Make Your Fireplace A Halloween Centrepiece

Rebecca Armstrong

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As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, for many of us, our fireplaces are beginning to become the central focus of our evenings again.

It’s at this time of year, after a summer of neglect as we enjoy warm evenings outside, that our fireplaces can start to look a little unloved. As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to dress our fireplaces for the season, to help fill our rooms with that warm and cosy feeling, which makes the run-up to winter that little bit more bearable.

An oak fireplace beam is a perfect place to inject some spooky spirit into your room

If you have any old glass candle holders, decorate these by sticking on some black lace, before placing them onto your mantlepiece. Then light the candles, dim the lights and settle yourself in for a spooky film or two.

You could also create a spooky effect by filling old jam jars with water, dyed with black or green food colouring. Label them with whatever ghoulish names you can think of, then place them on top of your oak mantelpiece.

As well as somewhere to sit the odd miniature skeleton or rubber spider, your fireplace beam is also a great place to hang decorations at Halloween.

A garland of bats or witches on brooms is a great way to create that Halloween feeling without breaking the bank.

If you have an old open fire that you don’t use, you could even hang some skeleton or witch’s legs, so it looks like someone is about to come down your chimney. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas

An elegant wreath made out of fallen leaves looks great when hung above an oak fireplace beam.

You can go as simple or as fancy as you want, but a paper plate with a hole cut out of the middle is as good a place to start as any.

Just stick your leaves to the plate to make a simple but stylish wreath.

Add a bow if you want or leave it as it is.

This is a great project for the whole family, as children will love to go out into the garden to find the perfect pile of leaves to help create your masterpiece.

Halloween doesn’t have to be all about fear

Pumpkins are often the focal point of Halloween displays – and for good reason. The bright orange glow of these seasonal squashes perfectly complements the golden tones of the falling leaves, which makes creating a stunning display out of them wonderfully easy.

These autumn fruits also look great nearby (or even on top of, if they’re small enough!) an oak fireplace beam, enabling you to create a stunning display of autumnal shades without too much money or effort.

We hope we’ve inspired you to start decorating your fireplace for Halloween! Have a terrifying time…