Your mantel acts as the heart of the room, and taking the time to dress up that little ledge can make a big difference in the spooky or festive theme of your home throughout the fall season. Regardless of your current mode of decor, it's possible to create a fun and visually interesting mantel that will get you and your family into the Halloween spirit. In order to get your creative juices flowing, MantelsDirect.com recommends for crazy and beautiful Halloween mantels, from creepy to artsy, and everything in between. "
Halloween is the season for chills and thrills. If All Hallows Eve gets your spine tingling with anticipation for ghosts and ghouls, you'll have a blast transforming your fireplace mantel into something straight out of a haunted house. Aged candelabras, vintage books, crows, bats, rats, black roses and cats will all work nicely to create the super scary vibe that you're going for. You may also consider placing larger objects, like a cauldron, on the hearth beneath the mantel. Once your arrangement is complete, drape the entire thing in a light layer of webbing, and sprinkle it with spiders. The effect will be so frightening that even the dust will be too afraid to settle there.
A Grave Setting
Another way to give your mantel a terrifying look this Halloween is to pay homage to those beyond the grave. More eerie than spooky, the goal is to transform your fireplace into an indoor cemetery.
Foam headstones can be purchased from your local Halloween store, and layered above the mantle with owls, ravens, or wilting flowers perched atop them, for an even scarier effect. By laying a string of orange or red lights atop the mantel, and lighting lanterns or candles inside of the fireplace, the graves will be illuminated by a particularly frightening glow.
You may also choose to drape the mantel in a creepy cloth, or with artificial webbing for more drama.
Artsy and stylish homes may want to steer clear of the flashier Halloween motifs and create a setting that is more subtle and elegant.
This can be achieved by sticking with basic black and white colors. Make use of white pumpkins, black and white candles, cobwebs, antique lanterns, crows, and disheveled but stunning picture frames or mirrors hung above the mantel.
If your style is more homespun and less scary, you can still create a festive Halloween mantel. Ditch the creepy cloth and cobwebs for a glamorous mantel scarf in shades of traditional Halloween orange. You can also drape your mantel in a homemade banner, or create your own block letters to spell out seasonal words like "Boo", "Eek", or "Trick or Treat".
If you play your cards right, you can set up a magnificent harvest themed mantel that will work for Halloween, and right through the Thanksgiving holiday. Playing off the brilliant oranges, reds, yellows, and browns of autumn will create an inviting Halloween feel, without being specific to the holiday itself. You can create a cornucopia of orange and white pumpkins, squash, and other colorful gourds to add to the harvest theme. Warm and colorful candles and festive fall wreaths will tie the whole ensemble together to create a mantel you can love all season long.
When decorated well, your fireplace's mantel can become the centerpiece of your home throughout Halloween, and all of autumn. Using these creative and elaborate ideas as a sounding board, you can come up with a delightful tableau that will make your holiday truly special.