Step Aside, Orange and Black: This Surprising Halloween Color Trend Is Taking Over

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If you ask us, Halloween has always been about the candy. But this year, that's more true than ever — with candy-coated hues and saccharine-sweet motifs dominating the spooky decor circuit, this creepy holiday is getting a decidedly cute makeover. Halloween trends are leaning away from the dark and deadly motifs of old — in fact, Pinterest confirms it: pink and pastel decor searches are up 221% since last year. From party goods to home decorations, there's not a black-and-orange cliché in sight this season. While some purists may disagree with this shift toward softer hues, we're 100% here for it. Scroll down to check out our favorite Halloween picks in pastel pinks, purples, and blues to indulge your inner sweet-tooth.

bewitched home dishtowels
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Toss these up on your oven door to set the tone for the rest of your space. The "Boo" says scary, but the pretty hues and friendly ghosts say otherwise.

rubie's large pink spider web
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Walking through a spider web? Gross and panic-inducing. Walking through a pink spider web? Decidedly more fun.

Pier1 Hey Boo Halloween Wall Hanger
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Fabric pennants and banners are very en vogue right now, so this pastel skeleton wall hanger checks off two trends in one. Hang it over your bar cart (stocked with booooooze, of course) for an instantly Instagrammable moment.

Etsy Material Gods Pastel Horror Garland
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With a vintage-inspired look that reminds us of the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina opening titles, this spooky possessed children garland will take your pastel-goth halloween party to the next level.

Ember Candle Co Pastel Skull Candles
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Candy-coated colors + sugary scents like cotton candy and caramel = the sweetest take on skulls we've ever seen.

PaperSource Sugar Skull Tumblers
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Halloween fun for the flower crown-wearing set. We'd use these sugar skull-inspired cocktail glasses year-round, tbh.

Tilda Loves Teddy Pastel Pumpkins
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There's pretty much no way to go wrong with these pastel-painted faux pumpkins. Pile them into a clear hurricane glass for your tablescape, scatter them on the front porch, tuck a few on the mantle . . . the options are endless.

Pier1 Ceramic Pumpkin
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Subtle and chic, this gilded ceramic pumpkin feels ultra-femme in the best way.

If you're planning on entertaining a crowd this Halloween, do yourself a favor and opt for what might be the cutest, most on-trend paper tableware we've ever seen. (Besides, nothing's scarier than doing dishes for fifty after the party's over.)

meri meri fun large napkin
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And don't forget about cocktail napkins! Pass these out to guests during your soirée or place them on your bar cart or coffee table for seasonal coasters.

Near and Deer Faux Human Skull
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A hyper-realistic human skull gets a glam makeover in metallic pink, and we're all for it. Placed on the buffet table or subtly situated on a bookshelf, this alarming accent will definitely get noticed.

Die Kers Napoleon Bust in Lilac
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No haunted house is complete without a creepy bust or two. (Is it just your imagination, or are those eyes following you?) For added Halloween-ready effect, burn down the head of this incredibly detailed candle a bit to "decapitate" it.

Emily Bihl

Emily Bihl

Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.