35 Absolutely Stunning Ways to Decorate Your Mantel for Fall and Halloween

Because your mantel is the best place to show off your fall spirit.

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Transform your fireplace and mantel into a focal point for all of your fall festivities and Halloween parties with these decorating ideas that celebrate autumn, pumpkin season, Halloween, and more.

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apothecary box halloween mantel
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Apothecary Box Halloween Mantel

Transform an apothecary box into a treasure trove by filling it with spooky trinkets and autumnal pieces.

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What you'll need: rustic metal suitcase ($107, )

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boo sign halloween mantel
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"Boo" Halloween Mantel

Keep it simple by spelling it out. This proves your display doesn't need to be over-the-top to feel festive.

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What you'll need: "Boo" LED lighted sign ($50, )

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halloween garland and streamer mantel
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Halloween Garland and Streamer Mantel

Replicate this colorful, eye-catching mantel by cutting up plastic tablecloths into streamers and affixing them—in bulk—to your mantel. Throw some festive garland and paper bats into the mix, and you've got the perfect focal point for your Halloween bash.

What you'll need: orange plastic tablecloths ($8 for 4-pack, )

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colorful halloween mantel
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Colorful Halloween Mantel

Sometimes too much neutral decor can leave your home lacking instead of making a beautiful statement. To avoid, take a cue from this blogger who paired warm wood with bold black-and-white pieces and small pops of color. Now her mantel is sophisticated, but not even close to boring.

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What you'll need: bat garland ($7, )

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jack-o-lantern halloween mantel
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Jack-o’-Lantern Lined Halloween Mantel

If farmhouse decor is your thing, you'll love this simple pumpkin set-up, which looks perfect next to shiplap.

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What you'll need: black cheesecloth ($8, )

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rainbow pumpkin mantel
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Rainbow Pumpkin Mantel

Think beyond the usual orange-and-black Halloween palette with this rainbow-inspired look. If you're worried about it being too bold, feature only pastels.

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What you'll need: acrylic paint set ($19 for 18 colors, )

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halloween decorations - tricked out mantel
Brian Woodcock
Spooky Mantel

Adorn old portraits and silhouettes with witch hats, pitchforks and scythes, fangs, and devil horns. Detailed cutouts of candelabras and sticks, "lit" with gold flames, give a mantel faux glow. Trick out the perfect mantel decor with paper bats attached to swoops of black sewing trimming with black upholstery tacks. Finally, line the opening of your fireplace with paper or painted wood, and attach a roaring red paper glow. Cut snake andirons from black foam core and glue to painted craft blocks.

What you'll need: black cardstock paper ($10 for 100-pack, )

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country-chic fall mantel
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Country-Chic Mantel

A tree made of backyard sticks and raffia adds some height to this country mantel. Add color with pumpkins, leaves, and barnwood boards.

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What you'll need: paper leaves ($8 for 30-pack, )

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autumn chalkboard mantel
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Autumn Chalkboard Mantel

As the seasons change, so can this chalkboard mantel. For fall, write your favorite autumn quote, then supplement it with pumpkins and wheat.

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What you'll need: gold frame ($27, )

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clock-centered halloween mantel
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Clock-Centered Mantel

The asymmetrical elements on this mantel will make this arrangement a creative and fun part of your Halloween decor.

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What you'll need: black-and-white wall clock ($7, )

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glam black and white halloween mantel
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Glam Black-and-White Mantel

This black and white mantel is both festive and elegant.

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pop of green halloween mantel
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Pop of Green

Skip the classic Halloween orange and go for a spooky pop of neon green instead.

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apple orchard fall mantel
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Apple Orchard Fall Mantel

Blogger Liz Marie proves that neutral tones can be festive with pumpkins in shades of grey and reclaimed wooden touches. To recreate the look for your own home, let a sit front and center of your display.

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diy leaf adorned fall mantel
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DIY Leaf Adorned Mantel

Don't have a mantel in your home for fall decorating? Blogger Anita Diaz devised this genius way to upcycle an old door into a mantel by adding a shelf, some trim molding, and attaching it to a wall.

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cat face garland
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Cat Face Garland

Give your mantel the purrfect makeover with this black cat garland made from black card stock and string lights. Save money by using a set of spare Christmas lights for this craft.

To make this at home, start by downloading our . Using a white pencil, trace the template onto black card stock and cut out desired number of faces.

Give it some texture by fringing the sides of the cat's face and the top of its head with scissors. Then cut three pieces of black waxed twine, about 4" long for each cat and tie them together in the center of the twine, and glue to the cat's face as whiskers.

Finish this craft by using a standard single-hole punch to create holes for eyes toward the center of each cat's face. And then hang string lights and position cat faces on 2 lightbulbs, one in each eye hole.

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metallic pumpkins fall mantel
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Metallic Pumpkins

If you typically opt for a more minimalist decorating approach, punch up your mantel with some metallic accents. Here, one decorator spray painted pumpkins gold and silver to add drama to a fireplace.

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cute but creepy halloween mantel
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Cute But Creepy

Blogger Ashley Urke of Domestic Fashionista took a feminine approach to Halloween, incorporating lace, adorable woodland creatures, and hints of pink.

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punny sign halloween mantel
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Punny Sign

Creepy signage, bats, and rats are at the forefront of this gothic look.

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scary crows halloween mantel
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Scary Crows

Crows, old book pages, and a healthy dose of black gauze up the spooky factor of this elegant fireplace by Kimberlee at The Fancy Shack.

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witchy woman halloween mantel
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Witchy Woman

Though not technically a mantel, we had to include this cute DIY fireplace craft. Mother and daughter bloggers Jeanette and Leigh of Crafty in Crosby created this pair of witch legs out of old boots, a pool noodle, and Halloween tights.

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dollar store halloween decor
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Dollar Store Halloween Decor

Gina Luker of The Shabby Creek Cottage made this budget-friendly look using dollar store finds, old book pages (see her DIY dictionary print candles), and lopsided picture frames.

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chestnut and gourd garland fall mantel
Ryan Benyi
Chesnut-and-Gourd Garland

Dried gourds and squash form a still life on this mantel. Additional 'Tiny Bottle' gourds hang from a garland of farm stand chestnuts.

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autumn garland fall mantel
Keith Scott Morton
Bringing the Outdoors In

An autumn-themed garland of dried leaves and mini pumpkins makes for a subtle but effective decorating idea. Add a few pine cones to your log pile for an extra cozy touch.

RELATED: How to Make a Herb-and-Leaf Garland

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orange accents halloween mantel
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Orange Accents

Mini pumpkins and orange berries pop against a yellow mantel.

Tour the rest of this colorful Vermont farmhouse.

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bat crazy halloween mantel
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Bat Crazy

Rather than confining her Halloween decor to a narrow mantel, photographer Lindsey Ocker expanded her decorations by adhering bats and cobwebs to the surrounding walls and bookcase.

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arranged assortment halloween mantel
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Arranged Assortment

A takes center stage on this mantel, while candelabras, pumpkins, and pops of purple add to the tableau.

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photo accents halloween mantel
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Photo Accents

Don't want to mess with the picture frames already lining your fireplace? Follow blogger Landeelu Anderson's cue, and switch out traditional family photos for ones from Halloweens past.

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RELATED: Easy Last-Minute Halloween Decorations

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book pages halloween mantel
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Book Pages

Calling all bibliophiles! Take a page from blogger Beth Hunter's book and use old book pages to create a stunning backdrop for your mantel. Also included: a DIY book-page garland, small crows, moss, and candlesticks.

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RELATED: Spooky and Creative Halloween Craft Projects

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diy pumpkin garland halloween mantel
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DIY Pumpkin Garland

Sometimes a little goes a long way. Blogger Aimee Lane kept her mantel simple with a stacked mini pumpkin arrangement and a rustic garland she made herself.

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mix and match halloween mantel
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Mix and Match

If you don't want your mantel to be both Halloween- and fall-themed, combine both concepts with crows and spiders, punctuated by fall leaves and and gourds.

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