Halloween is over for the year, which means it’s time to pack up the witches, ghouls, and black cats. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your mantle bare of seasonal decorations. Leave out the decorations that can transition you into Thanksgiving – we’ll tell you what’s worth reusing.
As soon as the weather starts getting chilly, the candles come out. Whereas candles around Halloween are spooky, candles in November create a feeling of holiday warmth. So don’t put your candles away on November 1st.
- Reuse any autumn-scented candles you bought in September, like Harvest, Apple Cider, Caramel Pecan Pie, Autumn Leaves, Farmer’s Market, Apple Pumpkin, or MacIntosh.
- Keep you miniature candles. If they were in candle-holders shaped like ghosts or a tiny haunted house, put the spooky holder away but save the candle to put inside of a pumpkin (see below under Pumpkins and Gourds).
- Leave your lights on: Orange, purple, and yellow string lights can be left out through November. While recently purple has become more associated with Halloween, orange and yellow are strong colors in nature at this time of year, so don’t feel like you have to take the outdoor lights down. Your illuminated bat and ghost, on the other hand, should go back into the garage.
It’s still autumn until December 23, so unless snow starts falling, leaves are a timely decoration. Here are some ideas:
- Create a fall-festive centerpiece: you can set the earth-y tone by using gourds, berries, nuts, leaves, and a few of your scented candles for soft lighting. You can even use all of those supplies to decorate a cornucopia centerpiece especially for Thanksgiving.
- Keep your September decorations: sure, it’s colder, but we’re right back where we started: autumn. So your leaf-shaped placemats and Autumn Spice scented potpourri should remain out after you’ve put the Halloween décor back in its boxes.
- Make a wreath. Christmas does not have a monopoly on wreaths. It’s fun to hang something on your door, so buy or make a wreath. If you make one, you can decorate it with fake leaves, cranberries, and miniature pumpkins from a craft store.
Pumpkins and Gourds
Jack O’lanterns are a Halloween decoration, but pumpkins and the gourd family are neutral props that can be the perfect rustic accessories (link to the article about using gourds as seasonal decorations):
- Carve pumpkin candle holders: mini pumpkins can be the base for candle sticks on your mantle, while full-sized pumpkins can be arranged on a table. All you have to do is carve a circle on top then gut out the seeds, and you have a cozy orange glow in your living room.
- Turn a gourd into a vase: You can use a pumpkin for this, but a gourd will make more of a statement. The unique shape and color of the fruit will make an interesting vase for your seasonal flowers – just hollow out the gourd, grab some orange or red florals, and you’re ready to go.
- Paint your pumpkins: You can spray-paint your leftover pumpkins white or black, before gluing colorful leaves on them. They’ll be neutral enough to fit into any room’s color scheme, and you can display them in an elegant arrangement.