The Bookworm’s Guide to Decorating Your House for Halloween

I don’t know about you but I love Halloween. Between all of the movies I watch on repeat every year and the Halloween baking shows on The Food Network, Halloween is a close second as my favorite holiday.

What I love most about Halloween and Christmas and basically every holiday out there is decorating. My sister and I always dedicate a day to decorate the house and we always mix it up every year.

I decided that since I liked decorating for Halloween so much, I would write a blog post about it – but how to put a bookworm twist on your typical Halloween decorations!

this might be shorter than i originally planned because i need to get this post up and i ran out of ideas a lot quicker than i expected

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If you’re going to be decorating your house for Halloween, a graveyard is a must! We bookworms have dealt with so many character deaths over the years, the names pile up quite fast… you could even say that there’s enough names to fill a cemetery.


If you want to learn how to make your own headstones so that you can make a graveyard of some of your beloved fictional characters that have died, click here.

but if you do this beware of angry fangirls lining up at your front door with pitchforks and torches if you spoil them for their favorite character’s death

Floating Candles

Who doesn’t want the Great Hall in their home?? I found a super-easy post that shows you how to make the Floating Candles (and the Night Sky, but that’s way too advanced for the average person haha).


You can find the post here. The candles won’t only make it feel like you’re in Harry Potter, but it’s also kinda spooky-looking. I also honestly want to try this myself and keep the decorations up year-round.

Spell Books

You can turn your entire library (if you’re that ambitious) into a collection of spell books! There are loads of free printables online that you can download and put over your books to make them look like spell books.


Here are some that I found | 1 | 2 | 3 | The third one says that you need to glue it to the book – but I bet there’s some better non-permanent solution you could come up with. Like… I don’t know, folding it?

oh look, i’m a genius

Pumpkin Carving

It’s really difficult, but I love pumpkin carving. If there’s a stencil there’s a very big chance I will be able to carve it at least 80% correct. The good thing with this is that you can do anything from a quote from your favorite book to the book cover itself.


If you’d like to carve something Harry Potter, here are some stencils.

If you’d like to carve something Lord of the Rings, here are some stencils.

If you’d like to carve something Game of Thrones, here are some stencils.

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I really hope y’all enjoyed reading this post! It was a lot of fun to write and really difficult to come up with ideas! If you have any ideas of your own, please let me know!


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13 thoughts on “The Bookworm’s Guide to Decorating Your House for Halloween

  1. I’m a bit late to this post – will have to save it for next year, haha. Why have I never thought of carving LotR pumpkins?? Good idea. I like Halloween but it seems I’m always too busy in October to enjoy it fully (it usually coincides with a local Comic-con I used to volunteer at).

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  2. Thinking of bookish graveyards, the first thing I thought was The Graveyard Book 😆❤
    I’ve always wanted to create those hardcover spell books using paper maché but then… the book. I don’t want to ruin any book 💔

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