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Creating a creepy year-round house that doesn't feel "Halloweeny"

By on Sep 21st
Okay, FINE. I'm sure these skeletal flamingos are meant to be a halloween thing, but do we really have to limit creepy/kitschy to the month of October? Can't we gently spook the neighbors year-round?

Okay, FINE. I'm sure these skeletal flamingos are meant to be a halloween thing, but do we really have to limit creepy/kitschy to the month of October? Can't we gently spook the neighbors year-round?

We actually got TWO questions concerning this home decorating conundrum…

So hubs and I love nothing more than monsters, Halloween, and fall in general.

How do I tie that all in to a general year round house theme without just putting up Halloween decorations all year? (…With the exception of our extensive Spooky Town collection that will OF COURSE be up all year). -Kaci

AND…

The husband and I want to add more gore, horror, zombies and skeletons in our decor. Unfortunately, I'm finding it difficult to find many of such home accents outside of Halloween decorations. Although they're fun, most Halloween decorations aren't the best quality and are not meant to be used all year.

I can find pieces if I search thought Etsy, but does anyone know of a store that actually sells terrifying home decor? -Meghann

Oh, you mean OTHER than using a bonesaw for your pastries? Our best advice would be to avoid home decor items that include orange, black, and plastic. The combination of these three things inevitably feel both distinctly Halloweeny, and very much like temporary seasonal decor. Perhaps you can aim for monsters and creepiness year-round, but using the more traditional seasonal colors — deep green and bloody red ghouls in the winter, pale pastel gauzy ghostly creatures in the spring, bright saturated orange, red, and green zombies in the summer?

Let's see what we can scheme up, on the fly…

The porcelain Natural Curiosities Jars feature some ominous animals (say that three times fast) and since it's porcelain, they'll last a long time.

The porcelain Natural Curiosities Jars feature some ominous animals (say that three times fast) and since it's porcelain, they'll last a long time.

Natural Curiosities also makes dinner plates with flies, octopodes, spiders and stag beetles! I love love LOVE these.

Natural Curiosities also makes dinner plates with flies, octopodes, spiders and stag beetles! I love love LOVE these.

Hang your favorite horror novel as art on the wall: In these pieces from Postertext the negative space from the actual text of Grimms' Fairy Tales recreates an iconic character from the book.

Hang your favorite horror novel as art on the wall: In these pieces from Postertext the negative space from the actual text of Grimms' Fairy Tales recreates an iconic character from the book.

If the skull is a little too on the nose Halloween-y, try this more colorful nod to horror with these THE EX Kitchen Knife Sets.

If the skull is a little too on the nose Halloween-y, try this more colorful nod to horror with these THE EX Kitchen Knife Sets.

If you're looking for more shocking horror-themed kitchen items, this voodoo doll toothpick holder is cracking me up. I like it's stitched up mouth.

If you're looking for more shocking horror-themed kitchen items, this voodoo doll toothpick holder is cracking me up. I like it's stitched up mouth.

Grey walls with these fabric bat details would just PERFECT any horror/gothic space.

Grey walls with these fabric bat details would just PERFECT any horror/gothic space.

Cover your lampshades with the creepy but elegant lampshade drape.

Cover your lampshades with the creepy but elegant lampshade drape.

Or get industrial gothic with your lighting, like the Loft Your Spirits Pendant Lamp.

Or get industrial gothic with your lighting, like the Loft Your Spirits Pendant Lamp.

I've seen skull decanters before, but this is the first time I've seen a zombie head decanter! I love its exposed brain parts.

I've seen skull decanters before, but this is the first time I've seen a zombie head decanter! I love its exposed brain parts.

This is probably my favorite idea in non-cheesy horror decor — skull door knobs.

This is probably my favorite idea in non-cheesy horror decor — skull door knobs.

You know how I love dragon decor, so I all kinds of dig this dragon wall sconce.

You know how I love dragon decor, so I all kinds of dig this dragon wall sconce.

Amazon even has that bloody bathmat and bloody shower curtain that went viral not too long ago.

Amazon even has that bloody bathmat and bloody shower curtain that went viral not too long ago.

You'd be surprised what black lace table accents like the If It's Not Baroque Table Runner can do to make your space classy spooky.

You'd be surprised what black lace table accents like the If It's Not Baroque Table Runner can do to make your space classy spooky.

But let's open it up to our darker-minded Offbeat Homies: how can you keep the creepy spirit in your home year-round, without just looking like you forgot to take down your Halloween decorations?

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