Posts Tagged ‘Halloween decor’

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.

Happy Haunting!


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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:

  • Bottles – various shapes, sizes and colors based on your preference
  • Labels – you can buy them at a craft store, make your own, or purchase labels online (Etsy)
  • Ribbon
  • Scotch Tape — I may want to reuse the bottles, so I just used scotch tape

I used my decorative bottles on my dining room table.  I thought it was a nice, simple addition!


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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 …

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Filling Apothecary Jars with sweets, treats or creeps is a fun way to add some Halloween cheer in your home.  There are so many options to choose from!  Here are some great ideas …

The Creepy Halloween Apothecary Jars

This is a collection of apothecary jars filled with black licorice snakes, gummy bats, gummy worms and giant lollipops.  -Martha Stewart.

It’s easy to make your own by creating your own labels.  Or, Etsy.com has some cute and spooky labels for sale.

Skulls are all the rage this year in Halloween decor.  You’ve got to love the green glowing skulls from Martha Stewart.

Spiders, straw and skulls … oh my!  Easy fillers for creepy looks.  -PrettyPaperbook.com

Spiders and skulls provide an interesting display … along with mercury candle holders.  -Pottery Barn

Candy-filled Apothecary Jars:

I love the bright colors of these candy corn-filled jars!   -UncommonDesigns.blogspot.com

Aren’t these jars of candy fun?  How fun for a party!   You can create your own signs for Frog Eyes, Pumpkin Teeth, Crows Bones, and Jaw Breakers.   -HouseofSmiths blog

And, aren’t these candy jars from The KomKat Studio adorable?

Love the black and white look!  Great for an adult Halloween party or dinner.   You can fill your jars with black licorice, black and white Jelly Beans (or M&Ms).  -Pottery Barn

And these, from a “Wicked Bling” Halloween party are from one of my favorite blogs.   -Hostessblog.com (Hostess with the Mostess!)

Have fun filling your jars!!!

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This past week I started decorating the inside of our house for Halloween.  It was fun to go through the boxes of Halloween and fall decor.

I enjoy creating little Halloween vignettes in our home … displaying “like type” or “same color” decorations together.  The entry table, the bar, the hall console, the built-in cabinets are all home to touches of Halloween.

Each year I try to find a new Halloween figure to add to these collections.

I changed out my display cabinet, using some some old & new Halloween plates, my orange & white damask plates, candy corn garland and a couple of Halloween buckets (from the Target $1 bins).

This ledge in our entry has a few black & white Halloween decorations.

And a few Halloween touches in our family room book shelves and side tables.

Happy Decorating!

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For those of us that like to decorate our homes for Halloween … now is the time to be browsing the stores for Halloween decorations.  Fall and Halloween decor has been displayed in stores now for weeks.  And the catalogs and magazines arriving by mail all show fall clothes, fall decor and Halloween costumes.  Kind of crazy — especially for those of us in California that feel like our summer just started with the recent hot weather!

Each year I browse around to see if there are few things to add to my Halloween collection.  Here are the things I recently picked up:

1)  I found these great straw nature balls at Homegoods called Home Decor Botanicals, made in Canada.  I found orange, bright green and brown.  I will spray paint the brown balls black. And I might even spray paint some a bright purple.

I plan to use them to fill my apothecary jars during the Halloween season.  If I have extras, I may tuck them in my fall swags on my fireplace mantels.

2)  I also found these cute Halloween dinner plates.  I plan to display them with my fun orange plates (a Christmas gift from several years ago) in my built-in glass cabinet.

I usually don’t change out my raspberry-colored Pierre Frey china that is displayed in my glass cabinet. It will be fun to change out the china for Halloween. Maybe it will even inspire me to change the display for Thanksgiving. I do have some brown and white transferware pieces I picked up a few years ago. We’ll see …

3)  I also found this fun, scary ghoul at TJMaxx.  He’s been hanging in our garage since the end of July.  (Jeff greets him every time he gets in and out of his car.)  I can’t wait to hang him from one of our birch trees in October!  Jeff will be happy, too.

4)  Each year, I hang a big black spider web above our front door.  I found another hairy spider to add to the web.

While browsing Homegoods, TJMaxx and Marshalls over the past couple of weeks – I did see some of the same decorations for sale that I have purchased in years past. Here are my favorites that I’m so glad I bought a couple of years ago.

I bought one black and two silver chandelier candle holders a couple of years ago (at either Marshalls or HomeGoods). I still see variations of these in the stores from time to time. I use the silver ones all year round. I use the black one for tablescapes at Halloween, along with a sheer black table runner. It also looks cute in Natalie’s newly decorated bedroom!

I just saw the Boo blocks at HomeGoods last week. I bought mine two years ago. HomeGoods also had black building blocks that spelled out “Happy Halloween”. I was tempted, but bought the straw nature balls instead.

Happy Halloween shopping!

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