The days of casing our homes without abandon in party store cobwebs, plastic spiders, faux zombie hands, and candy eyeballs are gone. Like so many things in adulthood, Halloween has turned into something of a struggle — we are now left to painstaking search for not only costumes, but decor that strikes the ideal balance of spooky and chic. In order to not go overboard when dressing up our spaces, we need goods that are subtle enough to blend in while still making a Halloween statement.
Whether you're planning a party or just want to casually ooze haute-horrifying apartment vibes in October, all it takes to create an atmosphere of slightly terrifying sophistication is a few key pieces. Ahead we've rounded up 12 Halloween decor essentials — from trendy black cat prints to sleek skull wine stoppers and chrome pumpkin centerpieces — that will transform your living space to levels of eerie elegance. (No fog machines necessary.)
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