As many of you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday of the whole year!
And every year, I throw a Halloween party.
This isn’t just an “invite your friends over for drinks and dancing” party.
This is an all-out transformation of my house into something totally different which takes weeks to plan and decorate type of party. All based on whatever Halloween party theme I decide to go with that year.
And one year I decided to use the movie Maleficent as the inspiration for my party decor.
If you haven’t seen it, Maleficent is an updated version of Sleeping Beauty complete with royalty, knights and an evil fairy (lots of easy costume ideas for my friends to come up with).
And I thought the overgrown forest surrounding the castle would be the perfect inspiration for some Maleficent party decor ideas.
Note: A list of sources for all of the decorations is at the bottom of the page.
How To Create The Overgrown Forest
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Creating the overgrown forest was the most time consuming part of my Maleficent party decor, but definitely transformed my living room!
1 | Drape Creepy Cloth From The Ceiling
As you probably know if you’ve seen any of my other party themes, I think the key to fabulous party decor starts with the ceiling.
So my first step to creating an overgrown forest feeling was to cover the ceiling with black creepy cloth*.
I stuck small coffee cup hooks into the ceiling and draped creepy cloth from them so that it hangs down in some spots and overlaps in other spots.
2 | Hang Faux Vines
Then I hung faux vines* through the creepy cloth to add to the overgrown look.
They hung down at varying heights with some of the vines being low enough that people would have to walk through them.
3 | Put Up The Forest Scene Setter
Next, I hung a forest scene setter around all the walls to add the look of trees.
This scene setter comes in two halves – the tree trunks* and the tree tops*, both of which are 4 feet tall and 30 feet wide. By attaching the top and bottom half together, you end up with 8 foot high trees that cover a 30 foot wall.
4 | Add Lighting
To make the forest stand out more in the dark, I added green uplights around the edges of the room.
These lights* are actually battery operated LED lights that come with a remote which lets you set the color.
They are one of my go-to party decor accessories…I use them at every event!
Dress The Tables And Chairs
Since my regular furniture doesn’t all match, I used chair covers and table cloths to make them all look the same (another one of my favorite party decorating ideas).
For the tables, I used 2 layers:
- The first is an inexpensive purple satin tablecloth* (the type that is often used for weddings).
- Then I cut pieces of green lace* to act as an overlay.
Add More Trees
With the main forest background set up, I wanted to add the effect of more trees to the middle of the room without creating a tripping hazard.
1 | Create “Tree Trunks”
Close to the walls, I created some “tree trunks” using chiffon fabric and specialty light bulbs.
To do this, I swapped out the light bulbs in my lamps and pendant lights (the ones that are usually in the room) for these “disco ball” light bulbs*.
Then made chiffon fabric columns around the light fixtures. Since they go from floor to ceiling, they kind of give the effect of tree trunks, and the fabric keeps the “disco ball” light from being too bright.
2 | Use Faux Trees On Tables
Then I put out faux trees (like these ones*) as centerpieces on pretty much every table and surface area.
Adding a green uplight* (the same kind as the uplights above) at the bottom of the trees makes them stand out.
Put Out Some Crows
Both the Maleficent forest and Halloween party decor in general aren’t complete without a few crows*!
So I put some out on top of bookshelves looking down.
As well as under the faux trees.
And sitting in the trees.
Basically everywhere that you would normally expect to find birds.
Add More Details
Then I added a few more critters, like this bat hanging from the ceiling.
Some buzzards on the tables.
Skeleton mice* on the piano.
Faux pumpkins and skeleton mice on the armoire.
And Spanish moss* on the chandelier.
Changing out the chandelier bulbs for green Christmas lights also adds to the spooky forest atmosphere.
Create A Candy Buffet
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without some candy.
I used apothecary jars* and mason jars to hold purple and green candies that go with the decor.
Candle stands meant for pillar candles are a great way to vary the height of the jars.
And a Maleficent cake (made by a local baker) takes center stage.
For an adult treat, try making these purple and green layered jello shots. They not only go with the decor, they taste good, too!
Well, that’s it for my Maleficent party decor ideas. Hopefully, you found some inspiration for creating your own spooky forest Halloween party!
Have comments or questions about our Maleficent party decor ideas? Tell us in the section below.
This post was originally published on September 30, 2019 but was updated with new content on July 26, 2022.