Photo: NickelDesignsShop/Etsy

It’s October 1st, which means I can proudly post my Halloween decorations on Instagram without being accused of jumping the gun (they’ve been up for two weeks). If you, like me, are always on the lookout for new ways to decorate for the most macabre month of the year, Etsy’s resident trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, has a few fresh ideas. 

“This Halloween, creativity is at an all-time high: Shoppers are finding unique ways to nod to pop-culture trends, putting twists on traditional decor, and continuing to double down on nostalgia,” writes Isom Johnson in a post on the Etsy blog. Here are four frightfully chic ways to decorate your haunted house this Halloween.

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1. Petrifying planters

Photo: BirdBearStudio/Etsy

I ain’t afraid of no ghost (planter). “Etsy shoppers are increasingly searching for Halloween twists on their everyday planters, with searches for ghost planters up 137%, monster planters up 60%, and skull planters up 10% in the last three months (compared to the same time last year),” writes Isom Johnson. These ceramic planters are cute and creepy, but I hope they don’t cause that Parlor Palm I killed in 2015 to come back and haunt me!

2. Retro-ween

Photo: LobsterBisqueVintage/Etsy

Oh, you thought Midsommar was scary? Well I’m here to tell you that Halloween of yesteryear was downright terrifying (for reference, please see these black and white photos of vintage costumes). Even still, Etsy shoppers are leaning into the nostalgia, adding a myriad of vintage pieces to their online carts — think 1950s-era Beistle witch cutouts, jointed paper skeletons and contorted “Oh Lantern Family” foam pumpkins, as seen above.

3. Creepy candles

Photo: KinaCeramics/Etsy

I keep getting ads on Instagram for a replica of the black flame candle from Hocus Pocus and I am thiiiiis close to giving in. Searches for Halloween candles are up 11 percent year-over-year on Etsy, with skull motifs, emerging skeletons and melting eyeballs trending upwards. “Add these on top of an existing stack of books, or on the coffee table for an instant pop of playful horror,” suggests Isom Johnson. 

4. Door decor

Photo: DyJoDesigns/Etsy

“I have a feeling front doors are about to get a little spookier,” writes Isom Johnson. Give trick-or-treaters a fright with a “googly-eyed monster wreath” or creepy crawly spider decals. If you’ve got little ones at home, opt for a friendly ghost doormat or miniature ‘Boo’ pennant.

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