Beware! It appears that spiders, bats, skeletons and even a few ghosts have invaded our house the last 2 weeks. Just in time since I’ve joined up with the All Things Home Halloween Showcase, where 15 bloggers are sharing their Halloween decorating ideas, recipes, crafts and general mayhem and mischief.
Since it’s October and Halloween is in just a couple of weeks, our little family has decided that all the creepy crawlies are allowed to stay under one condition… they remain friendly and free of blood, guts or gore.
In all seriousness, the boys are at the age where they love Halloween and adore Halloween decorations, but there’s a fine line between fun and seriously scary. We’re lucky to live in a neighborhood with several houses that go all Griswold during Halloween and drive-bys are one of the boys’ favorite activities this time of year. But last year, I heard of a house outside of the neighborhood that had been decorated to the max and made the mistake of taking the boys past it without previewing the decorations first. Let’s just say that they (and me too!) were horrified and leave it at that. Mommy had major guilt for weeks afterward. Needless to say, Halloween festivities in our house are a family-friendly affair.
This year, rats invaded the house, taking up residence in the foyer. Apparently, they like the glittered pumpkins that fill the foyer lamp. They also approve of the boys’ Halloween attire from last year… in fact they enjoy it so much that they’ve set up camp right by their photos. I’ve decided not to kick the rats out… they glitter and sparkle (and don’t leave a trail of glitter on my floor), so they can stay for the season!
The chalkboards in our house have been taken over by skeletons! This chalkboard framed in an old barn wood frame was hijacked by bony hands and turned into chalkboard art. The music teacher both boys had throughout preschool taught them this poem/song every year and it was a favorite with both of them. Someone will start the first lyric and by the end, everyone is chanting along. Guess Mr. Skeleton wanted to remind us of our beloved song now that both boys are in “big” school. If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen the other chalkboard taken over by skeletons. Rumor has it they requested the ingredients for a witches brew.
Fall is one of my favorite times of year for the screened porch, so it wasn’t neglected in decorating for Halloween. Lots of jack-o-lanterns grace the porch, some are tealight votives, others larger pottery pieces that fit over pillars, but all have been collected over the years.
I love the pop of orange with the blues, greens and browns on the porch.
Ghosts have invaded the porch as well (not too scary though… one little 5 year old asked if he could have one to keep once Halloween was over) and bats are flying from their den into the night sky.
One of my favorite Halloween decorations is the terrarium that sits on our porch table. My mom gave Mike and I the terrarium when we were married, but I’ve never really figured out how to plant (and keep) plants in it. This year, I found a store that sells supplies for fairy gardens and found that this little friendly ghost and his jack o’ lanterns are the perfect size to fit inside!
The front hall holds a fun addition to our decorations this year. My current obsession with silhouettes lead to this little gallery wall. Simple clip art, thrift store frames, spray paint and a printer were all that was needed to create it. I kind of hate to take it down once November rolls around and am already plotting how to create version #2 for the Christmas holidays.
In typical Storywood Designs fashion, Halloween is a relatively low-key and simple affair. No blow-up pumpkins in the yard or no strobe lights… nothing that’s going to leave little boys with nightmares in the middle of the night. Just a few ghosts, a jack o’ lantern here and there and lots of candy corn and pumpkin bread.
Be sure to visit the other All Things Home Halloween Showcase bloggers on tour this week. Lots of inspiration and Halloween eye candy awaits!
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