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2017 Halloween Design Trends

Design Trends

After a blazing hot summer, fall is here and we’re ready for one of America’s favorite holidays to arrive —Halloween! And, with more adults getting into the Halloween spirit than ever before, an array of creative ideas are here to inspire you. Here are the 2017 Halloween trends!

Stranger Things
The hit Netflix show "Stranger Things" provides fans a great platform for Halloween ideas this year. Create the look with 80’s-themed costumes, decoration and music from the show.

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Netflix Missing Poster from Stranger Things: via Tumblr

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Día de los Muertos
Mentioned in our Halloween trend reports the prior years, the Day of the Dead celebration continues to increase in popularity. And with the new Disney-Pixar movie "Coco," based on a character named Miguel who
finds himself in the colorful Land of the Dead following a series of twists and turns, more celebrations will expand throughout the country focused on this day. Southwest Airlines has gotten into the Halloween spirit as well, painting one of their Boeing 737 jets with themes from the movie.

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Images courtesy Southwest Airlines

Going to the Dogs
For the last few years, we’ve all seen the surge in popularity of pet products. Now that popularity has extended to the Halloween celebrations. Pets + Magazine recently reported that pet-related stocks are “crushing it” in the market. Bloomberg states, “An improving economy has encouraged pet adoptions and loosened up the wallets of people who already have one.” And since the Halloween celebrations are so popular with adults, the focus on bringing pets into the celebrations has been extended.

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Creepy Clowns
From the movie “It,” a movie adaptation of a Stephen King novel, to the final season of "American Horror Story," this season promises a return of the scary clowns.

Colored clown

Harvest Heyday
The farm to table trend is highlighted this season with traditional scarecrows and harvest celebrations to provide a family-friendly alternative.

Pumpkins decor

Halloween Ball
Elevate Halloween style this year by throwing a ball. Add polish to the décor with velvet pumpkins, gold confetti and metallic insect decals. Dark and glamorous, or vintage-inspired pieces also work well to layer
the design.

Masks decor

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Velvet Pumpkins. Source: etsy.com

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"Witch Please" Halloween Pumpkin sticker. Source: etsy.com

Creepy Critters
One of Halloween's most delightfully frightful themes includes creepy, crawly insects. And with Victorian-themed design trending again, an even wider variety of goods are highlighted with detailed drawings and paintings of these little creatures.

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Insect Lollipops. Source: etsy.com

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Halloween cocktail umbrellas. Source: etsy.com

Pastel Spin
Pastels continue to trend so we’re noting these color trends reflected on the Halloween holiday décor this year.

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Mini Pastel Pumpkins. Source: etsy.com

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Pastel Skull Candles. Source: etsy.com

Matte Black
Matte black is another color trend we’ve been following and this year’s décor offerings demonstrate the appeal for various finishes to Halloween decoration. Elegant and sophisticated, we approve this trend!

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Mini Matte Black Pumpkin. Source: etsy.com

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Painted Matte Black Cow Skull. Source:etsy.com

Super Heroes, Unite!
Super heroes in the comic universe — from Wonder Woman to characters from the Star Wars franchise, will dominate this year’s Halloween costume styles.

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Wonder Woman Costume. Source: etsy.com

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Super Heroes costumes. Source: etsy.com