Simon Doonan: My Tricks for Fab Halloween Decorating

I’m so excited today because the brilliant Simon Doonan the creative director for Barneys, author of Eccentric Glamour, and now designer of Costume Couture for Target—is guest blogging for us! Below, Simon shares his tips for easy and stylish Halloween entertaining. But the big secret I want to know: How can I get invited to Simon and husband Jonathan Adler’s Halloween party? Hmm … — Mary Kate Frank, Senior Home & Garden Editor

Dear iVillagers,
As you can well imagine, I am up to my couture eyeballs with planning my Halloween activities. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I like the dress-up/show-off/look-at-me extreme fashion aspects of it! And, most important, it’s my birthday! Well, almost—I was born October 30, 1952. The same year that Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. Now I feel old.

Back to Halloween! This year is by far the best because I designed exclusive costumes for Target. (For me, this was like being hired by Karl Lagerfeld to design the next Chanel collection. I screeched and nearly lost my mind with joy.) I’ll be running around this year as the Vegas Vampire, and my Norwich terrier, Liberace, will be dressed as spaghetti and meatballs, naturally.

Now, while I’m a huge fan of dressing (and overdressing) for Halloween, I believe it’s vital not to forget your house/home/pad/bedroom—especially if you’re going to be entertaining. Your abode needs a great look just as much as you do! So, here are my tips for getting your home Halloween-ready:
Pick a focus; create a focal point. Start by picking one main room and pouring all of your energy and creativity into transforming it. This could be your living room or maybe your bedroom—your call. Then, install something major in the center of the room. Dangle a life-size paper skeleton or a pumpkin pinata from the central light fixture. This is your dominant element.

DIY decorate. Now take a roll of black craft paper and cut out simple bat shapes in different sizes—4 inches wide, 8 inches wide and 12 inches wide. As many as you can (about 50 would be ideal!). Using black pushpins, hang these in a frieze around the upper walls of your room. Save 10 bats for your ceiling. Voila! Chic vampire wallpaper... at almost no cost! For extra chuckles, scrawl the names of your guests onto the larger bats. Who doesn’t love to see their name on a bat?

Don’t stress about food. Keep it simple. Do what Jonny and I do: Buy a case of your favorite beverage and order from your local carryout place. Now it’s time to set up your Halloween buffet table—be sure to include some spooky candelabras. For serving your beverages, add a skull beverage tub or two. And these skull melamine plates are so groovy that you can use them all year round. Hello!

Have a fab Halloween!


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