This is my first time having a mantel to decorate for the holidays, and I must say it has been a lot of fun. Here is my Halloween mantel:
For some reason this year I am really into Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven, so I knew for sure I wanted a raven. After much searching, I found one at Michaels, and, lucky me, it was 50% off. :) I also got the skull there.
My kids especially like the spider web and little spiders. In fact, you can find wads of the web taped to the wall throughout the house--apparently they are spider egg sacs.... If asked whether or not they are creepy, make sure and respond, "VERY creepy." Bonus points for you if you also respond that they "give you the chills."
Happy Halloween decorating!