Autumn Pumpkin — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.I am certainly one to fill my house with seasonal decorations, and Halloween is no exception. Corn stalks, spiders and web. Pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn, too. Dahlias, sunflowers and hydrangeas. Oh! I get so excited just typing the words.

My home is an “autumn” home. Its red walls, warm woods and black furniture welcome the traditional Halloween look. A pumpkin hollowed out and filled with fiery colored flowers, rose hips, cattails and autumn leaves greets guests at the front door.

Candy Corn Vases — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.A cluster of candy corn-inspired vases with exotic pincushion protea makes a festive display for the kitchen. Additional vases scatter throughout the house — one in the bathroom, one in the bedroom and one in the laundry room. Yes, even the laundry room. The holiday touch makes me smile as I fold the towels.

My mother’s home is a bit more sophisticated. You won’t find red walls. You will find silver and gold and shiny and sparkle and lots of glitz. For her, a bit more gothic Halloween. Black, white, silver and gold can truly fit the season. This dramatic cluster of pumpkins and flowers sits on a table in mom’s foyer.  Pumpkins lacquered with metallic paints and adorned with beads and crochet. Flowers enhanced with spiders and pods. But what is that grey thing? That “thing” is one of my new favorite things. Look close at the black vase, lower right side, and you will see the beautiful “air plant” known as tillandsia. It is so cool!  Naturally grey, tillandsia adds a spooky touch to a contemporary design.

Gold and Silver Pumpkins — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.Like mother, like daughter, we both love to fill our homes with flowers. For help beautifying your home for Halloween, talk to your local florist and ask for recommendations.

What are your favorite ways to display flowers for Halloween?