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Halloween Grows Up

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I’m thrilled to share another successful collaboration with our digital team. This time, we tackled a more grown-up approach to Halloween décor (because who enjoys cotton cobwebs after the age of six?). We staged a faux fete in my apartment, but I’d do the same for the real thing -- in fact, I used many of these ideas at my own Halloween party last year!

Click through for a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the shoot, and click here to see the final product. Then get inspired by my top ten favorite ideas from Halloweens past (the Shar-chives, if you will). Enjoy!

Grown-up Halloween Decor shot at Kevin Sharkey's apartment, 9/26/2013

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As is the case with many shoots, what looks like a pile of junk is about to become something beautiful.

1 As is the case with many shoots, what looks like a pile of junk is about to become something beautiful.

Of course, beauty must sometimes be trimmed to fit.

2 Of course, beauty must sometimes be trimmed to fit.

It’s all happening! Check out the feature to see the finished arrangement.

3 It’s all happening! Check out the feature to see the finished arrangement.

Prop wax was the unsung star of the shoot, holding everything from the skulls to the candles in place.

4 Prop wax was the unsung star of the shoot, holding everything from the skulls to the candles in place.

This is one of those photo shoot tricks you can totally use in real life.

5 This is one of those photo shoot tricks you can totally use in real life.

You can always count on a friend to make sure your head’s on straight.

6 You can always count on a friend to make sure your head’s on straight.

These aren’t silk butterflies -- they’re real! The preserved butterflies underwent a special revitalization process for the shoot.

7 These aren’t silk butterflies -- they’re real! The preserved butterflies underwent a special revitalization process for the shoot.

Just how I like my insects: color-coordinated…and immobilized.

8 Just how I like my insects: color-coordinated…and immobilized.

Handle with care. The price tag is anything but delicate.

9 Handle with care. The price tag is anything but delicate.

I won’t lie, decorating the eye sockets is particularly satisfying.

10 I won’t lie, decorating the eye sockets is particularly satisfying.

I also did a little crafting -- visit the feature for step-by-step instructions on my projects.

11 I also did a little crafting -- visit the feature for step-by-step instructions on my projects.

A stylist’s work is never done. God forbid a stray leaf ruin my wreath! As you can see from the final shot, we did some rearranging on the console as well.

12 A stylist’s work is never done. God forbid a stray leaf ruin my wreath! As you can see from the final shot, we did some rearranging on the console as well.

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