6 Easy Ways to Take Fall Décor through Thanksgiving and Beyond

Decorating your KB Home for fall can be overwhelming. If you’ve got small children, they may be loudly demanding fake gravestones, plastic skeletons, and gauzy fake spider webs for Halloween.

Meanwhile, there’s only 3 weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving – when you may be hosting any number of events. Once that time period is done, you’ll be decking the halls for other upcoming holidays like Christmas or Hanukkah. These tips are meant to help you get your house festive for Halloween and make a smooth transition to Thanksgiving that will keep your home looking holiday-appropriate for weeks.

The premises of these ideas are to use décor items that are simple, flexible, and easy to switch up. We’ll create a basic structure of fall items, using Halloween accents first, which can be swapped out for Thanksgiving accents come November 1st.

1. Make a Plan Thinking through your approach will actually make things easier in the long run. Take a look at the fall décor items you have on hand. What do you really like? What should you throw away?  – This may be an opportune moment to clear out some broken ornaments from your garage! Which areas of your home would you like to decorate? Thumb through some catalogs, browse a little on Pinterest, and take a look at how your favorite shops are decorating. I decided the back door, mantel piece and entryway will be my focal areas – stairways and dining tables are also great places to highlight.

2. Shop Once you’ve got a rough vision together, head to the store (or the pumpkin patch). I could not believe the fun items I found at my local TJ Maxx. I wouldn’t describe myself as macabre, but I couldn’t pass up this marble skull. Visitors, beware!

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3. Go Beyond Standard Pumpkins You can’t go wrong with pumpkins in the fall, but with the countless varieties of heirloom pumpkins available, there is no need to stay traditional. Get creative!

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White pumpkins are a more subdued, neutral approach to fall décor and can take you through early December, if you dare. With black accents, white pumpkins conjure up a spooky-elegant Halloween look. These little white ones are called Casper, like the ghost:

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Their name inspired my little ones and me to get crafty with black electrical tape. Creative and a lot cleaner than carving! Check out our Caspers now!

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Why electrical tape? Remove it after Halloween and your Thanksgiving decorating is on its way. Not carving into your pumpkin means it will last longer!

4. Bring the Outdoors In I make it my personal challenge to use whatever is growing in my own yard whenever possible. Some people consider pyracantha a pest – but I love the little orange and red berries that appear each fall.  It’s perfect for Halloween on the mantelpiece:

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By removing the black tape from the pumpkin (sorry Casper!) and switching out the Halloween plate, I’ve got my Thanksgiving look nailed.

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5. Add Small, Removable Elements This white pumpkin wreath (also from TJ Maxx) got a Halloween makeover in minutes with these low-cost indoor-outdoor vinyl bats I ordered from Amazon:

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With a stack of heirloom pumpkins underneath, the doorway is festive without being over-the-top.

Once Halloween has come and gone, remove the bats for a November vibe:

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And we’re done!

6. Liven up your entry

The entry we (and our guests) use most is our mudroom/laundry room. This year we are embracing it with some Halloween spirit! A few heirloom pumpkins look great sitting next to Harry (that is what we are calling our new skull). I like to vary the heights on objects by using tiered plates, blocks of wood, or whatever is handy. More vinyl black bats easily adhere to the wall, and look like they are taking flight above Harry’s head.

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This tableau is easy to transition for Thanksgiving by stowing the skull, removing the bats, and switching up the pumpkins a bit. We replaced the skull with some fall colored floral decoration. Other plants that are great for this include chrysanthemums, marigolds, daylilies, or any orange flower of your choice:

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Ready to get started yet? By following these simple tips, you’re going to feel relaxed and festive through the month of November. Just what you’ll need to approach the rest of the holidays with a fresh, creative attitude.

Now that you’ve got some great decorations it’s time to look forward to entertaining your friends and family this holiday season! We’ve got great food and drink ideas here on our Entertaining board on Pinterest!

Like these fall décor tips? Check out this blog for adding the season’s hottest trend, plaid to your home this fall. https://www.kbhome.com/blog/how-to-add-plaid-to-your-home-decor