It's fall and we're fired up: Time to pull out the pretty wool sweaters and dust off our hostess aprons — another year of hayrides, apple picking and fantastic fetes awaits. But while the profusion of autumn color outside is delightful, the telltale signs of indoor Halloween decorations can be frightful. We're talking plastic pumpkins, flannel-bearing scarecrows and — eek, dare we say — phony yellow police tape plastered across the front door.
Naturally, we think our Halloween decorations can do better. So we've scoured the market for modern, sophisticated treats for the home. They look wicked when grouped at Halloween but certainly will transcend the seasons, impress the most discerning guests and instantly dress up a drab interior. From a clever 3-D chandelier to a sexy crocheted sham, our finds prove that old-fashioned fun and good taste don't have to be exclusive. The palette: black and white. It's an elegant, timeless combo, yet it's so "right now." Throw in some yummy candy corn and farm-fresh gourds, and your place will be tricked out with gorgeous Halloween decorations.
Calling all commitment phobes! We've found the ultimate hanging light for you. A hip alternative to the convoluted, weighty and often costly crystal fixtures you typically shy away from, this modern 3-D chandelier is cleverly designed and simply crafted of two pieces of lightweight black MDF cut into candle silhouettes. Lit with a standard bulb, the modern marvel is a steal if you're on the prowl for cheap but chic Halloween accessories. Keep it up all year as a conversation igniter. $36 at UrbanOutfitters.com.