Halloween tends to bring out the best in one of our favorite home décor categories—spirited vintage. When securing our seasonal must list for haunted holiday soirées, we're all about a curated investment in soulful antiques and spooky anomalies. Vintage accoutrements are timelessly cool and undeniably authentic. Enter our list of celluloid favorites. Our top billing of Halloween films lends endless inspiration toward imaginative, larger-than-life interiors and eerily surreal props galore.
We've narrowed down the must-see Halloween flicks (be sure to catch them all) and paired them with our best-laid plans for the most festive and fantastical All Hallow's Eve decorations anywhere. From Victorian-era trappings to Tim Burton–worthy Memphis movement accessories, these artful and offbeat accents pay perfect homage to our ongoing romance with all things Halloween. Get ready to deck the halls with the eerie awesomeness of the silver screen. Put some Addams in your Wednesday. This is what chic to death looks like.
The 1991 feature film adaptation of the fictional family created by American cartoonist Charles Addams starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Lloyd is a '90s staple. Morticia Addams's signature brand of devil-may-care chic and black-on-black macabre gothic glam is among the most enviable aesthetics to conjure for the season.
Nothing makes an entrance like swapping out a dramatic entry hall chandelier.
Juxtapose Fester Addams's lily-white complexion with Thing's silhouette via this paired down wall accessory.
Jet-black antiques channel the timeless sophistication of Morticia.
Defy gravity via an artful desktop upgrade with super-human powers.
Stanley Kubrick's 1980s horror opus, The Shining, is arguably the most nuanced and creepily brilliant haunted hotel movie of all time. The adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duval features elaborate set pieces and award-winning performances along with some of the best one-liners in cinema history.
Kubrick famously used this geometric pattern for the Overlook's retro carpet. Get the look with a reproduced print of the infamous pattern.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Type indefinitely for party props.
Take a memo from everyone's favorite horror hotel via kitsch cinema-throwback notepads.
Nothing says, "You have always been the caretaker" like a print from the film's pivotal scene.
Directed by Tim Burton, 1988's Beetlejuice stars Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Balwin, and Winona Ryder in a spooked-out, family-friendly Halloween romp through a haunted house. Keaton's signature pinstripe suit is as iconic as the Harry Belafonte needle drops. Decorate accordingly.
A pinstripe Victorian sofa evokes a timelessly haunted feel.
Burton's whimsical aesthetic recalls elements of '80s Memphis sculpture.
Swap out existing artwork for seasonal replacements.
No dinner party is complete without the proper soundtrack.
Jim Jarmusch's vampire overture, Only Lovers Left Alive, ranks among our chicest horror films of all time. Tilda Swinton's well-read, impossibly cool (even after innumerable decades) Eve and Tom Hiddleston's Adam are star-crossed lovers that transcend time and space. Their brand of dilapidated, fiercely intelligent style is well worth emulating—regardless of the season.
Red velvet sofas are ever-so contemplaive—as we learned in the film.
It took Eve decades to amass her enviable book collection. Get the look with a packaged antique set.
Channel the energy and dynamic spirit of Tangiers with clever Moroccan décor.
This Bluetooth gramophone is perfect for those seeking nostalgia in modern times.
Babes from the '90s will revel in the sartorial glory that is 1998's Practical Magic starring the irresistible (and never since repeated) pairing of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. As bewitching sisters Gillian and Sally Owens, the spell-casting siblings wreak havoc on a bad ex-boyfriend or two. All's fair in love and war. Did we mention they can fly?
Antique umbrellas make for an eery suspended centerpiece as a focal point for your next party.
The Death Beetle plays a prominent role in the film. Give a nod to the ominous creature with creepy-crawly décor.
Put the lime in the coconut and blast the Nilsson Schmilsson records. Gillian and Sally would.
Battery operated candles are childproof, fragrance-free alternatives ideal for party spreads.
Starring Gene Wilder and Teri Garr, Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein is easily our favorite Halloween parody ever. Set in Transylvania, the spoof on Mary Shelley's iconic, classic tale is an origin story rife with physical comedy and Brook's whip-smart pithy dialogue. If you're plotting a marathon, it's the perfect antidote to The Shining's intensity.
Get into the spirit with this classic monster serveware set.
Vintage apothecary jars set the mood for a laboratory-themed shindig (or roll in the hay).
Industrial accessories that border on the medieval will capture weird-science cool.
Bringing in new art for the holiday? Instead of hanging it on the wall, try a sleek Victorian easel.
Tim Burton's enchanted take on monster cinema, Edward Scissorhands, stars Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in all their 1990 glory. Was it the tipping point to the "Winona Forever" tattoo? Who can say. We're still swooning over the Danny Elfman score and the ice sculpture snow vibes. Nineties Edward forever. (Sorry not sorry, Twilight fans.)
Vintage Small Sottsass Memphis Style Cabine ( price upon request )
Patchwork Memphis metallics summon the same makeshift aesthetic as Edward himself.
If a life-size Scissorhands original is too pricey, opt for more petite models to nod to the film's prominent topiary sculpting.
Burton's set design features plenty of '80s pastels and zany, structured silhouettes. Memphis-era accessories fit the bill in spades.
A thoughtfully delicate hand sconce pays homage to Edward's gentle spirit and gentle naïveté.
Concluding our tour, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated hybrid of Halloween and Christmas. If you're in the mood to invest in seasonal décor that will see you through the full holiday slate—look no further than the whimsical family film. Pepper in high-contrast black and whites with festive greenery and structural details for a look that seamlessly transitions from grim and ghastly to entirely merry.
Jack's tailored suit proves black and white is the ultimate transition style between holidays.
Mix holiday and Halloween décor just like the film.
Want a quick spooky fix? Try slip covering your furniture for that ghost-like effect.
Natural, lily-white accessories are perennially on point, from October to December.
What is your favorite Halloween film? Tell us in the comments below.