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The scariest part of Halloween may be the tacky decorations. From the severed arms that litter the aisles of the dollar store, to your neighbor’s lawn display of giant inflatable pumpkins, holiday decor can be a truly gruesome sight. Give your home a festive feel, without sacrificing on style, by incorporating these 10 must-have Halloween decor items.

1. Vestus skull from Urban Barn, $29

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2. Pumpkin keg tapping kit from Urban Outfitters, $24

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Pour a pint of witches brew from your very own pumpkin keg. Yours will be a Halloween party to remember thanks to this easy-to-use tapping kit from Urban Outfitters. It can also be used with a watermelon during the summer months.

3. Artificial wreath from Crate & Barrel, $69.95

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Frighten your guests by hanging this Halloween wreath on your front door or fireplace mantle. Its entwined branches look like they were plucked out of the haunted forest from “Snow White.”

4. Throw pillow cover from Etsy, $31.30

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If you grew up in the 90s, “Hocus Pocus” was (and likely still is) your favorite Halloween film. This black and white throw pillow cover is a subtle nod to the Disney classic. Make the Sanderson sisters proud and use it to spookify your seating.

5. Happy Halloween garland from Pottery Barn Kids, $17


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Greet trick-or-treaters with this festive and friendly garland from Pottery Barn Kids. The letters are sprinkled with glitter and separated by orange and black beads.

6. Halloween votive from Target, $5

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7. Set of four plates from World Market, $22.36


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“It’s a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters,” and in this case, stylish dinnerware featuring The Bride of Frankenstein. Her stunning and stitched-together beauty will wow your guests, even if the food doesn’t.

8. Purrr-n the Page bookends from ModCloth, $30.99

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Black cats aren’t bad luck, they’re adorable (especially when donning tiny spectacles, like the ones pictured here). Add some attitude to your shelf with these bookends from ModCloth, featuring engraved pages and arching felines.

9. Set of two black feathered foam crows from Amazon, $19.97


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Crows, of all creatures, are making a comeback this Halloween. Perhaps people have forgotten how merciless they were to those school children in “The Birds.” Opt for feathered crows, like this set of two from Amazon — they’ll seem more realistic.

10. Outdoor lights from Home Depot, $19.99

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These drop (or should we say drip-drop) blood lights from Home Depot will brighten up your front porch on Halloween night. There are ten bulbs per string, which flicker for an added fear-inducing effect.

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