Halloween decor for the mid-century modern, retro, and vintage home!

FALL IS HERE!   The weather has turned.  The wind is tinged with the sentimental smell of smoke wafting out of fireplaces around town. Pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere.  I made my first batch of chili the other day and it warmed my soul.  A friend served potato leek soup and pumpkin risotto for dinner, and it was everything I could do to stop myself from heading straight to the mall to buy a matching scarf, hat and glove set.    Ok, so the reality is that here in Florida, it’s 85 degrees and the palm trees don’t exacty give us the satisfaction of changing leaves.

But, look, Halloween is my favorite. It’s the gateway to holiday season, and the most fun one at that.   So I ignore the sunny skies and girls in crop tops, and I take precious pride in decorating for the autumnal season that the rest of the country is enjoying.

The challenge for me becomes avoiding the overly gaudy and downright tacky Halloween decorations that glare at me from dollar stores and supermarkets.  The glittery “BOO” signs and badly sequinned black witch’s hats – tempting as they may be while standing in the check-out line of the drugstore – just don’t do it for me in reality.  You know by now that my home decor reflects a curation of time, energy, and love – that’s what the Heathertique brand is all about – and I’m not about to cover it all up with cheap black and orange garbage.

How do you decorate for Halloween tastefully – and more importantly – within the mid-century modern aesthetic?

I’ve put together a collection of Halloween decor inspiration for the mid-century modern home. So if you have a flair for retro glam or vintage interior design styles, here are some really well-done haunted home decor visuals and tips for you.


Photo by Adrienne Breaux

I love how Jennifer Perkins and her family traded out her curio cabinet decor for a mix of fun vintage Halloween and fall items.  Jack-o-lantern planters, candy jars full of candy corn, and funky frames filled with vintage prints of Halloween cards and ads.  Plus that fabulous owl and giant black cat mask are perfect touches for the top to bookend DIY letters spelling “BOO!”

Photo by Adrienne Breaux

And look how clever they were to surround their sunburst statement mirror frame with vintage masks!

Photo by Adrienne Beaux

And lastly, I love simply replacing family photos or art prints in a photo collage wall with seasonal cards or prints.

A formula for retro-inspired holiday decor:

Colorful buntings + Paper Accorion = Timeless perfection!

Photo from Founterior


Martha Stewart shows why she’s the star of DIY yet again by showing us how to make simple accordion-style tissue paper mobiles that would fit in perfectly in any 1950s home!

Photo from Sheek Shindigs


Photo from Founterior

Another simple way to makeover your home for Halloween without changing your design style is to add silhouette cut-outs to your windows for back-lit spookiness in the evenings!

Photo from Founterior



Photo from Founterior


In conclusion, remember to choose rusty oranges and earthtones like brown and cream to create that vintage Halloween look. Stick to simple visuals like these fabulous mice on the stairs, and wherever possible, tuck real pumpkins and vases of seasonal flowers or branches.

We’ll be sharing more retro holiday decor each week, so be sure to subscribe to our email list to get great retro, mid-century modern, and vintage fun holiday decorating ideas (including a few DIY ideas that even the most creatively-challenged homeowners like me can accomplish proudly!) straight to your inbox.

Head over to www.heathertique.com or our etsy shop www.heathertique.etsy.com to score some vintage or new uncommon looks for your home!

Published by Heather Sink | Founder of Heathertique

I’m Heather – woman, mom, entrepreneur, creative spirit, and salvaged goods afficionado. I started out in the fashion industry as a stylist and buyer and found myself knee-deep in the world of interior design after purchasing my first home. Armed with resourcefulness, a passion for home decor treasures, and a very tight budget, I set out on an adventure dicovering relics and re-homing them through an Etsy store, which has now grown into a multi-platform business called Heathertique. I call myself a home decor archaeologist: my team curates collections for home decor, vintage furniture and gifts. This blog will be a place for me to share some of the stories I uncover along the way, as well as design ideas for your home, inspiration from other designers, and whatever other fun stuff we want to talk about in between! Join us, and let us help define your atmosphere with character!

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