It is October 31st and all the little ghosts and goblins will be running free tonight. The streets will be filled with everything from ghoulish and creepy to adorable and princess-like! Houses will be all decked out with spooky Halloween decor and treats will be given out by the handful. I love this time of year!
This year is a bittersweet year for my husband and I though. It will be the first year that my girls will not be going out Trick-or-Treating. 🙁 Up until last year both have gone out and one of us has usually tagged along with the younger one.(Sometimes in horribly cold weather) It is the cold weather Halloween nights that we won’t miss. We would take turns every year on who would go out. It would be a gamble on whether you got a warm or freezing Halloween. This year we will both be at home in the warmth of our house and hand out candy together. It is going to be chilly and a bit rainy, so a good year to not have to go out. However, it was a little strange not going costume shopping this year. Kind of sad. 🙁
I do love this time of year it makes me happy to see all the cute little ones all dressed up in their costumes that come to the door. I’m the kind of person that will give candy out to any age of person so long as they made an effort to dress up and are polite, age isn’t a factor for me. I feel if you put in the effort, you are friendly and polite then you deserve some fun and candy. And maybe by getting a little candy of your own you won’t be tempted to bother younger ones for theirs. I know a lot of people believe it should just be for the young little ones but who doesn’t like a little candy at any age in life. I know I would dress up for some chocolate!
Anyways… I thought this post I would take you on a ghoulish tour of my Halloween decor. We did tend to focus more on the inside of the house this year. Next year we will have to put more effort on the outside.
Hope you have a ghoulish Halloween and enjoy the tour.
The spell book I made a few years ago. You can find lots of printable pages on line to use, or make up some of your own. I printed mine form here.
In front of our spell book we have our sexy skeleton. He really has quite the pose in that coffin.
The candles I made out of toilet paper rolls and hot glue. You can find the tutorial for those here. They are super easy and look so great when you have a big collection of them lit up.
I have some small square nooks when you immediately walk through the front door. I put some of the candles and potion bottles into these also. The pictures are done using pic monkey editing program and printed onto old book pages.
In one of the other nooks are some spell books. For these I used the free printable’s from Little House on the Corner’s website, printed them onto card stock and wrapped them around some books.
I have a mix of bought an made apothecary bottles. These are so easy to make and you probably have the supplies hanging around your house. Just some old bottles or jars, some black paint, twine and some printed labels and you have yourself potion bottle. There are tons of printable labels out the on Pinterest. I have used these ones, and also I recommend checking out the Navage Patch they have a bunch of printables and a great tutorial on how to make all sorts of apothecary bottles.
Using cheese cloth soaked in coffee to age it a bit makes for a great backdrop to any creepy scene.
And the final piece of our spooky Halloween decor is our pumpkin for this year.
My daughter asked if we could try to carve a pumpkin like they do on Halloween Wars. I thought “Ha sure… why not” So I went out and got her a pumpkin and told her it was hers to carve. It’s not that I don’t have faith in my girls. They are both quite talented in many ways. They always amaze me with the things they do and accomplish on a daily basis. But really when she sat down to carve a pumpkin with just kitchen utensils I can honestly say that I thought it might be a struggle to say the least. A short while later I came down and asked her how she was doing. She was surprisingly calm and said it was going fine.
Then after just under four hours I had to go look. I mean the pumpkin wasn’t smashed in frustration, she was still surprisingly calm and I was curious as heck. When I walked around to check it out I was in awe! This is what my teenage daughter produced.
Right?! First time carving a pumpkin on her own and this is what she does. At her age I was lucky to be able to cut out three triangles and what might resemble a mouth.
Truly amazing! But then maybe I am a little biased.
Well I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! Please pin the image below to inspire your decor for next year.