Halloween Decor Home Tour
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween, of course. I just can't get enough of Halloween. I made a deal with my husband not to prematurely put up Halloween decorations, & that I would wait until the first weekend in October every year. How lucky were we that this year the first fell on a Saturday?! I didn't care that we had participated in a 5k that morning or that a rain storm was on it's way, we were going to decorate our house come hell or high water.
& that's just what we did.
I've been planning out how I wanted the porch decor to look since LAST HALLOWEEN. Yep, before we had even realized we would be moving, buying a new house, and completely changing everything. Last Halloween, while taking the kiddo Trick-or-Treating, we came upon a house so spectacular that I stopped and took a picture on my phone and attempted to commit it to memory. Have you ever tried to remember for an entire year a detail as small as how string lights hung?! It's rough. But, I'm a Halloween nut, so here we are. I wanted the lights to wrap around the beams and then hang at the top as if they were curtains. In the center, there would need to be a creepy Halloween chandelier. Now, I'm not saying the new house we bought was purchased specifically for the fact that it was structurally perfect to accommodate this plan....but...it worked out perfectly.
There is just something so inherently perfect about purple lights at Halloween. They are just the right amount of spooky meets whimsical & I adore them. We purchased 2 boxes of mini purple string lights at Target, and ordered the chandelier because they were not sold in stores. The chandelier is my favorite part of the porch decor, but it has been a huge pain for my husband. It's made of cardboard and extremely light, so in the interest of preserving it until Halloween night, he has had to climb up and take it down every time it has rained or we've had strong winds....which has been at least once a week this month. Sorry, lovey!
The rocking chair is a new addition to our porch. You may remember me mentioning how my mom and I would be representing The Makery at The Vintage Faire about a month ago. While we were there, I spotted the rocking chair in the booth next to ours. I'd been on the lookout for one for a while, and this one was perfect and she only wanted $40 for it! Score! Now, I'm not saying I purchased it specifically to be used to hold a life size 5 foot tall skeleton but...some things just work out perfectly. The skeleton is from Home Depot. I spotted him the week before D-Day (Decorating Day) and wanted to take him home right then and there, but that was part of the promise...I'm also not to buy any Halloween decor before October 1. Drats. When we arrived at Home Depot HE WAS THE LAST ONE. We promptly named him Marcus, and then I carried him around the store like a baby while we hunted for a few more items. It took us all month to finally put batteries in him and now his eyes glow red...which will be perfect to scare the Trick-or-Treaters *evil laugh*. The skeleton wreath on the door was made by my mama for her new Etsy shop Sierra Wreath Co. She sold out of them this year, but they will be back in stock next year!
Last year, I did a whole post on my pumpkin painting techniques. I decided against doing it this year, as the only pumpkin I have a photo of that I painted is this one at the top (if you care, I spray painted it black and then dipped it in glitter). The other two my husband did. My second pumpkin suffered a tragic fate...some neighborhood kids stole it off my porch and we found it smashed in the street a couple houses up. Don't worry, I'll get you, my pretties!
Inside, per usual, I went crazy with the mantle decor. The mantle was not there when we bought the house, but it was one of the first things we knew we needed to add. The skeleton and bat decals are from Target- I found them in the Holy Grail (the dollar section) in mid September. You know the rule...well, I broke it and hid them in the coat closet for two weeks. They were just too good of a deal to pass up. The spell books were purchased two years ago at Michael's, but I noticed they have similar ones again this year! The mini pumpkins on the candlesticks were spray painted white and one was dotted with glitter while the other I just kinda dumped glitter on.
The little skeleton heads in top hats in the vase are the
skulls of my enemies from the floral section at Michael's.
With Halloween being only two days away, I'm already mourning it's passing. I absolutely LOVE Halloween and wish the season lasted longer. We really made the most out of it this year. We threw a Halloween party for the kiddo, painted pumpkins while watching Corpse Bride, and even played Zombie Paintball at Andelin Farms. Tonight we're going to a Halloween party and I just can't wait to show you our costumes! 'Til then....stay spooky!