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Tips for Celebrating a Socially Distanced Halloween in 2020

Like so many other things, Halloween this year will look drastically different from any other year. There will be a lot less trick-or-treating—if there’s any at all. Any door-to-door visits will most definitely be followed up by a rigorous round of hand sanitizer. And instead of wearing a mask that’s part of your costume, you’ll be wearing a face mask as you socially distance from any friends. Ah, life in 2020!

But don’t worry—COVID-19 doesn’t have to be the scary movie reality that brings all of your Halloween plans to a halt! When it comes to the holidays—Halloween and beyond—you don’t have to completely hole up and shelter in place like a Victorian (as much as we love the Victorians). There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate a responsible, socially distanced Halloween!

We’ve always loved the idea of incorporating spooky chic decor in our homes throughout October—or even taking haunted house decor cues from our favorite Halloween movies! It effortlessly sets the mood for the season! And when you buy through Modsy, you can get all your decor without even leaving the house 😉 If you’re in the mood for some spooky escapism, you can always head to our blog and see how five Disney villains would design their homes and steal some decor ideas from them! From there, you can have a fun but safe Halloween with Halloween movies, a costume parade, a virtual Halloween hangout or a face mask decorating party.

If you need a few more ideas, today, Modsy designers are sharing 10 ways they’re celebrating. We hope it’ll give you some inspiration on how you can bring some festive fun to your life on October 31!

1. Embrace Fall Colors and Decor

I’ve been seeing a lot of autumn colors coming out in furniture and home stores—colors like terracotta, pumpkin, cream, and earthy greens. It definitely gets me excited, since it’s a familiar take on fall colors, but with a fresh spin! Embracing these seasonal colors in my home decor is giving me something to look forward to in a difficult year. –Michal G.

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2. Go All Out With Halloween Decor

I’m going to go all out on decor this year. I live in a studio, so I have a compact space to fill to the brim with decorations. I plan to indulge all my senses with the fall spirit with lots of candles, spooky decor, yummy fall treats, and Halloween music and movies all season long. And I’ll still dress up no matter what! –Katie W.

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3. Try Trivia Trick-or-Treating

My family and I are going to do a movie marathon of Halloween-themed movies with only popcorn and sweets as snacks. We’re also holding a Halloween trivia party based on the movies we’re watching. The person who gets the right answer gets candy. If they try and get it wrong, then they have to do a trick! –Rohayna A.

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4. Celebrate with Spooky Movies, Takeout, and Themed Cocktails

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is dressing up and creating spooky themed cocktails. My hubby and I will more than likely get dressed up for a night in, order take out, and watch a scary movie! – Victoria M.

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5. Attend a Virtual Costume Contest

This Halloween I will be having a costume party over Zoom with friends. I think it’s important to still have a sense of normalcy during the holidays—and seeing your friends in costumes, although virtually, is a great way to do that. As always, I’m putting out my Fall and Halloween decor to help get in the spirit. And I may be adding to the collection this year, now that I’m home more than ever, to enjoy the festive feel. –Katie F.

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6. Set Up a Halloween Candy Hunt

We decided to do a Halloween Candy Hunt. It’s just like an Easter Egg Hunt but, instead of eggs, we place the candy in Halloween party bags and let the kids search for them in the yard. That way, the kids can dress up and still collect candy. Then we will have a dance party. Making Halloween special during a pandemic can be challenging—so we’re focusing on the parts we love and reinventing our approach to doing them. –Samara W.

7. Host a Virtual Movie Marathon

I’m doing a coordinated Halloween movie night watch party with friends. We use our phones to connect on Houseparty so we can see each other, chat, and play games together. –Sarah C.

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8. Harvest an At-Home Pumpkin Patch

My daughter is 11 and LOVES halloween. Since we can’t really go out and do much, we have decided to decorate the inside of the house a lot more than usual. We also love to go pumpkin picking in the fall, so this year I brought the pumpkin patch to us by drawing all sorts of pumpkins on construction paper. I made some fake vines out of brown yarn and glued little green leaves to them. On Halloween weekend, I’m going to put all of the pumpkins out on the floor to create a “pumpkin patch” and then she and I will pick the ones we want to “decorate.” Then I plan on making a little station with different art supplies and stencils so we can “carve” and “decorate” our pumpkins. –Jennifer M.

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9. Go Family-Only Trick-or-Treating

The children in my family will be trick-or-treating at family members’ homes. We’ll still be dressing up and going out, but instead of walking around the neighborhood we’ll decorate the cars and drive to relatives’ homes. The kids will still get to enjoy Halloween, and we feel better knowing that where we’re going and the treats they’re getting are safe! –Katelin Rae S.

10. Screen a Backyard Movie

We’re having an outdoor Halloween! Our neighbors are coming over to watch a Halloween movie on a big screen in our yard. The kids will be dressing up, and we will have a bunch of Halloween and fall-themed food. –Brielle M.

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5 Haunted House Ideas, Inspired by Your Favorite Halloween Movies

Haunted House Ideas – Stranger Things

With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, we couldn’t help but get excited by the idea of haunted house ideas (ghosts and witches need help with layouts too!). So if you’re looking to transform your home into the scariest spot on the block, look no further.

Better than your average spider web and jack o’lantern decor, we took five of our favorite Halloween films – Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Rosemary’s Baby, Beetlejuice and Stranger Things – and turned them into easy and fun haunted house ideas that you can try in your home.

Using the sets of our favorite Halloween classics as inspiration, we whipped up these 5 haunted house ideas to help you get your spook on in style.

Hocus Pocus

Haunted House Ideas – Hocus Pocus

Truly a Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy, as the three Sanderson sisters – aka a coven of evil witches. The 1993 flick is of course set in Salem, Massachusetts and aside from being particularly spooky, offers a great jumping off point for a well-designed haunted house.

Says Alessandra Wood, our Director of Style and brains behind these haunted house ideas, “we really wanted to create a space that encapsulated the American Colonial aesthetic that characterized the interiors the movie. The pieces in the room are inspired by early-American furniture and the room styling marries the fantastical with the real world.”

The warm color palette, dark woods, and purple lighting pull from the moody elements of the Sanderson sisters’ cottage. Some additional subtle nods to the movie include the eye mirror (remember that creepy spell book?), broomstick, and cauldron.

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You don’t have to be a witch to love the look of this American colonial interior. There are some simple ways to incorporate our take on Hocus Pocus into your own home. Start by finding a few Americana pieces that normally the modernist in you ignores. Then bring in texture and accessories! Baskets, wreaths, candles… Pile them on to really complete the layered look.

Next, get comfortable with an earthy color palette – rusts, dark greens, and golden yellows all around! Last but not least, don’t be afraid to mix and match. This look definitely has a collector feel, and you’re not going to have the same two side tables in a collected space!

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The Nightmare Before ChristmasHaunted House Ideas – The Nightmare Before Christmas

We couldn’t get away with a post about haunted house ideas without paying respects to Tim Burton’s creepy Halloween musical (which also doubles as a Christmas movie).

The interior of this haunted house – like the movie – features spooky, whimsical elements with an eclectic twist. We chose a darker palette with purple accent walls for a true The Nightmare Before Christmas feel. Then, we layered bold black and white patterns with copper and gold accents for a fresh take on those classic Halloween colors.

How To Get The Look

Our number one piece of advice for those who want to bring this look home: don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colors, and shapes! Pull the space together with a Starry Night canvas (Nightmare version, of course) along with light-up spider webs, and a scraggly Christmas tree.

Also, try layering black and whites with bright colored furniture. Or go big and bold with a dark purple accent wall for an extra moody effect. Finally, work in some strong geometric lines juxtaposed with curved furniture pieces for an unexpected, whimsical twist.

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Rosemary’s BabyHaunted House Ideas – Rosemary's Baby

Was there any scarier movie than Rosemary’s Baby? Setting aside the horrifying plot, we love this movie for the overall styling and aesthetic of its interiors. We were heavily inspired by the set and filming location, an authentic apartment building in NYC, of the movie. Rosemary’s home was extremely beautiful and created a great canvas for almost any style.

Rosemary decorated her apartment in what we might call a contemporary style for her day (what was the mid-twentieth-century) but made it her own with a distinct flair of eclectic details. To accomplish this look, the set designers paired shag rugs with comfortable sofas in deep colors such as olive and burnt ember.

How To Get The Look

Want to recreate this style yourself? Look for authentic mid-century decor pieces such as lamps, side tables, and chairs. Bring in cozy elements such as a shag rug or sheepskin throw and think about color from a naturalist perspective – earthy tones like olives, mustards, and terracottas for days!

Perhaps the most important element of this haunted house is the lighting. In the film the lighting was extremely moody and dim, which contributed majorly to the film’s super scary vibes. Crank up the spooky drama by emulating the spotlight effect in your haunted house!

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BeetlejuiceHaunted House Ideas – Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! For one of our favorite haunted house ideas, we obviously had to create a masterpiece in black and white. The movie Beetlejuice embodied the trends of ‘80s design with loud statement pieces. This space is truly designed for a contemporary enthusiast!

We took inspiration from Beetlejuice’s black and white suit, one of the most iconic images from the film. We added plenty of plants to bring some life to the room and pay homage to the birds of paradise in the movie, as well as the odd house plants throughout. The dining table and chairs are a modern interpretation of the movie’s concrete high-back chairs.

How To Get The Look

For those Beetlejuice fans out there, look for sleek pieces with contemporary finishes to get this look. Think silver and glass coffee tables, minimal and sleek low-profile sofas, abd graphic patterns on decor.

We love the black and white armchair – it’s such a fun statement piece even if you’re not going for a black/white theme for the whole room.

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Stranger Things

Haunted House Ideas – Stranger Things

How could we dare create spooky interiors without paying respect to the newest kid on the block – Stranger Things! We took design inspiration from the Byers’ house, a perfect 1980s home with an eclectic mix of the period’s staple pieces (slipcovers, anyone?). We also wanted to give the feeling as though the space had just been vacated by a group of demogorgon-hunting teenagers.

How To Get The Look

The iconic string lights are an easy element to bring into any home, especially if you’re trying to communicate with someone in the Upside Down. Really want to lean into the ‘80s vibes? Try adding an aggressively floral wallpaper, like the one we selected, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture and patterns – this look is all about power clashing. Shop around your local thrift store and garage sale for some one-of-a-kind gems to really tie the room together and make it feel effortless and collected.

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