloween Mantel with Skeletons

Michelle’s Party Plan-It knows how to “creep it real” with this black and white themed farmhouse Halloween mantel. Gotta love the Jack/Jill skeleton combo!

Farmhouse style black and white Halloween mantel with skeletons, pumpkins and bats

3. Farmhouse Statement Sign for the Mantel

I just love the simplicity of this October 31 Halloween sign, and the best part is that Mandy’s Party Printables has it available to download and print for FREE!

October 31 Halloween printable sign

4. Halloween Mantel with Bats, Spider Webs and Pumpkins

Where the Smiles Have Been created an incredible Halloween mantel with bats, spiders and pumpkins. All the hanging bats and fun candy-corn color schemes make a statement!

Halloween mantel with bats, Boo sign, pumpkin topiaries and spiders

5. Classy Black and White Halloween Mantel

My sweet friend Kelly at My Creative Happy put together a fabulous classic black and white Halloween mantel. I love how Kelly incorporated elements she already had on hand, like candle holders and frames, and crafted the rest. Lots of great DIY decorating ideas here!

Black and white classy Halloween mantel with framed art, mirrors and cheesecloth

6. Free Halloween Backdrop Printable

If you’re strapped for time to pull together a festive mantel (raises hand), try downloading this free printable Halloween backdrop from Love the Day. It’s so much easier to fill in with accents when you have a focal point.

Free Halloween printable sign saying "Trick or Treat" for mantel decor

7. Spooky Halloween Mantel Decorations

For more of a haunted house feel, check out these spooky Halloween mantel decorations by Jordan’s Easy Entertaining. You’ll never guess how she converted her framed picture…brilliant!

Spooky Halloween mantel decorations including skeletons, bats and dollar store items

8. Black and White Elegant Halloween Mantel

There’s something eerie but elegant about this black and white Halloween mantel from Pink Peppermint Design. That broken mirror makes me shudder, and I love that crooked candelabra!

Black and white Halloween mantel decor with bats, birds and broken mirror

9. Elegant Blue and White Halloween Mantel Decor

For a more subdued look for Halloween that lasts throughout the fall season, check out this elegant Halloween mantel decor from DIY Decor Mom. She includes small, subtle nods to Halloween (like mini pumpkins and spiders) that can be added/removed in the transition to Thanksgiving.

Blue and white themed Halloween mantel decor with subtle Halloween accents

10. Elegant Black and Gold Halloween Mantel

Adding metallic accents to your Halloween mantel can also give it a more sophisticated, upscale vibe. Botanic Bleu shares a gorgeous display in her black and gold Halloween mantel. (She even spray painted some accents.) It’s perfect for some grown-up Halloween parties.

Black and gold Halloween mantel decor with wooden signs and metallic accents

11. The “Pop Up” Halloween Mantel

Why buy lots of Halloween tchotchkes when you can “inflate” your mantel accents instead? Dukes & Duchesses tells you how to create balloon pumpkin patch mantel decor that really pops! What a fun idea!

Orange balloon pumpkins on mantel for Halloween decor

More Halloween Decor for the Mantel

If you don’t need the whole shebang and just want to add a few Halloween accents for your mantel, try one of these quick and easy crafts!

12. Upscale Painted Styrofoam Pumpkins

For a glam factor, try making these painted foam pumpkins using $1 pumpkins from the dollar store. You can see my whole Halloween mantel in #1 of this post.

Painted foam pumpkins using black and white chalk paint, acrylic paint and gold leaf

13. Painted Foam Pumpkins and Decoupage Pumpkins

For a farmhouse look, you can also upgrade cheap Dollar Tree foam pumpkins with subtle paint colors and scrapbook paper. See this tutorial where I show you the steps to decoupage or paint dollar store pumpkins.

Decoupage pumpkins and painted pumpkins in farmhouse barrel using dollar store foam pumpkins

14. DIY Spider Web Candles

Burton Avenue has graphic files you can download for free to make these DIY spider web candles. You’ll just need a Cricut, Cameo or other cutting machine to cut the adhesive vinyl.

Spider web candles and candle holders made with Cameo or Cricut cutting machine

15. DIY Halloween Spider Sign

This Halloween, make a DIY spider sign for the mantel that strikes the perfect balance between spooky and cute. The Handyman’s Daughter has a full tutorial to put your scrap wood to good use.

Halloween mantel sign with the word "Boo" and spider design

16. DIY Halloween Potion Bottles

Apothecary bottles are BIG in Halloween mantel decor. The Soccer Mom Blog has a great tutorial that shows you how to make your own DIY Halloween potion bottles (free printables included) to cast a spell on your mantel.

DIY Halloween potion bottles

17. Halloween Pine Cone Flowers

Adding some floral stems to a Halloween mantel always creates interesting texture. My friends at Sustain My Craft Habit have a great post on how to make pine cone flowers for Halloween in any color to coordinate with your mantel decorations.

Pine cone flowers for Halloween in orange, black and white

18. Boo To You Halloween Wood Block

For a little farmhouse spin, Burton Avenue also has a “Boo to You” Halloween block tutorial. I love how this looks like a little bottle of potion…perfect for an orange and black Halloween mantel!

Wooden block with "boo to you" text for Halloween

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  1. How cute, Crissy. I love all of these ideas you shared. I don’t usually decorate for Halloween, but I just might have to this year now. I’m pinning this to my Halloween board to remember for later.🥰

    1. Thanks so much, Jen! Sometimes I decorate for Halloween, and sometimes I just decorate for fall. It’s nice to see how others celebrate the season to get ideas. Thanks for visiting and pinning! Happy Halloween/Fall!

  2. I’m not a big fan of Halloween decor in general so I tend to stick with fall and harvest decorations that can last through until we break out the Christmas decor! But these are all quite creative!

    1. Hi Janet! I can understand that. I always feel a bit squeezed between the start of fall and Christmas, so sometimes Halloween decor takes a backseat. That said, I’m having a grand ol’ time decorating with some spooky accents this year! The kids enjoy it most of all.

  3. I love this round-up, Crissy… #7 is especially spooky to me, with the black-hollow-eyed bust! Great Halloween mantel inspiration! Pinned!

    1. Girlfriend, you are QUICK! I’m giving you the (affectionate) nickname Speedy Briones. Ha! You’re always one of the first to support and cheer on your fellow bloggers. It is always appreciated. Thanks for pinning, too!