October has arrived and all you parents out there know that means one thing: Halloween is on the horizon! If your house is anything like mine, that means more than just picking out costumes and finding the best candy. It means getting your space in the spirit by incorporating some holiday décor around your home.

But let’s be honest, Halloween decorations aren’t always the best in terms of look and appeal. They have a way of standing out and distracting from your design instead of adding to your overall aesthetic. Rather than forego the fun and skip out on the holiday décor in your home, check out a few of my favorite ways to freshen up your home for Halloween in a stylish way.

Focus on fall.

One of the easiest ways to decorate for the holiday is to focus on fall. Rather than go the route of witches, ghosts and ghouls, make the theme in your home center on the season. Spray painted leaves, glittered pinecones and a few pumpkins can go a long way to give your home some seasonal spirit.

All white everything.

There’s nothing I love more than a crisp and clean color scheme in a home—even for a holiday! If you want to avoid the typical blacks and oranges associated with Halloween, think white instead. White pumpkins, white garland, even white cutouts of some classic Halloween shapes and characters are great options to decorate without taking away from the overall look of your home. Take it a step further and include a few other neutral tones for some added texture.

Banners and bunting.

Bring the focus to your mantel with a festive banner or homemade bunting to commemorate the holiday. Try a simple burlap banner with a Halloween themed message or mix up a few holiday themed fabrics to create your own bunting to adorn your fireplace. If you really want to make the mantel the focal point of your décor, decorate around your banner with a few well-placed candles, a collection of leaves or pinecones or even a few pumpkins to finish off your look.

Designate a space.

Rather than go crazy and decorate your entire house, keep it simple by designating some specific space around your home for décor. Places like your mantel, entryway, porch or even your kids’ rooms are perfect for a little decoration. Just be sure to keep the theme and color scheme of your decorations consistent around your home.

Leave room for fun.

At the end of the day, holidays like Halloween are really about letting your kids have a little bit of fun. So even if it means sacrificing a little bit of your aesthetic or overall eye for design, give in to it! Let your kids get in on the décor and make it an activity you can do together. Because at the end of the day, isn’t that what we want our homes to be above all else—a space where our families can make memories.