Happy Haunting …
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
Halloween is such a fun holiday. I love creating Halloween vignettes around the house with decorations I’ve collected over the years.
Here’s a peak at some of our Halloween haunts …
In our entry, we have an old pine bench. I change out the pillows each season. I found these sequined black & silver pillows at HomeGoods. Love them!
Across from the bench, I have an entry table with a large mirror. I like to hang seasonal wreaths from the top of the mirror. A black fuzzy bat hangs out during October.
We have an old black bar in our living room. It makes a great place to display apothecary jars filled with seasonal items.
Last year I bought several silver beaded spider webs (from Roger’s Gardens). They are great to drape over mirrors, pictures or chandeliers ….
I found strands of orange & black bulbs at Target — they make great fillers for large apothecary jars. And I couldn’t pass up the “Keep Calm” sign, another HomeGoods find.
I still have some apothecary jars filled with sea shells left over from the summer. I added a few spiders to make them fit the Halloween theme.
Spiders add a creepy surprise!
I added a few Halloween touches to some bookshelves …
And every Halloween, I change out my hall cabinets — displaying my Halloween plates.
Several months ago I picked up some old glass bottles at the antique flea market. I thought they would be fun to use in my Halloween decor, but wasn’t sure exactly how. Then I found these cute layered Halloween labels at Michael’s. My toxic potions & poisons were born!
This is such an easy project! Here’s all you need:
I used my decorative bottles on my dining room table. I thought it was a nice, simple addition!
Each year, I look forward to visiting Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach to see their Halloween and Christmas displays. I went to Roger’s about a month ago and then again last weekend (with my parents). This year’s Halloween exhibit is called Blackstone Theater. All the rooms are painted black and most rooms have chandeliers and velvet draping … as you might see in a theater.
When you enter from the orchid rooms (those of you that have been to Roger’s will know what I’m talking about), you see a large mirror with crystal chandeliers and cob webs. They sell the beaded cob webs … I had to get one of those!
My mom was disgusted by this rat-infested sofa. She wouldn’t get near it. I thought it was great! But I’m not willing to tear up any of my upolstered furniture to create the look at home.
This year they had a lot of black and white decorations. They had a room filled with skeletons, one with white pumpkins, another with skeleton heads and plenty of black and white Halloween dishes.
There was a very large book case that has all types of pumpkin faces displayed. These two were some of my favorites. Aren’t the faces incredible?
If you get a chance, it’s certainly worth a visit to Roger’s. The Christmas displays opened to the public last Friday. I’ll be going in a couple of weeks with girlfriends.
Happy Haunting …
It’s fun to make your own Halloween goodie bags for a party or for the kids in your neighborhood. These are fun and easy to make!
You can also make cute “bag tags” using the same materials. Instead of stapling the decorative card to the top of the bag, tie the bag with ribbon and add a bag tag.
These tags are also great to tie on to a bottle of wine as a host/hostess gift for Halloween parties!
Are you looking for some new ideas for Halloween Treats? Need to take something to a Halloween party? Here are some fun ideas …
These “Boo Berries” are easy to make! Dip strawberries in melted white chocolate. Decorate with dark chocolate piped frosting. -EverydayCelebrating.com
These Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes are from a recent post (Pumpkin Cupcakes – September 21, 2010). To make tiny cupcakes, follow the recipe but use mini muffin pans. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Makes 34 mini cupcakes.
Aren’t these Mini Ghost Cupcakes adorable? And they are so easy! Simply pipe coolwhip into peaks on mini chocolate cupcakes and decorate with chocolate chips. Click here to get the recipe.
We used to make “Dirt & Worms” for the kids when they were little. You start with chocolate pudding, add crushed chocolate wafers and gummy worms. The kids LOVED them! Well, these Tombstone Treats are very similar.
Fill clear plastic cups with chocolate pudding. Top them with crushed chocolate wafers. Pipe RIP on Trader Joe’s Vanilla Wafers and wedge the “tombstones” into the pudding. Kids will love them!
I love these Witch Cookies! I haven’t made these before, but they sound easy because you use store bought sugar cookie dough. You use green food coloring and unsweetened cocoa powder to get the green faces and brown hats. Check out the recipe here.
These Meringue Ghosts are cute and easy to make. You beat egg whites and sugar into stiff peaks then spoon it into a zip lock bag. Snip a corner of the bag and pipe out ghosts then bake on low heat. Click here for the recipe.
How do you welcome your friends and guests to the fall season? Here are some front porches that I’m fond of …
The above wheel barrow with pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet is from Better Homes & Garden magazine.
I love black doors (and painted our front doors black when we moved in). This is a warm welcome. -Pottery Barn
Isn’t this stunning with the metallic pumpkins and gourds against the black? -Country Living
This is the front door of Mary Carol Garrity (the owner of the Nell Hill’s stores in Kansas). Love her stuff!!!
I also love red doors. This is a simple, traditional look for fall.
If you had a white house, wouldn’t you love to paint your front door orange for Halloween and the fall season? Then you could paint it black or red for Christmas!
Welcome your guest with a casual fall style using hay, fall leaves and pumpkins. -Pottery Barn
Using fall foliage, pumpkins and candles, create a harvest-inspired setting with lanterns — inside or outside your home. -Pottery Barn