Even the Haunted Mansion’s Madame Leota can’t predict what our Halloween plans will look like this year (Deltaaa!), but there’s one thing we can forecast: how we’ll be decorating. We culled Google and Pinterest data, and chatted with the pros to find out what looks will be in high demand this year. Whether you’re into a homespun harvest vibe or something more celestial-inspired, we’ve got your back with the top Halloween decorating trends of 2021.

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1. Felt Garlands (and Accessories)

After a year spent crafting in quarantine, we’re all looking for things with a handmade feel…provided it’s not our hands having to make it. Boiled wool and felt accessories—particularly garlands, pumpkins and decorative ghosts you can pop on a shelf—are going to be everywhere, says DIY expert and Making It star Amber Kemp-Gerstel. “Felt, in general, provides a cozy feel in your home,” she explains, adding that the décor also lasts longer than paper garlands, which are less popular these days. (Psst: You can find a ton of options at HomeGoods—many stores have already started stocking their Halloween décor, but it tends to move quickly, so act fast.)

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2. Witchcore

While the Witchcore aesthetic is more of a lifestyle than a holiday aesthetic, it can still provide plenty of inspo for making your home a touch more enchanting this All Hallows Eve. Inspired by witchcraft, the style often includes crystal, frog, owl, bat and potion motifs. “In recent years, the witch has definitely become a bit more modern,” says Julie Roehm, chief marketing and experience officer at Party City. In terms of décor, look for dark lace, rich velvets in dark colors and celestial patterns. Apothecary jars and matte black accents also work well here.

3. Larger-Than-Life Yard Displays

Pinterest searches for “Halloween yard” has skyrocketed recently, Roehm says, and interest delves way beyond inflatables. “We’ve noticed our customers are getting more creative than ever with their yard décor and take such pride in their displays for the whole neighborhood to see,” she says. Maybe it has to do with the excitement surrounding a hopeful return to a more ‘normal’ Halloween this year—fingers crossed—with more family and friends.” As people strive to create the most unforgettable house on the block, more are turning to full-scale animatronics (with Halloween Kills coming out this October, Party City’s betting that its life-size Michael Myers will be a particular hit). It’s something Sam’s Club is seeing too, and the chain’s stocking stores with a 6-foot-3 animated phantom, as well as a 6-foot-8, color-changing dragon.

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4. Balloon Backdrops

If you want to make a statement without terrifying the kids, a balloon arch (like this one or this one) is the way to go. They’ve been popular for all kinds of special events, and Halloween is no exception. A trail of black and orange balloons is classic, but if you want to go the extra mile (and have décor that won’t fill your basement come November), scatter a few Airloonz—aka 56-inch balloon characters—throughout the room.

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5. Contemporary Harvest Décor

Modern farmhouse may be on its way out, but it’s still a popular pick for anyone who prefers their home to feel festive, not freaky. Think pumpkin-topped hay bales flanking the front stoop, Roehm says. Warm wood tones, leaf garlands, black-and-white buffalo check tablecloths and anything that provides a “harvest market” feel are also in demand, largely because they can work in your home all season long.

6. Halloween Trees

No, not like spooky gnarled trees. We’re talking black or orange Christmas trees—even bottle-brush trees and retro ceramic ones—decorated with bats, purple and orange baubles, and spiders. Because Santa shouldn’t have all the fun? Honestly, we’re not sure how this trend took off (nearly 39,000 Instagram posts are tagged #halloweentree), but it’s going strong into 2021, and retailers are responding with all kinds of options to suit your fancy.

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